41 Places to Visit Near Chennai

Formerly known as ‘Madras’ and being a UNESCO heritage site for its 7th century rock carvings and temples of Pallava Dynasty, with sandy beaches, rich culture, historical monuments, art and craft, wildlife, nature and heritage, travelling to Chennai will give you everything that you want to explore in a destination holiday. Chennai being the capital of Tamil Nadu can be said to be one of the topmost visiting places in India, with tourist for cultural sites like Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Chennai not only attracts tourist but is also famous for its medical facilities and educational institutions. Marina Beach and Elliot’s Beach are two of the most populated tourist places in Chennai. The Historical Government Buildings and Monuments gives you a spiritual and classical idea of the State. The Santhome Basilica and the Armenian Church of Virgin Mary are some of the oldest churches in the world and a must place to visit.

 

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Mahabalipuram

Directions from Chennai to Mahabalipuram
Heritage Religious

Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is a small town along the Coromandel coast of The Bay of Bengal. Mahabalipuram can be visited throughout the year. It is famous for its archeological heritage and beaches. Th...

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Kanchipuram

Directions from Chennai to Kanchipuram
Religious

Positioned at 80 kilometers southwest of Chennai is the Land of thousand temples Kanchipuram. It is located in the Tondaimandalam region of Tamilnadu. Kanchipuram is divided into Shiva Kanchi and Vishnu Ka...

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Tirupati

Directions from Chennai to Tirupati
Religious

Located in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is one of the oldest cities of India and an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The main attraction of Tirupati is the Sri Venkateswara Temple pilgrim ...

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Chittoor

Directions from Chennai to Chittoor
Religious Wildlife

Need some time to unwind yourself? Seek guidance? Get a bit relaxed and get lost in natural bounties? Well, Chittoor for sure is the answer for you. It is without a doubt one of the holiest and sacred sites of India. ...

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Auroville

Directions from Chennai to Auroville
Religious Beaches

Auroville is one of those towns which seem to spring up appropriate out of fiction. In the association region of Pondicherry, this township keeps running on the standards of harmony, agreement, reasonable living and '...

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Pondicherry

Directions from Chennai to Pondicherry
Beaches Heritage

Imagine this, you’re sitting on the shore, enjoying the cool breeze as you watch the sun set. Now imagine this, you’re cycling your way through a city with brightly painted houses with bougainvillaea laden walls and c...

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Nellore

Directions from Chennai to Nellore
Rivers and Lakes Religious

Nellore is a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and falls in the Nellore district. The city lies on the banks of the Penna River. The name of the place has been derived from two words, ‘Nel’ which means paddy and ‘Oo...

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Yelagiri

Directions from Chennai to Yelagiri
Hill Stations

In the state of Tamil Nadu, 93 km away from Vellore, there reclines the arcadia famously known as Yelagiri. The town is also known as “Poor Man’s Ooty”. It is a small hill-station located in between Jolarpettai and Va...

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Chidambram

Directions from Chennai to Chidambram
Religious Heritage

Chidambaram is a prevalent temple town which is situated in Rameswaram. Located around 250 km from the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, this community is spread over a region of 5 sq. km and is a spot for performi...

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Tranquebar

Directions from Chennai to Tranquebar
Heritage Religious

The town Tranquebar was formerly known as Tharangambadi, which literally means land of the singing waves. It is located in Tamil Nadu in a district named Nagapattinam in the Coromadel Coast. It is a small town with a ...

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Kumbakonam

Directions from Chennai to Kumbakonam
Religious Heritage

Kumbakonam likewise pronounced Coommbaconum, is a charming and satisfying town situated at a pure spot, as it lies sandwiched between two rivers running parallel to one another. This community is arranged in the Thanj...

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Nagapattinam

Directions from Chennai to Nagapattinam
Religious Heritage

With a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, the Bay of Bengal invites you, as you enter Nagapattinam. An area central command and a key town of Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam has developed as a conspicuous travel goal of South...

