Weekend getaways from Chennai
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A buzzing city located in the heart of Tamil Nadu is the captivating Chennai – a heritage of south India with rich historical significance, artistic expressions and inviting people. You will find surprises on every lane you turn with the urban touch to the large hearts of chennaities. This commercial hotspot is the capital of Tamil nadu and has endless attractions to entertain you. Beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, places of worship adorn the streets. A variety of slangs and languages can be heard as you wander along the roads. You can also enjoy yourself in the newly inaugurated metro trains running right through the heart of the city.
Guntakal is a famous tourist place in Andhra Pradesh. It is also well known for its spinning mills and film distributors. The shirdi sai baba temple here is visited by many people. The temple of Chippagiri here built from the granite stone is very famous in the region and the Sri Guntakalla temple which organizes a big pooja every Sunday which attracts a lot of devotees. Chippagiri is also famous for having 101 temples and 101 wells. Guntakal has a very old Shiva temple which is also a famous pilgrimage place. The most famous and eminent temple of Guntakal is Lord Anjaneya Swamy temple. Religious harmony could be witnessed here as there is also a tomb of great Sufi saint Hazrath Mastan Vali near the temple, so a lot of devotees come here to take the blessings of the great saint irrespective of their religion. Other famous places to visit in Guntakal are Sri Venkateswara temple, Dargah shareef of eminent saint Hazrat Sattar Haji and Mother Mary church. Travelers can visit the various places in the town by hiring an auto.
Bangalore or popularly reckoned as Cosmopolitan Bengaluru is one of India’s most progressive and developed cities, blessed with a benevolent climate. Having evolved gradually from being the Garden City to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the third largest and one of the most livable cities in India. The city reflects a blend of old and new – some parts with historical monuments are still kept intact, and in others, you can see the high-rise corporate complexes. Bengaluru seems to have a bit of everything for everyone, lined with long stretches of trees and parks, famous heritage buildings, busy markets and newly constructed buildings. Bangalore or Bengaluru seems to have something for everyone.
Search for the French flavours in India will take you to this beautiful city of Puducherry, locally known as Pondicherry. The old French territory holds the impact of colonisation with beautiful French architectures and delicious food. Pondicherry boasts of tremendous scenic beauty, portrayed by mesmerising and impressive beaches. The older part of Pondicherry is a intense contrast to the common South Indian culture and gives you different feel than the surrounding South Indian cities. This tiny French part of Pondicherry is crafted with small houses, hotels, cafes, street-side shops selling an alternate world of French to the Indians.
Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, besides other historical temples, and is referred to as the “Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh”. Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. For the year 2012-13, India’s Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the “Best Heritage City”. The holy city of Tirupati is one amongst the 8 most scared places of Lord Mahavishnu and is highly revered, glorified and worshiped.
Kurnool is city and the headquarters of Kurnool district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as the Gateway to Rayalaseema. Kurnool served as the state capital of Andhra from 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956. Kurnool is the longest cave system and is one of the Kurnool attractions which are visited by most of the people. It is an underground cave and has three well like cavities. The main attraction of the cave is the exquisite stalactite and stalagmite formations. Huge marble Buddha statue on these caves is the sign of worship of Buddhist monks. Natural waterfall is also seen in this cave which is very beautiful and attractive. Oravakallu Rock Garden, which has natural rock formations. This place is located between water bodies.The Kethavaram rock paintings, from the Paleolithic era, are located along a stretch of the Orvakal rock formations. It is also a perfect place for picnics.
One of history’s most intriguing mysteries is the ancient portside town of Mamallapuram, which is now a major resort town with historical monuments. Widely known as Mahabalipuram, the historic city is a World Heritage Site coming under UNESCO, a hotspot of art, culture and literature. It is also known as the Temple Town with 9 ancient temples of remarkable architecture. The Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance and the beaches are a must visit locations to be on your bucket list. The swaying trees, slippery silver sand and crafts makes it a fascinating tourist spot. The richness and beauty of the city along with its grandeur is sure to intoxicate any tourist visiting the Mahabs.
