Vizag also known as Vishakapatnam is a major tourist hub. The second largest city of Andhra Pradesh, it is technically is an industrial city. What invites travellers here are the sandy beaches along its coastline and a couple of hill stations which provides a beautiful view of the coastline as well as the city from the top. Here is a guide to some of the weekend getaways around Vizag.
Kanchipuram is perhaps the oldest city of Tamil Nadu that has still managed to retain its old world charm. The city is famous for not only its temples but also for having been the capital city of the Pallava Kings. Even today the city is sometimes called by its old names of Kanchiampathi and Conjeevaram.
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Karaikal is an ancient temple town famous for its various temples. It makes for a complete tourist destination for tourists and pilgrims alike. The sandy beach, the city's rich French cultural heritage, the beautiful temples and the port are sure to interest one and all. Besides temple hopping, you could also relax in the beach and go boating in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal here. It is a perfect getaway for those wanting to escape the noisy city.
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The city of Vellore is generally regarded as a transit hub for travellers. This city has a quiet past and is not considered as a major tourist hub and is thus less explored. Those who travel through this city are smitten by its culture and traditions. There are a few places that tourists can head to in this city. The most important being the Vellore Fort, which still retains its past splendour and grandeur. It is also well known for the Ayurvedic treatments available here. Vellore has a few shopping malls where you can head to and shop as well.
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Thanjavur is a municipality located in the district of the same name that consists of six sub-districts. It rose to importance during the rule of the Chola Kings, who saw fit to make it their capital. It was the country's centre of culture towards the end of the 18th century and maintains a reputation for being a hotspot for huge hordes of pilgrimages as well as thousands of tourist year in and year out.
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Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is an industrial and educational city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the banks of the river Kaveri. The city of Trichy is one of the oldest places to have been inhabited in Tamil Nadu. It has a rich cultural heritage and has seen the rise and fall of several empires.
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