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Yercaud

Directions from Chennai to Yercaud
Rivers and Lakes

Yercaud is a beautiful hill station, which is in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, India. The hill station falls under the Shevaroy Range of hills of Eastern Ghats. Yercaud means Lake Forest, the name signifying the Lake ...

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Velankanni

Directions from Chennai to Velankanni
Religious Beaches

Velankanni is located in the coast of Bay of Bengal, at the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a small quaint little peaceful town, famous as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage place. Millions of devotees from India and abroad every...

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Chikballapur

Directions from Chennai to Chikballapur
Hill Stations Trekking

Chikballapur town lies around 57 km from Bangalore, Karnataka and is the district head office of the Chikballapur region. This district, which was beforehand a piece of Kolar area, has many captivating vacation spots ...

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Nandi Hills

Directions from Chennai to Nandi Hills
Hill Stations Trekking

Nandi Hills is a hill station in Karnataka. It is a popular one-day trip destination from Bangalore.  There are temples, a bungalow and a Kalyana Mantap on top of the hill. It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or b...

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Thanjavur

Directions from Chennai to Thanjavur
Religious Heritage

Thanjavur also pronounced as Thanjai and Tanjore is a district in Tamil Nadu, It is about 5  hours away from Chennai.Thanjavur is a city of Temples, it is also one of the most important place of the South Indian relig...

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Hogenakkal

Directions from Chennai to Hogenakkal
Hill Stations

Hogenakkal (also known as Marikottayam) is a waterfall on Kaveri river in Tamil Nadu - Karnataka border. Hogenakkal is at a distance of 180km from Bangalore which makes it an ideal weekend getaway destination. The wor...

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Lepakshi

Directions from Chennai to Lepakshi
Religious Heritage

Lepakshi is a quaint little village situated in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. Build during the reign of Vijayanagara Kings’ Period, the village has a significant archaeological and cultural heritage in its sur...

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Nrityagram

Directions from Chennai to Nrityagram
Heritage

The first of its kind, this is a school dedicated entirely to dance. It is a world in itself. Traditional dance forms from all the corners of the country are practiced and taught here. It is an international community...

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Savandurga

Directions from Chennai to Savandurga
Trekking

Savandurga is a hill situated in the state of Karnataka. It is located in the Ramnagara district and is at a distance of around 60 km from the city of Bangalore. It is a part of the Deccan plateau and is one of the la...

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Ramnagaram

Directions from Chennai to Ramnagaram
Heritage Trekking

A small district in Karnataka, Ramnagaram is known for its rocky outcroppings and lush green surroundings. Earlier called as Shamserabad, during the ruling of Tipu Sultan, Ramnagaram finds its origin from the once exi...

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Shivagange

Directions from Chennai to Shivagange
Religious Trekking

  Shivagange is a mountain top with tallness of 1368 meters and Hindu journey focus situated close Dobbaspet, in Bangalore Rural region India. It is arranged 20 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Banga...

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Bheemeshwari

Directions from Chennai to Bheemeshwari
Rivers and Lakes

Bheemeshwari is located in the Mandya District of Karnataka and around 2 hrs. away from Bengaluru. The small riverside town has become a favored holiday and weekend destination for adventure and nature loving tourist....

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Shivanasamundram

Directions from Chennai to Shivanasamundram
Rivers and Lakes Trekking

Shivanasamundram situated in the banks of the river Cauveri, is an ideal destination for those who want to see nature at full work. Asia’s first hydroelectric power stations are located in this quaint village in Mandy...

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Machelipatnam

Directions from Chennai to Machelipatnam
Religious Beaches

The port town of Machelipatnam settled on the banks of River Krishna is a standout amongst the most well-known vacation destinations of South India. Saturated with rich recorded past, the town still mirrors the impres...

