Coordinates: 12°56′N 80°07′E / 12.93°N 80.11°E / 12.93; 80.11Coordinates: 12°56′N 80°07′E / 12.93°N 80.11°E / 12.93; 80.11
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
Taluk Tambaram
Metro Chennai
Municipality Tambaram
  Body CMDA
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
PIN 600045,600047 and 600059
Vehicle registration TN-11,TN-22
Lok Sabha constituency Sriperumbudur (Lok Sabha constituency)
Civic agency Chennai Corporation
Website www.chennai.tn.nic.in
Shanmugam Road

Tambaram is residential locality in Southern part of the metropolitan city of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tambaram is a Gateway of South Chennai situated 27 km (17 mi) south of the Broadway in Tamil Nadu, India. It is on the Chennai–Trichy national highway. The highway and the railway line from Chennai Egmore to Kanyakumari divide the town into East Tambaram and West Tambaram. The neighbourhood is served by the Tambaram railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. Tambaram is described as the Gateway of the Beautiful Metropolitan City of Chennai. As of 2011, the city had a population of 174,787.

Tambaram is also home to the Tambaram Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force.


The earliest references to Manimangalam in the outskirts of Tambaram are in relation to a battle fought between the Western Chalukya ruler Pulakesin II and the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I. The Rajagopala Perumal Temple is one of three Vishnu temples in the town and was constructed by the Medieval Cholas. The earliest inscriptions mentioning the temple are by Rajendra Chola I and have been dated to 1056 CE. Rajendra Chola I refers to the temple as Kamakoti-Vinnagar and Thiruvaykulam.[1]

Originally a camp for the East India Company in the late 17th century during the Carnatic wars,[2][3] Tambaram has its origins in a village of the same name which lay on the outskirts of Chennai city.

In 1936-1937, the Madras Christian College campus was moved to Tambaram heralding development and accelerating the process of inclusion of Tambaram in Madras city. and the first commissioned suburban trains from Tambaram West to Beach. This Municipal Town is also proud of being home to a number of industrial units established at the Madras Export Processing Zone (MEPZ). The units in the MEPZ export various items to several foreign countries thereby earning foreign exchange for the country.

Tambaram is one of the busiest Place in and around Chennai with extensive transport facilities. Tambaram Municipality is also well known for its reputed educational institutions.

Chennai outer ring road, as Central government project is going on to connect Vandaloor and Minjur to reduce the road traffic inside in chennai.

The two dates, mentioned above, are landmarks in the history of the Indian Air Force. On 1 April 1932, the Indian Air Force came into being and on 1 April 1954 Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, one of the founding members of the Air Force took over as the first Indian Chief of Air Staff.

The interim witnessed the most bloodiest war in the history of mankind, for the second time-World War II. The IAF lent its support to UK during the war. KK Majumdar, one of the legendary heroes of the Indian Air Force was rated one of the twelve best pilots of the Allied Air Forces.

The same decade also saw the birth of an Independent India followed by the formation of the Indian Air Force, as we know it today.


Religious census
Religion Percent(%)
No religion

According to 2011 census, Tambaram had a population of 174,787 with a sex-ratio of 963 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[4] A total of 17,535 were under the age of six, constituting 8,869 males and 8,666 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 15.16% and .92% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the city was 82.98%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[4] The city had a total of 44432 households. There were a total of 69,728 workers, comprising 305 cultivators, 385 main agricultural labourers, 663 in house hold industries, 62,011 other workers, 6,364 marginal workers, 143 marginal cultivators, 262 marginal agricultural labourers, 214 marginal workers in household industries and 5,745 other marginal workers.[5] As per the religious census of 2011, Tambaram had 80.41% Hindus, 6.54% Muslims, 12.25% Christians, 0.09% Sikhs, 0.06% Buddhists, 0.4% Jains, 0.24% following other religions and 0.02% following no religion or did not indicate any religious preference.[6]



The Chennai suburban railway network operates a suburban railway service from Chennai Beach to Tambaram.These lines were electrified as early as November 1931. Southern Railway has set up a coach terminal at Tambaram with pit lines for maintenance, stabling lines and additional platforms.[7]


Tambaram is part of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Chennai) bus network, with a bus shelter located outside the Tambaram Railway Station. TamilNadu State Transport Corporation Ltd Villupuram (Kancheepuram) Branch bus network to covers nearby village and town also long distance destination Bengaluru, Thirupathi, Thirupathur, Arani, Kancheepuram, Mamallapuram, Tindivanam

A new bus terminus in Tambaram has been under construction since December 2010, when 4.26 acres (1.72 ha) of land was allocated to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) to set up a bus terminus. Estimated to cost 56.7 million, it was originally scheduled to be completed by February 2012.[8] When it is completed, the MTC is planning to use the new terminus to operate buses especially to fast-growing suburbs around Tambaram, like Mannivakkam and Ponmar. The second phase of the work is proposed to construct eight more bus shelters.[9][10]

