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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Chennai for that much needed weekend escape!

1.     Pondicherry

A 155 km drive from the city will bring you to this laid back, French architecture inspired town of Pondicherry. Walk through the streets with brightly colored buildings on either side or go beach hopping at Paradise Beach, Promenade Beach and Rock Beach where you could even go scuba diving! Later on, you could visit the perfect village of Auroville, Gingee Fort, Jawahar Toy Museum or the French War Memorial!

2.     Nagalapuram

An offbeat location about 70 km away that has not yet caught the tourist eye, lies this jewel hidden away in the verdant forests of Andhra Pradesh. Nagalapuram is surrounded by lush hills and gurgling waterfalls. You could trek to the waterfall starting from the beautiful and serene Nagala Dam! Every bit of this treacherous trek is worth it when you see the crystal clear waterfall hidden away amidst the forest!

3.     Chittoor

160 km away from the city lies the beautiful district of Chittoor with its naturally beautiful landscapes and rich historical heritage! While you’re in Chittoor visit the world’s richest temple – Sri Venkateswara Temple and the architecturally stunning Mogili and Ramagiri Temple. After your spiritual escapade you could visit the wild by heading to Kaundriya Wildlife Sanctuary. To get the best of nature you should trek up to Nagari Hills or visit the Kalavagunta Dam.

4.     Horsley Hills

Verdant hills, vast clear blue skies and exceptional mountain top views that will surely make you forget all your worldly worries is Horsley Hills- a quaint hill station about 260 km from Chennai. To see that view that we were talking about, trek up to Whisper Wind View Point or Gali Bandalu and from there head over to take a refreshing dip in Kaigal Falls! Chennai and temples go hand in hand, so do visit the peaceful Chennakeswara Temple or trek up to reach Mallamma Temple.

5.     Mahabalipuram

A short 55 km drive from the city will get you to Mahabalipuram which is a town that will make you feel like you have travelled hundreds of years back in time! Rock-cut caves, Dravidian temples built with impeccable intricacy and historically rich forts are what you would be greeted with in Mahabalipuram. You must definitely visit the Shore Temple that was built in the 7th century and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! You could also visit rock temples called Panch Rathas and monolithic rock carvings on Arjuna’s Penance. In the evening head over to lounge or surf at Mahabalipuram Beach!

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