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Nickname(s): Temple town
Nanganallur is located in Chennai
Nanganallur is located in Tamil Nadu
Nanganallur is located in India
Coordinates: 12°58′31″N 80°11′32″E / 12.9752°N 80.1923°E / 12.9752; 80.1923Coordinates: 12°58′31″N 80°11′32″E / 12.9752°N 80.1923°E / 12.9752; 80.1923
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
Zone Alandur (Zone 12)
Ward 166, 167
 • Body Greater Chennai Corporation
 • Official Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 600061
Vehicle registration TN-22
Planning agency CMDA
Civic agency Chennai Corporation

Nanganallur or Nangainallur had been one of the southern neighbourhood of Chennai until September 2011; but thereafter a part of Chennai Corporation in Tamil Nadu. It is a residential area close to the Chennai International Airport. In Tamil language, Nangainallur (= Nangai + Nallur) means place of good natured women.


As of 2001 India census, Nanganallur has a population of 86,230. The suburb has Hindus, Muslim and Christian population in various proportion and distributed in various regions. People from outside Tamil Nadu are also represented with a significant number. As a result of Chennai's booming IT business and setting up of IT parks in the suburbs, a lot of people have moved into suburbs like Nanganallur.

Towards the end of 2009, it was announced that the Chennai Corporation would be expanded to cover the surrounding 42 local bodies. This was confirmed by the new government in 2011. Nanganallur, has thus become a part of Chennai Corporation from September 2011.

Sporting facilities[edit]

Nanganallur has a roller skating ring on 100 Feet Road near the Civil Aviation Colony. Developed on a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) open ground by the Alandur Municipality it is stated to open in June 2011. The facility has been set up at a cost of INR 31 lakhs. The ring is 325 feet (99 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide and it is the longest in the whole of Tamil Nadu. The facility has an office room.[1]

Living and schools[edit]

Educational institutions here include Modern Senior Secondary School,Hindu Colony Chellammal Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School(near to GuruParadise Apartment), Rajkumar Sulochana Matric Nehru Govt Boys and Girls Higher Sec. School, Prince Matriculation Higher Secondary School, St. Peter's Matriculation Higher Secondary School , this is one of the oldest schools in Nanganallur which has its presence for over 150 years, P.M.S.Matriculation Higher Secondary School,Nanganallur is also known for the presence of various IIT-JEE coaching institutions. Further, many of the popular colleges in the city of Chennai have their buses plying to Nanganallur. A number of computer education institutions have also opened up branches at Nanganallur to provide IT education for students and employees. Many professionals working in the IT sector reside in this locality due to congestion in the main city.

The Indian Coast Guard has its residential enclave for its personnel near Nanganallur.

Infrastructure and connectivity[edit]

1st Main Road in Nanganallur,Chennai

Nanganallur is connected by suburban trains at nearby railway station Palavanthangal & Meenambakkam and also through MTC City Buses. Buses which ply to or through Nanganallur are 52L, 52K, 52P, M18C, M18N, M21G, M154B, M1A, MN45B, M129C, M152N. Three or four mini buses are introduced in Nanganallur route.Access from the city is through the main road from the Grand Southern Trunk Road at the Trident Hotel Junction, just north of the airport. Nanganallur has two Subways Palavanthangal & Thillai Ganga Nagar to connect to GST road. But heavy rains could create problems for residents to reach the city. The inner ring road from Thillai Ganga Nagar Subway connects Nanganallur to Velachery and is a major lifeline to the people for commuting to the city during the monsoons.

There are two railway stations Palavanthangal & Meenambakkam Railway station near Nanganallur. Most of them use Palavanthangal railway station to reach Nanganallur.The nearest Chennai Metro railway station is Nanganallur road.

The problem of connectivity from Nanganallur to GST and other main parts of the city has been a long standing one. Lacking frequent bus services, Nanganallur residents have been relying on sub-urban trains plying through Pazhavanthangal station as their only means of quick and reliable transport. The residents' plea to introduce feeder bus services from Pazhavanathangal railway station to Nanganallur has remained unfulfilled, making travel by public transport unreliable. With no direct buses to Velachery(which is a stone's throw away), Nanganallur has become a lone island cut off from all major parts of the city with accessibility restricted to only commuters with private modes of transport.


  • There are lot of temples around this area. The main temples are vembuli Amman temple, 32 feet Hanuman temple, Rajarajeshwari temple, Guruvayurappan temple, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Karumariamman temple, Ragavendra temple, Lakshmi Hayagrivar Temple and the list goes on. Sri Raghavendra Temple is very famous sittuated on 10th street.There you can worship three Saints Mrthika Brundavanas, namely Sri Vijjayeendraru, Sri Sudheendtsru and Sri Raghavendra Theertharu. All rituals are performed as per Madhwa Sampradsya. Sri Kubera Ganapathi Temple in the Hindu Civil Aviation Colony and Sri Varasithi Vinayagar Temple in Hindu Colony draws a lot of devotees in the mornings and evenings.

Location in context[edit]