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1. Pondicherry

4.0 /5 View 29+ photos

169 kms from Chennai

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Cafes in Pondicherry

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. 

Best Time: October to March

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2. Bangalore, Karnataka

4.0 /5 View 69+ photos

348 kms from Chennai

Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

3. Pulicat

3.3 /5

40 kms from Chennai

Known For : Pulicat Lake

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.

4. Bodinayakkanur

3.8 /5

40 kms from Chennai

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'.

5. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

4.4 /5 View 22+ photos

133 kms from Chennai

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam

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 place where Lord Venkateshwara took the form of an idol and is hence. Home to the diety also known as Balaji and Govinda, Tirupati is one of the oldest cities of India and finds mention in plenty of ancient Vedas and Puranas. 

Best Time: September to March

6. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

3.3 /5 View 22+ photos

74 kms from Chennai

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.

Best Time: October to May

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7. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 11+ photos

229 kms from Chennai

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature Park

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.

Best Time: November to February

8. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 28+ photos

367 kms from Chennai

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

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.

Best Time: October to June

9. Kolar

3.0 /5

238 kms from Chennai

Known For : Someshwara Temple Kotilingeshwara Temple Kolar Gold Fields

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.

10. Mysore, Karnataka

4.0 /5 View 35+ photos

481 kms from Chennai

Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Somanathapura Temple

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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

11. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

4.1 /5 View 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.

12. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.3 /5 View 20+ photos

56 kms from Chennai

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

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.

Best Time: November to February

13. Gandikota

3.8 /5

288 kms from Chennai

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. 

14. Kabini, Karnataka

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

477 kms from Chennai

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

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. 

Best Time: Throughout the year

15. Jaffna

3.1 /5

379 kms from Chennai

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.

16. Savandurga, Karnataka

3.4 /5

388 kms from Chennai

Situated 60 kms to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga, considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia. It comprises of two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill) and has a temple situated at the foothill and a pond nearby. Most trekkers choose Billigudda due to its gentler slopes. The weekend travellers from Bangalore frequent it for trekking, camping and rock climbing.

Best Time: November to May

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17. Shivagange, Karnataka

3.3 /5 View 13+ photos

405 kms from Chennai

Known For : Trekking in Shivagange Temples in Shivagange

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.

Best Time: October to March

18. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

4.0 /5 View 10+ photos

457 kms from Chennai

Known For : Yaganti Belum Caves Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Best Time: December to February

19. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

3.6 /5 View 17+ photos

478 kms from Chennai

Known For : Pathala Ganga Srisailam Tiger Reserve Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

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.

Best Time: October to February

20. Anaimalai Hills

3.0 /5

468 kms from Chennai

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.

21. Kolukkumalai

3.5 /5

467 kms from Chennai

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.

22. Sakleshpur

3.3 /5

484 kms from Chennai

Known For : Manjarabad Fort Sakleshwara Temple Bisle Reserve Forest

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.

23. Auroville, Pondicherry

3.3 /5 View 37+ photos

163 kms from Chennai

Known For : Matrimandir Yoga and Meditation Youth Centre

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.

Best Time: November to March

24. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

205 kms from Chennai

Known For : Sathanur Dam Annamalaiyar temple Gingee Fort

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

Best Time: October to March

25. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 10+ photos

343 kms from Chennai

Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills

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.

Best Time: October to March

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26. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 5+ photos

159 kms from Chennai

Known For : Horsley Hills Kailasakona 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

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27. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

3.2 /5 View 40+ photos

89 kms from Chennai

Known For : Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary Karikili Bird Sanctuary

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.

Best Time: November to February

28. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 11+ photos

113 kms from Chennai

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

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. 

Best Time: July to March

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29. Valparai

3.2 /5

466 kms from Chennai

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.

30. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 14+ photos

175 kms from Chennai

Known For : Ranganatha Temple Mypadu Beach

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.

Best Time: October to February

31. Javadi Hills

2.8 /5

162 kms from Chennai

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.

32. Velliangiri Hills

3.0 /5

450 kms from Chennai

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.

33. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

3.9 /5 View 17+ photos

346 kms from Chennai

Known For : Brahadeshwara Temple Gangaikonda Cholapuram Shiva Ganga Garden

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.

Best Time: October to March

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34. Nandi Hills, Karnataka

3.9 /5 View 49+ photos

347 kms from Chennai

Known For : Paragliding in Nandi Hills Tipu's Drop Tipu's Summer Residence

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.

Best Time: October to June

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35. Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu

3.8 /5

307 kms from Chennai

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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

36. Konaseema

3.1 /5

445 kms from Chennai

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. 

37. Nagalapuram

61 kms from Chennai

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 t...

38. Kaigal Falls

183 kms from Chennai

Situated in the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, the Kaigal fall is nestled amidst the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. The Kaigal waterfall derives its name from the village Kaigal, that surrounds it. Locally known as Dumukurallu waterfalls ( a Telugu word used for a sound resembling the sound of...

39. Shravanabelagola, Karnataka

3.4 /5 View 9+ photos

497 kms from Chennai

Known For : Gomateshwara Statue Chandragiri Temple Bhandaribasadi Temple

Shravanbelagola is an important Jain pilgrimage centre with a 57 m tall monolithic sculpture of Lord Gomateswara called Bahubali statue as its prime attraction. Located 144 km from Bengaluru in Hassan District of Karnataka, the collection of Jain Temples in Shravanbelagola attracts a number of pilgrims every year.

Best Time: October to Apr

40. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

327 kms from Chennai

Known For : Velankanni Church Velankanni Beach Velankanni Church Museum

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.

Best Time: October to March

41. Belur

4.2 /5 View 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 builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of the mighty Hoysa...

42. Talakadu

4.2 /5 View 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 ...

43. Chembra Peak

4.2 /5 View 7+ photos

484 kms from Chennai

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...

44. Mullayanagiri

4.2 /5 View 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 and is just 45 minutes from Chikmagalur. It serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering its visitors a peaceful getaway with temperature ra...

45. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

4.2 /5

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. Established in 1988, Rollapadu is especially known for being the home to t...

46. Yaganti

4.2 /5

341 kms from Chennai

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 Yag...

47. Horsley Hills

4.1 /5 View 5+ photos

211 kms from Chennai

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 he...

48. Silent Valley National Park

4.1 /5

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 ...

49. Bhavani Island

4.1 /5

387 kms from Chennai

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...

50. Kumara Parvatha Trek

4.1 /5 View 5+ photos

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...

51. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

4.1 /5 View 15+ photos

396 kms from Chennai

Located in Karnataka, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna is a haven for bird watchers as it houses 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 scenery of the local vegetation and l...

52. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

4.0 /5

469 kms from Chennai

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&...

53. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

4.0 /5 View 8+ photos

223 kms from Chennai

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 thri...

54. Kolli Hills

4.0 /5

279 kms from Chennai

With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai 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.

55. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

295 kms from Chennai

Known For : Adi Kumbeshwara Temple Nageswaran Temple Shopping in Kumbakonam

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.

Best Time: November to February

56. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 9+ photos

366 kms from Chennai

Known For : Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi Temple Nandi Bull and Paintings

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.

Best Time: September to February

57. Silver Cascade Falls

3.7 /5 View 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...

58. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 13+ photos

407 kms from Chennai

Known For : Chettinad Palace Chettinad Museum Chettinadu Mansion

Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad Showcases the rich heritage, striking art and grand architecture of the state. Apart from being known as a temple town, the Chettinad Cuisine is the most renowned in the repertoire of Tamil Nadu. The word "Chetti" is a Sanskrit term meaning wealth. It is derived from the original traders of the region who dealt in salt and spices for marbles and other decorative items used in the construction of their properties. It has an elaborately vibrant culture and an over the top extortionate township comprising of ridiculously opulent mansions, palatial homes, magnificent temples and fascinating museums.

Best Time: November to March

59. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 14+ photos

360 kms from Chennai

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

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.

Best Time: September to February

Weekend Getaways From Chennai

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