A new flyover was completed in August 2011 connecting Velachery main Road, Tambaram Mudichur road and GST Road over the railway track.[11]


Prior to 1964, Tambaram was a small panchayat. In 1964 it was constituted as a Grade III Municipality comprising the Village Panchayats of Pulikoradu, Kadapperi, Tambaram, Irumbliyur, and Selaiyur. Due to rapid development and growth of the town commercially and residentially, the Municipality is now classified as a 'Selection Grade Municipality'.[12] The extent of the municipality is 20.72 km². The revenue villages under this municipality are Pulikoradu, Kadapperi, Tambaram, Irumbliyur, and Selaiyur. The number of households is 26,333, the number of notified slums is 17 and the number of unnotified slums is 7.[13]

The Tambaram range comprises forest lands in Nanmangalam, Madurapakkam, Tambaram, Pulikoradu, Kumili, Vandalur, Onnamancherry, Erumaiyur, Vattampakkam and Vadakupattu.[14]

In 2009, Tambaram taluk was trifurcated into Tambaram, Sholinganallur and Alandur taluks. Clubbing all the three taluks, a new revenue division with Tambaram as headquarters was formed.[15]

RTO: Tambaram comes under RTO-TAMBARAM(TN-11). it is one of the largest RTO in Tamil Nadu in terms of vehicle registered.


For decades, Chennai city Region Tambaram was the second largest assembly constituency, next only to Villivakkam. After delimitation, the number of voters has come down to 238,000.

After the completion of the 2007 delimitation by the Election Commission of India, the Tambaram assembly constituency consists of Tambaram Municipality; Town Panchayats of Chitlapakkam, Sembakkam, Madambakkam, Perungalathur, and Peerkankaranai; Census Town Mudichur, and Village Panchayats of Tiruvancheri, Kasbapuram, Vengapakkam, Agaramthen, Kovilancheri, Madurapakkam, Kadaperi and Moolacheri in Tambaram taluk in Chennai city.[16] and Tambaram is now under Sriperumbudur Parliamentary constituency.


Tambaram municipality does not have a common under ground drainage (UGD) system. A 1060 million UGD project has been commissioned but the residents' welfare associations has raised objections to sewage pumping station in the park in Amal Nagar, filing petitions at the Madras High Court.[2][17]


With the opening of several parks such as Gandhi park in East Tambaram, Thirupur Kumaran park in Selaiyur and Krishna Nagar park and the creating of parks at Burma Colony and Bharathi Nagar, the number of parks within the municipality limits has increased to about 18.[18]

The park at Ganesh Nagar is currently being upgraded with a tiled footpath, a fountain, concrete seating arrangements, play equipment for children, lighting facilities, water taps and a garden with herbal plants.[19] The Gandhi Park in East Tambaram underwent similar renovation and was opened to public in 2015.

The Muthurangam Park located to public after beautification on 15 October 2013 by Mr.T.K.M.Chinnayya, Ex. Animal Husbandry Minister and the sitting MLA of Tambaram Assembly.


Tambaram has two major public libraries. The East Tambaram branch opened in July 1957 and has around 38,145 books. In 2010, 1.7 million was allotted to renovate the library. The West Tambaram branch is located on Shanmugam Road and resides among the most busiest places in all of Tambaram.[20]

Places of worship





See also


  1. Padmaja, T. Temples of Kr̥ṣṇa in South India: History, Art, and Traditions in Tamilnāḍu. Abhinav Publications. p. 87. ISBN 8170173981, ISBN 9788170173984.
  2. 1 2 Tambaram's vote is for holistic development
  3. Tambaram gets first locality specific vision
  4. 1 2 "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.
  5. "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Tambaram". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  6. "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.
  7. "Front Page : Railways planning new terminal at Tambaram". The Hindu. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  8. Kumar, N. Vinoth (5 July 2012). "Tambaram bus terminus nears completion". The New Indian Express. Chennai: The Express Group. Retrieved 7 Jul 2012.
  9. Tambaram bus depot ahead of schedule
  10. Karthikeyan, K.; P. A. Jebaraj (21 June 2012). "ASI puts brakes on bus terminus". The Deccan Chronicle. Chennai: Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 7 Jul 2012.
  11. "Tambaram flyover to open today - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  12. Kalyanaraman, M. (25 October 2011). "Migration Spurs Suburban Sprawl". The Times of India epaper. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 25 Oct 2011.
  13. "Welcome to Tambaram Municipality Home Page". Municipality.tn.gov.in. 1978-11-15. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  14. After 14 years, encroachments in Nanmangalam reserve forest removed
  15. Tambaram trifurcated into 3 taluks
  16. Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu. "Delimitation Commission Notification - Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  17. Residents oppose pumping station replacing park in Tambaram
  18. 100-yr-old Tambaram park to get a new lease of life
  19. Trees cut to make way for park in Tambaram
  20. East Tambaram library comes apart

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