Places to Visit near Chennai Within 400 Kms

This world we live in is an open book, and it is our duty to read it by travelling it. Sometimes in the fast-paced rat race of a lifestyle of today, we forget to give ourselves a break and venture out to places we haven't been. All that can change over a single weekend for there are many places to visit near Chennai within 400 kms which make for the perfect getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Here is the list of 52 Places to Visit near Chennai Within 400 Kms

1. Bangalore, Karnataka


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288 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, Bengaluru is India's third largest city, being the most livable city in India.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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2. Pondicherry


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136 kms from Chennai

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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3. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu


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264 kms from Chennai

Known For : Killiyur Falls | Emerald Lake, Yercaud | Bear's Cave

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

Best Time : October to June

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4. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh


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110 kms from Chennai

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

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5. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu


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49 kms from Chennai

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

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6. Thanjevur, Tamil Nadu


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281 kms from Chennai

Known For : Brahadeshwara Temple | Gangaikonda Cholapuram | Vijayanagar Fort

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, its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

Best Time : October to March

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7. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu


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64 kms from Chennai

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple | Varadharaja Perumal Temple | Kailasanathar 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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8. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh


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298 kms from Chennai

Known For : Veerabhadra Temple | Lepakshi Temple | Nandi Bull and Paintings

Lepakshi is a small quaint village with several fascinating archeological sites and beautiful ancient temples.

Best Time : September to February

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9. Mahanandi, Kurnool

388 kms from Chennai

Mahanandi is a scenic village in the district surrounded by dense forestation with the mesmeric Nallamala Hills located to its west. The village has one of the nine shrines dedicated to Lord Nandi, also called Nava Nandulu. The village is famous for a 10th century ancient temple - the Mahanandiswara Swami temple. The village draws pilgrims every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

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10. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu


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288 kms from Chennai

Known For : Hogenakkal Falls | Mettur Dam | Melagiri Hills

Hogenakkal is the small village that is known because of Kaveri river that splits into multiple streams of waterfalls over here, making it arguably the most heavenly place in the state.

Best Time : October to March

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11. Auroville, Pondicherry


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126 kms from Chennai

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

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12. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu


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182 kms from Chennai

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp | Jalagamparai Falls | Nature park

Yelagiri is small hill station, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. If your looking for a hill station out of the ordinary, then you need to make your way to Tamil Nadu!

Best Time : November to February

View hotels starting from ₹ 876

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13. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh


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97 kms from Chennai

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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14. Bheemeshwari, Karnataka


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333 kms from Chennai

Known For : Cauvery Fishing Camp | Doddamakkali Nature Camp | Boat Rides in Bheemeshwari

This small town near Bangalore city is a perfect getaway for a nature lover and in its seclusion is a good break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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15. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu


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251 kms from Chennai

Known For : Adi Kumbeshwara Temple | Nageswaran Temple | Shopping in Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is a gorgeous temple town in the heart of the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.

Best Time : November to February

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16. Ahobilam Temple


375 kms from Chennai

Penna Ahobilam is renowned for its Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The temple complex has temples of Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple and Chenchu Lakshmi Devi.

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17. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu


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158 kms from Chennai

Known For : Sathanur Dam | Annamalaiyar temple | Gingee Fort

Perched on top of the Malai hill, Thiruvannamali is a holy town, most famous for its Arunachala temple among numerous other temples and ashrams dedicated to saints of olden times.

Best Time : October to March

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18. Chikballapur, Karnataka


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266 kms from Chennai

Known For : Vivekanand Falls | The Ranganatha Swamy temple | Kaivara

Located about 57km from Bangalore, Chikballapur is a place close to Nandi Hills, Vivekanand falls and many other small small attractions making it a good one day getaway from Bangalore.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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19. Savandurga, Karnataka


320 kms from Chennai

Known For : Trekking in Savandurga | Corporate Excursion | Rock-climbing

Situated 60 kms to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga, considered to be one of the largest single rock formation in the whole of Asia.

