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10 Amazing Places for Trekking near Chennai

 
  • 10 Amazing Places for Trekking Near Chennai

    Bestowed with the stunning beauty of the Bay of Bengal, lush and evergreen thickets and rugged terrains, Chennai boasts of being one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country. Be it trekking, water sports or any other adventure sport, this cultural hub of India offers an engrossing and fascinating experience to its visitors.

    When it comes to trekking, Chennai offers a myriad list of amazing places to vist; whether within or around the city, the city offers an ample of options to the trek enthusiasts. In addition to all the trekking distance within a close proximity, the places for trekking near Chennai are Ombattu Gudda in Sakleshpur, Kodaikanal, Tada and Nagalapuram in Andhra Pradesh, Javadhu Hills in Tiruvannamalai district and several others.

    Some of the best places for trekking near Chennai: 

  • 01Nagalapuram

    One of the most popular places for trekking in Chennai, Nagalapuramare the beautiful hills located in the state of Andhra Pradesh close to Tirupati. Located at a pleasant drive of about 75km from Chennai, the trekking expedition begins at the foothills of Nagalapuram hills. Unlike their Western Ghat counterparts, the treks of the Eastern Ghats are usually less stressful and can be completed within a day.

    The way to the summit is accompanied with several small mountain streams and some places with loose gravel, so you are advised to be careful. The magic pool at the summit of the elevations is truly a stunning spectacle, making Nagalapuram one of the most scenic trekking places near Chennai.

    Best Season: Nov to Jan

    Trek length:
    13 Km

    Distance from Chennai:
    75km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • 02Tada Falls

    The Ubbalamadagu or Tada Falls are located in the Chitthoor district of Andhra Paradesh at about 80km from Chennai. A refreshing getaway from the heat scorched weather of Chennai, a trek to Tada Falls is highly recommended! An easily bikeable road, relatively simpler trails and the gorgeousness of the waterfalls, makes this place an ideal spot for trekking in Chennai. The basecamp of the trek starts in the forest itself, at the mouth of small and cheerful stream.

    The trek starts on a dry and muddy trail, which continues for about 2km and then gives way to roughly hewn boulder trekking trail, which make some skill to navigate. All through the way, the path is littered with small pools of refreshing water that is clean for most part. However, take care not to jump in with your shoes as walking with wet soles becomes significantly difficult.

    There is also Shiva Temple which acts as a path marker for those trekking for the first time. The vegetation on the path is significantly green and rich and provides home to a diverse and vibrant birdlife.

    Best Season:
    Juen to November

    Trek length:
    10km

    Distance from Chennai :
    80km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • 03Gingee Fort

    One of the last surviving forts of the state of Tamil Nadu, the Gingee fort also known by the name Senji Fort and is located in the Villupuram district about 160km from Chennai. This solid fort holds the distinction of being one of the most impregnable fortifications in the country. It was given the distinction of being called Troy of The East by the British. Originally built by the Chola dynasty in 9th Century AD it was later rebuilt by the Kurumbar community, who were shepherds of the area. The fort architecture covers three main hillocks namely, Krishnagiri, Rajagiri and Chandrayandurg. All these three hills constitute the fort complex, and every hill is blessed with a separate citadel for the same.

    The fort subsequently passed on to Shivaji, who was the emperor of the Maratha dynasty and then to the Britishers. The trekking trail to the fort mainly constitutes of a number of roughly hewn but solid steps. Although the elevation is quite steep, every effort taken will be rewarded by the stunning view of the surroundings from the summit. The fort is a structure frozen in history; you will be able to witness some stunning structures such as a depot for storing grains, watch tower and even an ancient temple. This historical structure makes up for being one of the most sought after destinations for trekking in Chennai.

