Ambattur is an industrial Centre and township which is 16 km. Lu 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 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-Arakonam broad gauge line. It has got an Air Force Station in that area. The headquarters of the Special Armed Police of the Tamil Nadu Government.
Chembarambkkam 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 enroot to the destinations like Kanchecpuram, Sriperumpudur, Vellore, Bangalore, etc. Pattabiram, the neatest railway station is about 11 km. from here. An ancient Siva Temple could he seen here in a dilapidated condition. The village has big lake which derives supply from anicut thrown across Cooum at Koratur through new Bungaur channel. The water from this tank is not used for irrigating this village hut the Mangadu village down below.
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.
One of the 18 Superior Saints of Tan Siddha tradition, who lived in 10th Century AD attained Salvation in a temple in Thiruvottiyur which is 8 Km drive from Chennai. Time Morning 6 am. to 1.00 p.m. Evening 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pazhayanur (Tiruttani Taluk)
Pazhayanaur, a village as ancient and as good sacred place as Thiruvalangadu, is situated at a distance of about 1.5 kilometers from Thiruvalangadu village. The contribution of Pazhayanur to the great tradition and glory of Tamils is unique. It was here that seventy Tamil vahalars 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.
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, 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/Bird Sanctuary
A shoe shallow water spread formed by the confluence of Backwaters, Pulicat Lake and Buckingham Canal situated on the northern end of Tamil nadu is an ideal picnic spot. A catamaran ride on the shallow water spread and a visit to Bird Sanctuary ate two most leisure activities to he undertaken here.
Sri Karumari Amman Temple
18 Km from Chennai. This Temple is situated at Thiruverkadu. Thaipoosa Latcharechana 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.
This village is on the Chennai route and can he reached easily from Puthur which is about 8 km. Location : Sri Pallikondeswara 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 am. To 8.30 p.m. Sani Pradosham is especially important when about 15,000 devotees throng this temple. On the occasion of Maha Sivaratrj well over 30,000 devotees wait for the darshan of Pallikondeswarar.
Veeraraghava Perumal Temple
Tiruvallur is glorified by the location of a famous Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Veeraraghava. Tiruvallur, formely known as “Tiruvvull”, is 42 km from Chennai. The chief deity of the temple is Sri Veeraraghava Pemmal, reclining on Adi Sesha. His consort is Kanagavalli also known as Vasumati
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 Thiruvallore Veeraraghava Swamy temple. Considered to hel6th out of the 32 shrines sung by the savants of Saivism, Thiruppaasur has the special distinction of having been sung by Thirunavukarasar and Thirugnanasambandhar.
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 Thirtha under this hill and this place is also called as Saravana Poigai. The important festivals are Adi Kirthigai Theppa Thiruvizha. Shiva Rathiri, Shasti Thiruvizha. They are celebrated in mid of July and August. Opening time of the temple is 5 am to 9 p.m. Ph: 044-27885243.
Vadivudaiamman Sri Thiagarajaswamy Temple
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 at this temple.