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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
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 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
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
4. Yelagiri-A Serene Holiday
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
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
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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