Chengalpattu Details

Origin of the name:

Population: As of 2001 India census Chingleput had a population of 62,631

Climate: It has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate. The city lies on the thermal equator and is also on the coast

Economy: Chengalpattu has a diversified economic base driven primarily by the auto, IT and services industries. ...


Education: There are number of educational institutes located in Chingleput.




There are several industries located around Chengalpattu and several more are coming up. The primary reason of this being the town's close proximity to Chennai and its frequent connectivity to other places through rail and road.

Several companies like Tech Mahindra, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Infosys, Nokia, Pepsi, TVS, and Siemens have their production plants near Chengalpattu.

Movie Theatre:

         Estancia Mall

         Prarthna Drive In Restaurant

         Kasi Theatre

         Sathyam Cinemas Multiplex

         INOX Leisure Ltd

         Abirami Multiplex

         Anna Cinema Hall

Geography : Chengalpattu is located at 1242′N 7959′E / 12.7N 79.98E / 12.7; 79.98 It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 feet). Lake Kolavai is situated near Chingleput.


Today Chengalpattu has developed as a touristic spot for many foreign travellers on their way to Mamallapuram, Thirukazhukundram and Kanchipuram. The boat house established by Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) in the Kolavai lake which is situated alongside of the NH 45 highway has now turned into a place where people can relax with their families on weekends. The monsoon rains flooded the gates of the lake in December 2005 due to which the TTDC boat club operation has been stopped. It also serves as a bridge connecting all nearby districts with the renowned tourist places like Mahabalipuram, Muttukadu, theme parks on East Coast Road (ECR), Thirukazhukundram etc.

History: Chingleput was formerly a capital of the kings of Vijayanagara, after their defeat by the Deccan sultanates at Battle of Talikota in 1565. In 1639 a local governor or Nayak, subject to these kings, granted a piece of coastal land to the British East India Company where Fort St George now stands, which became the nucleus of the city of Madras. The fortress at Chingleput, built by the Vijayanagara kings in the 16th century, was of strategic importance, owing to its swampy surroundings and the lake that flanked its side.

Chingleput was taken by the French in 1751, and was retaken in 1752 by Robert Clive, after which it proved of great strategic advantage to the British, especially when Lally failed to capture the fortress in his advance on Madras.

During the wars of the British with Hyder Ali of Mysore it withstood his assault, and afforded a refuge to the nearby residents; in 1780, after the defeat of Colonel W. Baillie, the army of Sir Hector Munro took refuge there. By 1900 the town was noted for its manufacture of pottery, and was a local market center, especially of the rice trade. The surrounding district was home to cotton and silk weaving, indigo dyeing, tanneries, and a cigar factory, and extensive salt manufacturing took place along the coast.

In the past Chingleput was established as a district of the Madras Presidency in 1765. The administrative headquarters were at Saidapet. The area of the district was 3079 sq. mi., and the population was 1,312,122 in 1901. In 1999, the district was split into the districts of Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur.

Chingleput derives its name because of water body that surrounds it containing 'red lillies' ('Chen'gazhu-neer-pattu in Tamil or Chengaluva-peta in Telugu


K.M from Chennai : Chengalpattu is at 60Km


The first and foremost attraction that anyone who passes through Chengalpattu notices is the Kolavai lake. It is the Second Largest lake in the Kanchipuram District after the Madhuranthagam Lake. Kolavai lake is well known for its perenniality which has no records of going dry in Summers. It even supplies Water to industries in Chennai when the lakes in Chennai go dry. Its ecstatic location surrounded by mountains fills one's heart with joy. It is sad to note that the lake is now being polluted due to the rapid urbanisation of Chengalpattu. The ingress of people to the outskirts of Chennai city due to lack of space can be considered the major cause for this.

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