Sriperumbudur, an industrial town in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, is fast emerging as a popular tourist destination. The old name of Sriperumbudur is Boodhapuri, and it was believed that the ones who died in Sriperumbudur would find the door of heaven open for him.
In the recent times, Sriperumbudur has attracted many international organisations whose offices are located here.
Hyundai was one of the first investors to establish their Indian car operations her in 1999 followed by other hot shots such as Saint-Gobain, Nokia, Ford, BMW, Mitsubishi, Hindustan Motors and more recently Nissan. The town is strategically located on the Bangalore-Chennai highway and is only 40 km away from Chennai. As a result, the town has seen rapid industrialisation and growth of infrastructure.
With over $2 billion being invested in the town, it has become a SEZ by 2008. Hence it has managed to attract many international as well as national tourists.
Tourist places in and around Sriperumbudur
Sriperumbudur is infamous as the town in which former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a human bomb on 21st May 1991. The Tamil Nadu government has converted the area into a memorial, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, where several tourists visit to pay their homage.
Another important tourist attraction to this town is the ‘Madras Motor Sports Club’, which organises racing events every year in Irungattukotai the race track of the club. The South India Rally and the AI India Motor Race Meet are organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club. They have gained the permission to organise Formula III racing and the races held are of world class standards, hence drawing many tourists during the prime season.
Other attractions include the Vallakottai Murugan Temple which is at a distance of 10 km from Sriperumbudur, the Tambaram theme park which was established in 1995 and is at a distance of 25 km from Sriperumbudur, the Madras Atomic Power Station and the Brahmakumaris Museum among many others.
A visit to Chengalpattu is worthwile during a visit to the town of Sriperumbudur. The demographics of the town are positive with high sex ratio and literacy. The official language of the town is Tamil.
How to reach Sriperumbudur
Sriperumbudur is easily accessible with both Bangalore and Chennai being at a close distance. Regular bus and train services are available from both the metros. Travelling within Sriperumbudur is also comfortable with public transports being inexpensive and easily available.
Sriperumbudur experiences a largely temperate climate. However the summers can be quite hot and humid with temperatures going up to 40° Celsius. This time of the year can be uncomfortable for travellers. The Monsoons begin from the month of June and lasts till September. Although the temperature cools down by then, the humidity is still high. The winter, experienced during the months or December to February is the best time to visit Sriperumbudur. The temperature is not too low and it makes travelling very pleasant.