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59 tourist places near Chennai found

Here is the list of 60 Places to Visit Near Chennai

1. Pondicherry

Pondicherry 4.0 /5 View 29+ photos

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

62,848 active cases 34,568 in last 7 days

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. 

Distance from Chennai: 152 km

Best Time: October to March

43 Pondicherry Attractions

2. Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore, Karnataka 4.0 /5 View 69+ photos

Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

639,648 active cases 355,496 in last 7 days

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 the many lakes here. Bangalore is renowned for its eateries, street food corners, quirky cafes, coffee roasters and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving cuisines from all over the world. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats - Bangalore has it all.

Distance from Chennai: 345 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

101 Bangalore Attractions

3. Pulicat

Pulicat 3.3 /5

Known For : Pulicat Lake

26,072 active cases 23,888 in last 7 days

Pulicat or Pazhaverkadu is a seashore town in Tamil Nadu, known for its colonial history. The main attractions here are the Pulicat Lake, being the second biggest brackish water body in India and the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary. The small town still showcases the Dutch aesthetic in its churches, old buildings and tombs. An important seaport and commercial hub, Pulicat has contributed to the economy of Tamil Nadu immensely over the centuries.

Distance from Chennai: 58 km

1 Pulicat Attractions

4. Bodinayakkanur

Bodinayakkanur 3.8 /5
8,200 active cases 6,520 in last 7 days

Bodinayakkanur is a town in Theni famous for its scenic beauty. Despite being a Tamil town, the elevation of 1,158 ft. makes for pleasant weather throughout the year. While cash crops grow here in plenty, it also boasts of spice plantations and is known as the Cardamom capital of India. Lush forests in steep-cut rocky mountains are picturesque beyond compare. Many Tamil films have also been shot here. Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called Bodinayakkanur 'South Kashmir'.

Distance from Chennai: 58 km

5. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 4.4 /5 View 22+ photos

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam

106,400 active cases 82,192 in last 7 days

Situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is known for Lord Venkateshwara Temple, one of the most visited pilgrimage centres in the country. Tirumala is one of the seven hills in Tirupati, where the main temple is located. The temple is believed to be placed where Lord Venkateshwara took the form of an idol and is hence. Home to the diety Govinda, Tirupati is one of the oldest cities of India and finds mention in plenty of ancient Vedas and Puranas.

Distance from Chennai: 137 km

Best Time: September to March

40 Tirupati Attractions

6. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh 3.5 /5 View 11+ photos

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

106,400 active cases 82,192 in last 7 days

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. 

Distance from Chennai: 120 km

Best Time: July to March

9 Srikalahasti Attractions

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7. Kolar

Kolar 3.0 /5

Known For : Someshwara Temple Kotilingeshwara Temple Kolar Gold Fields

13,040 active cases 8,016 in last 7 days

Kolar is a city in Karnataka, around 55 km from Bengaluru. Famous for its gold mines and milk-production industry, Kolar has been an important hub of Karnataka since 350 CE. It is currently one of the largest milk producers in the world and the largest in South India. It is a historic town, once known as the sacred Avantika-Kshetra, famous for its religious temples and spots.

Distance from Chennai: 280 km

4 Kolar Attractions

8. Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore, Karnataka 4.0 /5 View 35+ photos

Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Somanathapura Temple

66,488 active cases 54,968 in last 7 days

Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn?t be wrong to say that Mysore, currently Mysuru, is one of the most important places in the country regarding ancient reigns. 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 Karnataka, and its rich heritage draws millions of tourists all year round. The highlight is the majestic Mysore Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a must-visit.

Distance from Chennai: 480 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

36 Mysore Attractions

9. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

Pichavaram Mangrove Forests 4.1 /5 View 9+ photos

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.

Distance from Chennai: 213 km

10. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 3.5 /5 View 62+ photos

Known For : Marina Beach Government Museum, Chennai MGR Film City

159,088 active cases 104,704 in last 7 days

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. Located on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This 'capital of the south', is one among the four metropolitan siblings of India, having a rich cultural history which it perfectly balances with its metropolis lifestyle.

Best Time: October to March

90 Chennai Attractions

11. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh 3.4 /5 View 14+ photos

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

41,392 active cases 55,200 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 371 km

Best Time: September to February

13 Puttaparthi Attractions

12. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 4.3 /5 View 20+ photos

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

37,400 active cases 28,648 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 53 km

Best Time: November to February

23 Mahabalipuram Attractions

13. Gandikota

Gandikota 3.8 /5
52,976 active cases 52,016 in last 7 days

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. 

Distance from Chennai: 346 km

14. Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu 3.4 /5 View 7+ photos

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.