Best Time : November to May

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20. Nandi Hills, Karnataka


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280 kms from Chennai

Known For : Paragliding in Nandi Hills | Tipu's Drop | Tipu's Summer Residence

Small mounds near Bengaluru, Nandi hills serve as a great trekking destination and a weekend getaway for people in the metro.

Best Time : October to June

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21. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu


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268 kms from Chennai

Known For : Velankanni Church | Velankanni Beach | Velankanni Church Museum

On the Coromandel coast, 165 kilometers south of Chennai in the district of Nagapattinam, it is said that years ago, the Virgin mother came to bless the land.

Best Time : October to March

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22. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh


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126 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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23. Horsley Hills


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211 kms from Chennai

Located near the south western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the mighty Horsley Hills is a hill station which is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradesh and Ooty. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metres and is very well known for its breath taking landscape, rich biodiversity, countless holiday options and comparative exclusivity. Home to the largest Banyan tree in the world and the oldest Eucalyptus, it is an environmental hub lined with thick foliage dense forest areas with trees such Gulmohar, Allamanda, Reeta, Amla, Beedi leaves, Blue Gum, and Sandalwood. As many as 113 species of birds including yellow throated bulbul, black eagle and white - rumped shama. The picturesque landscape of Horsley also doubles up as a destination for adventure sports and activities such as trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, water walking, rappelling, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo. And if you're in the mood to just relax and unwind, then the endearing beauty of this hill station will surely cater to that as well.

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24. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh


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155 kms from Chennai

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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25. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh


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291 kms from Chennai

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

The holy abode of the apocryphal figure, Saythya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a town which takes you back to the days of ashrams and the ways of living in those times.

Best Time : September to February

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26. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests


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188 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.

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27. Nrityagram, Karnataka


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301 kms from Chennai

Known For : Temple of Dedication | Amphitheatre | Dance Gurukuls

Nrityagram is a dance village is located near Hesarghatta in Bangalore rural district. The village was conceptualized by the well known Odissi dancer Protima Bedi.

Best Time : February to Apr, October to December

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28. Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu


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303 kms from Chennai

Known For : Kallanai Dam | Rockfort Ganpathi Temple | Samayapuram Amman Temple

Trichy is a mid sized, fat emerging city in Tamil nadu. It is a refreshing change from cities that are either completely devoted to a religion and cities that are nothing but concrete jungles.

Best Time : October to March

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29. Chidambram, Tamil Nadu


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194 kms from Chennai

Known For : Pichavaram Mangrove Forests | Shopping in Chidambaram | The Nataraja Temple

A beautiful temple town in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram is famous for housing the marvelous Lord Nataraja Temple and a few others which highlight its importance as a special place of pilgrim.

Best Time : October to January

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30. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

302 kms from Chennai

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is almost 16 kilometres from the town of Kanakapura is a great trekking destination for a day trek. It is one of the highest hills in the neighbouring area with an elevation of 3780 feet, the hill also houses a temple devoted to Lord Rangaswamy that is constructed under a large white granite monolith. It is one of the most striking features of the hill with the hill drawing its name Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta from the rock. The hill is also a great place for a trekking excursion, it is relatively unknown to tourists and hasn't been heavily commercialised yet and is perfect if you are seeking to explore the hills at your own pace and unwind over the weekend away from the crowds. The pinnacle offers the best views of the neighbouring hills and a peaceful setting for you and your thoughts away from the hustle bustle of cities.

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31. Mekedatu

317 kms from Chennai

If you stay in Bangalore or are merely visiting the city and want to enjoy a picnic close to nature with your friends, Mekedatu should be on your bucket list. Situated in Kanakapura of Ramanagara district, Mekedatu is a site by a stretch of narrow, deep gorges through which the river Kaveri flows. The spot is steeped in folklore: with the name of the place meaning 'goat's leap' in Kannada and has an interesting mythical story attached with it. So, not only will you get the chance to spend time in nature, you'll be able to do so at a spot accorded great mythical significance.

