History of Chennai How areas in Chennai got their names?
Egmore Egmore is the English form of "Ezhumbur" the name of a pre-British era village situated on the northern banks of the River.
Quick Facts • The Egmore railway station is the second most important in the state of Tamil Nadu after the Chennai Central Railway Station • The Connemara Library was created as an annexure housing the Museum's vast book collection and became operational in 1896.
Chetpet The area is named after NamperumalChettiar, the building contractor and philanthropist who lived in the mid 19th century
Quick Facts • Chetput has a pond between the Chetput railway station and the Poonamallee High Road, one of the last surviving natural water bodies in the city • Indian Mathematician SrinivasaRamanujam died in Chetpet after suffering from illness
Chepauk Derived from the Urdu word "CheBagh" meaning "Six gardens"
Quick Facts • Pincode-600005 • The famous University of Madras is located at this place
Besant Nagar Named after lady theosophist Annie Besant
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 090 • The main attraction is the Elliot's Beach, named after Edward Elliot
Avadi The word 'Avadi' has wrongly been considered as an acronym for "ArmouredVehicles and Ammunition Depot of India", whereas it means in Tamil 'a place with lot of cows' ஆ - cow + அடி - place
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 054 • It is surrounded by major defence establishments
Anna Nagar Named after the Tamil leader CN Annadurai
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Aminjikarai A delta formed from the deposition of the sediment carried by the river Cooum towards its journey to the Bay of Bengal is called AmaindaKarai
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 029 • It is located on the banks of the Cooum River • Ampa Skywalk, one of the important shopping malls of Chennai is located over here
Ambattur This place is one of 108 ShakthiSthals in the country. The Amman (Durga) temple here is 51st in the order and therefore this place was called "aimbaththuOramur' meaning 51st place/Temple village in Tamil
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 053 • Quite a variety of birds reside and frequent the places in and around Ambattur. Woodland birds, water birds and many more visit here
Adyar It gets its name from the Adyar River which flows through its northern limits
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 020 • The Theosophical Society, is headquartered in Adyar • Famous universities, IIT and Anna University are located over here
Kodambakkam It is derived from the Urdu word GhodaBagh meaning "garden of horses
Quick Facts • Pincode- 600 024 • Kollywood, the Tamil film industry derives its name from Kodambakkam
Mylapore The word Mylapore is derived from Mayilarparikumoor, which means "Land of the peacock scream"
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 004 • Mylapore is regarded as the birthplace of Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar one of the icons of Tamil literature.
Parrys It is named after Thomas Perry, a Welsh merchant who set up the EID Parry Company in 1787
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Teynampet Teynampet derives its name from Thennam and pettai (Place of coconut trees) due to the coconut groves that once existed there.
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 018 • Teynampet also houses "Anna Arivalayam", which is the head office of the DMK party
Royapuram Derived from the Tamil name “Rayappar” which refers to St.Peter
Quick Facts • Pincode-600 013 • The legendary Robinson Park renamed as Arignar Anna Poonga after late chief minister of Tamil Nadu Arignar Anna is located here. This park has witnessed various historic activities such as the birth of DMK and lot of public rallies during the early part of 1950s and 1960s