Best Day trips from Chennai

Best Day trips from Chennai

Best Day trips from Chennai

Chennai is the city of hustle and bustle and is one of the most attractive destinations in South India. The town is active and has a roaring lifestyle. But if you are looking for someplace away from the limelight for a daylong then Chennai is the best location to consider as a base some amazing excursions.

Here are the few escape routes to guide you away from the noises of Chennai:

1. Pulicat

For all the bird watchers Pulicat is a happy place! In Pulicat and on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh lies India's second largest Brackish lagoon which is worth a visit in a lifetime. The town of Pulicat also homes Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary where you can watch birds come and go while you enjoy the sun-kissing session with nature. The other attractions of the place are- Dutch Church, Fort Geldria and Old Dutch Street. The destination is 50 minutes away from Chennai via taxi or bus.

2. Mahabalipuram

Known to be the ancient most sea-port, Mahabalipuram is an incredible view. Listed as UNESCO World heritage site, Mahabalipuram homes some of the marvelous specimen of architecture like the Descent of the Ganges, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas and Arjuna's Penance. To peek into the Indian culture and heritage take a visit to Dakshinachitra Museum. These two cities are connected via car, and taxi and you need 1 hour and to travel to Mahabalipuram from Chennai. Also, you can reach Singaperumal Koli from Chennai via train and from there, taxis are available for Mahabalipuram.

3. Kanchipuram

The Dravidian artsy is well showcased in the buildings and structure of Kanchipuram. The town is famous as a heritage site for the highlights like- Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanatha Temple, Sri Ulagalanda Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Also, stroll the streets of Kanchipuram for the fine silk sarees for which the place is famous for. It takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to ride from Chennai to Kanchipuram. Train, bus, sharing rides, taxi, and cars are all available for the journey.

4. Ubbalamadugu

Tada falls or Ubbalamadugu falls is one of the best day trips that can be arranged from Chennai. To spend some alone time with nature this landscape is a perfect getaway for you. The dense forest and cascading waterfalls together make the splendid view for the tourists and also people interested in hiking can go for a bit difficult trekking route here. Ubbalamadugu can be reached in 1.5 hours via rented or hired car.

5. Vellore

The quiet town of Vellore shines with its enriching history and beautiful architecture. Vijayanagar architectural styled built, Vellore Fort is the landmark of the town. There are some specific must-visit spots in this Fort like the escape tunnel, the mosque, the church, and the temple. Another highlight of Vellore is Jalakandeswarar Temple which is famous for its Gopuram carvings and finely detailed pillars. The town is worth a day trip! The town is 2 hours away from Chennai and train, bus, sharing rides, taxis, and cars are available.

6. Pondicherry

One of the best scenic day trips from Chennai is to Pondicherry. The town still has some prints of France due to its past and which it preserves very well. While in the town pay a visit to Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram; surf, scuba-dive, boat or kayak at Beaches of Pondicherry; walk the promenade and cobbled streets; take a heritage walk to watch the blend of French and Tamil culture; enjoy the delicacies until your mouth stop watering. To reach Pondicherry you have to hire a taxi, drive a car, take a bus, or catch a train from Chennai for this 2.5 hours trip.

7. Talakona waterfalls

Located in the premises of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Talakona waterfalls is the highest waterfall of Andhra Pradesh. If you are a trek lover and enjoy the nature's beauty, then Talakona waterfall is your ultimate calling! Also, the water here is known to have healing powers due to the medicinal herbs. The best part of the whole journey is the 240m walk to the waterfall which is not much difficult yet exciting. Talakona waterfall is the destination which can be reached in 2 hours 45 minutes via train, bus, taxi or a drive.

Heritage sites, natural wonders, serene colonies, glorious past, and picturesque views, everything lies within the reach when in Chennai. So, plan your next trip to Chennai and be Happy-go-lucky!

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