Tiruvallur Places of Interest

Arulmigu Subramaniya Swami Temple, Tiruttani


  1. 51 kms from Chennai, on the way to Tirupati. Tiruttani is one among the six abodes of Lord Muruga. The temple is situated on a hillock and has 365 steps. An important Thirtha called Kumara Thirtham is under this hill and this place is also called as Saravana Poigai. It is considered to be the second place of importance by some, while others give it the first place as Lord Subrahmanya resides in blissful repose here, after his marriage with Valli.

  2. The mission of Subrahmanya’s incarnation was fulfilled when he vanquished the demon Soorapadman and his hordes at Tiruchendur and the huntsman at Merpady in Tondaimandalam. The happy reunion with Valli brought peace to his mind. The agitated physical condition was relaxed, peace and tranquility prevailed at his new abode Tiruttani; that is why Tiruttani is known also as Cheruttani (Cheru means anger, Tani means cooling down).

  3. Tiruttani is also known by many other names. As it has all the wealth which was plundered by the Asuras from Heaven, it is called Purnagiri.

  4. Siva learned Pranava Mantra here from Subrahmanya; so it is called Pranavadananagaram. As Indra got boons from Subrahmanya. At this sacred place, it is called Indranagari. As Narada liked this place very much, it is known as Naradapriyam. A Brahmin by name Aghoram got salvation here; hence it is called Aghorakaivalyapradam. As Lord Skanda has taken his abode in this place, it is called Skandagiri.

  5. The important festivals are Adi Kirthigai Theppa Thiruvizha is celebrated in mid of July and August amd Shiva Rathiri, Shasti Thiruvizha.

  6. Opening time of the temple is 5 a.m to 9 p.m. Ph : 044-27885243.

Ambattur :

Ambattur is an industrial centre and township which is 16 km. to the west of Chennai city and situated in the Chennai - Avadi Trunk Road. It has railway station, bearing the same name on the Chennai - Arakkonam broadgauge line. Frequent bus service, both town and mofussil, help the people in transportation. There is also biggest small scale industrial estate not only in Tiruvallur district but in the whole of South Asia.

Avadi :

Avadi is situated at a distance of 24 km. on the road leading to Tirupathi and to the west of Chennai. It is served by a good network of buses which pass through, originating from Chennai. It is also served by the Avadi railway station situated on the Chennai-Arakkonam broad gaugeline. It has got an Air Force Station in that area. The headquarters of the Special Armed Police of the Tamil Nadu Government.

Chembarambakkam :

Chembarambakkam is a Village, situated about 21 km. to the west of Chennai and is five km. from the nearest town Poonamallee. One could see plenty of buses passing through this place enroute to the destinations like Kancheepuram, Sriperumpudur, Vellore, Bangalore, etc. Pattabiram, the nearest railway station is about 11 km. from here. An ancient Siva Temple could be seen here in a dilapidated condition. The village has big lake which derives supply from anicut thrown across Coovum at Koratur through new Bungaur channel. The water from this tank is not used for irrigating this village but the Mangadu village down below.

Ennore :

Ennore constitutes the northern most area of Chennai city. The region is spread out like a peninsular landmark and is surrounded on three sides by the sea water. Ennore is quite popular as it houses one of the major ports of the Indian sub continent. The port at Ennore is the prime attraction in the region and is the hub of activities in the locality. The artificial port is the first public port of India. The cargo handled at the port primarily consists of thermal coal and P.O.L. products. The place features a number of big manufacturing units. The Ennore Foundry is one such institution. The establishment is responsible for the production of cylinder blocks and heads which are required in the automotive industries. One other big name in the region is that of Ashok Leyland. The transnational conglomerate is the prime manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines. The EID Parry Fertilizer Company, located near the railway station is also a reputed manufacturer in the region. The Sivakami Nagar, Netaji Nagar East and Netaji Nagar West, Gandhi Nagar and Nehru Nagar are some popular residential areas in the locality.

Nemam: ‘Oneness Temple’

  1. Nemam is 9 km away from Poonamallee, Chennai (On the way to Thiruthani). In Nemam the powerful temple is called as Vaitheeswara Amma Bhagawan. Here in Nemam those who successfully complete maha deektsha course are giving deektsha to devotees.

  2. The Oneness Temple is a result of the noble vision of Sri Amma and Bhagavan. This is a temple for all religions. Totally embracing all belief, its mammoth three floor marble structure now nearing completion will be Asia’s largest hall without pillars where 8000 people shall meditate together at a given time.

  3. An extraordinary experience, unparalleled in human history awaits mankind when 8000 people meditating shall generate an energy never before realised on earth. Influencing the morphogenic fields across the globe, elevating man to enlightenment, an altered state of consciousness - all with the immeasurable divine grace of Sri Amma and Bhagavan is naturally an awesome wonder.

  4. The Oneness Temple is a very unique temple. As we walk through the various passages of the temple our Chakras would start opening up starting with the Mooladhara to Sahasrara. As we come near the dome of the temple, our fontal lobes would be activated. When the fontal lobes are activated, we would be able to see the God we worship. If one is a Christian, he would see Christ, a Hindu would see his Hindu God, a Muslim would have his experience of God.

