Long Weekend Getaways From Chennai

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Right from untouched mountain ranges to picturesque tea estates, these getaways from Chennai would definitely tempt you for packing your bags and heading out. Perfect respite is offered by these destinations from the roaring traffic and sweltering heat of Chennai. These long weekend getaways from Chennai are sure to make you happy.

Horsley Hills

Distance from Chennai – 260.6 kms

Situated at a height of around 1290meters above the sea level, lies Horsley Hills in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.

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This hills station has gained a lot of popularity and is an exit to Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. It is filled with several beautiful spots and has mythological significance.  You will find many budget and deluxe accommodation options here.

Places  to Visit

Koudinya Wildlife Sanctuary,Mallamma temple, Horsley Hills

How to reach: 

By Rail- The nearest railway station here is Madnapalle. There are many trains from Chennai.

By Road– It is well connected by many buses and you will find several ones from Chennai


Tranquebar

Distance from Chennai: 284.8kms

Tranquebar is a small Danish heritage town that lays on Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam District.

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Its environment is historically rich and it offers a lot to the tourists. It is famous for its rich Ozone Layer and it is believed that here, the Ozone breeze can cure heart ailments and has rejuvenating effect.

Places to visit

Poompuhar city, Chidambaram temple, Shrine of Velankanni,Pichavaram, Town of Karaikal

How to reach

By Rail– Nearest Railway stations are Nagapattinam and Chidambaram

By Road– There is a direct bus from Chennai to Tranquebar that takes around  7 hours One can also rent a car or drive and it would take 6 hours


Hogenakkal

Distance from Chennai– 340kms

Hogenakkal is given preference by tourists all across the globe. It is a good option for kids, couples as well as families.

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The best time to visit here is in months of Feb, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. Total, there are 12 places to be visited here. One can visit local attractions anytime during the day. There are several tourist guides too.

Places to visit

Hogenakkal Falls, Kaveri River,Mettur Dam, Melagiri Hills, Krishnagiri Dam

How to reach

By Rail – Take a train from Chennai to Salem and from Salem, take a taxi to Hogenakkal.

By Car–  It is a 5 hours drive to Hogenakkal


Koli Hills

Distance from Chennai- 357 kms

Located at a height of 1000 to 3000m, this mountain range is located in Central Tamil Nadu this is a picturesque place.

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For reaching top of hills, one has to pass 72 hair pen bends. Commercial tourism has still not begun here and these mountains are known for their beauty. This hill station is a perfect choice for trekking clubs, nature lovers, meditation practitioners and hiking enthusiasts. Compared to Tamil Nadu’s other hill stations, this one is less polluted and less commercialized.

Places to see there

Agaya Gangai waterfalls, Arrapaleeswar temple, Botanical garden, Boat House, Selur View Point

How to reach 

By Car– A car can be rented or driven from Chennai and it would take around 8 hours to reach there.


Yercaud

Distance from Chennai– 358km

Located at a height of around 4970meters in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district, lies this quite and serene hill station.

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Owing to the abundance of trees here, this place is known as Lake Forest. It welcomes its tourists with its rocky hills and cool climate. Yercaud is a less expensive option as compared to Kodaikanal or Udhagamandalam.

Places to visit

Tree Top Adventure Park,Karadiyur view point,Shevaroy Temple,Pagoda Point,Big Lake,Botanical Garden

How to reach

By rail – The nearest railway Station is Salem Junction which is around 39kms from there.

By Road– There are direct buses from Chennai and one can drive down too.


Nandi Hills

Distance from Chennai – 365.7kms

Nandi Hills, also known as Nandi Betta or Nandidurg is a hill fortress that is located in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district.

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These hills lie at a height of around 1478meters. Several trekking opportunities are offered to the visitors. Trekking trails are also conducted here and these provide scenic views of the surroundings. Several paragliding opportunities are also offered to the tourists.

Places to visit here

Tipu’s Drop, Tipu Sultan’s Fort, The Nandi temple, Amruth Sarovar,Yoga Nandeeshwara temple

How to reach

No direct buses, trains or flights are available from Chennai to Nandi Hills

By Rail– Take Brindavan express from Chennai to Bangalore and then take a cab from there.

By Road – Rent  car or Dive your own it takes around 7 hours.


Kodaikanal

Distance from Chennai- 426kms

Kodaikanal is a very popular as well as sought after holiday and honeymoon destination in South India.

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Located at a height of around 7200m above sea level, many visitors come here from all over the country. It is popularly termed as ‘Princess of Hill stations’. The scenic beauty of wooded forests and hills and misty and cool whether are sure to mesmerize visitors all round the year.

Places to visit

Berijam Lake,Coakers Walk,Kodai Lake, Dolphin’s Nose, Bryant Park

How to reach

By Rail – The nearest railway station is Kodai Road

By road– there are several buses that leave Chennai late evening and reach Kodai the next morning. You can drive too it takes about 9 hours


Theni

Distance from Chennai- 452kms

Theni is a lovely tourist hub with dams , waterfalls and religious temples. It is the perfect destination for couples as well as families. Theni can be visited all round the year as the  climate is quite pleasant. There are numerous  places of interest here which you can explore. Sightseeing will usually take 2-3 days here so plan your trip accordingly.

Places  to visit

Suruli falls,Vaigai dam,Vellimalai, Chinnamanur, Meghamalai, Kamatchi Amman temple

How to reach

By Rail–  Theni doesn’t have a railway station. The nearest option would be Kodaikanal road

By road– You will get direct buses from Chennai or you can drive. It takes around 8 hours.


Mysore

Distance from Chennai- 478kms

Mysore, is a very popular tourist destination in South India. This city is known for its culture and art and this can be seen in its rich heritage.

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Apart from several Royal buildings and palaces, this city is also very closeby to several places of interest such as Sivasamudram falls, KrishnaRaj Sagra Dam and Srirangapatna. Apart from the attractions, this city is also known for its Dasara festival and Sandalwood products.

Places to visit

Mysore Palace, Karanji Lake,Chamundi Hills,Mysore Zoo,Brindavan Gardens

How to reach

By Rail– You can take the Mysuru Shatabdi train and the nearest railway station is Mysuru Junction

BY Road- You can take a bus or rent a car from Chennai and it would take around 10hours.


Coorg

Distance from Chennai– 581.6kms

Coorg, aptly known as the land of Cauvery, Colonels, Cardamom and Coffee is located in a picturesque setting and surrounded by forest slopes.

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Located at a height of around 1525m, you will find a bustling bazaar and lovely red-roofed dwellings. It has an old town look. This is also termed as the ‘Scotland of India’.

A perfect vacation place for all. It offers serene surroundings as well as advenrure options like White Water rafting, angling and trekking.

Places to Visit

Iruppu Falls, Tibetian Monestary, Cauvery River, Tadiandamol Park Golden Temple and Coffe plantations.

How to reach 

By Rail – Mysore Junction Railway Station is the nearest one and the distance is 117kms.

By Road – It is around 10 hours drive. Direct bus from Chennai that takes around 11 hours

Now pack your bags and head off to any of these destinations. You are sure to have a awesome time off with your family , friends and loved ones.

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