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Thiyagarajaswamy Temple Rajagopuram
Thiyagarajaswamy Temple Rajagopuram
Tiruvottriyur is located in Chennai
Tiruvottriyur is located in Tamil Nadu
Tiruvottriyur is located in India
Coordinates: 13°10′N 80°18′E / 13.16°N 80.3°E / 13.16; 80.3Coordinates: 13°10′N 80°18′E / 13.16°N 80.3°E / 13.16; 80.3
StateTamil Nadu
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total249,446
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationTN-03 & TN-20(old)

Tiruvottriyur (Thiruvottiyur or TVT) is a neighbourhood in North Chennai, administered by the Greater Chennai Corporation. It is part of the Tondiarpet division, located to the north of Chennai city. It is one of the 15 administrative zones in Greater Chennai Corporation. The zone is named to be Zone 1 (Tiruvottriyur). Due to its proximity to Parrys and Chennai Central along with comparatively cheaper residential space and decent amenities, it has become a sought-after residential destination. Tiruvottriyur, which is one of the oldest habitations by the sea, has a diverse residential population due to the industrial units, trading activity and nearby fishing hamlets. The area is easily accessible by Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses from across the city and has a bus terminus. The area is also served by Tiruvottiyur railway junction of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. As of 2011, the neighbourhood had a population of 249,446.


Historical population
1901 15,919—    
2001 212,281+1233.5%
2011 249,446+17.5%
  • Imperial Gazetter of India, Volume 21. Clarendon Press. 1908.
The tower as seen from the Theppakulam (temple pond)

Thiruvottiyur was widely inhabited even before Chennai was formed. Thiruvottiyur is home to the ancient Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvottiyur, which is one of the Paadal Petra Sthalangal and a well-known Sakthi temple, along the lines of Thiruvudai amman, Vaduvidai amman and kodivudai ammmans. One of the great saint Pattinathar Temple is also situated in the neighbourhood. An Interesting Story About the Saint is that once upon a time He had a Sugarcane awarded by Lord siva with a Special Information of that where the Sugarcane Starts taste sweet that is the place of Lord, By searching of the place Pattinathar Roaming many placed while he reached this area the sugarcane starts sweet so that Pattnathar Swamigal Reside up to is Samathi period. This temple was visited by many saints and poets like Appar, Sundarar, Gnana Sambandhar, Thyagayyar, Vallalar, Valmiki, Kambar, Adi Shankara etc. Kamba Ramayanam was composed here at Thyagaraja Swamy Vadivudaiamman Temple, before it was recited at Sri Rangam, Trichy.[citation needed]

Along with Avadi, Ambattur, Sembium, Ennore, Tiruvottiyur is part of the "auto belt" in the city's industrial north and west regions that developed when the automobile industry developed in Madras, during the early post-World War II years.[1] In April 2018, the state government transferred Tiruvottriyur to an expanded Chennai district.[2]


Tiruvottiyur is located at 13°10′N 80°18′E / 13.16°N 80.3°E / 13.16; 80.3.[3] It is an esplanade located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The sea encroachment was a major problem for the fishermen before building of Groynes was started in 2004. The groynes, put up over a length of 4 km, vary in length from 165–300 metres each. Their height is four meters above the mean sea level. After a few years some acres have been reclaimed with the formation of a beach as predicted.

As of 2018, Tiruvottiyur zone, along with the Tondiarpet zone, has a green cover of under 10 percent, as against the city's 14.9 percent average. This was chiefly because of numerous industrial units, mills, power plants, refineries, fishing harbour and docks.[4]


Religious census - 2011
Religion Percent(%)
No religion

According to 2011 census, Tiruvottiyur had a population of 249,446 with a sex-ratio of 991 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[5] A total of 26,903 were under the age of six, constituting 13,782 males and 13,121 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 14.16% and .2% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 79.03%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[5] The town had a total of 63862 households. There were a total of 94,000 workers, comprising 451 cultivators, 509 main agricultural labourers, 1,568 in house hold industries, 78,522 other workers, 12,950 marginal workers, 163 marginal cultivators, 136 marginal agricultural labourers, 612 marginal workers in household industries and 12,039 other marginal workers.[6] As per the religious census of 2011, Tiruvottiyur had 83.7% Hindus, 6.93% Muslims, 8.56% Christians, 0.07% Sikhs, 0.04% Buddhists, 0.15% Jains, 0.52% following other religions and 0.03% following no religion or did not indicate any religious preference.[7]

During 2001–2011, the population of Tiruvottiyur rose to 248,059, registering a decadal growth of 17 percent.[8]

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Thiruvottiyur is one of the heavily populated locations in Chennai. It has few major industrial establishments. The city is supported by numerous small-scale industries. A majority of the city's population are reliant on these industries for their daily labor. Apart from industries the other primary source of income for the people is business. The fishing industry is also huge.