  5. People from all faiths and religions from anywhere in the world could come and pray to their God in their own way. They would see their God. This is a temple for the whole of humanity.

  6. Further details contact : Oneness University, Batthalavallam Village, Chilamatthur post, Varadaiyapalayam Mandal, Chithoor Dist.

Gummidipoondi :

Gummidipoondi is a beautiful industrial town in Thiruvallur district. Gummi-dipoondi lies on the National Highway 5 from Chennai to Calcutta. This road is part of the Golden Quadrilateral which is a project launched by the Vajpayee Govt. Gummidipoondi prides itself on housing two important factories, Dupont Fibers and Hitech Carbon ( A Aditya Birla Group Company)also know as Birla Carbon. Subsequently, DuPont Fibres has been taken over by SRF Limited. SRF stands for Shriram Fibres Limited and is the 8th largest producer of nylon tyre cord fabric in the world.

Gudiyam Caves :

Located 70 km from Chennai. The claims of Gudiyam village residents at the foothills of Allikuzhi ghats, near Poondi in Tiruvallur district, that they live near a place once inhabited by pre-historic hominids may sound exaggerated at first. But a 3km trek through thick forest bushes makes one realise that there is some truth in what they say. It is a known fact that millions of years ago, man lived in jungles and climbed up trees or sought shelter in caves. Subsequently, he invented ‘spears’ made of sharp stones tied to wooden sticks to ward off attack from wild animals and sometimes to kill the beasts for food. The State Department of Archaeology has set up a museum near the Sathyamoorthy Sagar in Poondi exclusively for preserving the exhibits of pre-historic artefacts collected in and around Poondi areas, including the Allikuzhi ghat area.Route : Drive down the Poonamallee Road -> then take the Tirutani Road -> head to Thiruvallur -> turn off to Poondi reservoir. Poondi-Gudiyam 15 kms. Palayam -> Seettancheri -> Pennalurpettai ->Right diversion(Gudiyam). Further details contact : Tamilnadu Tourist Office, 044-2538333, 25384444.


Kunrathur :

It is the birth place of the great poet Sekkizhar. He built the Nageswarar temple here. A Shiva temple, the presiding deity being Tirunageswarar, an old Vishnu temple with excellent sculptures of Rama and Hanuman and a hill shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga are other temples in Kunrathur. Ph : 24780436.

Mapped Singeeswarar :

There is one village called Mapped near Arakonam. A good old temple of 16th century A.D. attracts every traveller. It is told that Dalawai Ariyanatha Mudaliar the minister of Krishna Deva Raya has done renovation work at this temple. Sri Devi, Boodevi and Adhi Kesava Perumal are the Chief deities found here. If we workship here we will be relieved from arithritis. Very near to this temple tank there is a memorial of Kagapujandar Siddha which dates back to 5000 years; we can see a Siva temple there in a decaying Position. Location : It is located on the high road to Arakonam from Chennai Koyambed via Perambakkam.

Pattinathar :

One of the 18 Superior Saints of Tamilnadu Siddha tradition, who lived in 10th Century AD attained Salvation in a temple in Thiruvottriyur which is 8 Km drive from Chennai. Time : Morning 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tiruthani Kavadi

Pazhayanur (Tiruttani Taluk) :

Pazhayanaur, a village as ancient and as good sacred place as Thiruvalangadu. The contribution of Pazhayanur to the great tradition and glory of Tamils is unique. It was here that seventy Tamil scholars together sacrificed their lives to uphold a tamil worker. The opinion of the scholars is that nowhere could they come across such a unique incident involving the sacrifice of so many lives at an appointed hour.

Veeraraghava Perumal Temple


  1. The temple is one among the 108 divya desams of vaishnavas and a part of tondai naadu divyadesams. Amavasya days are believed to be auspicious for visiting this temple.

  2. The presiding deity Veera raghava perumal is in a reclining position in the temple. The lord’s right hand is positioned on Salihothra Munivar’s head while the left hand is in the Gyana Mudra position indicating the teaching of the four Vedas to the Lord Brahma.

  3. Offerings to the Lord : The Lord’s abhishekam is performed only with sandalwood oil.

  4. Salt and pepper offered to the god is believed to cure diseases and restore good health to the devotee.

  5. Small metal form of parts of body and other symbols are available in the nearby shops and these are put in the hundial by devotees for curing particular disease.

  6. Hrith paapanasini - The temple’s Pond :
    A dip in this holy water is capable of purifying even sins committed by mind.

  7. How to reach
    Tiruvallur is on the Chennai Tirupati highway. A diversion takes you to the temple. Nearest Rail Head- Tiruvallur

  8. Timings
    The temple is open from 6.30 am to 12 noon in the mornings and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.

