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    “Project submission! Meeting deadlines! Achieving targets! Managing reviews and client escalations!”

    If you are encumbered with such tag lines in your mind, it’s time for a break from the hustle and bustle of your frantic work life. Plan few days in serenity which will help to kick start your daily work schedule again with new flavors of enthusiasm. Go and gear up to pack your bags while we present a quick list of unconventional and offbeat Chennai getaways. Trust, you will feel rejuvenated, charged-up and will start loving work again!

    1. Kadapakkam Village-A Day with the Remnants of Alamparai Fort

    Alamparai Fort is one of the key attractions at Kadapakkam Village

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    Kadapakkam Village is an excellent but very unconventional day trip option from Chennai for people seeking a quick day excursion to a less crowded environ. It’s quick, it’s peaceful and you don’t need days off from work. Good place for a family picnic too.

    Distance from Chennai: 100 km
    How to reach: An hour by car
    What to do: Visit Alamparai Fort- once built by the Mughals now undertaken by the Archeological Survey of India
    Where to stay: No stay options available

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    2. Chandragiri-Witness the History of Vijayanagar Era

    Chandragiri Fort

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    Chandragiri is a historical place near Tirupati and a not so popular tourist place near Chennai. Be ready to be mesmerized with sprawling lush greenery and small hills. Stay till sunset if you can, it’s a beautiful sight from here. Also, about 5 miles away is a picturesque bridge at Thekkil.

    Distance from Chennai: 150 km
    How to reach: It will take close to 3 hours to reach Chandragiri from Chennai via Tirupati.
    What to do: Visit Chandragiri Fort and Raja Mahal Palace (an archeological museum) inside the fort. Fr
    Where to stay: Temple Guest House and Sri Padmavathi – A P Tourism Guest House – at Tirupati.

    3. Talakona-Reconnoiter the Highest Waterfall of Andhra Pradesh

    Talakona Waterfalls at Sri Venkateswara National Park

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    The highest waterfall of Andhra Pradesh – Talakona, is located in Sri Venkateswara National Park. It is surrounded by calm and dense forests, rich in biodiversity. This forested hilly area forms a part of the mighty Eastern Ghats. The canopy rope walk is quite thrilling and makes Talakona one of the interesting offbeat Chennai getaways.

    Distance from Chennai: 220 km
    How to reach: 4 hours by car from Chennai via Tirupati
    What to do: Trek till the Talakona waterfall; explore the surrounding forests; and visit Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple – it is quite close to the waterfall.
    Where to stay: Log huts by Seshachala Vanadarshini

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    4. Yelagiri-A Serene Holiday

    Scenic view of the dusk approaching Punganur Lake in Yelagiri Hills

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    Yelagiri, located at an altitude of 1110 meters, comprises of 14 small hamlets spread over several lush green hills and depicts a true picture postcard view.

    Distance from Chennai: 227.5 km
    How to reach: 4.5 hours by car from Chennai via Jolarpettai. It is located on the Vaniyamvadi-Tirupattar road.
    What to do: Explore the Punganur Lake, Velavan temple, Vainu Pappu solar observatory, fruit farm and herbal farm. One can also trek up to Jalagamparai waterfalls and Swamimalai Hill, the highest point of the place.
    Where to stay: Sterling Holiday Resorts, YMCA dormitories and Hotel Woodside.

    5. Tranquebar-Land of Singing Waves

    Tranquebar is a quick and quiet getaway from Chennai

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    The former Danish colony, now known as Tharangambadi or Tranquebar is a less frequented holiday venue and located at the junction where Cauvery River meets Bay of Bengal.

    Distance from Chennai:275 km
    How to reach: Travelers need to take a train from Chennai to Nagapattinam (35 km) or Chidambaram (40 km) and then a cab to reach Tranquebar. Total travel time is close to 6 hours.
    What to do: Visit Dansborg Fort and Museum, New Jerusalem Church, Church of Zion and Pandiyan Masilamani Nathar temple.
    Where to stay: Bungalow by the Beach, Tamil Nadu House and Nayak House

    6. Horsley Hills-Live by the Hues of Nature

     Horsley Hills is one of the most beautiful offbeat getaways from Chennai

    The summer hill resort, at an elevation of 4100 feet forms a part of the Eastern Ghats. It is named after a British officer – WD Horsley, who chose it as his summer residence.

    Distance from Chennai: 278 km
    How to reach: Total travel time is 5.5 hours’ drive from Chennai via NH 205
    What to do: Explore Lake Gangotri, Gaalibanda, Environmental Park and Horsley Museum. Other outdoor activities include trekking, zorbing and rappelling.
    Where to stay: AP Tourism Governor’s Bungalow, Haritha Resort and Forest Guest House
    So, what are you waiting for? Take a quick but energizing break from the stresses of urban life and plan your next trip to one of these offbeat getaways from Chennai that no one talks about!

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Offbeat Getaways From Chennai

    Q. Which are some of the popular places in Chennai?

    A. Chennai is one of the most popular cities of India. Around the city, there are several beautiful places where you can visit. These places include Tranquebar, Horsley Hills, Yelagiri, Chandragiri and Marina Beach.

    Q. How many beaches are there in Chennai?

    A. In Chennai, there are four prominent and famous beaches. These beaches are Marina Beach, Kovalam, Mahabalipuram Beach, and Elliot Beach. Marina Beach is the biggest beach among India and the second biggest in the world.

    Q. Which places are best for a family in Chennai?

    A. Chennai Rail Museum, Guindy National Park, VGP Universal Kingdom, Vivekananda House, Chennai Snake Park Trust, and Arignar Anna Zoological Park are some of the suitable places for a family in Chennai.

    Q. What is the best time to visit Chennai?

    A. The best time to Chennai is between October and February month i.e. before monsoon and winter season. In these months, one can beautifully explore the city of Chennai without any scorching of summer.

    Q. What are some religious places in Chennai?

    A. Chennai, a southern city of India, comprises uncountable religious places. Thus, some of the popular among them are St. Andrew’s Church, Masjid e Mamoor, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Shree Sai Baba Temple, and Kundrathur Murugan Temple.

    Q. What are some of the top accommodations in Chennai?

    A. Some of the top accommodations in Chennai include The Park Chennai, Hotel Green Park, The Raintree, Treebo Trend Nestlay Airport, Hotel The Ambassador Pallava and Hablis Hotel.

    Q. Where can one find some waterfalls in Chennai?

    A. Nearby Chennai, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. Some of the popular among these waterfalls are Talakona waterfall, Siruvani waterfall, Kaigal Falls, Pykara Falls, Shivanasamudra Falls.

    Q. What is the distance of Horsley Hills from Chennai?

    A. The distance of Horsley Hills from Chennai is about 278 KMs. You can go there by driving through NH 205.

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