10 Best Weekend Getaways Around Chennai

A melting pot of many cultures, Chennai is a well-known city in India but this fast-paced metropolitan city among 4 major Metropolitan cities, apart from anything else, is best known for its people and its rich culture, history, and devotion of people towards Gods and Goddesses. The warmth and hospitality of the Chennaiites are known to the one who visits this culturally rich place. Besides, it is also known as a place which is surrounded by beautiful locations which can be very good options as places to visit near Chennai. Chennai is more than just the capital of Tamil Nadu and is home to museums and temples alike. Here are 10 best places for short getaways around Chennai mentioned below.

1. Kanchipuram

The silk town of India is also known as Conjeevaram and the traditionally crafted sarees are internationally known. The main attraction of this place is the multitude of temples and other places of worship. The place has religious, social and cultural importance and is perfect for a weekend of peace and quiet. Get in touch with your spiritual self as you visit this city of a thousand temples. The must-see temples of this place are Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchi Kailasanatha Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, and Kanchi Kudil. Kanchipuram’s specialty is the Conjeevaram Saree so you must not forget to take back home a piece of this beautiful and traditional piece of clothing.

2. Mahabalipuram

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram is where tourists find themselves at a sheer loss of words to explain the beauty of the place. It displays the local art forms on each and every piece of importance and that makes everything looks even more awesome. The place provides one a glimpse into the Dravidian era and is famous for its typical architecture.

3. Tirupati

The Tirumala Venkateswara temple holds a high seat of significance amongst all the pilgrim sites of India. It is this temple that makes Tirupati one of the most visited places to see near Chennai. The massive footfall of tourists and pilgrims might be a factor to consider if you are looking for a more laid-back holiday. The Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam is a must-visit along with the Venkateswara Temple. This is one of the best tourist places near Chennai within 200 km.

4. Talakona Waterfalls

This beautiful waterfall is situated in the midst of lush greenery and forests. Locals say the water is full of healing powers. It is known to be the tallest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh and is also known for the Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple nearby. You can also find various kinds of wild animals in and around this area.

5. Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai is less than 3.5 hours away and is a temple town and the most popular one too. Nestled at the foothills of the Anamalai hills, the town holds the greatest spiritual attraction for most visitors. If you’re looking for a spiritual retreat then Thiruvannamalai is the best place to bring you to become one with the divine.

6. Kolli Hills

One of the most serene locations around Chennai, this is a couple of hours drive from the main city with about 70 hairpin bends. You can also find a change from the norm in other sights of the town, such as the Swami Malai Hills, Velavan Temple, Jalagamparai Falls, and so on.

7. Vellore

An ideal weekend getaway from Chennai, the fort city of Tamil Nadu, as it is affectionately called, Vellore has the perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and picturesque scenery. The architecture here is reminiscent of the ancient Dravidian civilization while the lush greenery is sporadically broken by brown pastures which make for beautiful contrasts.

8. Pondicherry

The city of Pondicherry makes for a refreshing getaway from Chennai. Its French-style avenues coupled with colonial buildings, churches and temples are the main attractions that this city has to offer. Its pristine beaches are something else altogether. You can simply laze on its shores and take in the tranquil beauty of the place. The most obvious choice for the youth and anyone looking for an absolute change in sights and sounds, Pondicherry offers all that and much more. It serves as the perfect escape not just from the cityscape but also from the usual sights of most holiday destinations.

9. Pulicat 

This is a very small town by the seashore but attracts hundreds of tourists every month. Most of the credit for this, however, goes to the beautiful Pulicat Lake where everyone can rejoice and refresh themselves. It takes less than two hours north of Chennai by road to reach Pulicat, a sleepy little seaside town in the Thiruvallur district. Best known for its saltwater lagoon, it is the second largest in the country. Other than that it is a good place for photographers with the tranquillity and greenery which are extremely soothing to the eyes. This place is also a haven for weekenders who are looking for some adventure in the local wildlife sanctuary or even those out for a romantic weekend or day trip with family and friends.

10. Kumbakonam

One of the most colorful places to visit near Chennai, Kumbakonam is popular and renowned for its intriguing and vivid festivals and fairs. At about 300 km from Chennai, Kumbakonam is very popular among the tourists, regardless of its distance from the city.

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