12 Getaways From Chennai For A De-Stressing Weekend

Chennai is a traveller’s paradise. The fact that it is an ideal getaway to enjoy some well-deserved break and the fact it acts as a great location that opens up to various getaways make it a very sought after destination. We present to you some of the best weekend getaways from Chennai.

1. Kanchipuram

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Source | kanchipuramtemple.com

The Silk City or Kanchipuram is a haven for travellers. The title of “Silk City” is bestowed upon it for the traditionally crafted silk sarees that are famous across the globe. There are numerous temples that adorn this city that attract visitors who are overawed by its architecture. Offering a great mix of religious, historical and fun filled activites, Kanchipuram is a must visit!
Distance from Chennai: 72 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to March
 

2. Tirupati

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Source | priya-aruns.blogspot.com

One of the best places around Chennai that leaves visitors spellbound owing to the peace that surrounds it is Tirupati. Known all over the world for its rich culture and historical significance, Tirupati is a major pilgrimage centre. The TirumalaTirupatiDevasthanam is a temple that should be on your list. The Venkateshwara temple is also a place of interest.
Distance from Chennai: 135 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to March
 

3. Mahabalipuram

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Source | makemytrip.com

The town which ranks amongst the World Heritage sites owing to its amazing and fascinating architectural marvels, Mahabalipuram is a feast to travellers. Travellers are at loss of words for the great art on display. The Shore Temple, Five Rathas (temples sculpted in the shape of chariots), Arjuns Penance (carvings of stone that portray the Mahabarata) are just some of the monuments the town frequented by followers has to offer. Mahabalipuram is also known for The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is an event that should not be skipped by anyone visiting the town.
Distance from Chennai: 52 kilometres
Best time to visit: December to March
 

4. Coorg

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Source | leisurealley.com

Truly, one of the most scenic places in South India, Coorg is a silent hilly town that can settle any stress related issues one faces solely due to the tranquillity it sets for individuals. The place has everything you can ask for. Great food, a nature lover’s bliss, historian’s delight and an adrenaline rush for adventure enthusiasts can all be enjoyed at Coorg. Owing to its amazing picturesque, Coorg is also known as, “Scotland of India”
Distance from Chennai: 597 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to May
 

5. Pulicat

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Source | loveinfographics.com

Everyone loves the ambience dished out by the expanses of water and Pulicat, a small town by the seashore mesmerizes everyone with its scenic views. Flamingos flock to this town in hordes during the December to January time and they are an absolute treat to watch. The Pulicat Lake definitely pulls crowds in large numbers where everyone can relax and rejoice!
Distance from Chennai: 55 kilometres
Best time to visit: October to March
 

6. Thiruvannamalai

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Source | wikimedia.org

Another famous temple town in the Southern part of India, is Thiruvannamalai. Located admirably at the foothills of the Annamalai hills, it ranks amongst one of the most frequented spiritual locations of the country. Apart from the numerous temples, the town is also known for the festivals it celebrates. The KarthigaiDeepam is the most prominent and looked after festival of the town. Not to forget, it is a shopper’s paradise!
Distance from Chennai: 200 kilometers
Best time to visit: September to February
 

7. Pondicherry

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Source | pondicherryinfo.in

One of the former French colonies of India, Pondicherry is one of the best weekend getaways from Chennai. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the most visited and the most popular landmark in this tranquil town. There are churches such as Notre Dame des Anges that portray the French architecture. Over the years, water sport has picked up rapidly in this city and is a must try for adventure enthusiasts.
Distance from Chennai: 161 Kilometres
Best time to visit: October to February
 

8. Kolli Hills

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Source | kollihills.co.in

Seemingly unknown but a great weekend destination from Chennai are the Kolli Hills. An approximate drive or ride of about 300 kilometres that includes 70 hair pin bends along the way will land you to this silent and serene locale! Once there you can simply breathe deep and reek in the absolute calmness it offers while rejuvenating at the cottages on offer.
Distance from Chennai: 295 kilometres
Best time to visit : August- February
 

9. Coonoor

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Source | panoramio.com

Take a long drive spanning approximately 9 hours and land at Coonoor to be taken aback by the picturesque beauty of the Nilgiri Hills. Individuals visiting Coonoor are engulfed with the trees that adorn the town and the plantations that roll. The weather is an add-on plus as the cool breeze will make you want the town more. The street vendors serve up amazing delicacies that are sure to leave a mark and that make it all the more difficult to go back.
Distance from Chennai: 540 kilometres
Best time to visit: September to March
 

10. Tranquebar

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Source | wikimedia.org

As the world moves on and advances at the rate of knots, so do the places. Howeverm the town of Tharagamadi or Tranquebar is an exception. It still exudes the age old tranquillity with utmost ease. Located amazingly well at the confluence of the Kaveri River and the Bay of Bengal, Tranquebar showcases a plethora of cultures. Danish, British, German and French have had their colonies at Tranquebar once upon a time and the culture is still felt.
Distance from Chennai : 284 kilometres
Best time to visit: August to February
 

11. Nandi Hills

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Source | nikhilchandra.in

A perfect sunrise to sunset destination are the Nandi Hills. The allure of the hills charm one and all. The view once you are up there are something to experience and soak in. The place also has historical significance as it was the abode of Tipu Sultan during his retirement. Nandi Hills have a great list of tourist attractions such as the Bhoganandeeswara Temple, Tipu’s Drop and Hosokta Lake to get started with!
Distance from Chennai: 360 kilometres
Best time to visit: Across the year.
 

12. Vellore

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Source | chennaitrekkers.blogspot.com

Known as the Fort City of Tamilu Nadu, Vellore is a great mix of excellent cultural heritage whilst offering amazing scenic beauty. It makes for an ideal weekend getaway from Chennai owing not only to its scenic charm but also the various landmarks that line the city. The Vellore Fort is the most prominent landmark of the city. The SriLakshmi Golden temple (coated with Gold all over) is also something to look forward to.
Distance from Chennai: 136 kms
Best time to visit: October – March

With these amazing getaways from Chennai, the locals can get packing and reek in some of the amazing historical, cultural and adventurous getaways!
 

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