Chennai: When it comes to namma city Chennai, it has plethora of options for travelers to explore in and around the city. If, in case, you are looking for some of the less-explored offbeat destinations around Chennai, then you have landed at the right page. Here we will take you through some of the interesting lesser-known places near Chennai for that perfect weekend getaway with friends or family, away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Also Read - Coronavirus: Beaches in Chennai, Two More Districts to Remain Shut on Weekends

Also, if you are worried that the coronavirus might get you, you can pick one of these less-crowded places near Chennai for your safe and fun vacation.  Since only a handful of people know about these interesting places, you can enjoy every bit of your holiday, while also maintaining the all-important social distancing. These places are perfect for a road trip with friends! Also Read - Highlights IPL 2021, MI vs RCB AS IT HAPPENED Match 1, Chennai: Harshal, ABD Star as Bangalore Beat Mumbai by Two Wickets

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  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

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Top 8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

The migratory birds come here from as far as Canada.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a birdwatchers’ paradise and also a good place for a one-day trip near Chennai. The wetland, interspersed with small islets completely covered by trees, is home to numerous resident and migratory species of birds. Some of the most incredible birds to look out for here are painted storks, open-billed storks and pelicans among others.

Distance from Chennai: 85 km
Driving Time: 2 hours
Things to Do: Birdwatching, photography

  • Tada Falls
Top 8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

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One of the best places to visit near Chennai within 100 km, Tada Falls is a true oasis of tranquillity. It is located within the Eastern Ghats, so you can witness immense greenery and hear birds’ chirping all-day long. To visit the waterfalls, you can park your vehicles at the base camp and then trek for around 10 km.

Distance from Chennai: 94 km
Driving Time: 2 hours 36 minutes
Things to Do: Hiking, photography, birdwatching

  • Tranquebar
Top 8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

Danish fort, Tranquebar.

No, wait, It isn’t a foreign town. It doesn’t sound like an Indian town because it was originally a Danish seaside colony. Other than the sun, sand and the sea, this place will treat you to historical ruins. Featured in the Nat Geo Traveller magazine, Tranquebar is an incredible place to visit near Chennai. You can take two days off and explore this magnificent place.

Distance from Chennai: 285 km
Driving Time: 6 hours
Things to Do: Fort Dansborg visit, beach fun, tasting local seafood

  • Yelagiri
Top 8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

Road trip from Chennai to Yelagiri with friends is the best thing to do on a weekend. (Source: Tripoto)

If all that you are looking for is a tranquil road trip, then Yelagiri is a place to explore. It is one of the less-crowded hill stations unlike Kodaikanal or Ooty, therefore perfect for a quiet escapade. Besides, if you are looking for some adventure you can take part in paragliding and rock climbing too.

Distance from Chennai: 225 km
Driving Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Things to do: Visit Punganoor Lake, nature walk, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, telescope observatory, photography, Swamimalai Hills

  • Nagalapuram
Top 8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

Not many are aware of this hidden gem down South. (Source: famousplacesinIndia.in)

Nagalapuram is a hidden gem of the Eastern Ghats, which gives you the opportunity to trek, witness amazing scenery and frolic under a waterfall. Though the trek is around 15 km in length, it is moderate in difficulty, with not many steep climbs and sudden drops. What are you waiting for then?

Distance from Chennai: 75 km
Driving Time: 2 hours
Things to Do: Trekking, boating, camping, nature walks

  • Kolli Hills
8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

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If you like the idea of a road trip, then you will love the ride to the Kolli Hills, which is a picturesque range in the Eastern Ghats. As it is still untouched by tourists to a large extent, it retains much of its natural charm. This is a must-visit for all you nature lovers.

Distance from Chennai: 360 km
Driving Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Things to Do: Visit Agasagangai Falls, botanical garden, explore Tampcol Medicinal Farm, Siddhar Caves, Vasalurpatty Boat House

  • Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
10 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

It is the second-largest mangrove forest in the country, after Sunderbans. (Source: Tripoto)

The magnificent Pichavaram mangrove forest is located between the Vellar and Kollidam rivers. Did you know it is the second-largest mangrove forest in the country after Sunderbans? Not only is this area exceptionally green, but also full of wildlife, so don’t forget to take your camera along. To enter the jungle, you need to reach the village of Pichavaram, where boats and ferries are available to take you through the mangroves, on narrow canals. Enjoy!

Distance from Chennai: 215 km
Driving Time: 5 hours
Things to Do: Boating, ferry rides, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, fishing, photography, birdwatching
Boating Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Horsley Hills
8 Interesting Lesser-Known Places Around Chennai That Are Worth Exploring

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This place near Chennai witnesses a lower footfall than some of the other places near the metropolis, such as Puducherry and Mahabalipuram. This place is home to several magnificent viewpoints, lakes, streams and waterfalls, as one would expect from a hill station. Go, check it out!

Distance from Chennai: 275 km
Driving Time: 6 hours
Things to Do: Hiking, photography, wildlife tours, adventure sports