Chennai is a city that is known for its cultural heritage and existence of modernization simultaneously. It is a city where you will find everything and for those who are exploring the city for the first time or are residents of the city too, it never fails to fascinate by how a culture that diverse can exist so beautifully in a city. It is also blessed geographically with its existence being in and around the Bay of Bengal. So when you ask or Google the weekend getaways from Chennai, you are likely to get the likes of Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry, which are pretty well-known tourist spots. Here’s a list of the 5 best places to visit for day trips in Chennai.
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Gudiyam Caves (70 KM)
A hidden gem of Tamil Nadu, Gudiyma Caves is an off-beat destination. Due to a lack of awareness, the cave site is hardly visited by tourists and travelers. Gudiyam Caves has a rare collection of stone tools. Research and studies have revealed that the cave has been in existence for 200,000 years! A 4 km hike from the Gudiyam village will get to the location of the cave.
Kanchipuram (80 KM)
The ancient town of Kanhicpuram has been the center of pilgrimage since its existence which can be traced from the 2nd century. Known as the ‘City of Thousand Temples’, Kanchipuram is one the holiest and sacred cities. The architectural splendor of the temple speaks for its prominence.
Ubbalamadugu Falls / Tada Falls (90 KM)
On the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, you enjoy the very best of nature at Ubbalamadugu Falls, or better call it, Tada Falls. A perfect place for a weekend getaway for adventure lovers. A visit to this site includes a moderate hike through the forest. This is also a popular picnic spot for family and large groups.
Gingee Fort (160 KM)
Gingee Fort is a unique fort that is built across 3 hills – Rajagiri, Chandragiri, Krishnagiri. The history of the fort can be traced to the beginning of the 9th century. At the foothills, you get to see the Kalyana Palace, Venkataramana Temple, and Kamalakanni Amman.
Fort St. David, Cuddalore (180 KM)
The fort was once of immense strategic importance during the 18th century, not only for the British but also for the Dutch and Portuguese. It was the headquarters for the British Government before they had a stronghold in India. After it was abandoned, the fort was never restored. Hence, it remains as a ruin on the backwaters of Gadilam River in Cuddalore.