Top 10 Weekend Getaways in Chennai
In a busy life like in Chennai, weekend getaways are must needed for the city people to rejuvenate back. Chennai is gifted with many sightseeing places inside the city and the adjoining areas to hang out in the weekends.
Here are the list of top 10 tourist spots in Chennai for a perfect weekend getaway.
Tourist Spots in ECR Road
ECR (East Coast Road) is a scenic road that runs parallel to East Coast (Bay of Bengal) and it is packed with many places to visit. Some of the places are Mayajaal, DakshinaChitra (a museum with display of all South Indian houses), Crocodile Bank, Muttukadu Boat House and Kovalam Beach, etc.
View the below albums for more photos of ECR,
Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest town located at around 60 kilometers in ECR Road. This place houses the UNESCO recognized monuments constructed by King Pallavas between 3rd and 8th century AD. The monuments to visit in Mahabalipuram are Five Rathas, Shore Temple, Hill side caves, Watch towers and Tiger cave.
View the below albums for more pictures of Mahabalipuram,
Kanchipuram is a temple town which is located at around 72 kilometers away from Chennai city. This places has many Hindu temples built by Chola and Pallava kings. Some of the main temples to visit are Kailasanathar Temple, the Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Kumarakottam Temple.
View more photos of Kanchipuram temples in the below albums,
Malls in Chennai
Malls are another great place to hang out in weekends. There are number of malls in Chennai that include Express Avenue Mall, Phoenix Mall, Vijaya Forum Mall, City Centre, Spencer Plaza, etc. Most of this malls has multiplex, so enjoy a weekend with shopping and a movie at any of the malls above.
Beaches are another most visited spots in Chennai. There are many beaches in and around Chennai, the famous ones are Marina Beach, Elliot’s Beach, Thiruvanmiyur Beach and Covelong Beach.
Chennai is gifted with Beaches and Backwater where you can spend your weekend. Though, Boating is available in many places, some of the famous ones are Muttukadu Boat House, Pulicat Backwaters, Kovalam Beach Boating, Boating at Mahabalipuram beach, etc.
Vandalur Zoo is the largest Zoological garden in India which has variety of wild life. As of now, this Zoo is home to total of 148 species and a full population of 1342+ animals including some endangered animals and birds. Visit this zoo with your kids for a perfect weekend.
More pictures of Vandalur Zoo in the below album,
Photo Credit: www.kishkinta.in
There are many number of theme parks in and around Chennai. Some of them are Kishkinta, VGP Golden Beach, MGM, Queens Land, etc. So, plan a visit with your kids to any of this theme parks if you are bored with the regular spots.
Picture Credit:Abdulla Abdul Nisthar(https://www.flickr.com/photos/93958622@N08)
Beach resort are another great place for a perfect weekend getaway. There are many Beach resorts in ECR resorts that has private beach. So, book a resort of your choice for a perfect weekend.
Some well known beach resorts are Indeco,Ideal Beach Resort,MGM Beach Resort,Radisson Blu, etc
St. Thomas Mount Church
St. Thomas Mount church is dedicated to Mother Mary – "Our Lady of Expectation" is located in a small hill called as St. Thomas Mount. From this small hill, we can see the wonderful view of the city and the airport.
See the below album for more pictures of St. Thomas Mount church,