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Chennai may have a lot of fun things to do but we all feel like escaping the hustle and bustle once in a while. So, drop everything else and head to one of these destinations that are not too far from the city, yet away from all the chaos. Leave all your worries behind and enjoy a weekend full of fun, frolic and pampering! These staycations are sure to leave you relaxed after a long week and make your short break one worth remembering!
Fisherman's Cove
Covelong Beach , ECR - Mahabalipuram
If you're looking for a quiet and beautiful beach escape that isn't too far from Chennai, Fisherman's Cove in Covelong is where you should be heading. Built on the remains of a Dutch fort, this 5-star seaside resort offers a range of experiences and comforts that will make your weekend special. Let the variety of dining venues and world-class service make your stay at this upscale resort comfortable and memorable. Enjoy the spacious, well-appointed rooms; some come with sea views and private gardens with hammocks, for you to soak in the coastal vibe in style. If you're on a romantic holiday, enjoy a private dining experience on the beach in your own cabana. If you're with family, take the kids along and hit the swimming pool for a fun-filled time. All in all, whatever be the occasion, Fisherman's Cove promises a staycation that will leave you relaxed and revitalized.
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
Covelong Road , ECR - Mahabalipuram
This upscale beach resort in Mahabalipuram has everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable staycation. Spread across 44 acres of land and steps away from the beach, Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay offers the perfect beach getaway. Wake up to the sound of waves as they crash against the shore. Enjoy a delicious meal with the breathtaking Bay of Bengal as a backdrop. Pamper yourself with an Ayurvedic spa treatment. Unwind at the stunning infinity pool or book a villa and enjoy your very own private pool. Be it a family outing or a romantic getaway with your loved one, this resort makes a great choice for your weekend away from the hustle and bustle.
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Thiruporur , ECR - Mahabalipuram
The InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort exudes luxury and elegance and makes the perfect spot for a lavish staycation. So close to Chennai, yet so far away from all the hustle and bustle, this plush resort by the Bay of Bengal allows guests to unwind in style after a long week. The perfect blend of luxury and Coromandel-style architecture creates the ideal setting for a getaway that'll rejuvenate your senses. Whether you want to just sit back and relax in the contemporary rooms, unwind and go back in time at the 1920s American-style bar, or simply go for a stroll on the beach, you can do it here, at this sumptuous resort. So, pack your bags and head here for a weekend that will refresh your mind, body and soul.
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
Grande Bay Resort
East Raja Street , ECR - Mahabalipuram
Spread across 5 beautiful acres and situated right on the beach, Grande Bay Resort and Spa has so much to offer for a relaxing staycation away from the city. This boutique resort has plenty to do and guarantees a memorable weekend in Mahabalipuram. Take part in activities like deep sea fishing, yoga and surfing. Unwind after a long day with a rejuvenating spa treatment. Go on a historic tour of the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram. Savour a hearty meal at the award-winning restaurant, L'attitude 49. De-stress with a cocktail while you soak in panoramic vistas of the ocean. Let world-class comfort and the relaxing coastal ambience take your breath away and make your weekend perfect. Head to this resort for a staycation that will leave you wanting more.
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
Ideal Beach Resort
East Coast Road, Devaner , ECR - Mahabalipuram
This upscale resort overlooking the magnificent Bay of Bengal provides a serene setting for your much-needed staycation. Rooms that come with warm wood furnishings, high ceilings and spectacular views, are sure to create the perfect ambience for your beach getaway. Whether you want to relax in the outdoor pool, play a game of tennis, go for a walk on the private beach, or indulge in a lavish spa massage, Ideal Beach Resort is where you should be. One can also sit back and enjoy an entertaining performance at the classical theatre or experiment with an elaborate menu at any of the 3 restaurants. All in all, at this idyllic beach resort, you'll never be bored and you're sure to go back refreshed.
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
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If pizza and movie nights aren't doing the trick anymore, head to any of these romantic set-ups to take it up a notch! Escape the hustle and bustle and rekindle that spark by spending some quality time together. Whether it's a luxurious beachfront resort or a cozy escape amidst mist-clad hills, there's a lot in store for you and that special someone. All you need to do is hit the road and let these destinations make you fall in love all over again!
