Apart from the popular tourist destinations like Pondicherry, Vellore,Tiruati, Mahabalipurametc which are located close to Chennai, there are many offbeat places that you can plan to visit if you are looking for a less crowded and serene vacation. Affordable car rentals in Chennai can be easily booked online to visit these places. Here is a list of lesser known weekend destinations near Chennai

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Pulicat: Located at a distance of 55 km, it is a small and serene seashore township in the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu. It is nestled on the island of Sriharikota dividing the Pulicat Lake from Bay of Bengal. It is popular for its natural beauty and mesmerizing sights that it offers. The major attractions in Pulicat include the beach, Fort, Dutch cemetery, and the wonderful bird sanctuary where a variety of migratory birds reside. Tourism Board organizes the Flamingo festival between the months of December and January when thousands of the bird species arrive on the swampy regions of the Pulicat Lake.

Chandragiri: It is located near Tirupati and known for the Chandragiri fort built in the 11th century. There are two small lakes near the fort where you can enjoy boating. The Raja Mahal Palace of the fort is now used as a museum. A light and sound show is organized in the evening which is a must watch. There are many small temples near the fort which can be visited for pilgrimage.

Talakona waterfalls: The spectacular waterfalls are located amidst dense forests and abundant greenery. At a distance of 220 kms from Chennai, it is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh. It is also popular for the Lord SiddheswaraSwamy Temple; devotees believe that the water of these falls is filled with healing powers. The area is full of wild animals like Panther, Slender Loris, Indian Giant Squirrel, Golden Gecko, Porcupine, Sambar and Cheetal and you can easily spot some of them. Popular activities at Talakona waterfalls include trekking, jungle safari, bird watching, boat ride etc.

Alamparai Fort: This grand fort was built in 18th century by the Mughal empire and now taken care by State Department of Archaeology. Located at just 100 kms from Chennai near Kadappakkam village, it is one of the lesser known tourist places. The picturesque surroundings around the ruins of the fort will be a feast for your eyes. If you trek above these ruins, you can get breathtaking views of the ocean.

Nellore: It is an ancient town which was built by the kings of Mauryan Empire. Major attractions in and around Nellore include Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Somasila Dam, Udaygiri Fort and SatishDhawan Space Centre. It is located at 180kms from Chennai.

Tharangambadi: Earlier known by its Dutch name Tranquebar, it a small and windy town known for its heritage buildings, cultural history and architecture. Fort Dansborg is a major attraction where you can see Danish manuscripts and sculptures, the only remnants of the Danish East India Company.

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