Chennai famous for it's costal area greets you with all its heated glory. Previously known as Madras, This metropolis is often called the cultural capital of India for its deep-rooted traditions and long heritage, which are reminiscent of the past and also embraces modernism with open arms. Though Chennai has its fair share of tourist sites, for those who are locals, summer time escape from the metropolitan city offer some much needed respite. So here are the top most weekend gateaway places near to Chennai.


Ooty is a resort town in the Western Ghats mountains, in southern India's Tamil Nadu state. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, it retains a working steam railway line. Ooty is most famous for its tea plantations. Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a picturesque hill station. Characterized by the mighty Nilgiris Mountains and vast expanses of forests, it makes an idyllic holiday destination for nature and peace lovers, away from the city's hustles.
Ooty to Chennai : 535 KM
How to reach : Ooty is well connected by road. The nearest airport is Coimbatore of 96 KM.
Top places to visit : Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Emerald Lake, Rose Garden ,ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Kalhatty Waterfalls, Kamraj Sagar Dam and many more.
Things to do : Horse-riding, cricket and an array of adventure sports including hang-gliding and trekking. 
Best time to visit : March and June.
Ideal duration : 2 Days.
Package price : 3000 INR per head.


Rameswaram is a town on Pamban Island, in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for Ramanathaswamy Temple. Devotees bathe in the waters of Agni Theertham, off the beach east of the temple. Gandamadana Parvatham is a hill with island views.People says that Rameshwaram was the point of conjunction where Lord Ram built a bridge to Sri Lanka to save Sita. In modern times, Rameshwaram is known for the esteemed Ramanathaswamy temple which has the largest temple corridor in India.
Rameswaram to Chennai : 553 KM
How to reach : City buses are easily available from main cities of chennai.
Top places to visit : Ramanathaswamy Templec,Jada Tirthamc,Dhanushkodi Temple ,Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Five Faced Hanuman Temple ,Adam’s Bridge,Thiruppullani and many more.
Things to do : Immaculate beaches, picture-perfect landscapes, underwater coral reefs, Water Bird Sanctuary, tropical weather and much more
Best time to visit : October to April.
Ideal duration : 3-4 Days.
Package price : 9,000 INR per head.


Pondicherry , a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. Also known as French town of India.
Pondicherry to Chennai : 152.3 KM
How to reach : The road and rail services are easily available.
Top places to visit :  Paradise Beach , Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple , Seaside Promenade, Rock Beach and many more.
Things to do : Delicious cocktails, numerous clubs, French Cuisine
Best time to visit : October to March.
Ideal duration : 2 Days.
Package price : 10,500 INR per head. 


Chidambaram the temple which is located at the Center Point of world 's Magnetic Equator it is locates in southern india's state of Tamil nadu.Chidambaram temple is based on the Human Body having 9 Entrances denoting 9 Entrances or Openings of the body.TheTemple roof is made of 21600 gold sheets which denotes the 21600 breaths taken by a human being every day.
Chidambaram to Chennai : 230 KM
How to reach : You can choose a rail or road service to reach there.
Top places to visit : Pichavaram mangrove forest ,glory of the Chola dynasty.
Things to do :  Decked with grand temples which display sculptural and architectural splendour, this town perfectly captures the colours and the vibrancy of South India.
Best time to visit : October to March.
Ideal duration : 1 Day
Package price : 3000 INR per head.


Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range located in Central Tamil Nadu and spread over the Namakkal district and Tiruchirapalli district of India. The mountains rise to 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km².  A must-see tourist spot is the , a walk to which is pretty steep – 1000 steps steep to be precise. 
Kolli gills to Chennai : 377 KM.
How to reach : You can go on a railway service or road trip.
Top places to visit : Agaya-Gangai Falls near the Arappaleeswarar Temple Ettukai Amman Temple , Masilla falls, and Namma Falls
Things to do : Selur viewpoint, Sirumalai viewpoint, Binnam viewpointshop for Coffee and spice plantations 
Best time to visit : February to December.
Ideal duration : 2-3 Days
Package price : 3,000 INR per head.


Kanchipuram also known as Kanchi, is a temple city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in Tondaimandalam region.It is also known as the Golden City of Temples, is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in the entire world. It is the crowning jewel of Tamil Nadu that offers the perfect respite to the spiritual souls with its beautiful temples that are known for their architectural splendor. It is known to be the second holiest city after Varanasi.
Kanchipuram to Chennai : 76.4 KM
How to reach : You can easily reach their on road.
Top places to visit : Kamakshi Amman Temple ,Varadharaja Perumal Temple ,Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple‚Äč.
Things to do : It is one of the best place for shopping and explore the palatable local delights served by quirky cafes and swanky restaurants
Best time to visit : March to October.
Ideal duration : 1-2 days
Package price : 3,000 INR per head.


Vellore is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. It's known for 16th-century Vellore Fort, with its imposing granite walls and surrounding moat. Inside the fort, the Jalakandeswarar Temple features many ornate sculptures. 
Vellore to Chennai : 137.3 Km
How to reach : You can go by bus or choose a rail service.
Top places to visit :  Vellore Fort , St. John's Church, Archaeological Survey of India Museum ,Sripuram Golden Temple, Periyar Park
Things to do :  Punganoor lake, Amirthi zoological park ,Mordhana Dam.
Best time to visit : October to March.
Ideal duration : 1-2 Days
package price : 2,100 INR per head.
River near to it : Palar river.


Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Foreshore Estate in the south, a distance of 6.0 km.This predominantly sandy of nearly 12 kilometers extends from Beasant Nagar in the south to Fort .
Marina beach to Chennai : 4.5 Km
How to reach : You can easily reach their by air, railway or road services.
Top places to visit : Vivekananda House, Santhome Cathedral Basilica·
Things to do : Go for a local shopping and the local food over there.
Best time to visit : November to February.
Ideal duration : 1 day
Package price : 2,000 INR per head.

Author: Aanchal Shah

Bio: Aanchal is a student of Computer Science in Bangalore.Apart from being a technlogy enthusiast, she is passionate about literature and has had amazing experiences working with established organisations.She is thrilled to be a part of TripClap.
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