Amazing Road Trips From Chennai You Should Be Taking This Weekend!

Road Trips from Chennai

Chennai, surrounded by picturesque landscape and amazing places, many of which are virgin from the human touch and the roads which lead away from this city are yearning for you to get on your wheels and measure their spread. With precise navigation and a full fuel tank, would the journey not become a smoother affair?

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Here is the list of 15 Amazing Road Trips From Chennai You Should Be Taking This Weekend!

1. Chennai to Pondicherry

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136 kms from Chennai

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry | Water Sports in Pondicherry | Auroville Ashram

A Union Territory and erstwhile French colony, Pondicherry is one of the best-known places in south India for a getaway. With the calm atmosphere and the beach make for a very inviting road trip. It’s an ideal destination for a one day trip, and the drive to Pondicherry is one of the most scenic ones you’ll ever embark on. There are plenty of places to visit here like Auroville, Gingee Fort, Promenade Beach, Jawahar Toy Museum apart from indulging in a variety of water sports.

Distance and Road Condition- 143 km from Chennai via E Coast Road, taking just over 3.5 hours to cover. The drive is one of the most scenics you will encounter!
Best time to visit Pondicherry - October to February

Best Time : October to March

Read More 38 Pondicherry Attractions

2. Chennai to Mahabalipuram

4.3

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49 kms from Chennai

Known For : Shore Temple | Mahabalipuram Beach | Five Rathas

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mahabalipuram makes for a quick getaway from Chennai. The temple ruins showcase the rich Dravidian architecture with Buddhist elements. Some local craftsmen and artisans showcase their handiwork in the form of intricate sculptures that you can take home. You can take a bicycle tour to explore the place.
Distance and Road Condition - 56 km from Chennai via E Coast Road and should take you just under two hours to complete. Several tender coconut sellers dot the road so be sure it will be a delicious and refreshing journey!
Best time to visit – December to March

Best Time : November to February

Read More 23 Mahabalipuram Attractions

3. Chennai to Tranquebar/Tharangabadi

3.4

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230 kms from Chennai

Known For : Fort Dansborg | The town gate | The Zion Church

For a relaxing, quiet getaway where you can swim in the ocean and be free, Tranquebar is the best place for a road trip. A short while from Chennai, it has calm waters, perfect to swim in. Danish museum, Jerusalem Church, Fort Dansborg are some of the places you can visit on your trip here.
Distance and Road Condition - 270 km from Chennai via E Coast Road (NH 45A) which will take about 6 hours or a little more to complete, given the altitude and curvature of the road
Best time to visit - February to August

Best Time : August to February

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Read More 7 Tranquebar Attractions

4. Chennai to Kumbakonam

3.5

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251 kms from Chennai

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

Colourful gopurams dotting the skyline are a prominent feature Kumbakonam. It was once the height of medieval power in southern India and is now a quaint temple town to visit ideally for 1-2 days. It is also well known for the Hindu festival of Mahamaham that takes place every 12 years.
Distance and Road Condition – 296 km from Chennai via Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH 45 will take you just under 6.5 hours to cover, the road being good for most of the distance, except for the area near Varudachalam, where driving in top gear can be impossible.
En-route : Taking the road less travelled might serve interesting since this town is a holy city, you won’t come across many bikers or travelling families on the way; but you might want to give it a try for the adrenaline rush! Moreover, if you are lucky enough to be in one of these festivals with many people in the streets, do not panic, mix with the people and see how very quickly you will feel fully integrated
Best time to visit - November to March

Best Time : November to February

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Read More 24 Kumbakonam Attractions

5. Chennai to Kanchipuram

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64 kms from Chennai

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple | Varadharaja Perumal Temple | Kailasanathar Temple

Well known for its silk sarees, Kanchipuram is also called “golden city of a thousand temples”, and it should be a destination on your travel list. It is also considered one of the seven sacred cities of India. The Kaliasanathar Temple is the oldest in the city which was ruled by the Pallavas, Cholas, and the Vijayanagara Empire. Vedanthangla Bird Sanctuary is also popular with the tourists here.
Distance and Road Condition – 75 km from Chennai via the Kanchipuram-Chennai Road taking just and hour and a half, the route being simple, the road clean and no need to make pit-stops anywhere.
En-route : It’ll take about 1 1/2 hours from Chennai to reach Kanchipuram. While it isn’t a very long journey, the highway is a smooth plane, and you can forget all your hassles when you reach Kanchipuram. Shopping in Kanchipuram will be an exciting experience, especially for all you ladies out there. The beautifully designed Kanjeevaram Silks allures the tourists to this temple city.
Best time to visit - September to March

Best Time : October to May

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Read More 16 Kanchipuram Attractions

6. Chennai to Vellore

2.5

122 kms from Chennai

Known For : Vellore Fort

Reminiscent of the Dravidian civilisation, Vellore is the place where Hindus believe that Lord Murugan had appeared. The Vellore Fort is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. The Srilakshmi Golden Temple is the other famous golden temple of the country you must visit. There is a lot of history and culture here to immerse yourself into.
Distance and Road Condition – 158 km from Chennai via the Kanchipuram-Chennai Road and NH4 taking just under 4 hours to cover, the road being smooth throughout
Best time to visit - October to March

Read More 6 Attractions

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7. Chennai to Nellore

3.4

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155 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ranganatha Temple | Pulicat Lake | Mypadu Beach

Nellore has made contributions to art and trade since ancient times. With beaches, temples, waterfalls, bird sanctuaries to see, it has something to offer to everyone. It’s a place where you can go for either a day or make a long weekend out of it by choosing to relax on the beautiful beaches here. You can visit Ranganatha Temple which is one of the most revered temples of Nellore.
Distance and Road Condition - 175 km from Chennai via NH5 taking just over 3 hours to reach and there are few restaurants like the Silver Inn and Alankar Bakery & Sweets on the route at regular intervals
Best time to visit - December to February

