Chennai is warm, warm by weather, warmer by heart. Tamil Nadu’s capital will never fail to surprise you with it’s vibrant color and culture. A city which is traditional and modern both at the same time. Has amazing beaches and hills both. It is very versatile city that serves more than filter coffee and idlli dosa. Here are some best one day getaways from Chennai apt for a day off.
Pondicherry is such an urban city of the southern part of India. It’s mustard colored bougainvillea wrapped french villas and modern boutiques takes breathe away of every bohemian minded traveller. Speaking of Pondicherry also known as Puducherry has another famous thing apart from it’s buildings, Pondicherry Beach, also known as promenade beach. There are many other beaches in Puducherry to enjoy your evening, double the enjoyment by hiring a scooty or visiting a local french café along with freshly brewed coffee.
Tiruvannamalai is geographically perfect, situated middle of mountains and filled with temples a holiest destination for both mountain lovers and spiritual minded travellers. It is the most traditionally rich sector of southern Indiana. The Arunachala hill and it’s surroundings have been held in great regard by the tamils over the centuries. It’s magnificent architecture, history grand temple conception everything is so spiritual and attract devotees from South India and through out India.
Every full moon Tiru swells with thousands of pilgrims for a ritual called Girivalam. They all gather in Arunachaleswar temple and numerous other ashrams to celebrate it.
Kanchipuram is famous for it’s high quality silk sarees, woven on hand by thousand of South Indian families in the nearby villages. Can easily find numerous saree center on Gandhi road though they are much cheaper than Chennai silk shops. It is 80 km Southwest of Chennai, was a capital of the Pallava dynasty during 6th to 8th centuries. It is famous for it’s vibrant colorful temples and towns.
This city is famous for Kanchi kamakshi temple, which is a abode of goddess Parvathi. Another one is Kailasanathar it’s popular for magnificent architecture wrapped in historic events it is the highest largest and most impressive temple in the town, spreading over 40 acres.
Mahabalipuram is a perfect destination to enjoy every mood of yours be it a relaxing weekend trip to a beach or an adventurous trip or maybe a pilgrimage. This place has various vibrant temples to visit. Visit UNESCO world heritage site of Mahabalipuram or take a motorcycle trip to rural villages to experience rural living and adornment of plastic usage. June July is the perfect season to enjoy waves of bay of Bengal at warm white sands of Mahabalipuram.
5) Pulicat Lake
Pulicat lake is the second largest brackish lake situated at border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This is a major reserve bird sanctuary filled with various birds alike Chillka lake. Birds like kingfisher, storks and flamingos makes a heaven for bird lovers and ornithologists. All of these makes a perfect weekend getaway from Chennai since not very far from it. Try Riding a boat or other water sports At Buckingham canal, visit dutch fort and dutch cemetery to witness the rich history by the dutch of that region.
Nagalapuram is a small historical town located in Chittor district, Andhra Pradesh, 87 km away from Chennai. This town is famous for two different things one is a temple named still Vedanarayana Swamy temple the other is Nagalapuram fall trekking. Perfect weekend destination for adventure seekers.
Sri vedanarayana temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and has excellent craving by then sculptures.
Trekking beginners can easily attempt Nagalapuram, it is a easy one day trek to the waterfalls. Several water ponds while cross the Rocky path can take short breaks. All through a very good experience for every adventure lovers with wilderness of mother nature a perfect blend of nature and adventurous trekking.
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Ubbalamadugu is another waterfall based tourist spot approximately 80 km away from Chennai, situated again in Chittor district. This waterfall is surrounded by a dense forest of Kaambakam known as Tada falls by locals of Chittor. This place itself requires trekking like Nagalapuram, a little trek up till the waterfall. This waterfall is ideal for small weekend trips, picnic adventure trip. Activities done here as in swimming, trekking, rock climbing but only during October to match to capture it’s surrealism and scenic beauty.