79 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.

 

More
1/79

Mahabalipuram

69 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Mahabalipuram

Best Time: November to February

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. The shore temple of Mahabalipuram has been included in Heritage Project of UNESCO. Mahabalipuram is 65km from Chennai and can be reached in an hour via Each Coast Road (ECR).

Mahabalipuram Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
2/79

Kanchipuram

91 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Kanchipuram

Best Time: From March to October.

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 Kanchi based on the temples found in the area. Also known as Kanchi, it is one of the seven tirtha kshetras of Vaishnavism other than being a famous religious centre for Hindus.It has a very colored history with a plethora of empires and dyna...

Kanchipuram Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
3/79

Vedanthangal

101 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Vedanthangal

Best Time: November-February

Vedanthangal is a little hamlet situated in the Kanchipuram region of Tamil Nadu and is best known for the bird sanctuary it houses. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary has the qualification of being one of the most established and oldest bird sanctuaries of the nation. The area of Vedanthangal is strategically spotted with little lakes, which draw in different sorts of transient birds. Vedanthangal was changed into a bird sanctuary haven amid the rule of the B...

Vedanthangal Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
4/79

Srikalahasti

130 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Srikalahasti

Best Time: July - February

Srikalahasti is referred to as the 'Kailash of South' and rightly so because it does have all the characteristics of being the Kailash down south. The main temple, the Srikalahastisvara Temple is pristine white and also has a beautiful hill alongside. To add to it, a small river named Swarna Mukhi flows through the city, quite analogous to the mighty Ganga. The place seems to be full of devotees, of Lord Vishnu and Shiv especially. This makes the atmosp...

Srikalahasti Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai

Looking for something specific?

5/79

Tirupati

149 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Tirupati

Best Time: September-February

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 site, this is where you will find the rush of tourist and devotees lining up the streets to have the blessings of their God. The city is famous for its temple has other attractions like The Sri Kalahasti temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple,...

Tirupati Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
6/79

Chittoor

172 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Chittoor

Best Time: September-February.

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. Every year thousands of tourists visit Chittoor to get immersed in its flavors. It boasts of having one of the most revered holy sites- Tirupati Balaji. With the Balaji temple itself, it attracts lakhs of devotees annually. It has some of t...

Chittoor Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
7/79

Auroville

175 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Auroville

Best Time: November-March

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 'heavenly awareness' which was the rationality of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mirra Alfassa. This all-inclusive township was initiated on 28 February 1968 with the plan that it will be a spot for individuals willing enough to make t...

Auroville Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai
8/79

Pondicherry

188 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Pondicherry

Best Time: October to March

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 clean roads with greenery around. Want more? Okay, think of the calmness that one gets when they escape the ruckus of the outside world and sit and meditate in a peaceful environment. Like it? Then Pondicherry is your one stop destination fo...

Pondicherry Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai

We recommend

9/79

Nellore

208 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Nellore

Best Time: October- February

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 ‘Ooru’ which means place. It is the fourth most populous city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and 75th most populous in the country. Nellore has a tropical maritime climate where the summers are hot and humid and the winters are mild. The city ...

Nellore Travel Guide
 tourism - places to visit from Chennai