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9 Less Known Weekend Getaways From Chennai

by Abinaya Shree K. Content Writer

Previously known as Madras, Chennai is one of the best vacation destinations in India. It is regarded as the safest city in India for tourists. Chennai is famous for its pristine beaches, towering buildings, beautiful parks and lip-smacking local cuisine. If you are worried about finding quality accommodations in Chennai, there are many budget hotels in Chennai where you can stay within your limited budget.

There is a lot to explore in and around Chennai. If you are planning a weekend getaway from Chennai, there are many picturesque places nearby Chennai which is worth your time. Other than common getaway destinations like Mahabalipuram, Ooty, and Kodaikanal, there are many places to visit near Chennai. I have come up with a list of 9 less known weekend getaways from Chennai. I hope that this is will be useful in planning your travel itinerary.


1.    Pulicat

 

Set at 54 km from Chennai, Pulicat is a beautiful seaside town in Sriharikota. This is the best place to plan a picnic with your family and friends. The main attractions in Pulicat are Pulicat Lake (second largest salt-water lagoon in India), Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, Dutch Fort, Dutch Cemetery, and Church. Pulicat is the perfect destination for history geeks and nature lovers.

 

2.    Nagalapuram

 

Nagalapuram is a small hamlet located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the best trekking spots around Chennai. The breathtaking waterfalls, lush jungles, and fabulous weather captivate every tripper. Other than trekking, another must-try activity is Camping. The places of interest in Nagalapuram are Nagalapuram Waterfalls and Sri Veda Narayana Perumal Temple.

 

3.    Horsley Hills

 

Nestled at an altitude of 41000 feet, Horsley Hills is a tranquil offbeat destination in Andhra Pradesh. With towering peaks, balmy climate and luxuriant verdure, it is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The famous tourist spots in Horsley Hills are Malamma Temple and Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also indulge yourself in activities like birdwatching, jungle safaris, zorbing, and water rappelling.

 

4.    Tharangambadi

 

Formerly known as Tranquebar, Tharangambadi is a small fishing village in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the less known weekend getaway destinations near Chennai but is the perfect place to spend the weekend with your special ones. The main attractions in Tharangambadi are Town Gate, Tharangambadi Beach, Rehling’s House, Fort Dansborg, and Masilamani Nathar Temple. If you are planning for a laid-back holiday destination, then Tharagambadi is the best place for you.

 

5.    Tada Falls

 

Also known as Ubbalamadugu Falls, Tada Falls is a beautiful waterfall located at Varadaiah Palayam in Chittoor. It is a paradise for every adventure seekers and nature enthusiast. It is one of the best spots near Chennai for a family outing. It is frequented by bird-watchers and trekkers for its lush and picturesque jungle. The ideal time to visit Tada Falls is September to February.

 

6.    Gingee Fort

 

Commonly known as Chenji Fort, Gingee Fort is the oldest fort in Tamil Nadu. Situated in the Villupuram district, it was known as the Troy of the East. The main attractions in the Gingee Fort are the seven-story Kalyana Mahal, Prison Cells, Granaries, Aanaikulam Pond, and the Chenjiamman Temple. It is frequented by foreign tourists to know more about the Tamil culture.

 

7.    Alamparai Fort

 

Alamparai Fort is one of the less popular historic places on the outskirts of Chennai. It was built in the late 17th century by the Mughals. It stretches for an area of 15 acres. You can enjoy a spectacular view of backwaters from the east side of the fort. The sparkling blue sea and sky hypnotize your inner soul. Do try boating around the fort.

 

8.    Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Situated in Chidambaram, Pichavaram is the world’s second largest Mangrove forest. It is the best place for water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and boating. Spread across an area of 2800 acres, Pichavaram houses many small islands. It is one of the best places in Tamil Nadu for birdwatching. The best time to visit this place is September to April. The must-try activities are rowing along the waterways in a rowboat and taking pictures.

 

9.    Chandragiri

 

Set near Tirupathi, Chandragiri is a beautiful town near Chennai. The main attractions in Chandragiri are Chandragiri Fort, Museum, Temples, and Beaches. It is known for its popular Chandragiri Fort constructed in the 11th century. It is the best place for family picnics and boating near Chennai. It has well-connected bus and train routes from Chennai. For accommodations, you can find decent hotels near Tirupathi.

 

If you are looking for the best hotels in Chennai near to these wonderful weekend getaway destinations, try Ulo Hotels


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About Abinaya Shree K. Junior   Content Writer

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