The city has basically all the facilities like police station, post office, railway station, bus terminus and a magistrate court. Entertainment in the city is not well developed compared to other parts of Chennai. Many theatres have been converted to real estate properties and only two remain operational. Thiruvottiyur is well known for its food. There are many hotels, restaurants and small food stalls distributed across the place. There is also a small park with a swimming pool.

The city is also known for its marriage halls. The city is supported by a huge vegetable and meat market for daily grocery needs and super markets. Thiruvottiyur is considered as one of the economical housing zones in Chennai. The city is slowly developing in par with rest of the localities in Chennai. A corporation park near Ajax bus stand is ready for opening.



Thiruvottiyur MTC Bus Depot was formed in 1975. Tiruvottiyur has two bus depot one Thiruvottiyur and another is Tollgate bus depot. There are buses operated from here to all over Chennai and also a few limited services which run to various parts of the Tamil Nadu state. There is a bus available to Parrys corner for every ten minutes through different routes. Also this part of the city is supported by a good amount of auto rickshaws and share autos. Due to the delayed road-widening project, traffic congestion is common in Theradi during peak hours.


Thiruvottriyur is located at the Chennai Central–Gummidipoondi suburban line of Chennai. The number of train services on this route are quite frequent. The blue line of Chennai Metro is extended up to Wimco Nagar in Thiruvottriyur is under construction.Chennai Metro Thiruvottriyur has two rail stations, one at Thiruvottriyur and the other at Wimco nagar.

The Blue Line of the Chennai Metro Rail runs through the neighbourhood, which is served by two stations, viz. Tiruvottriyur and Tiruvottriyur Theradi.

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Thiruvottriyur assembly constituency is part of Chennai North (Lok Sabha constituency).[9] It is one of the biggest area in the Chennai-North Lok Sabha constituency.

List of Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA)'s from Thiruvottiyur:

Assembly Name Party Time Period
16th Assembly K.P. Sankar DMK From 7th May 2021
15th Assembly K.P.P.Samy DMK From 19 May 2016
14th Assembly K. Kuppan ADMK From 14 May 2011 to 18 May 2016
13th Assembly K.P.P. Samy DMK 12.5.2006 to 13.5.2011
12th Assembly A.Arumugam ADMK 14.5.2001 to 11.5.2006
11th Assembly T.C.Vijayan DMK 13.5.1996 to 14.5.2001
10th Assembly K. Kuppan ADMK 24.6.1991 to 13.5.1996
9th Assembly T.K.Palanichamy DMK 27.1.1989 to 30.1.1991


Larger employers in Tiruvottiyur include Royal Enfield, based in Tiruvottiyur for decades,[10] and ITC.[11]


  1. ^ Muthiah, S. (2014). Madras Rediscovered. Chennai: EastWest. p. 144. ISBN 978-93-84030-28-5.
  2. ^ Yogesh, Kabirdoss (19 January 2018). "Chennai district boundaries likely to be redrawn on April 1". The Times of India.
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Tiruvottiyur
  4. ^ Lopez, Aloysius Xavier (31 August 2018). "A Rs.228-cr. project to take city's green cover to 20%". The Hindu. Chennai: Kasturi & Sons. p. 4. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Tiruvottiyur". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Population By Religious Community - Tamil Nadu" (XLS). Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  8. ^ Kalyanaraman, M. (25 October 2011). "Migration Spurs Suburban Sprawl". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  9. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  10. ^ Gopalan, Murali (7 May 2013). "New role for Royal Enfield's old facility in Chennai". The Hindu Business Line.
  11. ^ "ITC - Tiruvottiyur Cardboard Packaging Plant". www.industryabout.com. 29 September 2014.

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