Kovalam, East Coast Road: This place is Said to be Tamil Nadu’s only accredited surf school, the ‘Bay of Life Surfing and SUP’ is somewhere you can polish your surfing skills and hit the waves in an even better style. The place to ride the waves happens to be Kovalam beach (Not to be confused with the Kovalam beach in Kerala).
Thirunarayana Avenue: There are not many things that are as perfect for communing with nature as trekking. The trekking expeditions set up by Wildertrails Adventure Club are the perfect example where the exhilaration of exploring meets the joy of discovering.
Covelong Beach : Among all the scuba diving destinations, the Covelong Beach is known for its clean and serene waters that offer a perfect environment to indulge in shallow sea diving. The sea shore is relatively shallow with a relatively even floor. The diver in the mode of scuba diving is usually in the wet suit with fins and oxygen masks attached to his body This is probably the only adventure activities in Chennai that allow you to experience marine life at its best.
Yealgiri, Yercaud, Kolli Hills and Horsely Hills: Among all the adventure sports in Chennai, camping is one such activity that allows you to explore, discover and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the region. Surrounded by several hill stations, this metropolis serves as a common ground for campers from across the country and other parts of the globe as well.Among the hill stations, Yealgiri, Yercaud, Kolli Hills and Horsely Hills are some of the most scenic destinations for an amazing camping experience; these scenic hilly retreats are located within 200-370km radius. Other popular and adventure places in Chennai within a range of 400-600km includes Kodaikanal, Ooty, Coonoor, Munnar, Valparai, Madikeri, Meghamalai, Kothagiri and others.
East Coast Road: Bestowed with rugged and exhilarating terrains, lush and dense forests, ATV rides are indeed the best way to explore the adventurous phase of Chennai. The city has an ample of adventure camps that offers these rides; expert instructors, utmost safety measures and the fascinating terrains will surely add an extra amount of fun and thrill to your ATV rides. To add here, East Coast Road (or ECR) is among the most popular destinations for these enthralling rides.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park - 38 Kms: Arignar Anna Zoological Park has adequate number of vehicles to transport visitors to the animal enclosures through the network of internal roads. this is one of the modern and scientifically managed zoos of the country with 257 full time staff apart from petty contract workers. The Zoological Park is the pride of the State and has attained excellence in the Conservation Breeding Programme for endangered species and creating awareness about the conservation of natural resources. The functions of the zoo are carried out by several departments/sections namely Administration, Animal welfare, Commissary (Stores), Transport, Research, Education and Awareness, Veterinary, Horticulture, Security and Sanitation. The zoo has a well-equipped zoo kitchen, zoo hospital and quarantine facilities. A zoo school was opened in the year 2000 for the teachers, students and general public, where regular zoo education and conservation programmes are conducted.
Vellore – (142 Kms): Vellore is an ancient city that has been ruled by the various prosperous dynasties of south India. Vellore is responsible for the city’s cultural heritage. The city like any princely Indian city should be is famous for various forts, temples, picnic spots and other important tourist attractions. So here’s the list of the most important places to visit in Vellore are Srilakshmi Golden Temple (Shripuram), Yelagiri and Vellore Fort.
Mahabalipuram – (58 Kms): Mahabalipuram, is also known as Mamallapuram,and it is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, around 60 km south of the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and it is the group of monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.it is an ancient port town known for its stone carvings and stone temples also.
Kanchipuram –( 75 Kms): The city is located on the Palar River. This city is most famous for its silk production and old temples.. The city has many big temples like Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sri Ekambaranthar Temple, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple, Sri Kumarakottam Temple, Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Sri Kachapeswarar Temple and much more. The city also attracts tourist and foreigners in plenty due to its rich culture and heritage. The city has a huge spree of Silk Weavers Society
Thiruttani (Near Kanchipuram) – (86 Km): It is one of the main tourist centres in Thiruvallur district about 84 km from Chennai. Thiruthani Murugan Temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan. Tiruttani is 15 km from Andhra Pradesh state. Nearby Famous temples are Madhur Arulmigu Mahishasuramardhini temple, Nallatur Arulmigu Veera Anjaneya temple, Arulmigu Arumugaswami temple and Sholingar Narasimma swamy temple.
Tirupati – (134 Kms): It is one of the ancient city which is specially known for the ancient temples and temple of Tirupati is the mostly visited religious place. The city is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple of Tirupati is built in the foothills of the Tirumala Hills. This temple is very popular among the devotees and the tourists who visit this temple from different states of India and abroad.
Tada Falls / Ubbalamadugu Falls (Near Srikalahasti) – (92 Kms): It is situated on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is an ideal place for trekking near Chennai for a day trip.
The falls are located in a dense forest called Siddulaiah Kona. The falls are located within the Kambakam hills and are a popular destination for trekking, climbing and picnicking. The terrain that surrounds the falls includes rocky hill formations and lush forests interspersed with a number of streams.
Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India. It is also known as the "Cultural Capital of South India" and was declared as the most liveable city in India by the Institute of Competitiveness on account of economic, social, security and medical conditions as parameters.
Why Name Chennai
The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George, which was built by the English in 1639.