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Weekend Trips from Chennai

Chennai,’Queen of Coromandel” and capital of Tamilnadu, is a travellers paradise replete with an impressive culture, stunning beaches, historic monuments, piping hot idli and sambar and filter coffee. Take a break from the bustling metropolis and get on a road trip to nearby tourist destinations. The driving distance from Chennai to Bangalore is 347km via NH48. Popularly known as the ‘Garden City’, Bangalore is the cosmopolitan capital of Karnataka and has evolved as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is a traveller’s delight due to its pleasant weather, beautiful parks, shopping malls, vibrant nightclubs, trendy pubs, art galleries, busy street shopping and a wide range of food choices, that lets you unwind and enjoy.

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Chennai to Bangalore car rental takes tourists around the city’s famous attractions. Lalbagh Botanical Garden is home to a variety species of flora and a Glass House where the annual flower show is held. Your kids would love a train ride inside Cubbon Park. History buffs would drool over heritage buildings like the Bangalore Palace, a replica of The Windsor Castle in England, ornately designed Tipu Sultans Summer Palace and Mayo Hall. Bannerghatta National Park is one of the best natural and zoological reserves. Bangalore Aquarium has some exotic marine life. A myriad species of waterbirds can be seen at the Hebbal lake and a butterfly conservatory at Butterfly Park offers a unique experience, a host of amusement parks, National Gallery of Modern Art,  Chitrakala Parishad offers avenues for art and entertainment. The innumerable religious monuments here display the finest elements of traditional and modern architecture. The ISKON Temple, Bull Temple, St Mary’s Basilica are some of the notable ones.

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Chennai to Pondicherry cab service is available for travellers looking for a weekend trip out of Chennai. Pondicherry, a Union territory is a former French colony with its French influence on its culture, food, architecture and lifestyle visit Pondicherry for its unmatched biodiversity. Take a stroll on the Gandhi Beach or sunbathe at the Serenity Beach. Explore the local bazaar for exotic French cuisines or enjoy the electrifying nightlife at the nightclubs. One could also try various watersports like scuba diving or calm your inner being at the Aurobindo Ashram. History enthusiasts would like the French War memorial and the Puducherry Museum. The 19th Century Lighthouse, Botanical Garden and Romaine Rolland Library are also some tourist attractions. Auroville is a nearby township based on the teachings of spiritual leaders that provide tranquillity and calmness.

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The driving distance from Chennai to Tirupati is 200 km and takes 4 hours. Cabs from Chennai to Tirupati take you safely on a hassle-free vacation. Tirupati is famous for Lord Venkateshwara temple atop the Tirumala Hills in Andhra Pradesh. Hindu festivals like Brahmotsavam and Ramnavami are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Don’t miss the spectacular view of the Talkona waterfall surrounded by lush green forests in Tirupati. The Deer Park, TTD Gardens are also picturesque in their appeal. Srivari Museum has a priceless collection of sculptures, artefacts about the temple. Srikalahasti and Kanipakam are other important temples that are worth a visit.

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