With Chennai currently growing and expanding at a rapid pace, Grand Southern Trunk Road or GST Road as it is popularly called has become one of the preferred areas to live in. GST road has good infrastructure and is one of the busiest National Highways in South India. The highway is 472km long that starts from Kathipara junction in Guindy and goes until Theni. Apart from connecting the city to the airport and adjoining suburbs, GST road is seen as one of the hot spots for real estate investments as well. The presence of many IT parks and large conglomerates has attracted people to this locale. This area also houses a large number of well-known schools, colleges, restaurants, shopping malls and other lifestyle facilities as well. Read on to see what GST has to offer.
Planning on dining out? Here are some of the best restaurant options on GST road:
Looking for a sumptuous meal at an affordable price? Honey Spice is your go to option. The restaurant specialises in south Indiancuisine and is famous for its biriyani. With good ambience and tasty food, Honey Spice is an ideal dine-in option for a family dinner.
Address: Door No 31, Plot No 9, G.S.T Road (NearVandalur Zoo, Opp to VGP Ground), Urappakkam, GST Road, Chennai
The Great Kabab Factory
The Great Kebab Factory, true to its name has over 180 delicious varieties of Kebabs. Situated at the RadissonBlu hotel, it is one of the well-known hotels of the city. Apart from the kebabs the restaurant offers wide spread of NorthIndian and Mugal dishes. The desserts at this place are to die for!
Address: 531, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600016
Cinnamon at Trident is an all-day dining restaurant offering Continental, Chettinad, Italian, North Indian, South Indian, Thai cuisines. It is famous for its wide spread breakfast. The lovely ambience, great location and over the top service makes cinnamon is totally worth your time and money.
Address: No 1/24, 4, GST Road, Inside Trident Hotel, GST Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600027
Also known as the vegetarian’s paradise,Sangeetha is one of the most famous South Indian restaurants in the city. Sangeetha is present almost at every location in the city. They are known their quick service and delicious dishes. If you are a filter coffee lover, do not forget to visit this place.
Address: 40/166, Vandalur, GST Road, Chennai
SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
Here are few best schools and colleges in and around GST road:
Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (SRM)
One of the top ranking universities in India, SRM offers wide range of courses in the field of engineering, management, medicine, health sciencesand humanities. The university has three campuses and the main campus is located at Katankulathur. The campus is spread over 250 acres and has a wide range of facilities like the hostels, hospital and research centre, ATM, post office, departmental stores, restaurants and canteens.
Address: SRM Nagar, Potheri, Kattankulathur, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 603203
B.S. Abdur Rahman University
B.S. Abdur Rahman University was established in 1956 under the name B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College. The college offers a broad range of degrees in engineering which includes UG, PG and PhD courses. The college provides hostel facilities for both men and women on campus. The university is well connected and easily accessible by bus. It is located 2km from Vandalur railway station.
Address: Seethakathi Estate, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048
Hindustan International School
Hindustan International School was started by the Hindustan Group of Institutionscombines both traditional and innovative methods of teaching. Besides the academics, extra-curricularactivities are also give high level of importance. HIS, as it is commonly referred to, has two branches, one in Guindy and in Karapakkam. The school in Guindy is affiliated to Cambridge International Examinations and offers education from kindergarten to 12th grade. The Karapakkam branch is CBSE affiliated.
Address: 40, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Guindy, Chennai, 600016
One of the well-reputed schools in the city, PSBB Millennium School is managed by the PSBB Group of Schools and the Learning Leadership Foundation. The GST branch of this school houses the nursery wing. The school is well equipped with innovative play materials that are aimed at enhancing the child’s motor skills. There are also enough space open spaces to play.
Address: NO 9 GST Road St Thomas Mount,Gunidy Chennai Tamil Nadu, 600016
GST road houses some of the best hospitals in the city. Here are a few:
Hindu Mission Hospital
Hindu Mission Hospital was started on the 5th of Dec 1982. With state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained doctors, it is currently one of the top multi-speciality hospitals in Chennai. The hospital has many success stories to add to their books, like the opening of the eye bank, a Corneal Transplant Institute, a Research Institute and a Fellowship in Clinical Diabetology.
