Weekend getaways around Chennai?

#1 Sep 16th, 2008, 17:10
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Hi, I will be in Chennai for next few weeks on a business trip. But I have all the weekends on which I can go around. Can anyone please help me with some good weekend getaways? I am not that much into religious tourism but would prefer some spots with natural beauty.
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#2 Sep 29th, 2008, 11:34
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Head south to Mamallapuram? Nice beaches and some interesting temples on the shore.

I haven't been, but researched it as a contender for a weekend break on my last trip to Hyderabad.
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You can Pondichery, Mamallapuram, Pulicat lake
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Hardly far enough to be worth bothering!

Especially if staying somewhere nice in Chennai to begin with.

If you had said Fisherman's Cove --- that might make it worth it!

Shipnil, the temple and stone carvings of Mamallapuram may have had their origins in religion, but it is much more of a sight-seeing experience than a religious one. Only an hour's drive away, once you get out of the central traffic; can easily be done in a day trip.
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Shipnil ,

If you want to "Road Less Travelled Kind of places" :

1. You could try out Tada Forests + Waterfalls [ Week-end is better for this & will appeal for groups ].

2. You could try out Pulicat lake But have one Local friend with you for communication and Comfort

3. You could hire a Cab Or drive in a 2 Wheeler to Chembarambakkam Lake [ Just After poondamalle you need to take left ] --> This will be good between 3.30 - 5.30 pm and just you could spend a evening out here

4. You could try out Kovalam Beach [ Not so crowded and nice and this is in ECR road just after Muttukadu backwaters ]

5. You could try out Kundrathur Murugan temple and just behind the temple you could walk for 100 metres and if we sit there with our friends, We wont feel like it's chennai with Nice Views with no apartments / Crowd visible to us and will be calm and nice [For chennai Standards ]


If you want Tourist kind of places :-

1. East Coast road upto Mahabalipuram /pondicherry
2. Yelagiri hills [ 4 1/2 hours from Chennai]

Hope it helps !
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Thanks a lot for all your replies guys!

pmvelu, indeed I was looking for Road Less Travelled kind of places. I will surely try out couple of the places recommeded by you. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Shipnil View Post indeed I was looking for Road Less Travelled kind of places. I will surely try out couple of the places
Nice to know our suggestions helped Shipnil !.. Once you got settled in chennai and ready to visit these places, you could post here so that I / We could share more info on the same !...

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Velu
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Vedanthangal - 80 KM from chennai

You can watch a lot of migratory birds in Vedanthangal - 80 KM from Chennai - you can hire a cab for the round trip. Alternately there are bus services also available from Chennai - Koyambedu bus termina, Tambaram and Chengalpattu.

The bird life (resident & visitors) includes Cormorants, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Open billed Stork, Spoonbill and White Ibis, Little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts, a few migratory ducks and occasionally Grey Pelicans.

November to February is the season to visit the sanctuary.
If you go in January the newly hatched little birds will dot every tree and it is fantastic.

About two hours should be more than enough. Do not forget to take your binoculars and ultrazoom camera / Video camera.

You can reach the sanctuary by 7AM - the best time to view the birds.

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