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One Day Trips from Chennai

Chennai, called as the Gateway to South India, is a fast-paced city. To take a break from the busy life and visit these stunning places near Chennai to rejuvenate yourself. Indeed, these one day trips from Chennai is the perfect choice to enjoy your holiday.

Here is the list of 41 One Day Trips from Chennai

1. Elliot's Beach, Chennai

4.2 /5

10 kms from Chennai

Elliot's Beach aka "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie" is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras and Governor of Chennai during the British times). It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil in the vicinity.

2. VGP Universal Kingdom, Chennai

18 kms from Chennai

Situated on the East Coast Road in Chennai, VGP Universal Kingdom is a magnanimous amusement theme park in the city. Besides the water park, the main highlights of the park are water cascades, Paneer forts, statueman, Millennium Tower etc.

3. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - Golden City of a Thousand Temples

3.3 /5 View 22+ photos

72 kms from Chennai

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple Varadharaja Perumal Temple Devarajaswami Temple

Widely known for its beautiful ‘'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of a thousand temples', Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is a popular tourist attraction. Kanchipuram or Kanchi attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world who are interested in Hinduism or just want to enjoy the marvel of South Indian architecture and grandeur. It is particularly known for being a culture and philosophical hub.

Best Time: October to May

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4. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.3 /5 View 20+ photos

52 kms from Chennai

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram as it is famously known, is a historically important and well-loved tourist location situated on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Best Time: November to February

5. Nagalapuram, Tirupati

74 kms from Chennai

Hidden like a jewel behind the lush green forests of Andhra Pradesh lies a serene and tranquil place named Nagalapuram. Surrounded by majestic hills and gurgling waterfalls, this place is ideal to take a break from the buzzing city life and spend some peaceful days amidst soft breezes, flourishing trees and gushing waterfalls. Famously also known as Nagala Hills, this is the place to pump up your adrenaline with the various adventurous activities proffered in this scenic village.

6. Pulicat Lake, Nellore

4.1 /5 View 14+ photos

104 kms from Chennai

Lying on the boundary of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake is the second largest lagoon in the country. This fantastic destination is a natural beauty and also serves as a habitat for birds under the name of Pulicat Bird Sanctuary. The lake is separated by the Bay of Bengal by the barrier island of Sriharikota, which is also a rocket launching centre of India. Situated in the midst of scintillating virgin charms and cutting edge technological hotspot, the Pulicat Lake has something for everyone.

7. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 5+ photos

158 kms from Chennai

Known For : Horsley Hills Kailasakonda Waterfalls Kanipakam Vinayaka temple

Steeped in religion, devotion and architecture, Chittoor is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Also blessed with scenic beauty, cascading waterfalls and a beautiful hill station, Chittoor is not a disappointment to the traveller who seeks redemption from the busy metro life. Also known as the Mango City, Chittoor offers myriad varities of heavenly mangoes to please its visitors.

Best Time: September to February

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8. Vellore

2.5 /5

137 kms from Chennai

Known For : Vellore Fort

An ancient city in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu, Vellore is located on the banks of river Palar Vellore. Nicknamed ‘The Fort City’ due to the marvellous Vellore Fort which sits at the heart of Vellore city, it is an ideal place to glimpse Tamil Nadu's rich cultural heritage through its temples. Contributing for 37% of the country's total leather export, Vellore is primarily known for two premier institutions, Christain Medical

9. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

4.0 /5 View 29+ photos

151 kms from Chennai

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Cafes in Pondicherry

Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both worlds.

Best Time: October to March

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10. Gingee Fort, Thiruvannamalai

4.2 /5 View 5+ photos

155 kms from Chennai

Known as the "Troy of the East" by the British, Gingee Fort is located in Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu, 160 kilometres from the state capital, Chennai and near the Union Territory of Puducherry. Locals have given the fort some notable names such as Senji, Chenji, Jinji or Senchi Fort. The majestic fort has three different hilltop citadels and a massive boundary of thick walls and cliffs. Owing to its enormous structure the fort is fortified to the extent that Shivaji, the Maratha king, named it as the "most impregnable fortress in India."

11. Talakona Waterfall, Tirupati

204 kms from Chennai

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India's third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and lakes all around the town.

