This area was annexed to Chennai in 1742 AD.
Perambur is served by three railway stations: Perambur, Perambur Carriage Works and Perambur Loco Works. It is one of the earliest British settlements in Chennai, mainly because of the railway establishments during the 1850s. Perambur is noted for the largest presence of Anglo-Indians in Chennai (and arguably in South India) because of the erstwhile British settlements in and around Perambur, during the construction and running of the Integral Coach Factory (IC). The ICF is located only in Perambur and Kolkata in India. Perambur houses many Malayalis who work for the railways. St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar church is a Catholic church in Perambur which serves the Malayalee Catholics of north Chennai.
Perambur is one of the major railway hubs in Chennai because of ICF and due to express/super-fast trains stops. Perambur is the fifth largest station in Chennai in passenger volume after Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram and Mambalam.
Perambur has a wide range of entertainment venues such as cinemas and parks. Perambur has the first shopping mall of the north Chennai: Spectrum Mall.
It has a five-screen multiplex named S2 Cinemas which is controlled by theater franchise SPI Cinemas. Sri Brinda Theatre and Sri Shanmuga Theatre is popular among cinema lovers. Perambur has many other cinema theatres such as Ganga Cinemas in Kolathur which is just 5 km away.
Perambur has Chennai's first disco waterpark — Murasoli Maran Membala Poonga — which is crowded on weekends.
Perambur Railway Stadium is frequented for athletic events, annual sports meets and training sessions.
Perambur serves as an important link between the northern mofussils of Chennai to the rest of the Greater Chennai. The neighbours of Perambur are Kodungaiyur East (3.9 km), Kodungaiyur West (3.3 km), Sembium (2 km), Periyar Nagar (3 km), TVK Nagar (3 km), Kolathur (4 km),Villivakkam (5 km), Moolakadai (3 km), Madhavaram (5 km), Manali (8 km), Mathur MMDA (7 km), Vyasarpadi (2 km) and Doveton or Purasaiwalkam (3 km), Ayanavaram (3 km),Ponniammanmedu (5 km), Vepery (3.5 km), Vinayagapuram (6 km), Chennai Central railway station (8 km), and Erukkancheri (3 km) Otteri (1.2km)
Some of the major connecting roads and streets include Paper Mills Road, Perambur Main Road, Perambur High Road, Madhavaram High road, Anandavelu street, Venkatraman street, Paddy Field Road, Patel Road, Bharathi Road (Paddy Field Road), Siruvallur Road, Foxen Street, Beer Shop Lane, Rangasayee Street, Ballard Street, Mohamadan Street, Damodaran Street, Raghavan Street, Jaganathan Colony, Carpenter Street, Nellam Garden Street, B.B Road and Bunder Garden Street.
The rail over bridge connecting Perambur railway station with that Perambur Carriage Works had been a source of transportation discomfort because of its narrow pass and low road which used to flood during rain. In 1999 the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government decided to build a flyover along with nine others.
The work reached a halt when one of the columns started sinking. This led to the cost of the proposed flyover shoot from Rs.21 crore (210 millions) to Rs 34 crore (340 millions). Furthermore, DMK lost in the consecutive 2001 elections (although its ally Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) retained Perambur constituency) which led to a further stalemate for the project. The flyovers became the centre of political debacle for the next five years. After DMK came back to power in 2006, it started working on the project once again, but this time with an even more shooting up of the proposed cost.
The flyover serves the people living in Perambur, Kolathur, T.V.K. Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Kumaran Nagar, Ayanavaram, Vinayagapuram, Madhavaram, Mathur and Kodungaiyur.
The flyover was constructed with different plan and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi and the then Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Stalin on 28 March 2010. The flyover serves to reduce the traffic congestion in and around North Chennai. It is 1.3 km in length and 13 meters high from the ground, and is one of the tallest bridges in Chennai after Kathipara, Guindy. The bridge consist of three levels, road below, rail in the middle and road again at the top.Ayyappan Koil west
Thulukath Amman Thirukoil
Lakshmi Amman Koil
Pazhani Aandavar Koil
Muthu Mari Amman Koil
Shiva Vishnu Koil
BB road- Perumal koil
Shri Ravieshwarar Koil, Vyasarpadi(Shri Vyasar Padiya Sthalam,Very Powerful Lord shiva )
Mani Sir Aashram
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine (Roman Catholic) (117 years old)
Saint Theresa's Church (Roman Catholic)
Saint Joseph's Church (Syro-Malabar Catholic)
Saint Gregory's Church (Orthodox)
Saint George's Church (Orthodox)
CSI Wesely Church (CSI, Protestant) (over 150 years old)
Apostolic Christian Assemblies Perambur Branch
TELC Bethel Church (Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church)
Rahmania Masjid,Shanthi Nagar, Jamaliya Nagar, Perambur
Ansarul Islam Mosque, Tiruvallur St, Kennedy Square, Perambur
Fidayane Masjid, Sembiyan, Perambur
Masjid E Hussaini and Madarasa, Mohammaden St, Sembiyan, Perambur
Tahniyat Mosque, SRP Koil St N, Peravallur, Perambur
Masjid-e-Khalique, 3rd Circular St, Jawahar Nagar, Perambur
Masjid Al-Huda, 19th St, Periyar Nagar West, Perambur
Masjib E Rahmath, Kannivakkam, State Bank Colony, Perambur
Hazrat Syed Husain Shah Khadiri Mosque, 10/15, Park St, Gopal Colony, Perambur
Begum Shafia Mosque, Perambur High Rd, Desia Colony, Jamalia, Perambur
Jamalia Mosque and Arabic College,Perambur High Rd, Desia Colony, Jamalia, Perambur
Chennai Corporation Higher Secondary School
Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's (DRBCCC) Higher Secondary School
Don Bosco Higher Secondary School
Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School which with Savio Primary School is on the premises of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
Kaligi Ranganathan Montford Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Lourdes Girls Higher Secondary School
Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School
Begum Latheefunnisa Islamic Nursery and Primary School
Sacred Heart's Nursery and Primary School
St. Joseph's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School
St. Mary's Group of Schools
St.Thomas Primary School
SKNS PMC Vivekananda Vidyalaya
Voc Vidiyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Periyar matriculation higher secondary school
KRM Public School (CBSE school)
Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital
Srinivas Priya Hospital