Known For : Pichavaram Backwaters and Mangrove Forests
| Shopping in Chidambaram
| The Nataraja Temple
Chennai is perfectly located for a traveler looking for weekend getaways in Southern India. This is why it attracts a lot of tourists, who visit Chennai as well as places around Chennai. The destinations are attractive and variegated - ranging from Lakes to Beaches to Picnic Spots.
Among the places within 200 - 300 km from Chennai, the popular ones include Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Auroville, Tirupati, Kanchipuram, etc. These places take 1-2 day(s) and make for a perfect weekend getaway from Chennai. The lesser known places to visit near Chennai are the quaint hill-stations like Anthargange, Yelagiri, Chittoor, and lakes and temples at Nellore, Kumbakonkam and Chidambram. There are amazing wildlife sanctuaries close to Chennai like the ones at Bandipur, Vedanthangal, Thekkady, Madhumalai and Nagarhole .
Tourist Places near Chennai like Dubare is famous for water sports; trekking destinations at Bheemeshwari, Shivanasundaram are a few of the many choices that adventure enthusiasts have. On the other hand, Kodaikanal, Bellikkal and Madikeri, are more lucrative destinations for people who want to just relax. Cheap alcohol at Puducherry and the Kaveri Waterfall at Kogenakkal are favourites among college friends who usually look for a budget friendly weekend getaway from Chennai.
Families who prefer visiting the tourist destinations near Chennai are bound to visit Chikmagalur in Karnataka for its coffee produce, Kotagiri amidst Nilgiri Hills, Tranquebar, the glorious past laden Halebidu, and the holy hill town of Thiruvannamalai, to name a few.
Others who look to extend their weekend getaways, however, travel to Kukke Subramanya, Thanjevur, Ramanagaram. Some of them