12. Virupaksha Cave, Thiruvannamalai

3.2 /5

194 kms from Chennai

A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others. The ideal destination for nature lovers, Yelagiri is a town that is completely off the beaten tourist trail, lending it a quieter and much more peaceful vibe compared to other more famous hill stations nearby. Originally belonging to the Zamindar family of Yelagiri, the hill station began to gain popularity since the colonial rule, when it was used by the British as a summer getaway. Ever since then, it has been one of the hidden gems of South India, replete with rocky hills and natural scenic beauty, making it the perfect place to take a break from the fast-paced city life.

13. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 14+ photos

174 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ranganatha Temple Pulicat Lake Mypadu Beach

Nellore is a beautiful city lying on the banks of River Penna, a Municipal Corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Anciently known as Vikrama Simhapuri, it derived its name from "Nelluru", a combination of Tamil words "Nel" and "Ooru" where Nel stands for Paddy and Ooru means Place.

Best Time: October to February

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14. Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India

4.0 /5 View 69+ photos

345 kms from Chennai

Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India's third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and lakes all around the town.

Best Time: Throughout the year

15. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu - The Call of the Hills

3.6 /5 View 11+ photos

227 kms from Chennai

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature park

A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others. The ideal destination for nature lovers, Yelagiri is a town that is completely off the beaten tourist trail, lending it a quieter and much more peaceful vibe compared to other more famous hill stations nearby. Originally belonging to the Zamindar family of Yelagiri, the hill station began to gain popularity since the colonial rule, when it was used by the British as a summer getaway. Ever since then, it has been one of the hidden gems of South India, replete with rocky hills and natural scenic beauty, making it the perfect place to take a break from the fast-paced city life.

Best Time: November to February

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16. Auroville, Pondicherry - The City of Dawn

3.3 /5 View 37+ photos

147 kms from Chennai

Known For : Matrimandir Yoga and Meditation Youth Centre

Conceived as the 'Universal Town', Auroville is an experimental township where people from across the world of all cultures and traditions come and live together in peace. Located around 15 km from the city of Pondicherry, Auroville is located in Tamil Nadu and was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, a disciple of Aurobindo and fondly known as the 'Mother' of Sri Aurobindo Society.

Best Time: November to March

17. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - The Land of Seven Forests.

3.6 /5 View 28+ photos

364 kms from Chennai

Known For : Killiyur Falls Lady's Seat Bear's Cave

Nestled in the Shivaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a tranquil hill station in the Eastern Ghats steeped in abundant greenery. Commonly called ‘Ooty of the Poor’, this region has a history dating back to the time of the British. Located at an altitude of 4970 feet, Yercaud is known for its vast expanses of coffee plantations. A paradise for nature lovers, this quaint town is an ideal place to experience nature at its enchanting best.

Best Time: October to June

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18. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu - Home to the Arunachala Temple

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

193 kms from Chennai

Known For : Sathanur Dam Annamalaiyar temple Gingee Fort

A town that offers a significant history adorned in its countless temples and ashrams, Thiruvannamalai is where Hindu Mythology takes the form of stunning architecture

Best Time: October to March

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19. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu - The one that will take your breath away

3.6 /5 View 10+ photos

341 kms from Chennai

Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills

Hogenakkal is a waterfall located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu where the Kaveri river splits into multiple streams of waterfalls. Located at a distance of 180 km from Bangalore, Hogenakkal has water throughout the year. The carbonite rocks, the coracle (basket boat) rides, freshwater fish, oil massages by locals make it a perfect one day trip or a weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Best Time: October to March

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20. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 5+ photos

158 kms from Chennai

Known For : Horsley Hills Kailasakonda Waterfalls Kanipakam Vinayaka temple

Steeped in religion, devotion and architecture, Chittoor is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Best Time: September to February

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21. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

3.2 /5 View 40+ photos

86 kms from Chennai

Known For : Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary Karikili Bird Sanctuary

Lying close to the important district of Mahabalipuram, is Vedanthangal, best known for its bird sanctuary. The compact water tank of 30 hectares that the sanctuary is built around is home to at least 30,000 birds every year during migratory season.