Le Pondy, Pondicherry
Pondicherry
A romantic beachfront resort in India's romantic little French town - what more do you need for your special weekend! Head to this luxurious set up for a romantic holiday that will leave the two of you speechless! Spread across 6 acres of landscaped gardens, thatched-roof buildings with chic interiors provide the perfect setting for an intimate weekend with your partner. Villas come with exclusive pools that allow you to enjoy ultimate privacy. Rooms that come with sea or lake views and unmatched comfort are sure to make your stay at Le Pondy memorable. Whether you want to sit out and enjoy sea views from your verandah or do the same from the beachfront bar while you sip on a cocktail, Le Pondy leaves that to you! Experience first-class hospitality at this premier location and go back with memories that will last you a lifetime!
| 2 hrs 34 mins | 159 Km
Fisherman's Cove, Covelong
ECR - Mahabalipuram , Tamil Nadu
This plush 5-star beach resort in Covelong was built on the ramparts of an ancient Dutch Fort and offers the perfect setting for your romantic getaway! Wake up to spectacular views of the sea and to the soothing sound of waves as they crash against the shore. Spend some quality time together in your private garden while you laze around in the hammocks. Enjoy a romantic dining experience at any of the three restaurants or chit-chat over a drink at the casual bar. Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment or take a dip in the pool. All in all, at this resort, a tranquil ambience combines with luxury and world-class service to provide an experience you'll never forget!
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
La Villa Shanti, Pondicherry
Pondicherry
This quaint 4-star hotel set in a 19th-century building provides a charming and boutique setting for you to spend a weekend with that special someone. Experience Pondicherry's laidback vibe from the comfort of your spacious rooms, in the heart of the old French town. With a relaxing courtyard, a vertical garden and an artsy decor, La Villa Shanti brings to you a perfect blend of contemporary and colonial. At this innovative set up, guests can unwind and rejuvenate in the relaxed atmosphere. Whether you want to grab a book from the library and read it in the courtyard or sit back and listen to some soothing music at the cafe, you can do it here. Enjoy everything Pondicherry has to offer with a stay at this unique hotel and go back with sweet memories!
| 2 hrs 34 mins | 159 Km
Red Earth, Kabini
Nagarhole-Kabini , Karnataka
Red Earth Kabini is set on the scenic backwaters of the Kabini Dam, thereby providing the ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. 20 luxurious and earthy cottages, spread over 10 acres of land, are designed to make your stay at Kabini unique and unforgettable. Red Earth gives you a chance to experience what sheer indulgence feels like and allows you to engage in a wide range of romantic activities that will bring the two of you closer. From open-air jacuzzis and candle light dinners to bird watching and couple massages, Red Earth ensures you have everything you were looking for! So, head here and let the untouched surroundings make you forget about your wordly cares and cherish the time you spend with your loved one!
| 8 hrs 39 mins | 536 Km
The Tall Trees Resort, Munnar
Munnar , Kerala
Set amidst nearly 66 hectares of sprawling landscape and surrounded by the misty hills of Munnar, The Tall Trees Resort provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Rustic but luxurious cottages with a traditional Kerala decor will make you feel at home. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and leaves rustling. Step out into the balcony and find nothing but towering trees in front of you. Hold hands while you witness a romantic sunset together. Enjoy complete privacy in the lap of nature. All in all, there's nothing that'll disappoint you here. Be it a romantic campfire amidst the woods, an Ayurvedic massage to relax you, or a long trek to bring out your adventurous side, the Tall Trees Resort will give you an experience like no other!
| 9 hrs 22 mins | 572 Km
Amanvana, Coorg
Coorg , Karnataka
This premium luxury resort in Coorg is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri. Its breathtaking location provides a romantic backdrop for your weekend away with that special someone. Rustic luxury bungalows come with private courtyards and spectacular views. Here, at Amanvana, let the attention to detail and world-class amenities make your stay comfortable and worth remembering. Rejuvenate with a professional spa treatment, enjoy a romantic riverside dining experience or kick back after a long week and be mesmerized by the surrounding tranquility. A stay at Amanvana will leave the two of you reconnected and longing for more. So, escape the hustle and bustle and rekindle the spark in your relationship!
| 9 hrs 42 mins | 593 Km
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Everyone looks forward to escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. The hectic pace can get to you sometimes, and it's always a good idea to take a short trip once in awhile to let peace take over a stressed mind and body. Head out of the city and get ready to relax and unwind at these getaways near Chennai that will leave you rejuvenated. What's better is that these budget getaways are sure to provide you with exceptional experiences without burning a hole in your pocket!
