Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful places in South India. Synonymous with music, arts and culture, this city is portrays the real flavour of the oldest artistic traditions of India. It fascinates locals and travellers alike in every sense.

There are a number of places surrounding Chennai that are as alluring and beautiful as this city. If you are looking for options to explore near this city for a vacation, we have curated a list that will endow you with sightseeing, food and a lot of adventure. Read on:

  1. TirupatiOne of the holiest cities in the South, Tirupati attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. This place is not only known for its religious significance but is also visited by travellers looking to explore heritage, culture and ancient temples of this place. Tirupati has a number of options for the entertainment of visitors like nature parks, trekking, camping, waterfalls, etc.

Distance from Chennai: 133 kms via NH716

  1. VelloreA city that showcases culture and history in the purest form, Vellore is a perfect mix of various dynasties that have ruled it over the years. The architecture, cuisine and culture of the city has a great influence of its rulers — Pandyas, British, Vijayanagara kings, Cholas and Carnatic Nawabs. Situated 3 hours west of Chennai, it is the perfect place for an amazing getaway.

Distance from Chennai: 139 kms via the NH48

  1. YelagiriA small hill town, Yelagiri is less than 3 and a half hour drive from Chennai. It is known for its mesmerising scenic beauty along with various activities for the adventure buffs. Visit this place over the weekend and enjoy activities like boating, trekking, paragliding, etc. Plan your trip in such a way that you get to see the famous Yelagiri Summer Festival. During this time, the town witnesses a festive mood with musical concerts, food shows and various other cultural events.Distance from Chennai: 229 kms via the NH48
  2. Horsley HillsSituated at an altitude of 41000 feet, Horsley Hills is situated amidst the peaceful Eastern Andhra Pradesh Ghats. It is a haven for nature lovers with its lush green landscape, amazing weather and beautiful rolling hills. Visit this place for a weekend getaway and enjoy various activities like trekking and camping. Choose a cosy resort for your stay and visit the local wildlife sanctuary.Distance from Chennai: 289 kms via the NH71
  3. Bengaluru
    Known as the Garden City or the Pun City or the IT hub, Bengaluru is quite famous with its various names. An all year round destination, this city has a mix of various cultures that attracts number of tourists each year. It has a moderate climate and is famous for its scenic parks, famous art galleries and a number of historical monuments. We recommend you to take Chennai to Bangalore bus as it is convenient and comfortable. Chennai to Bangalore bus route is extremely scenic and a must-take for all travellers.Distance from Chennai: 350 km via NH 48