Best Time: November to February

22. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh - Famous for the Vayu Linga

3.5 /5 View 11+ photos

120 kms from Chennai

Known For : Srikalahasteeswara Temple Veyilingala Kona Waterfall Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple

Located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the holy city of Srikalahasti is a popular tourist destination due to its famous Srikalahasti temple. It is one of the most important Shiva temples of South India built during the ancient Pallava dynasty. With vibrant yesteryear, this place has showcased its potential to allure the visitors with its extravagant shrines and pristine beauty.

Best Time: July to March

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23. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 14+ photos

174 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ranganatha Temple Pulicat Lake Mypadu Beach

Nellore is a beautiful city lying on the banks of River Penna, a Municipal Corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Anciently known as Vikrama Simhapuri, it derived its name from "Nelluru", a combination of Tamil words "Nel" and "Ooru" where Nel stands for Paddy and Ooru means Place.

Best Time: October to February

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24. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu - City of Temples

3.9 /5 View 17+ photos

346 kms from Chennai

Known For : Brahadeshwara Temple Gangaikonda Cholapuram Shiva Ganga Garden

Also known as Tanjore or the city of temples, Thanjavur has a lot of cultural value and is known for its famous Tanjore paintings, antiques and handicrafts, textiles and saris , its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

Best Time: October to March

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25. Mysore, Karnataka - A glimpse of Southern India

4.0 /5 View 35+ photos

480 kms from Chennai

Known For : Mysore Palace Somanathapura Temple Brindavan Gardens

Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in the country. It is replete with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, to name just a few. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in the state of Karnataka, and its rich cultural heritage draws millions of tourists all year round.

Best Time: Throughout the year

26. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

309 kms from Chennai

Known For : Velankanni Church Velankanni Beach Velankanni Church Museum

Quaint and calm, Velankanni is a little hamlet tucked away in the state of Tamil Nadu, on the coast of Bay of Bengal. It is a famous Roman Catholic pilgrim centre and is visited by thousands of devotees for its shrine of ‘Our Lady of Good Health’ aka Mother Mary. Inspired by the Lourdes in France, Velankanni is also known as the “Lourdes of the East”. It has become one of the vital Marian sanctuaries of the world.

Best Time: October to March

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27. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests, Chidambram

4.1 /5 View 9+ photos

212 kms from Chennai

The second largest Mangrove forest in the world, Pichavaram is located off the tourist trail but is totally worth the effort. One can be enchanted by the complex river system and canal network that bind this beautiful place together and support the rich biodiversity of the place.

28. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu - The Cambridge of India

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

295 kms from Chennai

Known For : Adi Kumbeshwara Temple Nageswaran Temple Shopping in Kumbakonam

Sandwiched between two great rivers of southern India, Cauvery and Arsala, Kumbakonam is a gorgeous temple town in the heart of the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.The town is a place for the lovers of history and those seeking to understand India's cultural roots and Hinduism.

Best Time: November to February

29. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 9+ photos

398 kms from Chennai

Known For : Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi Temple Nandi Bull and Paintings

Lepakshi is a small quaint village with a trail of several great kingdoms that once ruled the area. Located in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, Lepakshi is located at a distance of 120 km from Bangalore making it a great choice for one day trip. Founded in 1535 AD by Maharaja Aliya Rama Raya of the Vijayanagara empire, Lepakshi is a trove of several fascinating archaeological sites, beautiful ancient temples and rich culture.

Best Time: September to February

30. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu - Palaces, Places of Worship and Palates

3.6 /5 View 13+ photos

301 kms from Chennai

Known For : Chettinad Palace Chettinad Museum Vairavanpatti

Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad Showcases the rich heritage, striking art and grand architecture of the state. Apart from being known as a temple town, the Chettinad Cuisine is the most renowned in the repertoire of Tamil Nadu. The word "Chetti" is a Sanskrit term meaning wealth. It is derived from the original traders of the region who dealt in salt and spices for marbles and other decorative items used in the construction of their properties. It has an elaborately vibrant culture and an over the top extortionate township comprising of ridiculously opulent mansions, palatial homes, magnificent temples and fascinating museums.

Best Time: November to March

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31. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh - The abode of Saythya Sai Baba

3.4 /5 View 14+ photos

429 kms from Chennai

Known For : Chaitanya Jyoti Museum Sathya Sai Ashram Wish Fullfilling Tree

The holy abode of the legendary figure, Sathya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a town which takes you back to the days of ashrams and the ways of living in those times with an equal influence of the present.