Distance from Chennai: 267 km

Best Time: August to February

7 Tranquebar Attractions

15. Kabini, Karnataka

Kabini, Karnataka 3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

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

11,056 active cases 7,928 in last 7 days

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. Kabini is a perfect place to get away from a busy and hectic schedule and indulge in nature. Kabini has a lot to offer right from the Jungle Safari, boating to trekking in Nagarhole Forest. 

Distance from Chennai: 500 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Kabini Attractions

16. Jaffna

Jaffna 3.1 /5

Known For : Casuarina Beach Jaffna Library Dutch Fort

Jaffna is probably Sri Lanka's most historical city located at the northern tip on the country and the city from time to time had been passed under the rule of various kingdoms, governments and the armies.

Unlike the country?s southern parts which are more influenced and in a way controlled by the Buddhist and the Sinhalese, the northern realms including Jaffna have a strong influence of the Tamil and the Hindu cultures. Historically, it was the centre of the LTTE power struggle to capture the city in 1995 which resulted in the devastating Battle of Jaffna.

Distance from Chennai: 1,545 km

12 Jaffna Attractions

17. Shivagange, Karnataka

Shivagange, Karnataka 3.3 /5 View 13+ photos

Known For : Trekking in Shivagange Temples in Shivagange

28,520 active cases 12,864 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 366 km

Best Time: October to March

2 Shivagange Attractions

18. Srirangapatna, Karnataka

Srirangapatna, Karnataka 3.2 /5 View 23+ photos

Known For : Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Nimishambha Temple Dariya Daulat Bagh

24,656 active cases 12,024 in last 7 days

Srirangapatna is a small island town in the Cauvery river in Karnataka. Located 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles evident in its monuments. One of the most important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage- the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the major attraction of the town which draws thousands of tourists every year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest of its kind. 

Distance from Chennai: 462 km

Best Time: July to March

16 Srirangapatna Attractions

19. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh 4.0 /5 View 10+ photos

Known For : Yaganti Belum Caves Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

40,544 active cases 32,256 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 460 km

Best Time: December to February

30 Kurnool Attractions

20. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh 3.6 /5 View 17+ photos

Known For : Pathala Ganga Srisailam Tiger Reserve Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

40,544 active cases 32,256 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 475 km

Best Time: October to February

16 Srisailam Attractions

21. Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka

Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka 3.8 /5 View 19+ photos
11,280 active cases 7,136 in last 7 days

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is primarily a hydropower project location but has gotten massive attention for its stunning waterfalls. Literally translating to 'Shiva's Sea', Shuvanasamudra is a picturesque town with rocky terrain and gushing waterfalls and is a popular tourist destination with Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls being the ones you don't want to miss.

Distance from Chennai: 441 km

Best Time: August to February

3 Shivanasamudra Attractions

22. Anaimalai Hills

Anaimalai Hills 3.0 /5

Anaimalai Hills or Anamala Hills are a range of mountains that form the southern border of the Western Ghats, through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. While they are famous for the highest peak in South India, the lower slopes boast of expansive tea & coffee plantations. Rosewood, Sandalwood, Teak and Sago Palms form dense monsoon forests in this region. It is a popular trekking destination in South India - a wispy escape from tropical heat.

Distance from Chennai: 594 km

23. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 3.3 /5 View 22+ photos

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. With such an association being made with the city, it is only natural that this destination has become such an influential centre in these avant-garde times.

Distance from Chennai: 72 km

Best Time: October to May

16 Kanchipuram Attractions

24. Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai 3.5 /5

Known For : Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

8,200 active cases 6,520 in last 7 days

Kolukkumalai is a small village in the Theni District of Tamil Nadu, on the border of Idukki District, Kerala. At 7,000 ft above sea level, it is home to the highest tea plantations in the world. The natural beauty here is intoxicating, promising a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Palani hills. The aromatic breeze in this hill-station is unique and fresh, causing the tea in the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate to be special, and guests to feel special.

Distance from Chennai: 574 km

1 Kolukkumalai Attractions

25. Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur 3.3 /5

Known For : Manjarabad Fort Sakleshwara Temple Bisle Reserve Forest

41,208 active cases 21,368 in last 7 days

Sakleshpur is a popular yet offbeat hill station in Karnataka flanked by the Western Ghats. There is something for everyone, from the dense rainforest, hiking trails, historical temples and an old fort, mountain peaks and waterfalls. Whether its the significant agricultural products or the discovery of a jyotirlinga by the Hoysalas, the quaint town of Sakleshpur earned its name rightly as it is no less verdant than Ooty.

