The old name of Sriperumbudur is "Bhoodhapuri".
Sriperumbudur belongs to the Sriperumbudur Formation, which is characterised by arenaceous and argillaceous rock units composed of splintery green shale, clays, and sandstones with ironstone intercalation. The rock units conformably overlie either the Precambrian basement or Precambrian boulder beds and green shales. The beds contain marine intercalations. Their lithologic suites and fossil fauna are suggestive of deposition under shallow and brackish conditions, probably close to the shoreline.
Sriperumbudur has attracted huge investments due to several factors:proximity to Chennai port
strategic location on the Chennai-Bangalore highway
establishment of Software Technology Parks
availability of quality workforce
In 1999, Hyundai, one of the initial investors, arrived at Sriperumbudur. By 2008, Sriperumbudur had become a special economic zone with over US$2 billion invested by companies primarily in the automotive and electronics sectors.
A new greenfield Chennai Airport is planned for Sriperumbudur. The Industrial corridor between Sriperumbudur and Oragadam is rapidly growing with apartment complexes by large developers such as KumarRaja Foundations, Arun Excello and Hiranandani.
The following companies have established operations in Sriperumbudur:
The Sriperumbudur assembly constituency is one of 234 constituencies represented in Tamil Nadu's State Legislative assembly. It is also represented as Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha Constituency in Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
The Kanchipuram Regional Transport Office (RTO) has a unit office in Sriperumbudur.
Adikesava Perumal Temple is the birthplace of Saint Ramanuja. Sriperumbudur is the birthplace of Sri Ramanuja, the Hindu saint and philosopher known as one of the foremost proponents of the Vaishnavism branch of Hinduism. Sri Ramanujar's vigraha was installed in this temple during the saint's lifetime and is, therefore, called "Thamugantha Thirumani" (literally, "cherished by himself form").
The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial is a memorial to Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at the site where he was assassinated. The Memorial was dedicated to the nation by former president of india Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam in 2003.
Vallakottai Murugan temple, 9 km from Sriperumbudur, is known for the tallest Lord Murugan statue in India (9 metres [30 feet]).
Madras Motor Sports Club, located at the village of Irungattukottai near Sriperumbudur, organises world class racing events every year, including the South India Rally and the All India Motor Race Meet. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) have licensed the club for races up to Formula Three for cars and all classes for motorcycles. The club also has a dirt track for autocross events.
Gunduperumbedu, a village in Sriperumbudur Taluk, is known for marine fossils. The age of the fossils found here, roughly goes to as old as 100 to 300 million years old.