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Tirusoolanathar temple at Tiruslam
Tirusoolanathar temple at Tiruslam
Tirusulam is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 12°58′49″N 80°09′56″E / 12.98015°N 80.16566°E / 12.98015; 80.16566Coordinates: 12°58′49″N 80°09′56″E / 12.98015°N 80.16566°E / 12.98015; 80.16566
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kancheepuram
Metro Chennai
 • Panchayat ChairWoman Saraswathi Jaisankar
Population (2001)
 • Total 5,997
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area code(s) +91-44
Vehicle registration TN-22

Tirusulam is a suburb of Chennai, India. For administrative purposes, it is a census town in Kancheepuram district. The Chennai International Airport is located here. Chennai International Airport (IATA: MAA, ICAO: VOMM) is the primary airport serving the southern Indian metropolis of Chennai. The airport is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for south India comprising the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Kerala and the union territories of Puducherry & Lakshadweep.[5]

As of 2012, the airport handled 13.5 million passengers annually and about 325 aircraft movements a day. The airport is expected to reach saturation by 2016–17, necessitating the construction of a second international airport.

There is also a railway station here (opposite the airport) with a convenient pedestrian subway that connects the station and the airport. The neighbourhood is served by Tirusulam railway station. There is a Metro Train Station under construction that will see trains connecting the Airport with Chennai and will also serve as the Tirusulam suburban Railway Station. It will be finished in 2015.


The township of Tirusulam has its origin in the Tiruppurasundari Tirusoolanathar temple which is believed to have been constructed in the 12th century AD by Kulothunga I. The walls of the temple have inscriptions from the Chola period. The temple has big historical mysteries behind the walls. There is a story of a hiding place for precious metals and jewelry beneath the earth, where a secret path is said to exist. Kulothunga I is said to have hidden treasures somewhere here, instead of inside the temple. There exists a subway under the temple that connects the temple to the nearby hills known as "Panchapandava's Hills", where the king had his palace. Tirusulam is in Kancheepuram District. Census Figures: 5,997 pop. [2001] 2.41 km² = 2,478.4 inh./km² The Tirusulam Hills have been witness to the shooting of many Tamil movies and TV soap operas. Some of the movies that have been filmed here are "Bhairavi", "Oor Kaavalan", "Indu Poi Naalai Vaa", "Gentleman" and "Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai". The central government has also set up a research centre on the hill.

The Chennai International and Domestic Airport is in Tirusulam. You can get a clear and full view of the Airport from atop the Tirusulam hills.


Tirusulam hill[edit]

This is the tallest hill in the city and has many places of worship. There is a Mosque at the top of the hill. On one side of the hill, there is a "Murugan Temple" - a temple to the Hindu God, Muruga. On another side of the hill is a Church.


Tirusulam has lots of temples and churches. Tirusoolanathar temple is the most famous temple in the locality. It was re-built recently and Maha-Kumbabhisegam conducted successfully. Tirusulam has 5 temples on its 4 sides, known as Santhiyamman Kovil (Located in the Airport), Mukkaniyamman Kovil, Pachaiyamman Kovil, Vempuliyamman Kovil and Thulkathamman Kovil - which is very special. Apposta Church is the biggest church in the locality. There are a number of Churches around here.

Tirusulam market[edit]

Tirusulam has a very big market (earlier called Pallavaram Market). It has hundreds of shops and roadside vendors, that have been in operation for more than 75 years. The market is now open on Fridays too. As it is near the Chennai International Airport, it is possible to find almost anything in the market, from vegetables to house hold articles, electrical and electronic gadgets, books, dresses, potted plants, flowers, tools, knives, etc.

Tirusulam Lakes[edit]

There are many small lakes with large amounts of water. Because of these lakes, Tirusulam town has never experienced scarcity of water. Due to the presence of the lakes and mountains, life is healthy and natural.


Tirusulam, besides having Chennai's only airport, is well connected to the city of Chennai by public surface transport comprising the famous electric train service that was built during British rule. Tirusulam is located in the Beach-Tambaram-Chengalpattu suburban railway line. The Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST) that connects various south Indian cities to Chennai passes through this town. Buses to Tambaram, Beach, T Nagar, High Court, Avadi and some other important landmarks in Chennai city are available at regular intervals from Tirusulam.

Since Chennai International Airport is located here in Tirusulam, the electric train service and the metropolitan bus service help to connect all parts of the city to the airport. The ongoing construction of metro train line, which will be completed in 2015, and the Railway Minister's announcement of the possibility of a railway junction in 5 years (like Egmore and Tambaram), all are set to make this town the biggest transportation hub in Chennai.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Tirusulam had a population of 5997. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Tirusulam has an average literacy rate of 60%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 68%, and female literacy is 51%. In Tirusulam, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.