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32. Koli Hills


279 kms from Chennai

With an ominous name which means 'Mountain of Death', Koli Hills are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence.

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33. Doddamakali

340 kms from Chennai

Situated at a distance of about 132 kms from the city of Bangalore on 6 kms from Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Doddamakali is a living example of pristine rustic charm and idyllic sylvan setting. The place makes for an ideal weekend getaway away from the hustle bustle and chaos of the city amidst natural surroundings and euphoric atmosphere. It also has a few resorts which offer a relaxing and rejuvenating break to the city folks. Besides the amazing bed and breakfast, the guests can also choose from a plethora of day activities like bird watching, wildlife spotting and end the day with a quiet bonfire. All in all, this sacred haven tucked away in the wilderness is a perfect way to beat the city blues and spend some quiet moments in solitude and serenity with loved ones.

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34. Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu


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259 kms from Chennai

Known For : Dutch Fort | Archaeological Museum | Sikkal Singaravelar Temple

Nagapattinam is a town on the coastline of Bay of Bengal with major historical significance which is also a renowned pilgrim center with many temples, churches and mosques spread all over.

Best Time : October to March

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35. Ramnagaram, Karnataka


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324 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ramnagara Hills | Ramdevara Temple | Ramadevarabetta hills

Set amidst the challenging rocky hillocks and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for Bengaluru folks.

Best Time : November to February

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36. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu


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73 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.

Best Time : November to February

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37. Devarayanadurga

331 kms from Chennai

Devarayanadurga which translates to 'The fort of God' is a tranquil hill station located near Tumkur district in the state of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 4000 ft, Devarayanadurga is a perfect weekend getaway to live among the lush green trees and explore the hilly terrain. This place is replete with not only picturesque beauty but also has a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There are a number of beautifully crafted temples which will provide you with inner peace and leave you awestruck. Untouched by Industrialisation, in Devarayanadurga you will be able to witness the magic and serenity of nature.

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38. Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu


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230 kms from Chennai

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.

Best Time : August to February

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39. Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu


423 kms from Chennai

Bellikkal is one of those places where you can completely relax, without having to worry about a 'to-do' list for your vacations and yet experience mountains that will steal your breath away.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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40. Oravakallu Rock Garden


370 kms from Chennai

There are a few ordinary landscapes in Kurnool. One fascinating stretch is a park with igneous rock formations. Find here a restaurant, small ponds, boating facilities and a cave museum. A less ordinary hiking area and a bit unusual picnic spot, this one, is a must visit area in Kurnool.

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41. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary


361 kms from Chennai

A wildlife sanctuary spread across an area of 614sq kms in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Rollapadu offers its visitors a journey into the wild, close to nature, amidst a number of diverse species of flora and fauna.

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42. Talakadu


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362 kms from Chennai

Nestled on the banks of River Kaveri, the town of Talakadu in Karnataka is a mystic place submerged in the sand of extremely fine quality. Steeped with rich past and heritage, it is famous for its Vaidyanatheshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place derives its name from two local chieftains Tala and Kada and thus is called Talakadu. Situated only 3 hours drive from Bangalore, this is an ideal place for history buffs and for the devotees of Lord Shiva.  With a rich past and heritage, the town is also quite famous among the devotees who come here for a special worship.

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43. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


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396 kms from Chennai

Located in the picturesque state of Karnataka, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna is a haven for a wide array of bird species. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state and comprises of six small islands on the banks of the river Kaveri. The beauty that finds a place here in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a sight to sore eyes. The scenery of the local vegetation and landscape, coupled with the colourful variety of wildlife makes it a unique learning experience for everyone. This destination offers many activities to its tourists; the most popular ones include bird watching, boating, and some good old nature photography.

