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Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
பழைய வண்ணாரப்பேட்டை
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai) is located in Chennai
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai) is located in Tamil Nadu
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai) is located in India
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Old Dhoby ghaut (Pazhaya Vannarapettai)
Coordinates: 13°06′47″N 80°17′19″E / 13.1131°N 80.2886°E / 13.1131; 80.2886Coordinates: 13°06′47″N 80°17′19″E / 13.1131°N 80.2886°E / 13.1131; 80.2886
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
Metro Chennai
 • Body CMDA
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Planning agency CMDA

Old Washermanpet locally known as "Pazhaya Vannarapettai" is located in the northern part of Chennai, a city situated on the east coast of the southern India. The name comes from the fact that it used to be the washermen's enclave in Chennai, where many of the city's dhobi ghats used to be located. Prior to the development of T.Nagar and Purasawalkam, Washermanpet acted as the textile business hub of Chennai. It is also famous for jewellery shops and matchbox industries. The two arterial roads runs through this area are T.H Road and G.A Road.

Colleges and schools[edit]

There are many historical educational establishments present in this locality.


Old washermenpet is surrounded by various private schools, Govt. Schools as well as Govt. Aided schools to provide nursery to secondary education.


Sir Theagaraya College is a Govt. Aided College affiliated to the University of Madras. This college offers courses on Arts and Science departments. This college is one of the oldest colleges in Chennai.

Rail and road connectivity[edit]

Washermanpet has a bus terminus and a railway station. It is also the starting point for the line 1 of the Chennai Metro Rail network expected to be operational by 2015. Another station has been planned in Old Washermanpet as a part of the line 1 extension and is expected to be located underground, near Sir Theagaraya College in Old Washermanpet[1]

Parks and play ground[edit]

Anna Park is used by the residents for morning walks and recreational activities. Robinson Ground and Sir Theyagaraya Ground is frequented by teens and kids for sport activities. Both these places were often used by the political party Dravida Kazhagam (DK), at its budding period and witnessed several spellbounding orations by eminent orators viz. Dr. Annadurai and Dr. Kalaignar


The famous Mint Road also known as "Thanga Salai" (Tamil: தங்க சாலை) Washermenpet Metro(by CMRL), R² Square, and Maharani Theatre, M.C.Road, G.A.Road.

Adjacent areas[edit]

Broadway, Parrys, Royapuram, Korukkupet, Tondiarpet, Kodungaiyur, Sowcarpet are located adjacent to this locality.


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