Places Near Chennai For A Quick Weekend Getaway

Pack a duffel bag and head over these weekend destinations from Tamil Nadu's capital city
Kanchipuram, with its avenues for retail therapy, is the perfect destination for a saree enthusiast. Credit Wikimedia commons
Kanchipuram, with its avenues for retail therapy, is the perfect destination for a saree enthusiast. Credit Wikimedia commons

Whether you live in Chennai or are in the city for some time, some serene and green places lie very close to the capital of the largest state of southern India for exploring. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway and another place to mark on your travel list, head over to these beauties for a relaxing and fun time.


Nagalapuram, situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike. The much-revered Vedanarayana Temple, where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of his first incarnation Matsya, is a major attraction in this town. However, the enchanting waterfall in Nagalapuram draws visitors to the area. For adventure seekers, reaching the waterfall is an experience not to be missed. A boat ride will take you to the base of the Nagalapuram Trek, where you can camp overnight at the tranquil Nagalapuram Lake. The trek will lead you through dense forests and rocky terrains before you finally reach the waterfall. Along the trek, you'll encounter three waterfalls, each with a plunge pool perfect for a refreshing bath on a sunny day.

Km from Chennai 70


If you're too tired to drive for an extended period but still want to visit a peaceful location, Muthukadu might be a good choice. This tranquil spot, famous for its charming sunsets, is just a short drive from the city. Located on the East Coast Road, the Muthukadu Boat House offers various water sports activities, including relaxed boat rides, windsurfing, and water skiing. The Muthukadu Lake, situated in the backwater area of the Bay of Bengal, provides 15 row boats, 27 speedboats, nine pedal boats, and high-speed aqua scooters for rent. The spot is a popular picnic destination for locals coming here on weekends to witness the vibrant sunset hues.

Km from Chennai 32


Are you a silk saree enthusiast Then Kanchipuram, with its avenues for retail therapy, is the perfect destination for you. Aside from the famous kanjivaram sarees, the town boasts majestic temples from the Pallava dynasty. Don't miss out on visiting the Ekambareswarar Temple, Sri Vaikunta Perimal Temple, Kailasnatha Temple, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and Sri Kamakshi Temple. You can also head to the Kanchipuram Monastery for a dose of tranquillity. A trip to the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is highly recommended if you're interested in birdwatching. And when it comes to saree shopping, check out the cooperative societies and shops along Gandhi Road and Mettu Street.

Km from Chennai 75


Bordering the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram sits pretty, gathering its iconic temples and heritage monuments. According to historical accounts, Pallava King Narasimhavarman, who reigned in the 7th century CE, is believed to have founded the town. Mahabalipuram's sculpted cave temples are renowned worldwide for their exceptional architecture and intricate carvings. The town's monolithic temples, including the Shore Temple, are proud to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its significant heritage, Mahabalipuram is fortunate to have picturesque sandy beaches, providing a perfect setting to relax and rejuvenate after an engaging tour of the town's cultural sites.

Km from Chennai 56


Pulicat, a seashore town with a rich history, is renowned for its nostalgic appeal and exceptional birdwatching opportunities. Nestled in the Thiruvallur district, the town boasts of the Pulicat Lake, a paradise for bird enthusiasts, particularly from October to March. The marshland attached to the lake is a flamingo haven and a significant attraction. During the 17th century, the town served as a Dutch settlement, and though the Dutch fort is no longer present, visitors can still experience the colonial charm at the lighthouse. Pulicat is also famed for its palm-leaf handicrafts crafted by local women and is a haven for seafood lovers seeking a delightful culinary experience.

Km from Chennai 54

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