A tiny town in Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi has gained global fame as a centre of religious brilliance. It is a town which offers modern approaches of religion, settlements and even urbanization, being a unique village with urban facilities.

Best Time: September to February

32. Gandikota - Grand Canyon of India

3.8 /5

363 kms from Chennai

Endearingly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’, Gandikota is a twee village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Flanked by River Pennar on the right side, the village is popular for the spectacular gorges formed by the river cutting through Erramala Hills. The narrow valleys with streams running between them and the steep rocky walls to give them company remind one of the renowned Grand Canyon in Arizona. It required a walk of almost a kilometre from the main gate to reach the boulder from where you can observe the mesmerising view from the viewpoint near the fort.

33. Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu - The land of the singing waves

3.4 /5 View 7+ photos

266 kms from Chennai

Known For : Fort Dansborg The town gate The Zion Church

Forgotten to be touched by time, and still known for its tranquillity, is Tharangambadi, otherwise known as Tranquebar- The land of the singing waves. Tranquebar or Tharangambadi is a tiny beach town in Nagapattinam district that dates back to the 14th century. Placed at a dreamy patch at the confluence of the Kaveri river and the Bay of Bengal, Tranquebar is a beautiful playpen of many cultures.

Best Time: August to February

34. Kabini, Karnataka - Home to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

507 kms from Chennai

Known For : Jungle Safari, Kabini Elephant Safari Boating in Kabini

Once a private hunting area for the British, this famous wildlife destination has a rich variety of flora and fauna making it a gorgeous tourist spot.

Best Time: Throughout the year

35. Savandurga, Karnataka

3.4 /5

384 kms from Chennai

Situated 60 kms to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga, considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia. It comprises of two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill) and has a temple situated at the foothill and a pond nearby. Most trekkers choose Billigudda due to its gentler slopes.

Best Time: November to May

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36. Shivagange, Karnataka - Kashi of the South

3.3 /5 View 13+ photos

366 kms from Chennai

Known For : Trekking in Shivagange Temples in Shivagange

Shivagange, a hillock situated 56 km from Bangalore, is a combination of temples and scenic beauty that makes it both a pilgrimage as well as an adventure spot. From a distance, the hillock looks like a 'Shiva Linga', with a spring flowing nearby that's locally called Ganga, thereby naming it Shivaganga.

Best Time: October to March

37. Srirangapatna, Karnataka

3.2 /5 View 23+ photos

461 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Gumbaz Balmuri Falls

Srirangapatna is an egg-shaped island town amidst the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka. Situated at a distance of 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. One of the most important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage- the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the major attraction of the town which draws thousands of tourists. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest of its kind. Once the capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, this city is home to multiple sites of historical relevance

Best Time: July to March

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38. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh - The Gateway of Rayalaseema

4.0 /5 View 10+ photos

471 kms from Chennai

Known For : Yaganti Belum Caves Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

A place of much historical value with beautiful surrounding areas, Kurnool, is a small town in Andhra Pradesh where much of history left its imprints. The city also is known as The Gateway of Rayalaseema.

Best Time: December to February

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39. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh - The Abode of Jyotirlinga of Andhra Pradesh

3.6 /5 View 17+ photos

481 kms from Chennai

Known For : Pathala Ganga Srisailam Tiger Reserve Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Srisailam, a hill town in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is home to the holy Malikarjuna Jyotirlinga and also as one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas of goddess Parvati. Situated on the banks of river Krishna, Srisailam is identified with a wildlife sanctuary and a dam.

Best Time: October to February

40. Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh

3.2 /5 View 15+ photos

523 kms from Chennai

Known For : Manginapudi Beach Panduranga Swamy Temple The Lighthouse

The port town of Machelipatnam nestled on the banks of River Krishna is one of the most popular tourist attractions of South India. Steeped in rich historical past, the town still reflects the footprint of several foreign invaders in the country.

Best Time: October to March

41. Madurai, Tamil Nadu - The Lotus City

3.6 /5 View 35+ photos

461 kms from Chennai

Known For : Meenakshi Temple Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Vaigai Dam

Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of India. Ruled by Pandya kings for the longest time in its history, Madurai is constructed in the form of a lotus.

Best Time: October to March

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