Vandalur is a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai. It islocatedinKancheepuram district. The suburbs of Perungalathur, Mudichur, Tambaram, Urupakkam and Padappai are located nearby. Vandalur is a residential area at the junction of the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road and connects the Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST) with Old Mamallapuram Road (OMR).
Its strategic location on Tiruchi-Chennai Highway, adjoining Vandalur-Walajabad-Vandalur Road, has helped turn Vandalur into a much desired locality in the city.
The average price for multi-storey apartments is Rs 3,500 per sq ft. Average price for independent --houses is Rs 3,700 per sq ft. Residential plots in Vandalur come at an average of Rs 12,700 per sq ft.
The Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road connects Vandalur to GST Road and OMR. The Tiruchy-Chennai Highway and Vandalur-Walajabad-Vandalur Road connect Vandalur to other localities in Chennai. The Vandalur Flyover Bridge plays a role in providing better accessibility.The nearest railway station is the Vandalur Railway station on the Chennai Suburban Railway line and connects Vandalur to Chennai Beach, Nungambakkam, Chennai Egmore, Chromepet, Tambaram and other areas. The main bus terminus is the Vandalur Bus Stop. Chennai Central is situated 37 kms from Vandalur, and can be reached via SH-114 and Chennai Bypass Road. Localtrains from Vandalur to Egmore can also be used to reach Chennai Central. The Chennai International Airport is situated 16 kms from here.
Vandalur is well equipped with social and commercial infrastructure like schools, colleges, hospitals, restaurants, railway stations and bus stops in the area.
Some of the schools in the locality include Shri NatesanVidyasala Matriculation School, Government High School, Sri ViswaVidyalaya High School, Delhi Public School among others. Colleges in the region include the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Chennai School of Ship Management, various engineering colleges including VIT Chennai campus.
Vandalur is also home to famous Vandalur Lake. Vandalur also houses the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in the Vandalur Reserve Forest with an area of over 1,000 acres. The Park, one of the largest zoological parks in South Asia, is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. Also called the Vandalur Zoo, it was the first public zoo in India.Vandalur Hill is part of the Arignar Anna Zoological Park and entry is restricted.
Some places of worship in the locality include Padappai Church, Arai Kaasu Amman Temple among others.
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