Viluppuram at a Glance
Air :  The nearest landing facility is in Chennai at a distance of 165 kms. Chennai is connected with all major air destinations of India. International flights also operate to Chennai.

Rail : The nearest railhead from Pondicherry is Villupuram at a distance of 32 kms. Local trains operate between Villupuram and Chennai regularly.

Bus : Buses are available to Pondicherry from Chennai and many other destinations of Tamil Nadu. The road distance between Chennai and Pondicherry is 142 kms.

Area : 7,217
Population : 29,60,373 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 1030 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 36C Min : 21C
STD Code : 04146
162 Km from Chennai


viluppuram glance

From the 1st to the 4th centuries CE the Chola were the rulers of the area, Karikala Chola was the most famous and powerful individual of the time. The grip of Chola rule was broken when the Cholas were overthrown by Simha Vishnu Pallava and the region came under the Pallava rule. Vijayalaya Chola again revived Chola rule. This was the beginning of great Chola Empire.

Cholas regained their lost position but with the rise of Jatavarman Sundara Pandya-1 (1251), Chola supremacy came to an end. The sway of Pandyas lasted for over 50 years, followed by Muslim domination from 1334 to 1378. By 1378, the region came under the rule of Vijayanagar Kingdom and Nayaks were appointed as the rulers of the region.In 1677 Shivaji took the Gingee area with the assistance of Golkonda forces. Then came the Mughals. During the Mughal regime, both the English and French acquired settlements in South Arcot. During the Anglo-French rivalry, the entire district was turned into a battleground.

Viluppuram district came into existence on 30 September 1993 when it was created out of South Arcot district. Viluppuram is the second largest district in the state.

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