Long weekend escapes from Chennai

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From the picturesque tea estates of Ooty to Tamil Nadu’s untouched mountain range Kolli Hills, the long list of weekend getaways from Chennai will undoubtedly entice you to pack your bags and head out. These destinations offer the perfect respite from Chennai’s sweltering heat and roaring traffic and make for great getaways during long weekends.

Coorg, known as Scotland of India, is one of the prime choices for the weekenders and travellers from Chennai. Here one can go on trekking, hiking and camping. You simply cannot miss out Yercaud which is home to Big Lake. You can also go to Kodaikanal in Palani hills if you want to spend some time amidst nature. Wayanad and Munnar are for the hardcore tea and coffee lovers. With so many places just a few hours’ drive away, Chennai certainly has a lot to offer when it comes weekend getaways.

Chidamabaram

Chidamabaram is a city named after the famous, beautifully-carved 11th-century temple dedicated to the dancing form of Shiva as Nataraja. At a distance of 232 km from Chennai, Chidamabaram is a great extended weekend.

Yercaud

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway from Chennai that will put you right at the heart of nature, then Yercaud is the destination to head to. Located 350 km away from Chennai.

Munnar

Head 550 km south of Chennai and you’ll be engulfed in a thousand shades of green. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-perfect vistas and winding lanes make Munnar a favourite amongst all the Indian hill stations in Keral.

Ooty

Established as a summer retreat by the British, Ooty is located at a distance of 600 km from Chennai. Its pretty cottages, fenced flower gardens, thatched-roof churches and terraced botanical gardens make it a visual.

Wayanad

Around 600 km from Chennai, Wayanad’s landscape combines epic mountain scenery, rice paddies, bamboo trees, spiky ginger fields and rubber, cardamom and coffee plantations. Part of a forest reserve.

Kolli Hills

Seemingly untouched by human activity, Kolli Hills are a mountain range situated 350 km south of Chennai, in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Part of the Eastern Ghats, the mountains cover an area of 280 sq km.

Coorg

Spread across the Western Ghats, the misty valley of Coorg is enveloped in emerald landscapes and acres of plantation. Lying at a distance of 600 km from Chennai, Coorg is fondly called the Scotland of India.

Kodaikanal

One of Tamil Nadu’s most picturesque hill stations, Kodaikanal is located at an altitude of 7,200 ft in the Palani hills in the Western Ghats. Comprising of densely wooded jungles, cascading hill slopes.

Tranquebar

Once a prosperous Danish trading centre, laid back and calm Tranquebar lies 283 km away from Chennai. Surrounded by crisp blue sea views, enchanting historical marvels, and stunning resorts.

Tirupati-Tirumala

For the religiously and spiritually inclined, the 200 km drive from Chennai to Tirupati will be every bit worth the effort. Tirumala’s Venkateswara temple is one of the most important.

Pondicherry

Situated 200 km south of Chennai, the seaside town of Pondicherry was a former French colony. It is known for its charming colonial villas, old Tamil mansions, tree-lined and pedestrian-friendly roads.

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