Tambaram, a suburb and satellite town of Chennai, located 27 km to the south on the Chennai Trichirapalli National Highway is a centre of education, defence, entertainment and commerce.
It is an important connecting point to various parts of Chennai city for train travellers to and from southern Tamil Nadu and a converging point for those travelling out south. The Chennai–Egmore–Kanyakumari railway line divides the town in east and west sections. East Tambaram is well known for its many educational institutions.
The shifting of the Madras Christian College (MCC) from Chennai city to Tambaram, in 1936-1937, transformed the place from a small village to a bustling town. Tambaram is today an important centre for technical education with a number of engineering colleges such as the SRM University and other prestigious institutions established here. These institutions attract a lot of students from all over the country, giving the town a cosmopolitan look.
The Air Force station and flying instructor’s school in Tambaram has placed this town on the defence map of India. This satellite town has got its name from a temple in the vicinity once known as Tamburamana Gunaseela Nallur.
The Shanmugam Road in west Tambaram is one of the busiest roads in the city. Hindu Mission Hospital, an important landmark of Tambaram, lies on its western side. Tambaram is a town of temples that are historically significant.
The Ekambeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, a revered place of worship, is situated within the town, while Vaikunta Perumal Temple, also dedicated to Shiva, is located in Madhuratnangam about 15 km from Sriperumbudur. These temples are visited by a large number of devotees from both India and abroad.
Kishkintha and MGM Dizzy World, two theme based entertainment parks, are also located in Tambaram. Water sports at Kishkintha and the roller coaster ride at MGM are very popular. The Vedanthagal Bird Sanctuary nearby Tambaram is a place of great importance to ornithologists and bird watchers in particular. This sanctuary is a home to various types of migratory birds.