Porur is a small town located on the south-west outskirts of Chennai. Despite being a key location on the Mount Poonamalle High Road, it was included in the city limits only in the year 2011. The locality is well-established and comprises of residential colonies along with some manufacturing industries and chemical plants. There are a couple of renowned educational institutes situated here, including Sri Ramachandra University and Meenakshi Ammal Dental College.
An interesting fact about Porur is that it is believed to have existed in ancient Pallava times, and the name ‘Porur’ means ‘place of warfare’, when translated from Tamil to English. The famous Shiva Temple here is believed to have been built by the Chola Kings. In the modern times, it houses one of the two Monopulse Secondary Radars in Chennai, which helps in communication between airplanes and airports.
Porur has its own lake too, which serves as a source of fresh water to the residents of the locality.