Places to Visit near Chennai Within 200 Kms


We are no stranger to the saying 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. Similarly, if one were to stay cooped up with work and studies all the time, life would become very monotonous and stressful in a short period of time. Chennai is one metropolis where everyone is very competitive, but that doesn't mean one has to shy away from having some fun and relaxation. Southern India is blessed with some of the most serene destinations and attractions which will leave anyone spellbound. With a whole list of places to visit near Chennai within 200 kms, no weekend has to go to waste. The two things that one requires is the right amount of motivation and determination!!

1. Pondicherry

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136 kms from city center

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Seaside Promenade

Puducherry was the largest French colony in India and the French influence on the city can still be seen.

Best Time: October to March

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2. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

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110 kms from city center

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam

The holy town of Tirupati is one amongst the 8 most scared places of Lord Mahavishnu and is highly revered, glorified and worshiped.

Best Time: September to March

3. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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49 kms from city center

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

Best Time: November to February

4. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

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64 kms from city center

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple Varadharaja Perumal Temple Devarajaswami Temple

Widely known for its 'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of thousand temples', Kanchipuram has various temples of religious and cultural importance spread all over the city.

Best Time: October to May

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5. Auroville, Pondicherry

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126 kms from city center

Known For : Matrimandir Yoga and Meditation Youth Centre

Situated in the union territory of Pondicherry, this township is wholly and solely based on the principles of peace, harmony, sustainable living and 'divine consciousness' which was the brainchild of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mirra Alfassa.

Best Time: November to March

6. Covelong Beach, Mahabalipuram

3.5 / 5

32 kms from city center

Located on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal near the village Covelong, Kovalam Beach was given the name 'Covelong' by the British due to their inefficiency of pronouncing "Kovalam". A perfect retreat amidst palm trees and silver sand, Covelong Beach was once set up as a port by Saadat Ali for Carnatic Nawabs. In 1746 the French took control of the place, and in 1752, the Britishers lead to its destruction. From the centuries earlier to the times after, the Beach has been transformed into one of the best excursion and picnic spots. The village nearby has India's first Surfing School. The beach offers a plethora of water activities to its visitors. Visiting the beach and entering the mode of relaxation is another thing you can opt for. The calmness it offers during the sunset is unmatchable.

7. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

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158 kms from city center

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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8. VGP Golden Beach, Chennai

3.7 / 5

16 kms from city center

Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought-after destinations in the area by family and friends. This beach is a part of the VGP Universal Kingdom, which is a famous amusement park and lies on the East Coast Road. This mesmerising beach is an appealing part of the Bay of Bengal, with its smooth and silver sand situated on Marina, the second longest beach in the world. The surging waves of the beach and the swaying wind are like music to ears adding to the charm and beauty of this place. The place is also regarded as safe for one to indulge in the act of bathing and swimming in the fresh water shower. Due to its pristine beauty and picturesque landscape this beach is highly preferred by the masses and is also used as a shooting location for movies frequently.

9. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

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126 kms from city center

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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10. Kanipakam Vinayaka temple, Chittoor

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134 kms from city center

Chittor is a district laden with important temples, one of them being the Kanipakkam Vinayagar Temple. Apart from Tirupati, Tirumala and Srikalahasti, the Vinayagar Temple in Kanipakkam is another reason why pilgrims flock to the district of Chittor. Situated 56 km from Tirupati, the small town of Kanipakam is the abode of great deity Vinayaka. It makes for an ideal weekend getaway trip for city dwellers as well as a major pilgrimage site.

11. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

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97 kms from city center

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

Overflowing with a rich and vivacious yesteryears, 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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12. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

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155 kms from city center

Known For : Ranganatha Temple Pulicat Lake Mypadu Beach

Nellore is a beautiful city lying on the banks of River Penna and a Municipal Corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Best Time: October to February

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13. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

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73 kms from city center

Known For : Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary Karikili Bird Sanctuary

Lying close to the important district of Mahabalipuram, is Vedanthangal, best known for its bird sanctuary.

Best Time: November to February

14. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

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188 kms from city center

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.

15. Nagalapuram

61 kms from city center

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.

16. Vellore

2.5 / 5

122 kms from city center

Known For : Vellore Fort

An ancient city in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu, Vellore is located on the banks of river Palar Vellore. The land of Vellore has seen glorious days of many empires such as the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Vijayanagara, the Rashtrakutas, the Carnatic and the British. The city has a nickname called 'The Fort City' due to the Marvelous Fort which sits at the heart of Vellore city. A legend says that the region where the city now stands was once upon a time surrounded by Velan (Babul) Trees giving the place the name Vellore.

17. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

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155 kms from city center

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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18. Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu

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230 kms from city center

Known For : Fort Dansborg The town gate The Zion Church

Forgotten to be touched by time, and still known for its tranquility, is Tharagambadi, otherwise known as Tranquebar- The land of the singing waves. Tied up together still, and surviving the storms of time, Tranquebar is the ultimate destinations for those who lose themselves, when it comes to History.

Best Time: August to February

19. Pulicat Lake, Nellore

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75 kms from city center

Lying at 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 an asylum 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. Lying in the midst of scintillating virgin charms and cutting edge technological hotspot, the Pulicat Lake has something for everyone.

20. Talakona Waterfall, Tirupati

140 kms from city center

Located in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Talakona Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the region and a famous picnic spot. The water is believed to have medicinal properties and comes from an unknown underground stream. The attraction is also famous for trekking and has several trekking routes running around it amidst the scenic natural surroundings.

21. Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple, Chittoor

3.5 / 5

114 kms from city center

Needless to say, this world renowned temple is a must visit on a trip to Chittoor. Located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala, of the Tirupati hill, this temple houses the most breathtaking idol of Lord Venkateshwara, and it is said that a look at the idol is sure to leave one spellbound.

22. Gingee Fort, Thiruvannamalai

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129 kms from city center

Known as the "Troy of the East" by the British, Gingee Fort rises out of the Tamilian plains. Lying in Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu, the fort is 160 kilometres from the state capital, Chennai, and is close to 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'. Visiting the fort makes one learn the reason for why it has been called by such influential names. As you reach the fort, you realise that it has been located at the most strategic location which made it difficult for the enemies to enter its premise. The fort indeed is a result of genius minds.

23. Cholamandalam Artist's Village, Chennai

15 kms from city center

Cholamandalam Artists? Village is situated in Injambakkam in Chennai. The gallery is spread over 10 acres and was established by the brilliant artist KCS Paniker in 1966. The gallery exhibits and displays works of artists who contributed for the "Madras Movement".

24. Nettukuppam, Chennai

21 kms from city center

Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The saltwater creek of Ennore joins the sea here forming an estuary of sorts. The place is ideal to spend a peaceful time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd.

It is advisable pack lots of sunscreen, hats and the best smile one can ever put on. We guarantee that weekend trips will never be the same!!

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