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1. Pondicherry

4.0 /5 View 29+ photos

169 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 23 - 29 ° C

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Seaside Promenade

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. Bangalore, Karnataka

4.0 /5 View 69+ photos

348 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 18 - 26 ° C

Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

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

3. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.3 /5 View 20+ photos

56 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 24 - 28 ° 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

4. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

4.4 /5 View 22+ photos

133 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 22 - 28 ° C

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam

The holy town of Tirupati is one amongst the 8 most sacred places of Lord Mahavishnu and is highly revered, glorified and worshiped.

Best Time: September to March

5. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

3.3 /5 View 22+ photos

74 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 29 ° C

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple Varadharaja Perumal Temple Devarajaswami 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

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6. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 11+ photos

229 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 17 - 23 ° 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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7. Auroville, Pondicherry

3.3 /5 View 37+ photos

163 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 23 - 29 ° C

Known For : Matrimandir Yoga and Meditation Youth Centre

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

8. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 28+ photos

367 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 17 - 22 ° C

Known For : Killiyur Falls Emerald Lake, Yercaud Lady's Seat

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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9. Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

205 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 28 ° 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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10. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 10+ photos

343 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 20 - 28 ° 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. Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 5+ photos

159 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 20 - 28 ° 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

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12. Vedanthangal, Tamil Nadu

3.2 /5 View 40+ photos

89 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 22 - 28 ° 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

13. Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 11+ photos

113 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 27 ° 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

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14. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

3.5 /5 View 14+ photos

175 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 23 - 28 ° 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

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15. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

3.9 /5 View 17+ photos

346 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 29 ° C

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, its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

Best Time: October to March

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16. Mysore, Karnataka

4.0 /5 View 35+ photos

481 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 18 - 26 ° C

Known For : Mysore Palace Somanathapura Temple Brindavan Gardens

The third largest city in Karnataka, Mysore has a royal history, a rich and regal heritage and an important center of art and culture.

Best Time: Throughout the year

17. Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 10+ photos

327 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 24 - 29 ° 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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18. 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.

19. Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

295 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 22 - 29 ° 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

20. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 9+ photos

366 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 25 ° 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

21. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 13+ photos

407 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 25 - 29 ° 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

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22. Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 14+ photos

360 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 26 ° 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

23. Gandikota

3.8 /5

288 kms from Chennai

Located 1.5 hours away from Belum Caves, the highlight of the village of Gandikota are the ruins of Gandikota Fort which was built in the 13th Century. The sturdy fort is flanked by the Pennar gorges on both sides and is protected by a majestic 5-mile wall. 

24. Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu

3.4 /5 View 7+ photos

284 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 24 - 29 ° 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

25. Kabini, Karnataka

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

477 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 27 ° C

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

Once a private hunting are for the British, this famous wildlife destination has a rich variety of flora and fauna making it a gorgeous tourist spot.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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26. Jaffna

3.1 /5

379 kms from Chennai

Known For : Casuarina Beach Jaffna Library

Jaffna is probably the city in Sri Lanka where one can have the most historical experience. Due to its prime location at the northern tip on the country, the city from time to time had been passed under the rule of various kingdoms, governments and the armies.

27. Savandurga, Karnataka

3.4 /5

388 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 17 - 25 ° C

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

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28. Shivagange, Karnataka

3.3 /5 View 13+ photos

405 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 22 ° C

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.

Best Time: October to March

29. Srirangapatna, Karnataka

3.2 /5 View 23+ photos

462 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 18 - 26 ° 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

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30. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

4.0 /5 View 10+ photos

457 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 26 ° C

Known For : Yaganti Belum Caves Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

A town of much historical value with beautiful surrounding areas, Kurnool adjures as the sole witness of an era long gone.

Best Time: December to February

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31. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

3.6 /5 View 17+ photos

478 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 20 - 24 ° C

Known For : Pathala 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

32. Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh

3.2 /5 View 15+ photos

476 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 23 - 28 ° 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

33. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

3.6 /5 View 35+ photos

463 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 22 - 29 ° C

Known For : Meenakshi Temple Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.

Best Time: October to March

34. Shivanasamundram Falls, Karnataka

3.8 /5 View 19+ photos

452 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 27 ° C

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

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

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35. Ramanagaram, Karnataka

3.6 /5 View 12+ photos

387 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

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36. Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh

3.6 /5

487 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 27 ° C

Known For : Nagarjunakonda Caves/ Museum Dhamma Nagajjuna Kaman Bazaar

Nagarjunakonda or Nagajuna Hills is located 150 km from Hyderabad. It lies near the Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir in the Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh.

Best Time: October to March

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37. Talakadu, Karnataka

3.2 /5 View 21+ photos

458 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 19 - 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

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38. Trichy, Tamil Nadu

3.1 /5 View 23+ photos

333 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 29 ° C

Known For : Kallanai Dam Rockfort Ganpathi Temple Samayapuram 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

39. Nrityagram, Karnataka

3.5 /5 View 15+ photos

390 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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40. Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh

3.4 /5 View 14+ photos

458 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 29 ° C

Known For : Amareswara Temple, Amaravathi Amravati Museum, Amaravathi Dhyana Buddha Statue

Amaravathi serves as quiet a familiar name for the Buddhists in India and is a prime hub for pilgrimage and sightseeing for tourists.

Best Time: November to March

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41. Nandi Hills, Karnataka

3.9 /5 View 49+ photos

347 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 16 - 22 ° C

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

Small mounds near Bengaluru, Nandi hills serve as a great trekking destination and a weekend getaway for people in the metro.

Best Time: October to June

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42. Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu

3.8 /5

307 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 14 - 23 ° C

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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

43. Nagarjunsagar, Andhra Pradesh

3.0 /5 View 41+ photos

486 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 21 - 27 ° 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

44. 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.

45. 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...

46. 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...

47. Shravanabelagola, Karnataka

3.4 /5 View 9+ photos

497 kms from Chennai Current Weather: 17 - 25 ° C

Known For : Gomateshwara Statue Bhandaribasadi Temple Vindhyagiri Temple

Located near Bengaluru, Sravanbelagola is an important Jain pilgrimage center with a 17 m tall sculpture of Lord Gomateswara called Bahubali statue as its prime attraction.

Best Time: October to Apr

48. 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 temple builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of the might...

49. 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 ...

50. 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...

51. 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. 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...

52. 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...

53. 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...

54. 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...

55. 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 ...

56. 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...

57. 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...

58. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

4.1 /5 View 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...

59. 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&...

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