Unsung destinations of South India that One should Not give a MissDec 18, 2018
There are many beautiful places that are a drive away from Chennai. Places like Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Nilgiris, Pondicherry, etc are frequented by the busy bees of the city to spend a relaxed weekend or just to escape from the madness of daily routine.
While these hill stations and picturesque towns are definitely beautiful, there are many more places near Chennai that can be explored for a romantic getaway from the grind of daily life. Let us take a look at some such places.
Vellore is a laidback town that is 136 km from Chennai. A quick drive is enough to get you here if you are travelling by car. The town is known as The Fort City of Tamil Nadu and boasts of many unique buildings that reflect the beauty of Dravidian architecture. The Vellore Fort and the many other temples and museums are sure to entice you and your better half if you are a fan of the old-world charm.
Famously known as a religious destination that houses the holy Tirumala Hills, Tirupathi is actually a lot more than that. Apart from the pretty scenery and the majestic mountains all around, Tirupathi can be the right place for a day of sightseeing and visiting the nearby waterfalls and historical monuments. Of course, you should definitely not miss paying the main temple a visit and soaking in the spiritual vibes of the place as well.
This town is known as the Silk City and is renowned world over for its grand silk sarees. But, it is also a place that has some of the most beautiful temples, a serene bird sanctuary, historical monuments and generally a very tranquil environment. Whatever you prefer to do, whether it is to shop till you drop or just look around a new place, you can have a lot of fun at Kancheepuram. The KanchiKudil that showcases the ancient style of home architecture is a must-visit too.
This is a quaint little town that was a part of the Danish East India Company occupation in the past. The remnants of this history, the breezy climate and the awesome coasts are something that makes this a very unique getaway. Romance will be in the air with splendid beaches that are relatively untouched by the crowds. You and your partner can go away to this lesser-known getaway to experience a really relaxing stay and explore the magic of the place.
Known for the ancient Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram is frequented by devotees and is regarded as the Varanasi of the south. However, the place is also home to some of the most mind-blowing views of the sea and the tranquil fishing towns nearby. Danushkodi is also nearby Rameshwaram and this is where the three oceans of Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean merge.
Situated in Andhra Pradesh, Nellore is a town that has witnessed the rise and fall of many ancient civilizations. All the civilizations have a left a mark here and places such as the Udayagiri Fort and the Somasila Dam are worth a visit. The bird sanctuary is also a great place to relax in and offers some rare sightings of birds. The Pulicat Lake offers a romantic environment to couples who can have a great time.
This exquisite place rests in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu and houses sceneries that will steal your heart for sure. The Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the biggest attractions here and is a must-visit. The Vellimalai Tea Gardens are also equally beautiful and offer a refreshing change from the concrete jungles that we live in.