Monsoon holidays are truly a lifetime experience.Lush greenery wraps up the hills and mountains, the lakes begin to overflow with water and not to forget the waterfalls that give you a heavenly experience and make you fall in love with the environment.
It does rain heavily during monsoons and becomes extremely sultry. Chennai is an example for one such city which witnesses heavyrainfall and the roads get clogged with water, which brings the entire city to a screeching halt.
One would wait for monsoons to find oneself immersed in planning a trip or an escape to some place to immerse themselves in the cool breeze, rains, long drives, wet roads and also to witness nature coming alive.
Well, to make things easier for you, we bring a list of places that you can visit near Chennai during the monsoons.
Nagalapuram (71 km)
Nagalapuram a very popular temple town in the Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh. The place is named after Nagala Devi, who was Krishnadevraya's mother. The Nagalapuram Falls is a major draw here for tourists and those who love trekking.
The trek takes you through the thick forests, which tend to be quite slippery, and has narrow paths and leeches during the monsoon season.
It is known as a temple town, so make it a point to visit the temples of Vedanarayana Swamy, Subramanya Swamy and the Valeeshwara temples amongst many others.
The place is a perfect mixture of spirituality, adventure and continues to attract many people from various parts of the country.
Yercaud (366 km)
Known as the 'Jewel of the South', Yercaud is a hill station which is located in the Shevaroys range of hills at an altitude of 1515 m.
Yercaud offers you some excellent scenic beauty, along with the lush greenery and is also often considered as one of the best honeymoon destinations down South.
Owing to its climatic conditions, one can find plenty of coffee plantations along with orange orchards, pear and banana farms and many more.
The place is also home to bison, sambar and spotted deers, giant squirrels and many other varieties of fauna and flora.
PC: Manojz Kumar
Yelagiri (231 km)
One amongst the best hill stations near Chennai, Yelagiri is situated in Vellore district, at an altitude of 1110 m above sea level.
This beautiful place is surrounded by orchards, rose gardens and green valleys. Unlike other hill stations in the state, Yelagiri is less developed and remains close to nature.
The hill station is a favourite place for the trekkers and is on the way of being developed into place which promotes adventure sports like para gliding and rock climbing.
The place has a good number of trekking trails and the trek to the summit of Swamimalai, the highest point here, is one of the most preferred.
PC: Ashwin Kumar
Vellore (140 km)
Fondly known as the 'Fort City', Vellore is a perfect blend of the rich cultural heritage which displays the ancient Dravidian civilization.
The Vellore fort is one of the major landmarks in the city which is home to the ancient temple of Jalakanteshwara, and also the State Government Museum.
Another major attraction here is the Sripuram Golden temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is fully covered with pure gold. The entire structure is surrounded by a star shaped path, which represents the Sri Chakra.
Nellore ( 175 km)
Located on the banks of river Penna, Nellore is the 4th populous city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The place has long history to narrate as it was under the rule of Cholas, Pandyas, Mauryas, Vijayanagar empire and the Arcot Nawabs along with several others.
The Udaygiri fort, which was constructed by the Pemmasani rulers stands tall to narrate the vast history.
Tiruvannamalai (195 km)
A pilgrim town, Tiruvannamalai is an ancient city which has a spiritual connection, where you can find many yogis even today.
The place was where Ramana Maharishi stayed and his ashram is one of the major attractions here apart from the Arunchaleshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The town is formed around the mountain range of Annamalai, which is considered to be holy by the people here and its visitors.
Pulicat (55 km)
Located in Thiruvallur district in the island of Sriharikota, this township separates the Pulicat lake from the Bay of Bengal has many attractions, which includes a beach, Dutch cemetery, forts, churches and the much famed bird sanctuary.
The place is home to a large number of beautiful migratory birds making it a paradise for birdwatchers. A visit to the neighbouring villages of Vedurupattu and Nelapattu would give you an exposure to the rural side of Tamil Nadu.
Pondicherry ( 155 km)
The panorama prevailing of French colonialism, as rain strikes makes it something which no one can resist. Pondicherry has spiritual organizations that blend in with the contemporary lifestyle and gives it a laid-back and lively aura to this beach town.
The monsoons also provide relief from the hot windy days with its showers and makes the weather mild and snuggly. A walk through the lanes of the French colony which is followed by tasting the delicious food at the many restaurants here is an experience that cannot be described in words.
PC: Aravind Sivaraj
Mahabalipuram ( 56 km)
The beach town of Mahabalipuram is a place which attracts visitors from near and far alike. The the group of monuments here is identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and are some fine examples narrating the rich history and culture of a bygone era.
The monuments built here are truly marvelous and would grab any individual's attention and generate curiosity in the minds of the visitors. There are a couple of beach resorts here which adds on to a perfect rejuvenating holiday experience.
Kanchipuram ( 75 km)
The birthplace of the famed Kanchipuram silk saree, gives the name of Silk City to Kanchipuram. The place is not only known for its silk but also for its rich culture and history; in addition to the thousand odd beautiful temples.
Kanchi Kudil a 90 years old ancestral home, the Vedanthangla Bird Sanctuary, Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kalishanathar Temple and many other temples are the major attractions here.