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Pondicherry is one of the first places that come to mind when one thinks of a week end trip from Chennai. It is a former French colony which is a very popular tourist destination. There are many things to see in Pondicherry such as French Quarter, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, ManakulaVinayagar Temple, and the many churches. One may also indulge in water sports or relax in the ayurvedic health and spa centers.
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One of the best weekend trips from Chennai is Mahabalipuram which is listed as a World Heritage Sitefor its ancient archaeological works. The Shore temple located here is famous and is a must visit. You can also see Arjun’s Penance, and the Five Rathas. There are other religious sites here, such as the Trimurti Cave Temple, Krishna Mandpa, DraupadiRatha, etc.
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Vellore is also known as the fort city of Tamil Nadu as it has the reminiscent of the Dravidian civilization. You can visit the Vellore Fort, Jalakanteswara temple, and the State Government Museum. There are many other places to visit in Vellore as you can indulge yourself in sightseeing and relaxing. It is around 136 kilometers from Chennai.
4. Kolli Hills
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It may be a lesser known place but that does not take away the fact that it is just beautiful. It is a perfect place of you just want to relax amongst nature and do nothing else. It is beautiful and there are many cottages where you can just distress yourself.
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A place ideal to relax is Pulicat when you are in Chennai and want to make a weekend trip. The view of water and water everywhere is amazing with the flamingos to give you company. Many people come visit Pulicat during the month of December and January as that is when you have the flamingo coming. You can visit the beaches, forts, churches, and also the bird sanctuary.