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6 Weekend Getaways from Chennai

By Akshatha

A trip on a weekend is always a stress-buster and rejuvenating. Weekend getaways from Chennai are many, in fact the city itself has different places.

Yet, broaden your choices and visit other places near Chennai. Planning a short trip is never easy because of the lack of time.

So, take a look at these tourist places near Chennai and choose the place which best suits your time frame.



Pondicherry has been ruled by many colonial rulers: Dutch, French, Bristish and Portuguese. Each rule has made its impressions on the city. Pondy, as it known fondly is a popular tourist place in India.

Of all influences, French has made a big impact. Hence the art, architecture and even French language has its impressions in Pondy.

Pondicherry with its beaches like Promenade, the Auroville beach and serenity beach; Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville city, etc. makes a perfect weekend getaway from Chennai.

Distance: 155 km

Photo Courtesy: Tapanmajumdar



Mahabalipuram is known for its historic places, ancient temples and the coastal line. Also known as Mamallapuram, it is famous place to visit near Chennai.

Ruled by Pallava dynasty in 7th - 8th C. Mahabalipuram has many architecture of that age like cave temples, Chariot temples and so on.

Decent of the Ganges / Bagiratha's Penance, Varaha cave temple, Thirukadalmallai temple, Shore temple, Mahabalipuram beach are the main tourist attractions.

Distance: 57 km

Photo Courtesy: Baldiri



Once should visit Pulicat to enjoy the nature and birds. Once ruled by Portuguese and Dutch, Pulicat has the many buildings built during their time. This historic seashore town has a many tourist places.

Pulicat Lake ( the largest brackish water lake in India after Chilika lake), Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Dutch cemetry are the main places around Pulicat. It is one of the fun weekend getaways from Chennai to have rejuvenating experience.

Distance: 57 km

Photo Courtesy: Santhosh Janardhanan



Vellore is more of a spiritual weekend getaway from Chennai. It is for people looking for pilgrimage and tourism. Known for its education institutions, Vellore also has a historical past.

During the British era, Tipu Sultan and Vikrama Rajasinha (the last king of Srilanka) were imprisoned in Vellore fort.

Jalakanteshwara temple, Lakshmi Golden temple, Ratnagiri Murugan temple, Vellore fort and Assumption Cathedral are the major attractions in Vellore.

Distance: 139 km

Photo Courtesy: Bhaskaranaidu



Tharagambadi/ Tranquebar in Nagapattinam was Danish colony. This coastal was used as a trading centre by Danish rulers.

Fort Dansborg is the main attraction here and the Masilamani (Shiva) temple is one of the oldest temples in India. New Jerusalem Church, Zion Church and colonial buildings are the visiting places in Tharagambadi.

Earlier, Fort Dansborg was used as a residence of Governor Generals. Now it is converted into a museum which has many artefacts, Danish manuscripts, paintings, etc. of the colonial age.

Distance: 285 km

Photo Courtesy: Esben Agersnap



Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore district. It is known for adventure activities like paragliding , rock climbing and trekking.

Yelagiri is popular as a trekking destination and is maintained well in tourism point of view.

Yelagiri is a fun weekend getaway from Chennai: Jalagamparai waterfalls, Punganoor lake and park, Swami Malai hills are the tourist attractions here.

Distance: 230 km

Photo Courtesy: Ashwin Kumar

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