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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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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Directions from Chennai to Kanchipuram

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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Directions from Chennai to Vedanthangal

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 establish...

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Directions from Chennai to Srikalahasti

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 al...

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Directions from Chennai to Tirupati

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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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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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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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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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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Directions from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai
Religious Heritage

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. Thiruvann...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Directions from Chennai to Nrityagram

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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Directions from Chennai to Savandurga

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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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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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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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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Directions from Chennai to Anantapur
Religious Heritage

The region of Anantapur is situated in the western part of Andhra Pradesh. This locale is likewise known by the name of Anantapuram and was before known as 'Anantasagaram', which means an endless ocean'. It got this n...

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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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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

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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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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Directions from Chennai to Talakad
Religious Heritage

Talakadu is a desert-like town located on the left bank of the Kaveri river in Karnataka, India. It is a perfect place for weekend trips from Bangalore as it is nearby areas as well. Travellers can behold the legacy o...

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Directions from Chennai to Vijayawada
Heritage Rivers and Lakes

The humble city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is surrounded by the marvels of nature. The place is situated on the banks of holy river Krishna and is located amidst the Indrakeeladri hills on the west and...

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Directions from Chennai to Amaravathi

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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Directions from Chennai to Kurnool
Heritage Rivers and Lakes

A spot of much ancient and historical incentive with lovely encompassing regions, Kurnool, is a small place in Andhra Pradesh where a lot of history left its engravings. Kurnool has in its area, ruins from the castle ...

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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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Directions from Chennai to Nagarjunakonda

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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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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Directions from Chennai to Mysore

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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Directions from Chennai to Sravanabelagola

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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