Address: Hindu Mission Hospital,103, GST Road, Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600045
Apollo Hospitals, GST Road Tambaram
Apollo Hospitals is one of the leading hospitals in the city. The hospital offers services in various fields such as neurology, trauma, cardio thoracic and cardiology. The hospital has advanced technology and has the facility to house 150 beds.
Address: No 13, GST Road, Tambaram, Chennai- 600045
Launched in 1995, Deepam Hospital is now a chain of eight hospitals. Spread across 15kms and 300 beds, thehospital specializes in anaesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, endocrinology, obstetrics and gynaecology and many other fields of medicine.
Address: No.107A, G.S.T. Road, Chromepet, Chennai – 600 044
Sankara Nethralaya, which means “The Temple of the Eye,” was incepted in 1978 by Dr.SengameduSrinivasaBadrinath as a not- for- profit eye hospital. Today it is one of the super specialty institutions for ophthalmic care in Chennai. The hospital has also gained international recognition. It was incepted with a vision of providing best eye care treatment for the people without any differentiation between the rich and the poor. The hospital has many branches in the city and the one located at GST road is the Elite School of Optometry (ESO). This institution offers a four-year professional degree in Optometry.
Address: Sankara Nethralaya, No. 8, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,Chennai – 600016
Mahindra world city
Based on the concept of integrated cities designed to create a balance between life, living and livelihood, the Mahindra world city comprise SEZs, Industrial Parks, retail and social infrastructure. At present, it is located in Chennai and Jaipur. The world city located in Chennai is home to many international MNC’s. Below are few that operate at this township.
Infosys is one of the most renowned companies of the world. The company has many branches spread across the world and has two branches in the city of Chennai, one located at OMR and the other one located at Mahindra world city at Chengalpet.
Address: Mahindra Industrial Park, Plot No.TP1/1, Central Avenue, Techno Park (SEZ), Mahindra World City, Chengalpet, Kanchipuram District – 603004
Capgemini, an international company headquartered in Paris, launched its first office at Mumbai in 2001. Currently, the company is spread across 9 cities in India. In Chennai the company has five branches, each located at different parts of the city, one of which is situated at the Mahindra World City at Chengalpet.
Address: Capgemini Business Services (India) Limited, Plot No.TP 4/1,4th Avenue, Technopark,SEZ, Mahindra world city, Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu – 603002, INDIA
Wipro is one of the leading providers of IT services and the company has many offices in India. Wipro has close to six branches in Chennai with one of the biggest ones located at the Mahindra World city at Chengalpet.
Address: TP-3, Central Avenue, Mahindra world city, SEZ, Chengalpet- 6003002
SHOPPING CENTRES/ MALLS
Gold Souk Grand
A sprawling 800,000 sq. ft. multi-speciality mall in Chennai located next to Crescent Engineering College, the mall has close to five floors that are devoted to brand outlets, multiplexes, restaurants and Hotels like Ramada.
Address: GST Road, Near Crescent Engineering College Vandalur, Chennai
The Laurel Mall
Laurel mall, a newly launched mall is developed by Bala Abirami Builders & Developers. The concept of this mall draws inspiration fromthe strip mall layout in the US. This is a new concept in Indian scenario. These types of malls are most suitable for occasions where one has limited time to spend on shopping.
Address: Laurel Mall, No.6 GST Road Mamandur, Opp.to Pepsi Company, Near Sai Temple,Chengelpet,(on NH-45 Highway) Tamil Nadu 603111
ATTRACTIVE RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS
The city of Chennai has grown on a large scale. With expansion the costs have gone up. Buying a house in the heart of the city or anywhere inside Chennai has become an expensive affair. With outskirts of Chennai also growing at a fast pace and all the facilities available, it has become a conducive and affordable locations to buy a home. GST road presents you a number of affordable and attractive residential projects.
Casagrand Tambaram – Exclusive Apartments project at Tambaram with Premium amenities and features.
Casa Grande is also coming up with 2 and 3 BHK villas, apartments and row houses in Perungalathur, which is just around 3 km from Tambaram.