Nagalapuram is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Chittoor district and a very well known trekking places near Chennai. The path here motivate the trekkers at every pitstop with the most beautiful and heartwarming views of the four waterfalls.
Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodaikanal Lake Bear Shola Falls
If you love to explore nature and trek through the adventurous trails while you enjoy the surreal view around you, then Kodaikanal is the place to be. Not only scenic beauty, but Kodaikanal is also a hub of a number of beautiful treks near Chennai.
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Punganur Lake Nature Park Jalagamparai Falls
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 treks to 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.
Best Time: November to February
The forests of Meghamalai are perfect for trekking and exploring the hidden gems, be it trees, birds or animals. These treks near Chennai are easy and filled with drool-worthy beauty that will make your heart swell with happiness.
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Also known as Ubbalamudugu Falls, Tada Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located near the near Sricity and Oneness Temple in the Chittoor district of India. Cascading from a towering height of around a 100 m, the crystal clear waterfall falling down the rocks is a visual delight and a sight to behold. Considered to be one of the top tourist attractions of the city, there is Siddulaiah Kona forest in the vicinity of the site which is an ideal place for trekking, hiking and other foresty activities. Besides, Tada Falls is known for is incredible landscape, lush greenery and ethereal hillocks.
Known For : Emerald Lake, Yercaud Pagoda Point Botanical Garden, Yercaud
Yercaud is also known as the 'Land of 7 forests', situated at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level. Fields of coffee, citrus fruits, jackfruit, banana and pear trees are all constituents of the forests in and around Yercaud. Therefore, this trekking in Chennai is overall all a wonderful experience.
Best Time: October to June
Doddabetta Peak is located exactly at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. This junction is popularly known as the 4-Road intersection from where you can travel in four different directions. At the Doddabetta Road intersection, you can hire a private taxi until the summit which is located 3 kms away or you can choose to take up the challenge of trekking and enjoy the spectacular that the route has to offer.
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 in Chennai and has several trekking routes running around it amidst the scenic natural surroundings.
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.
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 making it perfect choice for Treks in Chennai.
Known For : Sri Venkateshwara National Park Srikalahasti Temple Nagalapuram
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
Mamallapuram Lighthouse in Mahabalipuram has been open for public view since 2011. The circular masonry tower of the Lighthouse is made of natural stones and is fully functional since 1904. Climbing on the stones and atop the Lighthouse (yes, you are allowed to climb) can be a real treat. From the top, the view is capable of captivating its audience.
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