After staying in Chennai for a few months, I have realized that there’s not much to do or places to go for a city girl like me. But be it a city person or anyone else, taking a break from the same old monotonous life is necessary every now and then. And Chennai is a place that offers quite a few weekend getaways for the young and old alike.

You like to get away to a hill station? Or maybe just roam around and shop? Or go on trek? Or visit historical or exotic place? Don’t worry! Chennai has got it all covered for you..

OOTY

 Yes, it is one of the most famous hill stations in India, located in the Nilgiri hills.

Picturesque Emerald Lake – By http://www.flickr.com/photos/sankaracs/3860105606/sizes/l/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7685040

 

Places to visit:

  • Government rose Garden
  • Ooty Lake for picnick, paddle boating and enjoying Ooty leisurely
  • Stone House
  • Pykara Lake, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake
  • Tribal Museum that displays houses belonging to Toda, Kota, Paniya, Kurumba and Kanikarans
  • Dolphin Peak

 

Dolphin Peak- –By KARTY JazZ – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48790987

 

  • Thunder Word Amusement Park
  • Mukurthi National Park

 

Mukurthi National Park- By Ambigapathy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26874283

 

PONDICHERRY

Situated only 2 hours away from Chennai, Pondicherry is also known as the French city of India. Equipped with beautiful beaches, sceneries and the French culture, this place is a delight for all.

 

Paradise Beach

 

Places to visit:

  • Rock beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Botanical Garden

 

Rock Beach

 

  • Museum
  • French Colony
  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram

 

BANGALORE

Also known as the Silicon Valley of India, this city gives you a relaxed weekend full of fun, and enjoyment. Don’t forget to experience the night life in this city!

 

Lalbagh -By Cyphor – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3447115

 

Places to visit:

  • Bannerghatta National Park
  • Lal Bagh
  • Cubbon Park & Bangalore Aquarium
  • Bull Temple
  • Hesaraghatta Lake

 

Hesaraghatta Lake–By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3247793

 

  • Ulsoor Lake
  • Commercial Street for shopping and fun.
  • Innovative film city
  • Experience Go-karting are various places in Bangalore
  • Bangalore Palace

 

Bangalore Palace- By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Jayantanth using CommonsHelper., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9427358

 

COORG

A hill station located in Karnataka, it is officially known as Kodagu. This affluent hill station offers a breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush green forest covered hills in addition to the spice and coffee plantations.

 

Abbey Falls- By Santhoshkumar Sugumar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56433537

 

Places to visit:

  • Abbey Falls
  • Namdroling Monastery
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Burude Falls
  • Tadiandamol Peak & Nalakunad Palace

 

Tadiandamol Peak- By Shyamal (based on copyright claims) CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=720564

 

  • Honnamana Kere Lake
  • Fishing Camps in Valnur
  • White River Rafting in Barapole River

 

MAHABALIPURAM

Host to many historical architectural structures, this city is popular among tourists because of the very controversial Krishna’s Butterball. This bloulder stands on an approximately 1.2-meter (4 ft) base on a slope, and is said to have been at the same place for 1200 years.

 

 

Places to visit:

  • Shore Temple
  • Mahabalipuram Lighthouse
  • Mahabalipuram Beach

 

Mahabalipuram Lighthouse

 

  • Panch Rathas
  • Krishna’s Butterball
  • India Seashell Museum
  • Tiger Cave
  • Trimurti Cave

 

Shore Temple

 

KODAIKANAL

Also known as the “Princess of Hill Stations”, it is set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. This place puts you right into the lap of nature, refreshing you in the best way possible!

 

Terrace farming- By Ramkumar CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28298469

 

Places to visit:

  • Kodaikanal Lake
  • Bear Shola Falls
  • Guna Caves
  • Green Valley View ( also called Suicide Point)
  • Berijam Lake
  • Pillar rocks

 

Pillar Rocks – By Dhanil K (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29120568

 

  • Coakers Walk and Telescope House
  • Bryant Park
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Devil’s Kitchen – lays in between the Green Valley view and Pillar Rocks.

 

Village- By Parthan – originally posted to Flickr as Poomparai village, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8718436

 

12 thoughts on “BEST WEEKEND GETAWAYS FROM CHENNAI

  1. Beautifully described. Never knew bengaluru had these many interesting places to visit.

  2. Coorg is such a gorgeous place. The plantations make for gorgeous green backdrops. I have so much about Guna caves of Kodaikanal that I have decided to head to that part of the country the coming year. Cheers!!

  3. I’m now researching a trip to another city and I wish there was a blog post for it just like this one. Every city needs a comprehensive list of daytrip, either for visitors to do something extra, or for natives who just want to get out.

  4. These are some marvelous places to visit around Chennai. Though we are yet to make it to Chennai we have already visited some of these places like Ooty and Bangalore. Mahabalipuram and Pondi are high on list hope to visit soon.

  5. Such a long list. Will have to visit Chennai again to cover these up from the list.

  6. Have been to many of these. Finding the pillar rocks and the terrace farming views very fascinating! Must add Kodaikanal to my travel list.

  7. Great List. I haven’t been to many of the places in South India, but they are on the list. Thanks for reminding me.

  8. I would love to visit and stay in Kodaikanal for a few days. This place seems perfect for nature lovers like me. Beautiful compilations of photos from all the locations

  9. All these places look so amazing. I am going to India in August I hope I get to see some of these especially Pondicherry the beach looks so nice. I hope I don’t have too much rain when I go so I can spend some time chilling on a nice beach somewhere.

    1. If you are looking for some nice beaches, do take out some time and visit the Havelock and Neil Islands in Andaman & Nicobar. Some of the best beaches of India are located there.

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