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Sunset at Kelambakkam on Chennai-Old Mahabalipuram road
Sunset at Kelambakkam on Chennai-Old Mahabalipuram road
Kelambakkam is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 12°47′11″N 80°13′14″E / 12.78627°N 80.22042°E / 12.78627; 80.22042Coordinates: 12°47′11″N 80°13′14″E / 12.78627°N 80.22042°E / 12.78627; 80.22042
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanchipuram
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 603103
Vehicle registration TN-14
Nearest city Chennai

Kelambakkam is a rapidly growing suburb of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state in India. It is situated on the Old Mamallapuram Road (also known as the IT corridor/Rajiv Gandhi Salai). It is located just 5 km from Siruseri IT Park. It is another important junction after Sholinganalur which connects GST(at chennai Vandalur) and ECR(at Kovalam) roads.[1]

Tourist attractions include Kovalam beach, the old church for St. Mary in Kovalam, Thiruvidanthai Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple and Thiruporur Murugan Temple.

Kelambakkam attracts office workers from nearby SIPCOT siruseri IT/BPO companies.

One of the most important health centers in the region is Chettinad Health City.[2] It houses a hospital and a nursing college called Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute (CHRI) under Chettinad University. The university attracts students not only from India but also other parts of Asia.

A famous Saibaba temple is nearby. Many nagars have been developed here, like Jothy Nagar, Jothy Nagar Welfare Land, Anna Nagar, Kanaga Parameshwaran Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Ajith nagar, Mogambigai Nagar,Mazjith Nagar,Susheela Nagar, Ganapathi nagar, Lakshmi Avenue, Krishna nagar, VIP Nagar, Sri Sai Vighar and Sri nagar, Srinivasa Nagar, and Rajeshwari Nagar. Kelambakkam has a fish market.

The population in this area is around 20000.

The Kelambakkam quarry is a trail for off-road enthusiasts from Chennai.

Many residential apartments like Purva Swanlake, Akshaya Today, Akshaya January, Shantiniketan Altair, Shobha Meritta, PBEL city, Vijay Shanthi (Lotus Pond) and villas like Humming Gardens, Vijaya Raja , CitiLights Blessings have come up in Kelambakkam.

Many leading banks like Indian Oversears Bank, HDFC bank, AXIS bank, Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank, Kodak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Karur Vysya Bank, State Bank of Hyderabad, Central Bank, Canara Bank and City Union Bank are available in Kelambakkam.

All automobile showrooms like ROYAL Enfield, Yamaha, Hero, Honda, TVS, SUZUKI are available in Kelambakkam.

The area is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.[3]

Educational institutions[edit]

Schools in and around Kelambakkam[edit]


The SIPCOT IT Park in Siruseri also houses the Chennai Mathematical Institute, a national center of excellence in the mathematical and physical sciences.

Nearby colleges are


Chettinad Health City, a multispeciality hospital, is located in Kelambakkam. Superspeciality Hospital – 645 beds, with plans to expand to 1200 beds. It is a multi- speciality integrated healthcare system with over 52 specialities and multiple centres of excellence. Round the clock Emergency and Trauma Care, with fully equipped ambulances and paramedical staff. 40-50 cases per day reach treatment within the Golden Hour following an accident, supported by 9 fully equipped Operation Theatres. Special facilities like Robotic Assisted Cardiac Surgery to minimize hospital stay and discomfort. The following facilities are available in Chettinad Health City

Accommodation: Offer different types of rooms, from 4-bed and 1-bed units up to villas.

Campus: Chettinad Health City nestles in a 100-acre campus draped in lush greenery and filled with landscaped gardens. There is a GREEN ZONE within the campus, with battery-powered carts, scooters & cycles provided for transport. The electricity needs of the campus are met by power generated by wind energy.

Pharmacy: The Inpatient Pharmacy is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some drugs and supplies are also available without prescription.

Chennai International Airport[edit]

Kelambakkam is located 33 km from Chennai International Airport and it takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport by car.

Upcoming new Satellite bus Terminus near Vandalur[edit]

Kelambakkam is located 19 km from satellite bus terminus and takes around 20 minutes to reach this bus terminus through Vandalur-Kelambakkam road. The much-awaited satellite bus terminus for south-bound buses is mostly likely to come up at Urapakkam (near Vandalur junction) after the Supreme Court gave a favourable verdict, upholding acquisition of land from a private company. The site at Urapakkam is spread over 88.52 acres and besides the satellite bus terminus, the government might also plan a few other projects for public transport like Metro train project. This was to fulfil the announcement of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, made in the assembly to set up a bus terminal for south-bound buses in the location. The work for building the bus terminus has started now. Once completed, it will be the largest bus terminus in ASIA.

Central Railway Station[edit]

Kelambakkam is located 35 km from Central Railway Station.

Bus transport[edit]

Kelambakkam is well connected to all important destinations in Chennai like Central Railway Station, CMBT Bus Terminus (Koyambedu), Broadway, T.Nagar and Tambaram through MTC bus services (available 24 hours).

Kelambakkam is an important junction connecting the ECR (East Coast Road) and the GST (Grand Southern Trunk) Road, from Kovalam to Vandaloor Zoo. It also connects Mamallapuram and Adyar. From Kelambakkam, locations connected include Thiruporur, Mamallapuram, Adyar, Vandalur Zoo, Tambaram, ,George Town, and Tidel Park. Kelambakkam has been a popular market for adjoining villages like Velichai and Pudupakkam. Today, Kelambakkam is better known than the neighbouring Thiruppor.

Leisure and Entertainment[edit]

New malls like VIVIRA mall, Grand Marina mall are coming up near Siruseri IT park with just 10 minutes travel. Already, AGS multiplex cinemas is running inside VIVIRA mall. Also, Mayajaal multiplex cinemas located in ECR road which have easy access to it.

Road development[edit]

Due to huge development around this area, the Government of Tamil Nadu is planning a six-lane road from Siruseri IT Park to Mahabalipuram with Rs. 260 cr. sanctioned for OMR Phase II. This 26.8 km stretch, under the charge of the State Highways Department, will run from Siruseri to Poonjeri, where it will join the East Coast Road. Two new bypasses have been planned to avoid areas that are urbanised and have too many buildings. The road will run through 13 revenue villages, and nearly 200 acres of land are required to widen it. One bypass, running to a length of 4.67 km, will come up in Padur and reach Thaiyyur-B village, bypassing Kelambakkam. Similarly, the other bypass of 5.75 km will take off in Kalavakkam and join Vengaleri. It will bypass Thiruporur and Thandalam.


  1. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa (August 7, 2012). "Rs. 260 cr. sanctioned for OMR Phase II". Chennai. The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  2. ^ Chettinad Health City
  3. ^ Madhavan, D. (20 December 2012). "National Institute of Siddha modifies expansion plan". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 23 Dec 2012. 
  4. ^ Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering