Royapuram is the place where the first railway station of south India was constructed. This railway line extended from Royapuram (Madras) to Arcot, the then capital of the Carnatic region. The first train, manufactured by Simpson and Company, started its journey with 300 people from Royapuram to Wallajabad it is believed to be one of oldest surviving railway station structures of the Indian Railways. Royapuram based in the Northern part of Chennai City has the St. Peter's Church, is one of the most prominent and oldest churches and a landmark in the region. The Chennai's Port Trust is located on the shores of Royapuram. The legendary Robinson Park renamed as Arignar Anna Poonga after the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Arignar Anna is located here, with lot of facilities for walkers.There is a Government Home for Destitute Boys in Mannarsami Koil Street. There are places of religious interests such as Kalmandapam Shafia Mosque at Shaik Maistry Street, Muslim Welfare Association for Muslims. Kalmandapam Temple for Hindus, and St. Mary's Church for Christians. Some of the educational institutions here are V.E.N HSS, K.C. Sankaralinga Nadar HSS, PAK Palanisamy HSS and many more. Some good hotels of this area Hotel Radisson, Hotel Ashiqa Palace and Hotel Coronation.