6 weekend Getaways from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram

This ancient historic town, was one of the most happening places, acting as a seaport during the time of Ptolemy. It has now been declared as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. You can find some glorious structures of the Hindu god, Shiva. You can find sculptures of chariots, rock cut caves temples, and sanctuaries. This serves as a royal retreat and takes you back in time, with its marvellous long standing temples. At just 60kms distance from the city of Chennai, you can rent a two wheeler in Chennai to visit this place.

Distance: 56kms 

Kanchipuram 

This place is world famous for the top notch silk sarees it produces. This entire village is dedicated to weaving these beautiful sarees. Therefore this place is fondly referred to as the silk city. Another name given to this place is “the city of thousand temples”. It houses thousand temples, all showcasing the typical Dravidian architecture. Spend some amazing time amidst these historic monuments and gift yourself one gorgeous Kanchi silk saree.

Distance: 74kms 

Tirupati

Counted among the richest temples of India, this temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. This shrine is in fact, the most visited temple of the world. The ornate gopurams (pyramidal tower over the entrance gate of the temple), millions of devotees, the aura of spiritual freedom surrounding this place, will leave you refreshed and full of positive energy after a weekend visit. Its proximity from Chennai, makes it an ideal weekend getaway.

Distance: 135kms

Pondicherry 

This place is a beach beauty to visit, over a weekend, from Chennai. This union territory, initially known as the “Colony of the French”, still sees a unique mixture of Indian and French culture. Pondicherry is a famous tourists’ destination blessed with several historical monuments. The French war memorial and the Shri Aurobindo Ashram are two of the main attractions of the city. The birthplace of several beaches, this city is widely known for its soothing environment. On the other side, this place is also known for its exciting and thrilling adventure sports. A quintessential weekend holiday from Chennai, the journey to this place is best enjoyed on two wheels. Rent a Scooty from Wheelstreet.com and go on this joy ride.

Distance: 170kms 

VGP Golden beach

This is a resort off the outskirts of Chennai. Not only is it just a resort for retreat, but also an amusement park, to chill and unwind. What was initially a small recreational centre offering small rides for kids, turned into a full-fledged fantasy park. It is definitely a fun place to hangout with friends, on a lazy weekend.

Distance: 23kms

Yelagiri 

Yelagiri is a very well-known hill station in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. What makes this place unique is, it is not as commercialised as the other hill stations of the country. This is exactly what makes it all the more desirable and touristy. You can find some adventure sport activities like rock climbing and para gliding. You can lose yourself amidst nature, away from the hassle of urban life and the temperature of Chennai. A perfect escapade, add this place to your weekend trip list if you have not already.

Distance: 228kms