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.

 

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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).

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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Thiruvannamalai

217 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai

Best Time: October-March  

A recognized pilgrimage spot and holiday region in the locale of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvannamalai is one of the oldest city that has been related with numerous Yogis and Siddhars in the prevailing course of time. Thiruvannamalai has turned into a worldwide focal point, concentrated by mysticism and pilgrims. Thiruvannamalai is a standout amongst the most loved places in Tamil Nadu. In the past, the word "Annamalai" implied a 'difficult to reach' path to the ...

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Yelagiri

250 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Yelagiri

Best Time: November-February

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 Vaniyambadi. It is rich in terms of culture and blessed by natural beauty. This hill-station is quite well-known for many decades, since the British colonial days. The hill station is spread over 30 km2. The village of Yelagiri is surrounded ...

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Chidambram

267 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Chidambram

Best Time: October-February

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 performing pilgrimage by devotees of Lord Shiva. It is the place of the renowned Chidambaram Natarajan temple likewise called as Thillai Natarajar Temple. The other significant blessed places in Chidambaram are the Kali and the Vaidyanatheshwara Te...

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Tranquebar

314 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Tranquebar

Best Time: November-March

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 population of 23,191 and it’s official language is Tamil. The place has a very rich history and has not been disturbed by the passage of time. The town has a population with a mixture of Danish, German, British and French colonies. Tranqueb...

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Kumbakonam

344 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Kumbakonam

Best Time: December-February

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 Thanjavur area of the territory of Tamil Nadu with the two rivers, Cauvery and Arasalar streaming on its either sides; while Cauvery streams on the northern side of Kumbakonam, Arasalar streams on the southern side. Kumbakonam has an intriguing ...

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Nagapattinam

353 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Nagapattinam

Best Time: October-March

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 India in the ongoing past. Nagapattinam is acclaimed for its rich history and culture. It is additionally renowned for its harbours which are probably the best in the nation. The town additionally pulls in a few explorers who come to offer...

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Yercaud

360 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Yercaud

Best Time: October-June

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 of this breathtaking hill station that is surrounded with forest. Yercaud is said to be the topmost hill station during summer, mostly for the South People, due to its altitude of 1515 m. The hill station is covered with a plantation that i...

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Velankanni

366 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Velankanni

Best Time: October-March

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 year come here to get the blessing of “Mother Mary” on the shrine of ‘Our Lady of Good health’. The splendid church is an example of French Architecture in Gothic Style and said to be an inspiration from the Lourdes in France. The beautifu...

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Chikballapur

375 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Chikballapur

Best Time: June-February

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 giving chances to touring, trekking and exploring nature as well as man-made attractions. There are numerous places like Nandi Hills, Skandagiri Hills, Temples of Bhoganandishwara and Yoganandiswara which are known for its intricate design ...

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Nandi Hills

381 kilometres from Chennai Directions from Chennai to Nandi Hills

Best Time: October to June

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 bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati, and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from the foot of the hill to reach the top. B...

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