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Language spoken  Tamil
State  Tamil Nadu
District  Chennai District

Tondiarpet is a neighbourhood of Chennai city in India. The old town wall in the neighbourhood is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.


Map of Tondiarpet


This area got its name from a famous seventeenth century Muslim Saint "Kunangudi Masthan Sahib". His birthplace is located near Thondi in Ramanathapuram District. He meditated in a place known as "Lebbai Kaadu" in Chennai. The locals called him "Thondiar", meaning "Man hailing from Thondi". Later, Lebbai Kaadu came to be known as Tondiarpet. Hazarath Kunangudi Masthan Sahib Dargah located in Royapuram near Tondiarpet is visited by people of all faith. His writings are hailed by all people and is available in text book labeled as Gnana Sidhar Kunangudiar. It is available at His Dargah in Royapuram, Chennai.


The southern part of Tondiarpet has many banks and hospitals. Some medical facility providers include Appolo Hospital, Malinga Hospital, Government Peripheral Hospital, Communicable Diseases Hospital, and ESIC Hospital. A development project involving installation of public toilets, Corporation schools, gymnasia and health centres was undertaken by Corporation of Chennai in 2004, which has improved the region to a great extent.


The place is located in the northern outskirts of Chennai and close to Bay of Bengal. It shares its boundaries with other important regions of Chennai including George Town, which is a couple of kilometers to the south. Chennai Airport is about 16 km away from here. The region has its own railway station, Tondiarpet Railway Station, on the Chennai Central- Gummidipoondi Line.


Trade and commerce flourishes in the township of Tondiarpet. Manufacturing and distributing enterprises are abundantly found at Tondiarpet. The region has a good number of export houses which primarily deal in silk apparels and jewellery. A good number of outlets merchandising plastic ware and metal ware are prevalent in the suburbs. The region also houses the fishing harbour. The Fish Marketing Office is also situated here. The place constitute the Zone-I and houses the zonal office of the Corporation of Chennai.


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