After surviving for 40 hours of workload from your bosses and 10 hours of drama at home, it’s time to break free and run like kids for recess for your weekend. We all have plans for the weekend as we just want to let loose and chill with our beloveds. Chennaities love to delve into new places or get indulged in their hobby. So let’s get away from the buzzing traffic and rush towards the these 10 beautiful places in and around the city
1. Cholamandalam Artist’s village
This quaint place is situated in Injambakkam, ECR and has lots to express to the art lovers. An apt place to be for the art admirers as it’s a “self-supporting artist’s village” and is one of the most successful art villages in Asia. The place is well-arrayed with an open air theatre, art galleries, museums, handicrafts, workshops, dance performances, photography, sand and clay craftsmanship and much more.
You can enjoy the art & culture with your family and friends but make sure that you do your booking in advance.
Best time to visit: Anytime.
Chittor is a complete package of spirituality, culture and aesthetics. Chittor city is situated on the banks of Ponnai River, Andra Pradesh. The city lets you get lost in the winds of Horsley Hills. Trekking in the hills can be exciting along with swimming, archery, zoo and park. Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is located 60kms away from the city with wide variety of elephants, Himalayan black bear, hyena, panthers and much more.
Another attraction of the place is the 500 feet Gurramkonda Fort that recites the history of the emperors Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali.
And trekkers! Don’t miss the Nagari Hills for challenging yourself for an adventurous expedition. For peace lovers, visit Sri Venkateswara Temple, Mogileeswara Temple and Sri Kalashati Temple.
Best time to visit: August- March
Rameshwaram is situated in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu and is one of the Chardham of Chennai. But who says we can’t have fun! It has become the hotspots for travellers and tops their bucket list. It has hygiene beaches, less crowded temples and sacred ponds and makes a perfect place for spiritual, nature and photography lovers.
The famous Ramanathaswamy Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and has a history and architecture value. It has one of the longest temple corridors. The attractions of this magical place are the five faced Hanuman temple, Adam’s Bridge, Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge, Ariyaman beach and many more. Indulge in water sports like Jet Ski, Scuba Diving and Snorkelling.
Best time to visit: September- March
One of the hill stations in South which is getting all the limelight in the recent years. A pleasant hill station where you are flown like a breeze with Mother Nature. The appeals of Yelagiri are Jalagampari Waterfalls, Nature Park, Puganoor Lake, Summer Festival and Yelagiri Adventure Camp.
Best Time to visit: January – February and November- December
Thekkady reminds of strong elephants, chains of hills and aromatic plantations. Periyar forest in Thekakady is a wonderful wildlife reserve and holds great opportunities for trekkers. Kurisumala is another appeal in Thekkady for fearless trekkers and mountain walkers.
Best Time to visit: November- February
Munnar is situated on the highest peak, Anamudi and is surrounded by three mountains. It is a well-known trekking attraction destination. The clean atmosphere, abundant environment and calmness complete the place for the tourists.
Echo Point, Parks, Temples and Munnar’s rich tea plantation makes this heavenly place alluring. Indulge yourself in rock climbing, paragliding and nature walks.
Best Time to visit: August- May
Pondy is celebrated for its French colonies, beaches and ashrams along with musical festivals like EDM and Sunburn. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is known worldwide for attaining peace and meditation. Some notable religious attractions are Notre Dame Des Anges, Sacred Heart Basilica and Sri ManakulaVinayagar temple.
The major attractions of this lovely place are its water sports and its romantic white and mustard colonial buildings!
Best Time to visit: October- February
Fondly known as Mahabs, this place has some established quaint monuments and heritage. Shore Temple can make you awestruck by its beautiful seashore. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is an attraction which one cannot miss. Satiate yourself with cycling, kolam and spa treatments.
Best Time to visit: December- March
This is surely the best place to relax and release your stress with its cryptic hills and waterfalls. Lay around the flora and fauna to escape into its ecstasy.
The gorgeous Killyur waterfalls, Kottachedu Teak Forest, Anna Park and much more are not to be missed on a trip to this lovely land. Indulge yourself in camping, photography and trekking on your visit to Yercaud.
Best Time to visit: October- June
It is lovingly known as Kodai by the newly-weds and youth who wants some break from their routine life and want to get pampered by the high end resorts and hotels amenities.
The beauty of green lush and meadows will captivate you and make you feel in heaven. Bryant Park, Berijam Lake,Bear Shola falls and Sliver Cascade are the most popular landmarks of this heavenly abode!
Best Time to visit: September- May
So what are you waiting for? Drift away to the breathtaking beaches of the south or snuggle in the misty rocky peaks of Tamil Nadu!