  9. Contact Ph: 044-27660378

Poondi :

Poondi is a small village, is situated at a distance about 60 km. from Chennai. Frequent buses are available from Chennai and Tiruvallur to reach this place. ‘Poondi’ the name, it is said, is derived from Poondu in Tamil, the shrub which was once abundant in this place. Poondi has acquired a significant importance as it has a huge reservoir called Sathyamurthy Sagar. The water from this reservoir goes to the Red Hills lake from where the Madras city receives water supply after undergoing necessary processing.


Poovirundavalli (Poonamallee) :

Poovirundavalli, more popularly known in its corrupted form as Poonamallee, the birth place of Thirukatchi Nambi Alwar, a staunch devotee of Varadaraja Perumal is at a distance of 20 km. from Chennai, on the road leading to Bangalore. It has got very good bus facility, served by both the private operators and government transport corporations.


Pulicat Lake :


(Pazhaverkaadu in Tamil) is the second largest brackish-water lake on the Coromandel Coast of southeastern India. It lies at the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states, 60 km north of Chennai. The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. Sriharikota is home to the town of Pulicat.

The lake is 60 km long and varies from 0.2 to 17.5 km in width. It is the second-largest brackish water ecosystem on India’s east coast, after Orissa’s Chilka Lake.

The lake is shallow, and varies in area with the tides and seasonal rainfall, from 460 km˛ in high water to 250 km˛ in low water.

The shallow lake is known for its diversity of aquatic birds, and is an important stopover on migration routes. Approximately 15,000 flamingos visit the lake each year, along with pelicans, kingfishers, herons, painted storks, spoonbills and ducks.

The beaches of Sriharikota are an important nesting spot for sea turtles. A legend goes that the Dutch and the British berthed their ships on the Karimanal Village, right opposite the mouth of the lake, from where the name ‘Coramandel’ was coined.

The lake is protected as a wildlife sanctuary, proposals for a petrochemical complex, power plant, and a satellite port on Ennore creek have raised concern about the continued ecological health of the lake.


DDutch Cemetryutch Cemetry :

Pulicat is a small town situated at a distance of 60 km from Chennai. It houses a Dutch cemetery dating back to the 17th century. The Dutch built a fort here in the year 1609. During the Dutch rule Pulicat was known by the name Pallaicatta. Pulicat today bears testimony to this fact (period 1606 to 1690) with the Dutch Fort in ruins, dating back to 1609, a Dutch Church, Dutch Cemetery with 22 protected tombs (1631 to 1655) and a Dutch Cemetery with 76 tombs and mausoleums protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). They built a fort named Geldria at Pulicat, from where they transacted business with the British East India Company and other countries in the region.

Sri Karumari Amman Temple :

18 Kms from Chennai. This Temple is situated at Thiruverkadu. Thaipoosa Latcharchana and Poornima Latcharchana are very auspicious. Other important festivals are. Masi magam, Tamil new year, Panguni uthiram and Garudaseva. Sundays are very special. The poojas are Archana, Sagasranama Archana, Ashtothra Archana, Abishekam. Each Sunday the temple offers free food to its devotees. Ph : 26800430 / 487

Surutapalli :

This village is on the Chennai-Tirupati route and can be reached easily from Puthur which is about 8 km. Location : Sri Palli kondeswara Swamy Devastanam, Surutapalli. Dasukuppam Post, Darshan Time: 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. & 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Pradosham days morning 6.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Sani Pradosham is especially important when about 15,000 devotees throng this temple.


Thirupasur temple is built by Karikal Cholan, it is on the Thiruthani National Highway, about 60 km. away from the city, to the east of Thiruvalankadu and west of Tiruvallur Veeraraghava Swamy temple. Considered to be16th out of the 32 shrines sung by the savants of Saivism, Thiruppaasur has the special distinction of having been sung by Thirunavukarasar and Thirugnana-sambandhar.

Vadivudaiamman - Sri Thiagarajaswamy Temple :

 Of the 275 Paadal Petra Stalams, 32 lie in the Tondi Nadu, among which the Thiagarajaswamy temple at Tiruvotriyur is unique. Saivites, Vaishnavites, Saaktar, Uchavar, Adi Saivites and Namboodris visit and worship the manifestations of Shiva and Shakthi. Ph : 25733703.

Thirumullaivoyal temple :

Near Ambattur, Masimaneeswarar is the deity and Kodi idai Amman is the consort. The sanctum here has been in worship since the Sangam period. There are shrines to Rishabantikadevar, Natarajar and Bhikshatanar here. Elements of Pallava architecture are seen in this temple as in the lion pillars in the Vinayakar shrine. The nandi faces away from the sanctum in keeping with the legend. There are two Erukku pillars in front of the sanctum. Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi (Taurus), and Vasantha Utsavam in Aani.


Thalankuppam :

Dutch Cemetry

A distance of 17 km from the city, due north of the fort. While the distance is just 17 km, the experience is almost 100 km from anywhere near Chennai. This place marks the extreme north of the city, beyond this is a few miles of no-man’s land – just sand, the sea, dirty water and crumbling buildings and fisherhuts.


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