Villa Helena, Pondicherry
Pondicherry
Originally a 19th century mansion, Villa Helena has had several occupants before it became one of the first guest houses of the colonial town. The shady and lush gardens surrounding the charming guesthouse offer peace and tranquility right in the middle of White Town. The restaurant offers an international menu for diners, who can also relax all day with a drink in hand. There are 7 comfortable rooms in the villa - all have air conditioning and attached bathrooms, and are decorated with pretty upholstery. You can make use of the private massage room to de-stress and unwind, and leave feeling rejuvenated. Located just 300 meters from the sea, the guest house is also only a walk away from the interesting sights Pondicherry has to offer.
| 2 hrs 34 mins | 159 Km
Hotel Du Parc, Pondicherry
Pondicherry
Built early in the 17th century, Hotel Du Parc was a part of Villa Aroume, and once served as the residence of many French Governors. Though remodeled since then, the guesthouse still maintains the colonial architecture and atmosphere. The contemporary look, a blend of old and new, is expressed wonderfully with English drapes, pure fabrics, antique French furniture and local artisan craft, all which have been used in decorating the interiors. The heritage villa is a stroll away from Bharathi Park, Scenic Beach Boulevard, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and Pondicherry's shopping hub. The restaurant serves an array of international cuisines, specializing in seafood. The guesthouse provides taxi services, internet, sightseeing tours, and laundry services, to name a few. Offering an ambience of tranquil elegance, Hotel Du Parc takes living and dining to a new level!
| 2 hrs 34 mins | 159 Km
TGI Star Holiday Resort, Yercaud
Yercaud , Tamil Nadu
Overlooking the Shevaroy Hills in Yercaud, TGI Star Holiday Resort is surrounded by coffee plantations and silver oak trees. Along with landscaped gardens and a thick carpet of greenery the resort is a sight for sore eyes! Crisp mountain air, the chirping of birds, and the quiet sound of nature is a perfect getaway for city-dwellers. The resort offers a choice between 3 types of rooms- Deluxe, Superior and Suite; comfortable and welcoming, the rooms come with complimentary breakfasts. Enjoy fine dining at the multi-cuisine restaurant. With home cooked flavours and farm-fresh ingredients, the meals here satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds. Don't miss out on the local delicacies and freshly grounded coffee served here! Try rope climbing and zip-lining, if you're feeling adventurous, else, simply relax by the swimming pool.
| 5 hrs 49 mins | 356 Km
I-India, Ooty
Ooty-Nilgiris , Tamil Nadu
Built in 1917 in a style that can be described as blend of vintage English and Australian architecture, the I-India guesthouse is a heritage building today. The glorious structure overlooks the green and misty valleys of Ooty's Nilgiri Range. You will find the decor to be simple, neat, and pretty, giving the guesthouse a very homely feel. The guesthouse features 'The Glass House' with a stunning view of the valley, indoor activities, the 'Tea Room' which is library with a fireplace, and a selection of tea for guests to sip on, while admiring the selection of organic seeds, nature products and ethnic handicrafts, and the 'Hammock' which is an in-property campsite tucked in the woods with magnificent views and hiking trails.
Guests are served a continental breakfast, and choice of Indian and International Cuisine for lunch and dinner. Weather permitting, the dining area extends to the lawn for breakfast and BBQ dinner. You can also enjoy a BBQ lunch at the Hammock. The guesthouse offers spectacular, educational and engaging day trips, which are popular among visitors. You can also join conservationists in their efforts to preserve this breathtaking region.
| 9 hrs 21 mins | 546 Km
Green Shades, Munnar
Munnar , Kerala
Green Shades is an eco-friendly plantation property nestled right in the middle of nature and its wonders. At this guesthouse, you can stay in one of the 6 elegantly designed rooms, that overlook the stunning property. You can experiment with Kerala cuisine, which is prepared with fresh ingredients sourced locally. You can also visit the attractions Munnar has to offer, like Tata Tea Museum and CSI Church. Head towards picturesque locations like Kundala, Attukal Waterfalls, Top Station, and Devikulam for splendid views!
| 9 hrs 22 mins | 572 Km
United 21 Resort, Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal , Tamil Nadu
Perched on a hill, United 21 Resort overlooks the misty valley below. The woodwork used in the interiors of the resort gives the place a homely feel. Outdoor activities like sightseeing, boating, trekking, horse riding, and fishing are in abundance in Kodaikanal, and the resort helps organise it for you. Committed to catering to different tastes, the restaurant served multi-cuisine dishes. If you'd like, you can request to end your stay with a bonfire in the midst of nature.
