Located on Coromandel Coast, off Bay of Bengal, Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu is a vibrant mix of new and the old. While the 300-year-old city is believed to be known for its outstanding educational institutes and economic centres, you will be stunned at the variety in landscape, culture, history, heritage and cuisines here. Interestingly, there’s much more to be seen, around the city as well. Whether you are a foodie, an adventurer, a history buff or a wildlife photographer, these are some brilliant weekend getaways from Chennai.
The ancient port town of Mahabalipuram is a renowned UNESCO Heritage Site and a treasure trove of history, art and architecture courtesy its numerous stunning historical and archaeological sites. You’re literally transported back in time when you visit this iconic town in Tamil Nadu.
Distance from Chennai: 57km
Home to India’s second largest lagoon – the Pulicat Lake, Pulicat is a gorgeous seashore town located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This beautiful lake is also famous for its bird sanctuary and is a hit amongst nature lovers, shutter-bugs and birders.
Distance from Chennai: 55km
Home to amazing forest trails in Eastern Ghats, Nagalapuram is paradise for adventurers. The lush forests, glorious waterfalls and sparkling, natural water bodies add to the thrill of trekking here. Located close to the famous pilgrimage town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Nagalapuram is a favoured weekend getaway for travellers not only from Chennai, but also Bangalore.
Distance from Chennai: 70km
Kanchipuram, also referred to as Kanchi, is a melting pot of history, culture, heritage and religion. This ancient capital of the Pallava dynasty, along with its numerous beautiful temples, is also famous for its silk and cotton industries.
Distance from Chennai: 72km
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is one of the oldest waterbird sanctuaries in India. You must visit here especially during the migratory season to witness the colourful birds; including some rare species that fly here every year.
Distance from Chennai: 87km