|Elevation||74 m (243 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Vandavasi was the scene of a decisive battle in the 18th-century war between France and the United Kingdom for the control of South Asia. The Battle of Wandiwash was a watershed in Indian history as it cemented British supremacy in South Asia. On January 22, 1760, a British force led by Eyre Coote defeated a French force led by General Lally.
Geography and climate
Vandavasi is located at  It lies 110 kilometres South-West of Chennai City, South of famous temple city Kanchipuram and 80 km north-east of Thiruvannamalai. The town is well connected with Chennai by road. It has an average elevation of 74 metres (242 feet). Vandavasi climatic condition is similar to that of Chennai, lying on the thermal equator and close to the coast, most part of the year climate is hot and humid.<ref."About city". Vandavasi Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-07.</ref>.
As of the census of India 2001, Vandavasi had a population of 29,610 comprising 14,472 males and 15,138 females, making the sex ratio (number of females per thousand males) of the town to 1,046. A total of 3,337 people were under six years of age and the child sex ratio (number of females per thousand males under six years of age) stood at 983. The town had an average literacy of 83.29%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. A total of 4,291 comprising 16.33% of the population belonged to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 350 comprising 1.33% of the population belonged to Scheduled tribes (ST). There were are total of 5,911 households in the town. As of 2001, Vandavasi had a total of 8,592 main workers: 70 cultivators, 153 agricultural labourers, 237 in house hold industries and 8,132 other workers. There was a total of 500 marginal workers: 3 marginal cultivators, 99 marginal agricultural labourers, 45 marginal workers in household industries and 353 other marginal workers.
As a capital town
According to one version, Chennapattanam [now called Chennai (British Madras) was named after Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, Nayaka of Kalahasthi and Vandavasi, father of Damarla Venkatadri Nayakudu, from whom the English acquired the town in 1639. The ruler of the area, Chennapa Nayak, the Nayaka of Vandavasi, granted the British permission to build a factory and warehouse for their trading enterprises. The region was then primarily a fishing village known as "Madraspatnam".<ref."Historical moments". Vandavasi Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-07.</ref>
Places of interest
Vandavasi fort would have been a famous tourist spot but for its negligence by the authorities. It witnessed the decisive Battle of Wandiwash, it even is said to have an underground passage to gingee fort.
Arahanthgiri Jain Math is a Jain Math that was established at the ancient Jain site of Tiruvannaamalai in August, 1998. The complex includes 3 Jain caves, 4 Jain temples and a 16 meter high sculpture of Neminatha thought to date from the 12th century that is the tallest Jain image in Tamil Nadu.
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- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Vazhur, the birthplace of Seshadri Swamigal
- Municipality of Vandavasi
- Vandavasi Business Directory Vandavasi