Located on the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan, and the British. It served as the capital city of the Hoysalas. The town is built around the Annamalaiyar Temple like other Nayak capitals. Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar. The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December, and a huge beacon is lit atop the Annamalai hill. The event is witnessed by three million pilgrims. On the day preceding each full moon, pilgrims circumnavigate the temple base and the Annamalai hills in a worship called Girivalam, a practice carried out by one million pilgrims yearly.
Shivanasamudram is a small town in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, and is the location of one of the first Hydroelectric Power stations in Asia. The Shivanasamudra falls are formed on the Kaveri. A little distance before the falls, the river splits into two, forming an island. The two streams falls down to the same point and flows downstream. The two falls are called Gagana Chukki (90 metres) Bhara Chukki (69 metres). The two falls are really majestic in the monsoon season.
Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. The foremost among these, the Brihadeeswara Temple, is located in the centre of the city. Thanjavur is also home to Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. Scholars believe the name Thanjavur is derived from Tanjan, a legendary demon in Hindu mythology. While the early history of Thanjavur remains unclear, the city first rose to prominence during the reign of Medieval Cholas when it served as the capital of the empire.
Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. The most famous landmark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India. The city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu and is famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.
Yercaud is a hill station situated on the Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats, located in Salem District of Northern Tamil Nadu. The abundance of trees that happened to be near the lake made the locals to name this area as Yeri – Kaadu meaning Lake Forest. Later on, the name turned out to be Yercaud. It is popularly known as ‘Jewel of the South’. Yercaud region, includes the predominantly short and rocky hills that welcomes all travellers with its cool climate & pleasant surroundings. Scenically, it is an enchanting hill station with trekking as the most enjoyable way to spend time along friends and family. The popular points of interest here are Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point, Bear’s Cave etc.
The perfect weekend getaway to bliss is the village of Hogenakkal. It will certainly sweep you off your feet with its majestic falls and towering peaks. This quaint hill station offers you an exuberant experience with various activities to keep you entertained. Hogenakkal, known as the Smoking Rock means the clouds of mist and spray arising from the falls. It is a popular film shooting location with jagged peaks and captivating waterfalls. You must certainly experience the coracle ride in the falls among other attractions, a thrilling temptation no adventurer can resist. It is a lively retreat for the tired, filling your soul with fun and warmth.
#13Nandi Hills –
Nandi Hills is a perfect escape from Bangalore. It has got its name from the shape of a sleeping bull, the nandi hills is a passage to the past, potentially taking you back in time. Cloud kissed hazy hills, picturesque landscape, Nandi hills will surely leave awestruck by the glorious aura acting as the perfect getaway from the dreaded city life by making you fall with the place. Wandering across the very famous fort of the great tipu sultan, you can feel the royalty, sending down a chill as you come across the tipu drop, having a frightening past. Its bewitching how in its captivating topography, this place unfolds historical events in the most chilling and majestic manner. Cycling or hiking across the breathtaking ‘hill of happiness’- it will surely be an amazing experience to visit such an eccentric destination
Nestled in the peaks of Vellore is the quaint hill station of Yelagiri, a cluster of 14 beautiful hamlets spread amidst 4 beautiful mountains. The authentic surroundings have a tranquil atmosphere soothing your senses. The alluring vistas has subtle savouriness of fruit foliages tingling your nose buds. The town has attractions from various smaller peaks to nature trails to a manmade lake, Lake Punganoor. It is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts with a number of trek routes to discover and explore. Yelagiri is renowned for the popular paragliding sport. In this free flying sport, you can get a splendid aerial view of Yelagiri. Have a once in a lifetime soaring experience as you touch the skies.
A famous temple town located in Tamil Nadu is the buzzing Kanchipuram town. It was once the capital of the ancient Pallava dynasty, who established the well knit settlements and many renowned temples dedicated mainly to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu along with their consorts, known as divya desams. One of the oldest temple towns of India, the city is home to a number of vibrant temples each with a unique and ancient style of typical South Indian architecture. The town is frequented by pilgrims to visit the sacred temples. It is widely known as the City of Thousand Temples, a haven for devotees and pilgrims.It will be a festival sight throughout the year where temples celebrate one or other routine festivals.
Places to visit near Chennai
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