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BR Hills

Directions from Chennai to BR Hills
Wildlife

BR Hills, also known as BIligirirangana Hills, is located in the state of Karnataka. It lies in the Chamarajanagar district. The nearest city is Mysore, which is located at a distance of around 80 km. The hills lie at...

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Srisailam

Directions from Chennai to Srisailam
Religious Rivers and Lakes

Srisailam is a holy town of Lord Shiva on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in the Nallamala forest and is nearly 212 km from Hyderabad at 1354 ft above sea level. It is o...

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Amaravathi

Directions from Chennai to Amaravathi
Heritage

Located in the banks of River Krishna in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi is a famous pilgrimage site, mostly among Buddhists. It is a beautiful sightseeing tourist place for its beautiful architectural t...

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Srirangapatna

Directions from Chennai to Srirangapatna
Religious Heritage

Srirangapatna is a town in Karnataka. It is located in the Mandya district. It is an island town and is surrounded by the river Kaveri. The monuments of this place are nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pl...

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Nagarjunakonda

Directions from Chennai to Nagarjunakonda
Heritage

Nagarjunakonda or Nagarjuna Hills is located 150 km from Hyderabad. The town is famous for being India’s richest Buddhist site and draws travelers from across the country. Ancient Buddhist civilization was excavated d...

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Nagarjunsagar

Directions from Chennai to Nagarjunsagar
Rivers and Lakes Wildlife

Situated at a distance of roughly 150 km from Hyderabad, Nagarjunasagar is one of the favoured and most well-known ends of the week escape from Hyderabad, promising captivating time to each and everybody. Nagarjunasag...

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Mysore

Directions from Chennai to Mysore
Heritage

Mysore ( also known as Mysuru ) is a city in Karnataka. It is the cultural capital and second most important city of Karnataka. Mysore is a very popular weekend getaway from Bangalore and Kerala. It is unavoidable in ...

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Sravanabelagola

Directions from Chennai to Sravanabelagola
Religious

Sravanabelagola is famous for its Jain temple. Shravanabelagola is a holy place for Jains. Their Guru is residing here in a Mutt. There is a Sanskrit Patashala to study Sanskrit and Shastras.

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Kotagiri

Directions from Chennai to Kotagiri
Hill Stations

Kotagiri, als known as Kothagiri, in a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. It falls in the Nilgiri District. It is a moderately populated and the third largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. The different vil...

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Madurai

Directions from Chennai to Madurai
Religious

Madurai, the temple city of Tamil Nadu is a destination that is sure to question your aesthete knowledge and redefine your admiration for traditional roots. Starting right from the planning of the city to the general ...

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Coonoor

Directions from Chennai to Coonoor
Hill Stations

Coonoor is a hill station located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It falls in the Nilgiris district. The hill station falls on the way from Coimbatore to Ooty. The main attractions at the place for tourists are Sim’s Park...

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Bellikkal

Directions from Chennai to Bellikkal
Hill Stations

A humble hamlet lolling in the south of Sigur Plateau in the state of Tamil Nadu, Bellikkal is an enthralling hill station. Discovered at an elevation of 5,500 ft, it is girded by Nilgiris of the Western Ghats of the ...

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Coimbatore

Directions from Chennai to Coimbatore
Hill Stations

Coimbatore, also known as Kovai and Coyamuthur, is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It falls in the Coimbatore district. The city is located on the banks of Noyyal River. It is the second largest city with respect ...

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Ooty

Directions from Chennai to Ooty
Hill Stations

Ooty also known by its former name "Udagamandalam" is a theme based hill station in South India, the hill station is about 3 hours away from Coimbatore and is a really popular point of attraction in Tamil Nadu.The cit...

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Rameswaram

Directions from Chennai to Rameswaram
Religious Beaches

Rameswaram is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is located in the district of Ramanathapuram district. The city is on the Pamban Island, in the Gulf of Mannar, located at the tip of the Indian Peninsula. It is sep...

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