Chennai is a buzzing metropolitan and a popular tourist destination having some of the best beaches and temples. Although Chennai is an amazing city but sometimes local people get bored with the monotony of working in a busy city and look for quick breaks to rejuvenate yourself. Fortunately, Chennai has many interesting destinations not very far from the city, which can give you the relaxing breaks you need. You can hire one of the Chennai outstation cabs and explore these places at ease. Whether you wish to visit calm heritage towns, scenic forests or serene beaches, there are good options for all. Here is a list of best weekend gateways from Chennai.
Located at 52 kms from Chennai, this beautiful shore town has lovely beaches, wonderful temples and many other important sites of tourism importance. Mahabalipuram served as the second capital of Pallava dynasty and is now a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The Shore temple is the major attraction and known for its brilliant sculptures, rock cut art and religious significance. Other important sites in Mahabalipuram are the Five Rathas temples, Vahara cave temple, Trimurti Cave Temple, Sculpture museum and Arjuna’s Penance. The cultural town organizes a colourful dance festival every year in the month of December and is a great time to visit the place.
The circuit which connects Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram is called the ‘Golden Triangle of Tamil Nadu’. Regarded as one of the most holy towns of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram provides perfect blend of serene environment and pious temples. Located at 72 kms from Chennai, on the western bank of Palar River, it was once the capital of Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar dynasties and a major centre for arts, culture and education. The city houses 108 Hindu temples out of which 14 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most popular temples are the 7th century Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple which is the largest temple, Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple and Devarajaswami Temple. Kanchipuram is world famous for the Kanchipuram silk saris and you must buy few of those as a souvenir.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
For people who love to explore the wilderness of nature, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary will surely satisfy their urge. It is regarded as the oldest bird sanctuary in India which houses more than 1 lakh migratory birds. The Sanctuary is sprawled over an area of 34 hectares and is home to some rare bird species like blue winged teal and pin tail. The bird watching towers will give you stunning views of the whole green area full of lovely birds. It is located at 82 kms from Chennai and can be reached within 1.5 hours. Book a car rental service in Chennai for a comfortable journey.
At 135 kms from Chennai, Tirupati is known for Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India and witnesses a crowd of more than 50000 pilgrims every day. The temple boasts of a magnificent artistic design and the aura is always filled with spirituality, which is blissful for the devotees. Other popular temples in and around Tirupati are ISKCON Temple, Padmavati Temple, Kapila Teerthdham and Govindraja Swami Temple.
It is destination which is loved by all kinds of travellers. From beautiful beaches like Promenade beach to spiritual places like Aurobindo Ashram, it offers superb sites for a wholesome and enjoyable trip. Walking along the beautiful streets of French quarter will make you fall in love with the French architecture. Pondicherry is home to several religious sights including Sacred Heart Basilica, Norte Dam des Anges, Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Thirukaameeswarar Temple. It is at 161 kms from Chennai and well connected through a well laid out highway.