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60 tourist places near Chennai found

Here are the top 60 weekend getaways from Chennai

1. Pondicherry

3.8

29 photos

171 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 30 ° C

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

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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2. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.2

20 photos

62 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 25 - 30 ° C

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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3. Auroville, Pondicherry

3.2

37 photos

161 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 31 ° C

Known For : Matrimandir | Auroville Beach | Cinema Paradiso

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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4. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

3.2

22 photos

142 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 30 ° C

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple | Swami Pushkarini Lake | Akasaganga Teertham

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. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

3.4

14 photos

195 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 25 - 31 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,500

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6. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

2.7

10 photos

197 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 30 ° C

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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7. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

3.0

158 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 30 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 595

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8. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

2.5

22 photos

82 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 30 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,050

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9. Bangalore, Karnataka

3.4

69 photos

356 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 18 - 25 ° C

Known For : Bangalore Palace | Cubbon Park | MG Road

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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10. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

3.4

10 photos

360 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 31 ° C

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. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

2.8

11 photos

125 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 30 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 500

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12. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

3.8

28 photos

336 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 17 - 23 ° C

Known For : Killiyur Falls | Emerald Lake | 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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13. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

3.7

17 photos

352 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 31 ° C

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

View packages starting from ₹ 19,449

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14. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

2.5

40 photos

93 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 30 ° C

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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15. Anthargange, Karnataka

3.8

12 photos

280 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 18 - 24 ° C

Known For : Cave Exploration | Trekking

Anthargange at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with its rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantation forest are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

Best Time : October to March

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16. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

4.1

9 photos

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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17. Bheemeshwari, Karnataka

3.3

18 photos

391 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 21 - 29 ° C

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

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,500

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18. Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu

3.4

7 photos

291 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 30 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 633

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19. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

3.5

11 photos

229 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 18 - 24 ° C

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

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20. Savandurga, Karnataka

3.1

400 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 18 - 24 ° C

Known For : Trekking | 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

View hotels starting from ₹ 3,000

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21. Chikballapur, Karnataka

2.9

6 photos

337 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 19 - 26 ° C

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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22. Nrityagram, Karnataka

3.8

15 photos

375 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 18 - 25 ° C

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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23. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

3.6

13 photos

312 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 31 ° C

Known For : Chettinad Palace | Chettinad Museum | Vairavanpatti

Chettinad is often touted as a temple town, but it is one of those holiday getaways where you will be glad you are burning all those calories from all the walking- It has mouth watering cuisines!

Best Time : November to March

View hotels starting from ₹ 650

Read More 12 Chettinad Attractions

24. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

2.8

15 photos

315 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 31 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 300

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25. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

2.4

10 photos

339 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 30 ° C

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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26. Nagarjunsagar, Andhra Pradesh

3.1

41 photos

487 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 31 ° C

Known For : Ethipothala Waterfall | Nagarjunasagar Dam | Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Nagarjunasagar is known by the world?s tallest masonry dam Nagarjunasagar dam built over Krishna River, that the town houses.

Best Time : October to March

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27. Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

2.5

138 photos

458 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 31 ° C

Known For : Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Ethipothala Falls | Kondaveedu | Uppalapadu Nature Conservation

A culturally diversified and enriched with spirituality and heritage, Guntur is a civil center of Andhra Pradesh.

Best Time : October to March

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28. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

2.4

14 photos

370 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 29 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 299

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29. Ramnagaram, Karnataka

3.4

12 photos

402 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 19 - 27 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 805

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30. Srirangapatna, Karnataka

2.6

23 photos

490 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 19 - 27 ° C

Known For : Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary | Gumbaz | Balmuri Falls

Located near Mysore, Srirangapatna is a religious city with cultural and historic importance, famous for its Ranganatha temple.

Best Time : July to March

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,200

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31. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

2.9

17 photos

478 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 28 ° C

Known For : Patala Ganga | Srisailam Tiger Reserve | Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Srisailam is a celebrated hill town set on a lofty natural setting on the banks of the River Krishna, identified with its many ancient temples including a Jyotirlinga, a wildlife sanctuary and a dam.

