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For the village in Tiruvallur district, see Palavakkam, Tiruvallur.
Palavakkam is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 12°57′13″N 80°15′26″E / 12.9535°N 80.2572°E / 12.9535; 80.2572Coordinates: 12°57′13″N 80°15′26″E / 12.9535°N 80.2572°E / 12.9535; 80.2572
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kancheepuram
Metro Chennai
Population (2001)
 • Total 14,369
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600041
Telephone code 91-44

Palavakkam (Tamil: பாலவாக்கம்) is a locality in the south of Chennai and census town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the East Coast Road about 6 km south of Adyar.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Palavakkam had a population of 14,369. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Palavakkam has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 68%. In Palavakkam, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The area is constituted as Palavakkam Panchayat with a ward strength of 15 Members . The area has seen manifold development in all wakes in the recent 15 years from a small tiny village to a Hub- village. The Panchayat is seen with political aspirants of various parties. The area is predominately consists of Local fisherman folks, Dalits, Nayakkars, Muslims and the Gramanieses


Frequent bus services and share autos are available to reach Palavakkam. The place is nearby thiruvanmiyur, which has many IT parks including TIDEL park.


The Vegetable and Fish markets on sides of road, which caused traffic jams and road accidents on the East Coast Road, were cleared by the Municipal authorities and shifted to the inner side towards the Beach. In addition to the market, Periyar Street also has many grocery shops.

The region has many Bike showrooms, Petrol Bunks, Shopping centres, departmental stores, Internet cafes, coffee points, food joints, fast foods, game centers and restaurants (low and mid-ranged hotels). Lifeline hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in Chennai, is present here. The place is also rich with dentists, physicians, specialists and theraupaticians.


In Palavakkam, Near the CSI Church, Toni&Guy has come up with their lifestyle brand "Essensuals" Salon & Spa in a 2000 sq foot space to cater to the affluent crowd living off the East Coast Road. Toni&Guy is known for their procedures in Styling and is a well known UK brand. This Salon and Spa caters to people from Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakkam, Palavakkam, Neelankarai, Vettuvankani and the entire stretch of ECR.

In Jayashankara Nagar, there is a tennis training academy named Grand Slam. People from nearby places like Neelangarai, Kotivakkam, Vettuvankani etc.,come here to practice and play tennis.

The beach is protected with concrete walls to prevent erosion, and also to prevent high tide. The beach has a temple. The pavement stretches to around a km and a patrol checkpoint is also installed for safety. Bank of India branch is available in Palavakkam.

University Colony[edit]

Also known as Palkalai nagar, this staff colony of University Of Madras has 200 houses for the staff. However, outsiders and a few non employees of the University also live in this colony.There is a Ganesh(Vinayagar) temple at the beginning of the road leading to the colony which ends at the Palavakkam beach. P.S Residency plot ( Manoj House ) , Najeeb residential plot (Azra House) is also located at Jaya Shankar Nagar.

Educational institutions[edit]

The First bilingual International School in Chennai, German International School Chennai is situated in 4/391, Ram Garden, Anna Salai, Palavakkam.[2] They admit children from 18 months to 10th Standard and follow International Curriculums. Palavakkam also has a government school and many Private schools like Manuelmony Matriculation school, which well known in the area for producing good results in the board exams. Dr.A.L Mudaliar Matriculation school is located within the Madras University colony. There is also a Typewriting institute in the locality started more than 20 years ago.

Religious Institutions[edit]

There are two main Hindu temples, one main Islamic mosque and four Churches in palavakkam. "Palavakkathamman" temple is famous as some soaps were shot in this temple.

Aalladi Amman Temple: Aalladi Amman Temple is one of the oldest temples in palavakkam. It was originally on the ECR main road and due to widening of the ECR road, it was moved to Pachaiappan Street. The Temple is managed by its founder’s family throughout these years.

St. Anthony's Shrine: The St. Anthony's seashore shrine is one of the Famous Churches in Chennai that draws abundant crowd during Festive Seasons. This St. Anthony's shrine has 100 Feet Eucharistic Tower that has Exquisite artwork embedded into it.

Fathima Center: Next to the Madras University Campus there is an International Center promoting the Fatima Devotion and message. This organisation is founded by Rev. Fr. Nicholas Gruner having its headquarters in Fort Erie, Canada. It is currently situated in Bharatidasan Street in Palavakkam.

Masjid Noor: lies on the ECR on the seaside, which is the main place of worship for Muslims of Palavakkam.


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Contact Info." German International School Chennai. Retrieved on February 11, 2015. "4/391 Ram Garden Anna Salai Palavakkam Chennai 600 041"

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:44:19 -0700

The Corporation is racing against time to complete 165 welfare and development schemes that were announced in the past few years. A flurry of civic development activity is under way, yet many of the popular schemes are yet to be implemented. With tax ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 07:48:45 -0700

Visitors to the Palavakkam beach will soon find three dedicated parking slots. Work has already begun on them. Two of these slots are found on Dr. Kalignar Karunanidhi Salai. The third one is located on the beach road. Unlike Elliot's Beach in Besant ...
The Hindu
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

At a meeting on Monday, officials asked the consultant to study all aspects of the detailed project report that may violate CRZ norms. “A new road connecting Kottivakkam, Palavakkam and Neelangarai is a key aspect of the design. The width of the road ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:33:45 -0700

However, the shopkeeper in Palavakkam said that most of the houses and shops, including his, did not have a patta or registration. “Either the authorities should evict us completely or give us all the facilities properly. This half-hearted approach ...
The Hindu
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 17:33:12 -0700

With reference to the article “ Three parking slots to come up at Palavakkam beach ”, dated June 7, I have a few suggestions. Saplings of trees suitable to sandy soil should be planted near the upcoming parking slots and on either end of the Beach Road.
The Hindu
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:05:08 -0700

Construction is on at Virugambakkam, Besant Nagar, Palavakkam, Vepery, Thiruvanmiyur and Vannandurai, and land has been identified at Mylapore and Teynampet. “One parlour on Arcot Road in Virugambakkam will have a drive-in facility,” the source said ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:13:49 -0700

Construction is on at sites in Virugambakkam, Besant Nagar, Palavakkam Vepery, Thiruvanmiyur and Vannandurai and land has been identified for those at Mylapore and Teynampet. “These will be upmarket parlours with space to sit comfortably and enjoy ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:02:33 -0700

When asked about this, managing director of Metropolitan Transport Corporation P P Rajendran said the accident occurred before the driver could close the bus doors after halting at the Palavakkam bus stop. “The driver was about to close the door, but ...

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