Distance from Chennai: 573 km

11 Sakleshpur Attractions

26. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu 3.6 /5 View 11+ photos

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature Park

10,160 active cases 8,344 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 228 km

Best Time: November to February

13 Yelagiri Attractions

27. Auroville, Pondicherry

Auroville, Pondicherry 3.3 /5 View 37+ photos

Known For : Matrimandir Marc's Cafe Arka

14,104 active cases 13,144 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 148 km

Best Time: November to March

21 Auroville Attractions

28. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu 3.6 /5 View 28+ photos

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

36,984 active cases 30,224 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 371 km

Best Time: October to June

20 Yercaud Attractions

29. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

Known For : Sathanur Dam Annamalaiyar temple Gingee Fort

17,208 active cases 13,728 in last 7 days

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

Distance from Chennai: 193 km

Best Time: October to March

9 Thiruvannamalai Attractions

30. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu 3.6 /5 View 10+ photos

Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills

16,800 active cases 11,696 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 341 km

Best Time: October to March

9 Hogenakkal Attractions

31. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh 3.4 /5 View 5+ photos

Known For : Sri Venkateshwara National Park Srikalahasti Temple Nagalapuram

106,400 active cases 82,192 in last 7 days

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

Distance from Chennai: 157 km

Best Time: September to February

11 Chittoor Attractions

32. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu 3.2 /5 View 40+ photos

Known For : Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary Karikili Bird Sanctuary

37,400 active cases 28,648 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 87 km

Best Time: November to February

2 Vedanthangal Attractions

33. Valparai

Valparai 3.2 /5
73,512 active cases 59,976 in last 7 days

Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is an offbeat yet tranquil hill station in the Anamalai Hills. Its alluring picturesque sights entice tourists from all over the country making it one of the sought-after destinations in the south of Western Ghats.

Distance from Chennai: 583 km

34. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh 3.5 /5 View 14+ photos

Known For : Ramalingeswara Temple Narasimhaswamy Temple Patu Ru

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.

Distance from Chennai: 176 km

Best Time: October to February

7 Nellore Attractions

35. Javadi Hills

Javadi Hills 2.8 /5
17,208 active cases 13,728 in last 7 days

The Javadi Hills are situated between the Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts of Tamil Nadu, dividing them. A tourist hub, the region promises diverse wildlife, flora and attractions. It has been admired for its picturesque beauty through history, specially during the colonial times. The serenity promised is evidenced by the success of the Vainu Bappu Observatory - taking advantage of clear skies in this region.

Distance from Chennai: 206 km

36. Velliangiri Hills

Velliangiri Hills 3.0 /5
73,512 active cases 59,976 in last 7 days

The Velliangiri Hills or 'Sapthagiri' are located in Tamil Nadu at the border of the Coimbatore District and Palakkad District, Kerala. Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Sapthagiri or Seven Hills are a scenic, sacred adventure that commemorate Lord Shiva and Vishnu amidst nature and wildlife. River Noyyal originates from here and is a major tributary of River Kaveri. At the highest point of these hills, Shiva is worshipped as Swayambhu - The Self Manifesting God.

Distance from Chennai: 547 km

37. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 3.9 /5 View 17+ photos

Known For : Brahadeshwara Temple Gangaikonda Cholapuram Shiva Ganga Garden

19,824 active cases 15,872 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 349 km

Best Time: October to March

11 Thanjevur Attractions

38. Nandi Hills, Karnataka

Nandi Hills, Karnataka 3.9 /5 View 49+ photos

Known For : Tipu's Drop Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tipu's Summer Residence

17,136 active cases 8,928 in last 7 days

Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years and has now become a well-known weekend getaway.

Distance from Chennai: 345 km

Best Time: October to June

12 Nandi Hills Attractions

39. Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu

Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu 3.8 /5
11,432 active cases 10,024 in last 7 days

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. Instead of having a hundred places to offer, it will take you by its beauty, calmness and serenity.

Distance from Chennai: 570 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

40. Konaseema

Konaseema 3.1 /5
189,088 active cases 143,728 in last 7 days

Surrounded by the tributaries of the River Godavari and the magnificent Bay of Bengal itself, Konaseema is the delta-ic region in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The area has properties matching those of the resplendent Kerala Backwaters and so it has also come to be called as ‘God’s own Creation’ after ‘God’s own Country’ that is Kerala. 

Distance from Chennai: 641 km

41. Nagalapuram

Nagalapuram

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.

Distance from Chennai: 74 km

42. Kaigal Falls

Kaigal Falls

Situated in the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, the Kaigal fall makes for a blissful tourist destination. It is nestled amidst the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. The Kaigal waterfall derives its name from the village Kaigal, that surrounds it. It is locally known as Dumukurallu waterfalls ( a telugu word used for a sound resembling the sound of falling stones from above). The Kaigal falls is a perennial waterfall. Its surroundings are untouched and unspoilt, with a variety of flora and fauna. The site of Kaigal waterfalls is absolutely stunning. The waterfall is subdivided into three cascading falls and water falls from a height of approximately 40 ft. There are several small pools that are formed by the water at the bottom. The Kaigal waterfall is enveloped by lush greenery. It is an absolutely exotic natural landscape.if you are an adventure seeking person or a nature lover, this is a perfect go-to destination for you. It is one of those places where you can relish and admire nature’s gifts.