Best Time : October to February

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32. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

2.2

9 photos

375 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 20 - 28 ° C

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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33. Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh

2.5

15 photos

453 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 25 - 31 ° C

Known For : Manginapudi Beach | Panduranga Swamy Temple | The Lighthouse

The port town of Machelipatnam nestled on the banks of River Krishna is one of the most popular tourist attractions of South India.

Best Time : October to March

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34. Trichy, Tamil Nadu

2.4

23 photos

376 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 31 ° C

Known For : Rockfort Ganpathi Temple | Kallanai Dam | Vekkali 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

View hotels starting from ₹ 400

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35. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

2.3

11 photos

487 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 30 ° C

Known For : Bhavani Island | Undavalli Caves | Kondapalli Fort

With scrumptious fruits, sensational sweets and scenic marvels, Vijayawada literally translates to 'The Place of Victory'.

Best Time : September to March

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36. Chidambram, Tamil Nadu

2.3

8 photos

233 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 23 - 32 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 650

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37. Shivanasamundram Falls, Karnataka

3.7

19 photos

435 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 20 - 28 ° C

Known For : Activities near Shivanasamundram Waterfall | Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls | City Shopping

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamundram is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.

Best Time : August to February

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,199

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38. Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

2.2

12 photos

432 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 30 ° C

Known For : Ahobilam Temple | Iskcon Temple | Veera Bhadra Temple

Anantapur glows with Indian History and those peculiar things that make India one of the greatest countries in the world.

Best Time : November to February

View hotels starting from ₹ 650

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39. Malampuzha, Kerala

2.5

14 photos

465 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 22 - 31 ° C

Known For : Thread Garden | Udan Khatola | Malampuzha Dam

Malampuzha in Palakkad district is famous for its dam and dense green forest, and foliage.

Best Time : August to April

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40. Talakadu

4.2

16 photos

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 ...

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41. Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu

2.1

10 photos

325 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 24 - 31 ° C

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

View hotels starting from ₹ 650

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42. BR Hills, Karnataka

2.9

20 photos

453 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 17 - 23 ° C

Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple | Activities

The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, provide for a picturesque tourist spot with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.

Best Time : April to October

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43. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

4.2

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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44. Yaganti

4.2

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 tra...

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45. Horsley Hills

4.1

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 br...

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46. Bhavani Island

4.1

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 a...

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47. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

4.1

15 photos

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 Ranga...

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48. Talakad, Karnataka

2.2

21 photos

448 kms from Chennai

Current Weather: 20 - 27 ° C

Known For : Somanathapura | Panchalina Darshana | Mallikarjuna Temple

Talakad is a small mystical town steeped in the glorious past and heritage nestled on the left banks of River Kaveri.

Best Time : November to March

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,500

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49. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

4.0

8 photos

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...

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50. Koli Hills

4.0

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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51. Belur

4.2

19 photos

475 kms from Chennai

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 might...

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52. Chembra Peak

4.2

7 photos

484 kms from Chennai

Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of the beautiful town, Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but a...

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53. Mullayanagiri

4.2

7 photos

491 kms from Chennai

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...

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54. Silent Valley National Park

4.1

467 kms from Chennai

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 ...

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55. Kumara Parvatha Trek

4.1

496 kms from Chennai

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 appall...

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56. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

4.0

469 kms from Chennai

Easy to reach, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is the home to as many as 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora and fauna. This sanctuary is famous for being home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture and long-billed vulture. It is ...

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57. Oravakallu Rock Garden

3.5

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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58. Ahobilam Temple

3.4

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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59. Silver Cascade Falls

3.7

6 photos

433 kms from Chennai

The perfect stop over in-between a long journey, these silver cascade falls demand your attention while you travel from Kodaikanal till Madurai. The Silver Cascade Falls formed as a result of the over flowing of the famous man-made Kodai Lake, are the perfect way to have a break while on a long road...

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