When a trip to Chennai is all you need for unwinding
The coastal city of Chennai should be a part of your travel itinerary for southern India if you are a traveler whose wanderlust seeks places that resonate with serenity. Beaches, temples, churches, and museums make this city one of the most visited travel destinations in Tamil Nadu. Sight-seeing apart, Chennai also offers a lot of adventure activities that will make your holiday even more exciting. A carefully crafted travel guide like this in hand will ensure that you make the most of your time in Chennai.
Marina Beach day
You cannot come back from Chennai without spending a day at this beach which is known for its picturesque view of the salubrious ocean and the foliage around it. Dip in your toes in the salty water and bury them in the golden sand at this alluring beach of Chennai, which is sure to give you some amazing holiday memories, along with the fact that you would have seen the second largest beach in the world!
History insights at Mahabalipuram
This historical town near Chennai will enthrall you with the architectural wonders that have made it one of the top tourists picks in Tamil Nadu. With its immense historical value, Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO heritage site and the town doesn’t disappoint any kind of traveler, for there are attractions like Pancha Rathas, Krishna’s Butter Ball, and then there is the Mahabalipuram Beach for when you want to frolic in the waters. Apart from tourists, the place also attracts a lot of archaeology enthusiasts as well for the relics in this place offer an insight into the rich culture and history of this place.
Build sand castles at Elliot Beach
There are beaches and then there is Elliot Beach. Clean sands and undulating waves that are a sight to watch and draw the crowd to this beach. The beach literally takes you away ‘far from the madding crowd’ as it is a comparatively lesser crowded beach and that is what makes it even more appealing. While you are reveling in the fresh whiffs of salty waters, do stroll over to the ‘Schmidt Memorial’ which is a major landmark of Chennai.
Relive your film fantasies at Thalankuppam Pier
For those of you who have seen some Tamil flicks, you must have spotted this iconic location as the backdrop of songs. When in Chennai, you must not miss the chance of feeling like a part of the fantasy world of movies by taking a walk along this pier. Ask your partner to take some amazing pictures of you, hands outstretched while dusk falls.
Tada waterfall and Nagalapuram waterfall trek and camping
After such relaxed days in Chennai, it’s time for you to indulge in some adventurous activities if not completely adrenalin thumping ones. And the perfect start to this list should be the Tada waterfall and Nagalapuram waterfall with a camping trip. Set in the Eastern Ghats, Tada falls or Ubbalamadugu Falls present a picture of spectacular beauty and the picturesque surroundings entice you to set up camp and soak in the natural beauty of the place. These waterfalls are between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and you can book your stay in one of the hotels in Tamil Nadu for a visit to this place. The campsite is on a beach near a village and after your night stay here you can start the trek early morning. The wilderness round both these falls is an epitome of natural beauty that is untarnished by civilization.
Muttukadu for the adventure junkies
The quaint little town of Muttukadu beckons you to try your hands at some water sports that make this town famous. While the calm waters offer a blissful experience, these water sports add a touch of a thrill to your vacation. Boating, kayaking, surfing, and canoeing are some of the popular activities around here. If your trip to this place falls in the month of February, do some windsurfing regatta for sure.
The surreal beauty of Pulicat lake
Pulicat lake is the second largest saltwater lake in the country and is home to a variety of birds. Home to the ‘Pulicat Lake Wildlife Sanctuary’, the serenity of the place offers an enriching experience which is amped up by the sightings of some exotic avifauna. You are sure to not stop clicking the pictures of those gorgeous flamingoes with the backdrop of the scenic beauty offered by the place.
The spiritual note
Tamil Nadu is home to some famous churches and temples and a visit to these must form a part of your travel guide. There is the St Thomas Church in the Guindy suburb of Chennai which is known for its marvelous architecture. Puri Jagannath temple will enchant you with its opulent beauty and its charisma. The San Thome Cathedral which is a popular shrine in Tamil Nadu along with Kapaleeshwarar temple are also a must –see.
Most hotels in Chennai make travel arrangements for their guests to all these places and you can enjoy a hassle-free vacation. The city also has some good budget hotels offering a comfortable stay at reasonable prices, leaving you with more to spend on the fabulous food and some shopping in Chennai.