Distance from Chennai: 223 km

43. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

Velankanni, Tamil Nadu 3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

Known For : Velankanni Church Velankanni Beach Velankanni Church Museum

3,460 active cases 2,036 in last 7 days

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.

Distance from Chennai: 310 km

Best Time: October to March

6 Velankanni Attractions

44. Belur

Belur 4.2 /5 View 19+ photos

Nestled on the banks of River Yagachi in Hassan District of Karnataka, the town of Belur along with its twin town of Halebid located 16 km away, houses exquisite temples reflecting the exemplary artistic taste and technique of temple builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of the mighty Hoysala empire and their engineering genius can still be witnessed in the temples that stand here today. Some of the important shrines that are housed here include Chennakesava Temple and Kappe Chennigaray, both of which are exemplary Dravidian peices of architecture.

Distance from Chennai: 572 km

45. Talakadu

Talakadu 4.2 /5 View 16+ photos

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.

Distance from Chennai: 447 km

46. Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak 4.2 /5 View 7+ photos

Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore.

Distance from Chennai: 623 km

47. Mullayanagiri

Mullayanagiri 4.2 /5 View 7+ photos

Perched at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, Mullayanagiri peak is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats. It serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering its visitors a relaxed environment with temperature ranging between 20 - 25 degrees Celsius. Known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty, this peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path is also quite popular among adventure lovers. Mullayanagiri is also known for coffee plantations that are situated nearby. 

Distance from Chennai: 616 km

48. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary 4.2 /5

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. Established in 1988, Rollapadu is especially known for being the home to the endangered species of The Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican. The wildlife sanctuary, spread across the huge area is the home to many birds and reptiles.

Distance from Chennai: 436 km

49. Yaganti

Yaganti 4.2 /5

Yaganti, in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh in India, is a popular tourist site that is famous for its temple of Sri Yagantiswamy, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the perfect way to get a feel of the Andhra Pradesh tourism. Also known as Uma Maheshwara Temple, the ancient Sri Yagantiswamy temple dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries. The temple houses the idol of Shiva and Parvathi fused together, 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.

Distance from Chennai: 401 km

50. Horsley Hills

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Located near the southwestern border between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Horsley Hills refers to a hill station that is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of the hills. It is thus often called, the Ooty of Andhra. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metres and is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes.

Distance from Chennai: 275 km

51. Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park 4.1 /5

The Silent Valley National Park, with its lush green forests and beautiful views of the rich flora and fauna, is a popular destination for nature as well as wildlife lovers all across the globe. Spread across an area of 89 square kilometres, the Silent Valley National Park is located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats in Kerala in southern India. With its long, detailed history and the unique status of a rainforest, this national park is indeed a sight to visit. The well-planned Safari and the beautiful stop-overs around the park only make a trip to this part of Kerala more worthwhile.

Distance from Chennai: 644 km

52. Bhavani Island

Bhavani Island 4.1 /5

Bhavani island is one of the largest islands on a river and is located over 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.

Distance from Chennai: 458 km

53. Kumara Parvatha Trek

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Also known as Pushpagiri, Kumara Parvatha is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is 6th highest peak of Karnataka. Spanning over two days, the Kumarparvatha trek is one of the most challenging treks in the South. In a stretch of approximately 13 kilometers you will attain an appalling height of 4000 feet.

Distance from Chennai: 611 km

54. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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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.

Distance from Chennai: 465 km

55. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary 4.0 /5

Merely 22km away from the Kakinada Beach, Coringa is a Wildlife Sanctuary as well as an estuary. It is home to as many as 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora. This sanctuary is also famous for being home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture and long-billed vulture. Coringa is known to be one of the favourites among eco-tourists. Since it is an estuary, you can also get a stunning view where the sea meets the river.

Distance from Chennai: 674 km

56. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

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A place which is a 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.

Distance from Chennai: 251 km

57. Koli Hills

Koli Hills 4.0 /5

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.

Distance from Chennai: 364 km

58. Mekedatu

Mekedatu

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.

Distance from Chennai: 397 km

59. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Adi Kumbeshwara Temple Nageswaran Temple Shopping in Kumbakonam

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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.

Distance from Chennai: 281 km

Best Time: November to February

25 Kumbakonam Attractions

60. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

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Known For : Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi Temple Nandi Bull and Paintings

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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.

Distance from Chennai: 375 km

Best Time: September to February

4 Lepakshi Attractions

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