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44. Bhavani Island


387 kms from Chennai

Bhavani island is one of the largest islands on a river and is located on the Krishna river at Vijayawada. The vast expanse of the island proves to be the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. If you are one for adventure sports and water slides, this is an exhilarating place to visit! It is named after the Goddess Bhavani or Kanaka Durga whose temple is on the Indrakeeladri hill close to the island. Bhavani island can be reached by boat from the banks of Krishna river. Approaching the island from the banks, you will enjoy the lush green surroundings and beauty of the Krishna river. If you are on the island especially during sunrise, you have the most spectacular view of the sunlight dancing on flowing waters of the river. It is a magical place for nature lovers.

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45. Yaganti


341 kms from Chennai

Yaganti, in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh in India, is a popular tourist site that is famous for its Sri Yagantiswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the perfect way to get a feel of the Andhra Pradesh tourism. The temple speaks profoundly about our rich culture and traditions even today. Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva and Parvathi, called Ardhanareeswara. This fascinating idol is carved out of a single stone and is a marvellous idol of the deities to behold. The festival of Maha Shiv Ratri which falls around October or November each year is celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple. Tourists and especially devotees of Lord Shiva flock to the temple in huge numbers during this time.

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46. Gangaikonda Cholapuram


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223 kms from Chennai

A place which is testimony to the architectural and engineering genius of the region and the pride of one of the greatest empires of India - Chola Empire, Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a place worth exploring. The magnificence of the Brihadishwara temple along with few others will enchant you and thrill you with its history and engineering.

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47. Siddara Betta

341 kms from Chennai

Siddara Betta is a popular tourist attraction in the Tumkur district of Karnataka immersed in rocky boulders, temples and caves with an elevation of 1700 feet. The hillock is popular amongst trekkers and spiritual seekers alike, with one of the main attractions of the hill being the Lord Shiva temple enclosed in a cave that sees a fair number of devotees throughout the year. The hill is also really popular among trekking enthusiasts too with many climbers taking a hike up to the summit for the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding villages and the serene environment atop. The trek has a moderate difficulty level. Siddara Betta has a host of activities and offerings for people from all walks of life and is perfect for a day trip away from the mundane routines of daily lives.

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48. Tadipatri

317 kms from Chennai

Ancient temples with relics from centuries back in await you within the temples of Tadipatri. Built during the golden years of the Vijaynagar Empire, this retreat situated on the Western side of Andhra Pradesh is guaranteed to leave any visitor enchanted. If you're someone fascinated with history or interested in architecture, then Tadipatri should be your holiday destination. Here, you can get a chance to glimpse at sculptures and artworks hailing all the way back from the Vijaynagar Empire. The temples here are bound to attract pilgrims in huge numbers, yet even non-believers can have a memorable experience from visiting them. If you're seeking an intensely spiritual experience from your vacation travels and happen to be near Hyderabad, then you should certainly pay the town of Tadipatri a visit.

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49. Manchanabele Dam

316 kms from Chennai

Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. Located in the state of Karnataka, this place is visited by a lot of people because it is ideal to get away from the pell mell of city and enjoy some serenity in the lap of nature. Manchanabele Dam is replete with cool and clear water. This dam is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills that makes the place look even more mesmerizing. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset. The place looks spellbinding during these two phenomenons as the different hues of the sky juxtaposed with the lush greenery and blue water is simply magical. Manchanabele Dam is a perfect place to visit to unwind and relax.

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50. Nagalapuram

61 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.

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51. Kanakapura

312 kms from Chennai

In the state of Karnataka a beautiful city is nestled amongst trees and rivers which is great for a weekend getaway. Kanakapura is rich in heritage and culture. This place is a hidden gem bountiful in greenery and waterfalls. A few days in this wonderful and picturesque place will leave you rejuvenate. After visiting this serene place, you might not want to get back to the hustle bustle of the city as such is the charm of this place. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year and this place can be a great short trip destination to beat the heat or the weekday blues.

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52. Penukonda Fort, Anantapur


309 kms from Chennai

The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill.

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Seeing things and places as they are and not how they are meant to be is what life is all about. The places listed above are best experienced in their naked form and are sure to keep those enchanted long after they have left.


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