Cuddalore at a Glance
Air :  Nearest Airport is Chennai Airport 185 km from Chennai.

Rail : Cuddalore is an important railway junction in the Southern Railway line.

Bus : Cuddalore has a well maintained network of state and national highways connected with various parts of the country. The state high way 45A which runs from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli passes half a mile from the Cuddalore Port East cost road which links Chennai, just a km. away.

Area : 3,999
Population : 22,85,395 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 1,365.9 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 37.7C Min : 20.2C
STD Code : 04142
183 Km from Chennai


Cuddalore District is one among the important tourist places in Tamil Nadu with historical monuments, edifices, sacred and ancient temples. The famous ancient temple of Chidambaram is renowned for its sculptures of dances in various Natya poses. The district of Cuddalore lies on the east coast of Bay of Bengal.

Town : There are two large divisions in the town of Cuddalore: the Old Town, and the New Town (Thirupadirippuliyur). The Gedilam River flows through the town and separates the Old Town from Thirupadiripuliyur. The Old Town has been a seaport since ancient times; Cuddalore traded with the Roman Empire approximately 2000 years ago. Cuddalore was the first town in Southern India which came under direct European control.

The Dutch were the first to conquer it, followed by Portugal, France and later Britain. The British built Fort St David in Cuddalore near Devanam-pattinam. Cuddalore also has some very well respected schools, the most popular among them being St. Josephs Higher Seconday School, Manjakkuppam which is one of the oldest school, with all facilities. St. Marys and St. David Schools are also other good schools.

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