Oh! So you live and work in Chennai, the quintessential cultural capital and economic center of South India. This city has retained its old world charm and is yet modern in outlook and life thus blending perfectly the old and the new. If you are a proud resident of this city, you would be aware of some exciting destinations which are a must go to for a day trip, a weekend or a 3-4 day extended weekend holiday. If you are not aware, let us help you out. Here we present in brief some such destinations.
This industrial town in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu is also known by an older name of Boodhapuri. It has been long believed that those who died in Sriperumbudur would have heaven's door open for him/her. Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Madras Motor Sports Club, Vallakottai Murugan Temple, Tambaram theme park, Madras Atomic Power Station, Brahmakuamris museum and Chengalpattu are some main attractions. This town is just 40 kms away or a 50 mins drive from Chennai.
Just 34 kms or a 50 mins drive from Chennai and you reach Covelong, a fishing village. The Dutch Castle here has been converted into a resort and attracts a lot of tourists every year, it is known by the name Taj Fisherman's Cove. Temples that belong to the 5th to 8th century which have been built by the Pallava dynasty, Covelong Beach, Catholic Church, Dutch Fort and Muttukadu Backwaters are some other main tourist attractions of Covelong. You can enjoy water sports too; this is the only spot in the country where you have various options for windsurfing.
Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu is a 7th century port city. It has monuments belonging to the seventh and the ninth centuries and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of these. Krishna Mandapam, the Five Rathas, the Varaha Mandapam, the Shore Temple, the Cholamadal Artist's Village are a must visit when in Mahabalipuram. It is just 52 kms from Chennai and an hours' drive from there.
One of the oldest cities of Tamil Nadu, known for its temples and for having been the Capital city of the Pallava Kings, people also call it by its old names of Kanchiampathi and Conjeevaram. The City of Thousand Temples is another name given to it and it is just 72 kms from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a revered city for the Hindus since it is among one of the seven holiest places that every Hindu should visit during their lifetime. When here do visit the Kamakshi Amman Temple, the Ekambareshvara Temple, the Devarajaswami Temple and the Kailasanathar Temple.
60 kms from Chennai, an hours' drive will bring you to Pulicat. A gorgeous seashore town, it has shades of majorly Dutch but also the Portuguese and the British cultural heritage as it was colonialized by these people from time to time. Pulicat Lake and Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, Dutch Church, Dutch Cemetery, lighthouse, Chintamaneeswarar Temple and Periya Pallivasal are some places which should be a must visit in your itinerary.