Best Time : October to February

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Read More 8 Nellore Attractions

8. Chennai to Madurai

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419 kms from Chennai

Known For : Meenakshi Temple | Alagar Koil | Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Great food and great architecture should be enough reasons to pay a visit to Madurai! It’s also called the Athens of the East given the lavish temples dotting the city and being one of the oldest cities in India. The Meenakshi Amman temple is the most famous one. Alagar Koil is another exquisite temple near Madurai.
Distance – 463 km from Chennai via NH45B and Grand Southern Trunk Road, a long journey taking alamost 9 hours. Though many would prefer to cut the drive short and finish it in two days if you’re daring, you can conquer the beautiful and smooth drive in just a day!
Best time to visit - October to March

Best Time : October to March

Read More 19 Madurai Attractions

9. Chennai to Kodaikanal

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434 kms from Chennai

Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Kodai Lake | Bear Shola Falls

Cosy and serene, Kodaikanal or Kodai as it’s called lovingly is truly the princess of hill stations. It has waterfalls, a huge lake around which cycling is a favourite pass time, quaint little cafes selling homemade chocolates, trekking which make this one of the most famous getaways from Chennai. It’s also a popular romantic getaway near Chennai.
Distance and Road Condition - 527 km from Chennai via the Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45 clocks in at an 8-hour drive. If you’re not feeling up to drive yourself, you can always take a bus for. The climate is pleasant, and the Dindugal-biryani en-route is something to watch out for!
Best time to visit - September to May

Best Time : September to May

Read More 34 Kodaikanal Attractions

10. Chennai to Ooty

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427 kms from Chennai

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Rose Garden

Ooty, a spectacular little hill station in the Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It has beautiful gardens which are nothing short of out of a tv-screen. Tea plantations, toy trains on the Nilgiri Hills, boating in the beautiful lakes are just some of the activities to do here.
Distance and Road Conditions - 561 km from Chennai via the Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45, taking almost 9 hours to reach the little paradise. Many buses ply here so you can make your journey even more comfortable along the beauty of the ride.
Best time to visit - May-June and December-February

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 43 Ooty Attractions

11. Chennai to Coorg

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494 kms from Chennai

Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)

Not just famous for their coffee, Coorg is a beautiful destination a short while from Chennai. Dubbed as the Scotland of India and the Kashmir of South India, do you need any more reasons to convince yourself for a trip here? Coffee plantations, trekking, forests, forts, temples will enchant you and make you not want to go back home!
Distance and Road Condition - 582 km from Chennai via NH46 and NH275, has to be the longest road trip taking almost half a day on the road if you maintain a good speed but a trip that will be worth the journey. Be careful of all the speed breakers on the way but don’t let them break your excitement down!
Best time to visit - October to March

Best Time : October to March

Read More 34 Coorg Attractions

12. Chennai to Munnar

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479 kms from Chennai

Known For : Atukkad Waterfalls | Pothamedu View Point | Tata Tea or KDHP Museum

Nestled between the three mountain rivulets of Kundala, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni lie a charming little town atop a hill that is Munnar. A popular trekking destination, its highest peak is Anamudi. Lakes, waterfalls, forests just add to the beauty here. Rajmalai Wildlife Sanctuary is famous along with several tea plantations which also make this town an important tea trading centre of India.
Distance and Road Condition - 575 km from Chennai via Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45 is again a journey to take almost half the day which you can break into parts by stopping at places like Tirchy, Theni and Bodi which will offer many photography spots as well
Best time to visit - August to May

Best Time : September to May

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Read More 44 Munnar Attractions

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13. Chennai to Yelagiri

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182 kms from Chennai

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

Yelagiri is for those seeking an easy-paced holiday away from the madness of the city. The highway leading up to this hill station is a beautiful route, especially for bikers. The signature landmark of the place is the Punganoor artificial lake-cum-park where tourists can enjoy a walk or some boating. More than that, paragliding and hiking are pretty common. You might wanna carry your track pants and sports shoes.
En-route : Since this route is loved by bikers and adventure seekers, it is marked by roadside eateries and rest stations. Paragliders Pitch their tents wherever they find a nice hill, so if you can carry the equipment, you could also give it a try!
Distance from Chennai: 230 Km

Best Time : November to February

Read More 11 Yelagiri Attractions

14. Chennai to Bangalore

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288 kms from Chennai

Known For : Bangalore Palace | Cubbon Park | MG Road, Bangalore


Distance from Chennai: 350 Km
En-route: You can take either of the two routes->via Hosur or Chittoor Route 1, is a national highway which is a part of the Golden quadrilateral that connects the four metro cities Route 2, is supposedly shorter as compared to Route 1. However, it is half the width of Route 1. As you drive along, the small towns of Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Walajabad go past, until you reach the outskirts of Vellore. If you are tired and want to take a break, you would find decent restaurants here to cool your heels off until they are ready to take on again.

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 93 Bangalore Attractions

15. Chennai to Tiruchi

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303 kms from Chennai

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


Distance from Chennai: 373 Km
En-route: Travelling at night can be a problem as this highway is frequented by large trucks, but “follow the taillight” trick is always safe. For breakfast, you can halt at Melmaruvathur or Acharapakkam or in the hotel Highway inn in Tindivanam (before Thiruvannamalai bypass).

Best Time : October to March

Read More 11 Tiruchi Attractions

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Some places are worth a long time behind the wheel and some roads are worth the travel whatever may reside at the end!

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