Here are some of the best places in Chennai you must visit while on your trip
Just a 90-minute drive from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has beautiful monuments & historic temples with rock carvings that show the dramatic events from Mahabharata. Moving ahead you can stop at Dakshinachitra, a museum that has reconstructed 18 authentic historical houses from the 4 South Indian states. But if you are looking to relax, then two blissful days at the beach gorging on fresh seafood and soaking in the sun should do the trick.
The picturesque streets of White Town, just 2 hours from Chennai, are ideal for Instagram. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a haven for those seeking serenity and calm. Did you know that Puducherry has some of the top restaurants in the world, providing wonderful French, Tamil, and Creole cuisine? Begin your day with some of the most delicious croissants outside of Paris on Baker Street. For crepes and a shot of espresso, go to Cafe des Arts. Make a reservation at Villa Shanti for lunch (the place fills up pretty fast). You’ll find experimental dishes like Shrikhand and candied Eggplant dessert, in addition to superb Indian and French cuisine.
3. Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park, located in the verdant Nilgiris highlands and 11 hours from Chennai, is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears, and bison. You can go on a jungle safari or ride an elephant through the park. For the whole camping experience, stay at the adjacent Jungle Hut Resort. Bird viewing is possible, and the hotel will gladly arrange a visit to one of the neighbouring tea farms.
Drive south to Tuticorin, where you’ll find Aqua Outback, to get away from the rush and bustle of city life. Kitesurfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, and fishing are all available at this hidden gem. And if that wasn’t enough, just go out of your room to enjoy the breath-taking limitless blue view.
Karaikudi is one of the 70 villages that make up the Chettinad region. You can spend your weekend looking for antiques, vintage furnishings, hand-made tiles, Kandaghi cotton saris, and eating delicious local cuisine. The affluent Nattu Kottai Chettiars used to live in the area, and their opulent residences have since been converted into luxury heritage hotels.