| 8 hrs 45 mins | 522 Km
Marigold Ridge Resort, Yelagiri
Yelagiri , Tamil Nadu
An interesting blend of modern comfort and the natural beauty of its rural surroundings, Marigold Ridge Resort is a relaxing retreat in the beautiful hill station on Yelagiri. Bedrooms are comfortable with a simple and pretty decor. The restaurant offers a multi-cuisine menu. The resort is equipped with indoor games, and a play area or children. Guests can head out on a hike which can be organized by the resort. Amenities include a gym, and a spa, where guests can pamper themselves to a range of services.
| 3 hrs 35 mins | 224 Km
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Chennai may have a lot to do but we all deserve a break once in a while. Tamil Nadu is home to plenty of destinations that make for amazing road trips. Whether it's a scenic coastal drive along the East Coast Road or an escape into the cool hills, all you need to do is pack your luggage in the boot and get going! Let the road take you to destinations that will blow your mind and satisfy your road trip craving!
Pondicherry , Pondicherry
India's quaint little French town is full of things to do to kick back over the weekend. Its laidback vibe, chic bistros and pristine beaches make for an inviting road trip. Within three and a half hours from Chennai, find yourself falling in love with this former French colony. 
Though you have the option of taking two routes - the Tindivanam route and the East Coast Road, the latter promises one of the most scenic road trips you'll ever have! Enjoy breathtaking coastal vistas while you drive along the ECR, with the shoreline on one side and lush greenery on the other. Make it in time to catch the sun as it rises above the horizon and blows your mind away! If you've got some spare time, several scenic spots on the way have proved themselves deserving of pit stops. To name a few, Olive Island, Covelong Beach and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, are definitely worth a stop.
All in all, whether you want to take a few extra breaks or just enjoy a smooth and uninterrupted drive, the journey to Pondicherry is almost as exciting as the destination itself. So, fuel up and get going!
| 2 hrs 34 mins | 159 Km
Mahabalipuram , Tamil Nadu
Whether you're a history buff or a beach-lover, Mahabalipuram is where you should be if you're looking for a short yet scenic road trip. Almost midway between Chennai and Pondicherry on the stunning East Coast Road, this beautiful destination is only about 58 km from Chennai and will take you less than two hours to cover. Known for its renowned Shore Temple, the Panch Rathas and other stone carvings, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will leave you lost for words. Its beautiful coast also makes a good spot for surfers looking to catch some waves as well as vacationers looking to just relax by the beach. Mahabalipuram is also home to a lovely seafood scene that will leave any foodie pleased.
Whether it's a day trip you're going for, or an overnight stay, the drive to Mahabalipuram, along the ECR, is in itself an experience that will leave you lost for words. Good roads, swaying palm tress and spectacular views of the Bay of Bengal coast are bound to leave you refreshed and mesmerized. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road!
| 1 hr 14 mins | 55 Km
Yelagiri , Tamil Nadu
A road trip to this tranquil hill station will take you around 4-5 hours to cover a distance of approximately 230 kilometers. Take the NH4 and enjoy fantastic roads and great views. As you approach Yelagiri, have some fun with the hair pin bends that are named after different poets. Being less commercial than most other hill stations, Yelagiri is relatively more tranquil and provides a serene getaway amidst green valleys, rose gardens and endless orchards. 
Adrenaline junkies will find their heavenly abode at Yelagiri with all its trekking and adventure opportunities. Bring out the adventurous side of you and explore everything the place has to offer. All in all, go back rejuvenated after a refreshing holiday amidst the hills.
| 3 hrs 35 mins | 224 Km
Ooty , Tamil Nadu
Hit the highway and head to the 'Queen of Hill Stations' for a holiday that'll rejuvenate your senses. Find yourself surrounded by the tranquility of the Nilgiri Hills and endless tea plantations. Go on a ride in a toy train or enjoy a day spent boating at the beautiful lake. Satisfy that sweet tooth with Ooty's special homemade chocolates or sit back and soak in the beauty of nature from a cozy resort. Explore several other attractions this lovely destination has to offer, and let the cool climate and lush greenery refresh your mind, body and soul. Take your time and make pit stops every now and then (maybe even at the beautiful town of Coonoor on the way) or drive for 9 or 10 hours straight and reach your destination. Whatever it is, you'll have plenty to do and plenty of experiences to share once you're back!
