Chennai! The bustling capital city of Tamil Nadu and a major metropolitan in India. With the amount of traffic and the chaos that the working class community and students usually go through throughout the week, one will want to escape it after the week. Here are some ideal weekend getaways that one needs to visit to get lost amidst nature, serenity, culture, architecture and beauty.

1. Mahabalipuram


Built in the 7th Century, Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples and it is one of the World Heritage sites pertaining to its remarkable architecture. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is something that you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting Mahabalipuram.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram – 52kms

2. Puilcot lake


After the Chilka in Orissa, Pulicot lake is the second largest brackish water lake in India. The Sriharikota Island (ISRO) separates the lake from Bay of Bengal. This also has a bird sanctuary where a wide variety of birds migrate here in winter. This getaway usually pulls large number of tourists which is a treat to watch and relax.

Chennai to Pulicot – 55kms

3. Vellore


Known as one of the oldest cities in South India, Vellore is the administrative headquarters of Vellore District. Vellore is a fort city with the Vellore fort being a prominent landmark of the city. The Sri Lakshmi Golden temple in Siripuram is coated with gold all over it and it is a must visit place.

Chennai to Vellore – 136kms

4. Kanchipuram


Often referred to as the Silk City and The Golden City of thousand temples, Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven sacred cities of India. The city is famous for the traditionally crafted silk sarees. The delicious and authentic South Indian is something to look out for in Kanchipuram.

Chennai to Kanchipuram – 72kms

5. Tirupati


A major pilgrimage center and one of the most visited temples in the world, Tirumala is visited by millions of pilgrims. This golden temple of Lord Venkateshwara is considered a holy shrine for Hindus and the spiritual feeling surrounding it is definitely worth visiting. The place also has a lot of historic monuments to offer.

Chennai to Tirupati – 135kms

6. Pondicherry


Pondicherry has a lot of tourist spots to offer. The best part about ‘Pondy’ is the series of beautifully aligned houses with the French culture painted all over them. The presence of the internationally acclaimed Aurobindo Ashram makes your visit much more special.

Chennai to Pondicherry – 161kms

7. Yelagiri


Well known for its tea estates, Yelagiri is a must visit place to get away from the clumsiness of Chennai and have a peaceful weekend. The famous spot here is the Punganoor lake which is located in the center of the town. Boating and sight seeing are the best activities that can engage you well in Yelagiri.

Chennai to Yelagiri – 227kms

8. Chidambaram


Chidambaram is famous for the temple for the 11th century temple belonging to Lord Shiva in dancing form, called Nataraja. The beautifully carved sculptures here display the fine work of the Chola Dynasty.

Chennai to Chidambaram – 246kms

9. Talakona Waterfalls


This gorgeous waterfall falls deep into a valley 270 feet high making it the highest in Andhra Pradesh. The waterfall is surrounded by dense forest and you will be thrilled with the natural beauty and greenery. Some people believe it has herbs with magical healing powers.

Chennai to Talakona – 192kms

10. Tranquebar


Everything ages but Tranquebar is an exception. Also known as Tharangambadi, this place scatters peace around just with its old architecture and heritage buildings. This village of dancing waves is a must if you’re looking for a weekend getaway.

Chennai to Tranquebar – 283kms

11. Yercaud


Highly famous for its enthralling scenic beauty and greenery, Yercaud is a beautiful place to recharge your batteries. Visit the Pagoda point where you can catch the panoramic view of the entire town. Camping, sight seeing and trekking are your means of relaxation in Yercaud.

Chennai to Yercaud – 358kms

12. Nellore


A major town in Andhra Pradesh, Nellore is known for Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Udayagiri fort and the amazing greenery the town is surrounded with. Sightseeing and bird watching are the prominent activities here.

Chennai to Nellore – 177kms

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