Here is List of best weekend gateways from Chennai up to 300 Kms. These places include trekking places around Chennai and places for long drives and road trips from Chennai.
An easy trekking place not much far away from Chennai, just within 100 km. Nagalapuram western trek can be either covered in one day from Chennai or you can spend a night camping the wild also. Here is more detail on Nagalapuram trek
Tada falls is around 95 km from Chennai. There are many pristine pools on the trek way. It can be covered in one day from Chennai like Nagalapuram western Entry trek. Here is a detailed guide on Tada falls trek.
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu. Yercaud is another famous hill station in Tamilnadu situated at almost 5000 feet in western Ghats range. This place is famous for the honeymoon, different kind of fruits and coffee. There are many small hiking places around the town along with the leisure walks. Some of the places are Lady’s seat, Kiliyur falls etc. Read about the Yercaud road trip here.
Again situated almost 90 km from Chennai, this trek can be covered in one day or on two days trek, there could be night camping too. 8 to 9 kilometers of trek distance can be covered in 6-7 hours. Here is more details on the nagalapuram east trek.
A UNESCO world Heritage site. Just 40 Kms from Chennai along scenic ECR. One can stay on the cottages on the beach; enjoy dance festival in December; see monolithic temples & sculptures; get the view of the sea from the lighthouse. Here is the Guide on traveling Mahabalipuram world heritage site.
Pondicherry is one of the most famous cities along the Bay of Bengal. Famous for its French culture, this city is also called “French Riviera of the East”. One can find a mix of beaches, bamboo cottages, boating, sunrise, old harbours, beach islands etc in this city.
Gingee Fort from Chennai (160 km)
Around 150 km from Chennai, this surviving fort is a nice place for photography and a nice hiking place. This fort is situated in Villupuram district near Pondicherry. There are many parts of this fort like the lower fort, upper fort, Queen’s fort, Kalyana mahal etc. More details can be found here…
Yelagiri road trip (230 kms)
Yelagiri is situated at a height of 2800 feet amidst four mountains. The Climate here is average throughout the year so there is no particular season go there. This hill station is perfect for weathers. More detailed traveling guide could be found here….
Pulicat Lake Bird-watching around Chennai (60 kms)
There are 16 islands in this lake with camping options available. Not much far from Chennai, this place is ideal for photography, Ferry travel and Bird watching. More travel details can be found here….
Alamparai fort near Chennai (110 Kms)
A perfect destination for offbeat location again on East Coast road from Chennai. This fort is situated along the Bay of Bengal and is perfect for one day outing and photography. Travel details can be found here….
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest from Chennai (235 Kms)
Second largest mangrove forest in India after Sundarbans. This piece of nature is still not exploited by much people. A perfect place for camping, boating in the mangroves backwaters, awesome photography and weekend outings. More traveling details about this place can be found here….
Hogenakkal falls from Chennai (340 Kms)
Hogenakkal falls situated on river Kaveri is one of the magnificent falls in Tamilnadu. Driving to this fall is also very scenic with fields, wilk worms plants and countryside India. apart from that, coracle ride and fresh fried fishes are very famous at the falls. More traveling details about hogenakkal falls can be found here….
Chembarambakkam Lake around Chennai (25 Kms)
Situated almost inside the Chennai city, Chembarambakkam Lake is ideal for one day outing with family and kids an for photography. More traveling details can be found here….
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary near Chennai (90 Kms)
A bird sanctuary situated almost 75 kilometers from Chennai and spread over 75 acres in Kanchipuram district, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is ideal for one day outing. This place is also ideal for nature photograpy and bird watching in the morning during sunrise. More traveling details about Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary can be found here….
Kanchipuram near Chennai (75 Kms)
The capital of Pallava kingdom has a lot of medieval temples which can still take you back centuries ago. The silk capital of Tamilnadu is almost just 2 hours from Chennai. More traveling details can be found here….
Horsley Hills from Chennai (278 Kms)
Almost 250 kms from Chennai, Horsley hills is a wildlife sanctuary. Most of the people drive ther ein the morning to see the sunrise and clouds. More traveling details can be found here….
Mamanduru Trekking from Chennai (152 Kms)
There are a lot of trekking spots around Mamanduru. More trekking details can be found here….