Road trips are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. A weekend trip is a nice way to hit the road and spend time with friends or family at a nearby destination. The state of Tamil Nadu has plenty to offer in terms of weekend getaways, with a mix of hill, beach and adventure destinations. So, pack your bags, fuel up, and hit the road.

Head to Yelagiri

The best way to reach Yelagiri, is to drive from Chennai or Bengaluru. Whichever route you take, you will experience something different. Yelagiri is about 230 km from Chennai. As you get closer, you will experience the cool ambience and quietness of the destination. This hill station, located in Vellore district is a perfect escape from the heat of Chennai. The roads on NH4 are smooth and you will have a great drive to Yelagiri from Chennai. If you prefer a shorter road trip, start from Bengaluru and you will reach Yelagiri after travelling for about 160 km. Spread over an area of 29 sq km, Yelagiri is a perfect place for trekking and is endowed with enchanting valleys, orchards, and scenic views.

Have fun at Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Road

Roads of Kodaikanal

If you are looking for a road trip with lots to see and plenty of action, then Kodaikanal will fit the bill as it is a hill station with spectacular views, scenic beauty, magnificent waterfalls, and ample avenues for outdoor activities. Take a stroll amidst pine trees, go boating on the Kodai Lake, or take a walk around Pillar Rocks and Dolphin’s nose. You can also visit the Silent Valley to experience panoramic views even as you relax in the calm environs. If you’re the adventurous type, Kodaikanal has enough to offer for trekkers and those who wish to explore the place.

Visit peaceful Pondicherry

Pondicherry (Puducherry) is famous for its serene nature and its interesting French connection. As a popular beach destination in South India, Pondicherry can be reached by road from either Bengaluru or Chennai. Apart from watching the spectacular sunrise and enjoying the calmness of Paradise Beach, you can also go boating or scuba diving and even opt for a certification course in the sport. If you love birdwatching, head to the Ousteri Lake. If you choose to explore Pondicherry’s laidback avenues, go on a bicycle tour or simply stroll around Goubert Road.