As I said in my previous Chennai Blog, I lived 5 years in the 4th largest city of India. This was the best era of my life especially those of SRM University. Fun with a close friend, Tolerating the boring lecture, Bunking the class, having night outs, Bizarre Birthday celebrations were the most memorable and unforgettable part of my life. I can say that the charm of my college life can never fade.
There are a lot of places which you can explore here and I can’t finish in just 1 blog. So if you’re planning to explore the culture, tradition and beauty of South India through places like Chennai, make a trip at least for a week. If you don’t want to waste your time searching for fabulous places to visit in Chennai, come here straight and follow my tips and experiences.
Beautiful Places to explore in Chennai:
1. Thousand Lights Mosque
Thousands Lights Mosque is one of the oldest and largest mosques in the country and a privileged place of worship for Muslims and azadari for Shia. The thousands lights mosque is a multi-domed mosque in Anna Salai and it was built by the Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah in 1810. The reason behind its name is because of the thousand lamps situated in the hall of the mosque.
Its immense holy effect and the series of carved replicas of Shia Shrines are the reasons it attracts many tourists every year. Well, if you’re an atheist or believe in one universal God then I would say you must visit here. I’m a Hindu by birth but still, I love to visit this place because of its beauty, architecture and its peaceful vibes. Besides this, I’m an Omnist and believe in all religions by nature.
Location: Royapettah, Peters Rd, Peters Colony, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600086
2. Thalankuppam Pier
Thalankuppam Pier is a small fishing hamlet which is popular for its old rusty bridge i.e. broken bridge. It is located around 21km at the extreme North of Chennai city. The Thalankuppam River also called as the Kourtaliayaar, Mogathwaram, joins the sea here.
I still remembered the best part of the Nettukuppam is where the ocean gushes under your feet and throws up a few specs of salt on your face. I went during the high tides when the water rises to great heights, nearly drenching you. Watching the local fishermen with their day’s catch at the shore is very fantastic but sitting on the bridge during high tides is a little risky. Anyways coming here was like the best adventure for me.
Sitting on the pier, dangling your legs, enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and the spray of cool mist as the waves hit the pier and break into white foam beneath your feet worth visiting this place and also an ideal place for photography enthusiasts. The most popular Bollywood movie 2 States was also shot at this beautiful and peaceful place. So, if you’re in Chennai just enjoy the allure of a broken bridge.
How to Reach Nettukuppam
You can reach this place from Chennai railway station, Ennore is the nearest railway station and it takes around 40 to 50 minutes. From Ennore to Nettukuppam it hardly takes 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re on a budget trip you can also take a bus which costs around Rs 4 from Ennore to Nettukuppam. You can also take a direct bus from the high court bus terminus. To avoid all these you can also hire a direct cab from Chennai to Nettukuppam which is slightly expensive if you’re on a high budget trip.
Location: Thalankuppam Pier, Beach Road, Nettukuppam, Ennore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600057
3. Tada Falls
Tada Falls or Ubbalamdugu Falls is one of the most popular trekking places around the Chennai to enjoy the spectacular view of the dense forest and the mesmerizing fall. Tada falls is around 90 km from Chennai situated on the border of Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh.
If I talk about my Tada Falls journey from Chennai, I started my journey early in the morning. After travelling 60 km by car I arrived in Tada around 8 am. There were absolutely no indications there. Then I asked for local people and reached the base camp of the Tada falls where I parked my car and started for trekking. The distance from Tada to base camp is about 20 km. The Tada trek route gets steep and requires a strong walk on the rocks. It is quite hard to follow the path. After walking 30 mins, we reached a Shiva Temple. If you don’t reach Shiva Temple within an hour, you might have lost your way. In case you feel you’ve lost don’t be panic, just follow the stream. It usually takes 3-4 hours to reach the trek but I finished my trek in just 2 hours.
The multiple small streams in the dense forest, breathtaking experience of the fall and the crystal clear waters just pay off every difficulty which I faced during my trek. I say if you have dared to walk on the difficult rocks and boulders and you’re a trekking lover then you should visit this place. The best time to visit this place is between August to December.
Moreover, you can also go to Tada falls by bus from Chennai. You can take a bus from Koyambedu, Chennai which drops you at Varadaiah Palem, From Varadaiah, Palem to Tada Falls checkpoint is around 8 km. You can hire an auto to reach the Tada Falls forests checkpoint.
Location: Sri Kalasthi Road, Tada, Nellore District, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
4. Nagalapuram Falls
Nagalapuram is one of the best adventure spots surrounded by the majestic hills and gurgling waterfall that creates a panoramic view of Nagalapuram hills. Nagalapuram Falls has located around 85 km from Chennai which is a serene near Arai village in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh.
Nagalapuram hills are like the hidden gemstone behind the lush green forests of Andhra Pradesh lies a serene and tranquil place. Initially, the path is easy to walk, slowly it gets steeper and sloppy too. But you can reach easily. Don’t get panicked if you‘ve lost your way, you have to just follow the trail. While trekking in the forest you can see several pools brimful with fresh water. Well, this place is a part of the Eastern Ghats so if you’re lucky enough you can be seen deer, monkeys, porcupines and rabbits. But be careful with snakes and lizards in the dense forests. This is the best trekking route of 4 km in the forest of Eastern Ghats because of the majestic views of three waterfalls with pristine waters. If you don’t know how to swim you shouldn’t be explored the third waterfall which is too deep. That was one of mine lifelong experience about the Nagalapuram falls.
If you want to cut off from buzzing city life and want to get lost among soft breezes, flourishing trees and gushing waterfall then you should take an experience of one day trek of Nagalapuram.
Location: Nagalapuram, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
5. Semmozhi Poonga
If you’re tired of visiting buildings, populated area and hectic life then you must have explored the exotic and rare flora and fauna, scenic landscapes and lush green gardens. Semmozhi Poonga Park is a botanical garden located at the centre of the city covering an area of over 20 acres.
Tourists can explore the 500 varieties of trees and plants and also probe the natural beauty with ducks swimming in ponds, dancing lights. If I had to energize with fresh air and breath of flowers then this was my first option. Just come here to give the visual delight to your eyes.
Location: Cathedral Rd, Ellaiamman Colony, Teynampet, Chennai
6. South Indian Cuisines Masala
Chennai isn’t only for seafood lovers but it also offers a lot of options for vegetarians. Chennai is also popular for its unique style delicious foods i.e. Dosa, Adai, Thayir, Vadai, Idli, Fish Curry, Chicken Biryani and Medu Vada. While at this place try out the Junior Kuppanna, Annalakshmi and the hotel Saravana Bhavan for South Indian dining in the city.
Apart from this, if you’re looking for the best bars and lounge to visit in Chennai then Le. Waterina, Pasha, Bike & Barrel, The Vault Bar Stock Exchange, The Flying Elephant, Radio Room, Q Bar, and The Crown are there. So I suggest you don’t look for the places in Chennai far away from a good restaurant and dining options. There’s nothing better than that!
Chennai the name is enough to reminisce of my unforgettable memories. Talking of the city like Chennai has given me a lot of friends, memories and lifelong experiences. Chennai is every time tempting me again and again. Hope I’ll come back soon. I hope these beautiful places you must love it. Do share your experiences suggestions and recommendations. I would love to hear about your experiences too. For more stay connected!