| 9 hrs 21 mins | 546 Km
Kodaikanal , Tamil Nadu
Be it a trip with family, a solo adventure, or a romantic getaway with your loved one, Kodaikanal makes the perfect destination for an exciting road trip from Chennai. Hit the road and reach the 'Princess of Hill Stations' in 8 or 9 hours. Stop for some lunch and experiment with the famous Dindigul biryani on the way. Once you reach Kodai, cycle along the Kodai Lake, explore undiscovered trekking paths, hike up to captivating waterfalls, or just sit back and enjoy the climate from quaint cafes. Let mist-clad hills and lush greenery help you unwind after a tiring week. Sip on some hot chocolate or hog on some momos that are perfect for this weather. Leave all your wordly cares behind and have the time of your life. This serene and tranquil hill station will make you forget about everything else and leave you wanting more.
| 8 hrs 45 mins | 522 Km
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Feel the need to get away from the bustling city life of Chennai? Well, you're in the right place. Chennai is a gateway to explore South India's numerous attractions. Whether you're looking for a beach resort, a pilgrimage site, or a hill station, we can help you discover your perfect getaway!  

Places you can drive to from Chennai: 

  • Mahabalipuram-Less than two hours away from Chennai, this historical town with its beautiful beaches is picking up as a popular getaway among history-lovers, backpackers, surfers and other tourists alike. If you're not in the mood to drive too much, there are a bunch of resorts on the scenic ECR (East Coast Road) as well, for you to unwind. 
  • Pondicherry-One of the most sought after holiday destinations in India, Pondicherry offers tourists a perfect blend of the French colonial vibe, chic boutiques and pristine beaches, all just a short drive away from Chennai! 
  • Yercaud & Yelagiri-Escape for a lazy or adventurous weekend to any of these scenic hill stations, all within driving distance from Chennai. 
  • Tanjore & Kumbakonam-Marvel at the temples and splendid architecture at these two places if you're a lover of history and culture. 
  • Wildlife Corridor of South India-For wildlife lovers, the South has got an amazing collection of areas rich in flora and fauna including Mudumalai, Bandipur, BR Hills, Nagarhole and Kabini. These areas are a treat to anyone looking to get in touch with nature and witness different species of wildlife. 
  • Bangalore & Mysore- For the city slickers out there, Bangalore is just about 350 km away and has a lot to do. Be sure to never get bored while you're in this happening city. If you're looking for something quieter, the historical Mysore is just a short drive away from Bangalore.  
  • Madurai-This popular pilgrimage site is frequented by several tourists throughout the year and is drivable from Chennai.
  • Kodaikanal, Ooty, Coonoor-Escape the Chennai heat and head over to any of these popular hill stations to enjoy the climate and the stunning views! 
  • Coorg & Chikmagalur-Enjoy the climate and the hospitality of the people at these brilliant destinations which are known for their coffee plantations, delicious food, and innumerable homestays amidst the wilderness.  
  • Sakleshpur, Belur & Halebidu- Enjoy the hill station vibe at Sakleshpur or marvel at the architecture and temples at Belur and Halebidu, all in the Hassan district, which is less than a 10 hour drive from Chennai. 
  • Pollachi-With its nearby wildlife sanctuaries, dams, temples, and rivers, Pollachi has it all to make your holiday a perfect one! 
  • Kerala-Experience the best of Kerala at Wayanad, Munnar, Thekkady and other places God's Own Country has to offer. Though slightly longer drives, one should be able to reach within 12 hours or less. 

Chennai's convenient location and amazing connectivity ensures easily available and affordable flights to places in and out of India, thereby making it less time-consuming to travel to more far off places. 

Places you can take a flight to (within India):

  • Goa-One of India's most popular beach and party destinations, Goa is just a short flight away from Chennai! 
  • Andaman-The ultimate secluded beach and diving destination, a trip to Andaman will leave you wanting more! Moreover, direct and affordable flights are available from Chennai to this fantastic destination!  
  • Rajasthan-Deserts, sand dunes, forts, palaces, history, wildlife-if any of these sound appealing to you, Rajasthan is the place to be! 
  • Hampi-This popular tourist destination could just as well be called the land of history with its ruins and ancient temples. Those looking for a more relaxed stay can explore the other side of Hampi as well. 

Fly out of India: 

  • Sri Lanka-Given Chennai's location on the Coromandel Coast, flights to Sri Lanka are short and affordable. In less than an hour and a half you can find yourself in the land of ruins, beaches and culture. What's best is that you don't need to worry about your visa as you'll get it on arrival if you're from India. 
  • Southeast Asia-Direct flights from Chennai are available to some of the Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, where you'll have tons to do! 


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