    Best Season: Nov to Feb

    Trek length:
    NA

    Distance from Chennai:
    160 kms

    Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • 04Trek to Perumedu Waterfalls, Yelagiri

    The perfectly well-endowed hill station, Yelagiri offers a quiet respite from the daily grind of life and gives you a taste of much needed dose of adventure at the same time. The gorgeous hill station located at an approximate distance of 220km from Chennai offers some of the best trails that are bestowed with the charming views of nature. This abode of nature is located at a height of about 1050m and is one of the most spots for trekking in Chennai. As you drive up the passes of Yelagiri, you will be greeted by 14 hairpin curves which are all named after a famous Tamil personality. Stunningly bestowed with charming valleys, gaping gorges, towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries; trekking in Yelagiri is no less than a joy. The most stunning amongst them is a trek to Perumadu Waterfalls. The stunning 3km will take you through thickets of a mountainous jungle, whichhas lush undergrowth. The trek starts at Puthur and continues to Perumadu Waterfalls. The summit holds the mind numbingly beautiful view of the 40feet falls that cascade down the face of the mountains. You can also dip your feet in this refreshing pool of spring water.

    Best Season:
    Nov to Feb

    Trek length:
    3km

    Distance from Chennai:
    220km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • 05Yercaud

    ‘Jewel of the East’ Yercaud is located in the state of Tamil Nadu about 367km from the city’s capital of Chennai. One of the most spectacular trekking places near Chennai, it is located in the Shevaroy ranges of the Eastern Ghats. The stunning getaway rises to a height of almost 1,515m above the sea. The way to Yercaud is marked by a pleasing drive through Ghats that inch their way towards the top through a road that is marked with 20 hairpin bends. The Yercaud Hill Range presents the traveler with several unique and incredible viewpoints. The first one being the sunrise point at Manjakkuttai village, which will present you with awe-inspiring view of valleys and the small hamlets of the region along with the stunning spectacle of a sunrise washing them all in a warm glow! Throughout the trail of trekking the Yercaud Hills, you will come across many such viewpoints, each more beautiful than the last. You can explore the caves, visit the temple at the highest point of Yercaud and make your way through the thick, lush forests of the region. Big Lake, Small Lake, Lady's Seat, Pagoda Point, Anna Park, Shevaroy Temple and Bear's Cave are some of the attractions you can observe while trekking in Chennai at Yercaud Hills.

    Best Season: Oct to January

    Distance from Chennai: 367km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • 06Trek to Talakona Waterfalls,Chithoor

    Drive down about 120km to the North east and explore the wonderful options of trekking to Talakona Waterfalls, which are located at a distance of approximately 190km from Chennai. The mouth of the cascades can be easily reached by taking a small trek of about 2km from the Lord SiddehswaraSwamy Temple. The waterfalls are located amongst dense plantations of jungles , various medicinal herbs and flowering shrubs. It is believed that the waters of Talakona Falls are enriched with magical healing powers. So, drink in the spring water, from the magical falls and feel refreshed with a trek to one of the most amazing trekking places near Chennai. Being located in the Sri Venkateswra National Park, the waterfalls boast of stunning beauty of flora and fauna that is endemic to the region. You can also embark on the exciting experience of a 240m long Canopy rope walk, that will offer an unforgettable experience. The mighty trees will surely shield you as you walk along the path. The cascades of Talakonafalls, thunder down from a mighty height of 270ft and are a gorgeous sight.

    Best Season: September to December

    Trek length:
    2km

    Distance from Chennai:
    190km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • 07Dolphin’s Nose Trek, Kodaikanal

    At a distance of about 8km from Kodaikanal, the Dolphin's Nose gives presents a stunning landscape of the valleys and hills of the surrounding area. It is a relatively even rock sticking out of the mountain, sitting above a deep gorge, with its shape much the same as that of the nose of a dolphin. Situated at a height of 6600 feet, the interesting spot is one of the primary destinations for travelers travelling to Kodaikanal. Located at about 550km, a weekend trek to Dolphin’s nose can be easily accomplished with the help of a knowledgeable guide. The summit offers an all-encompassing perspective of the area beneath and on sunny mornings, you may have the visibility to recognize the Periyakulam Town and in addition the Vaigai Lake. The trek isn't an exceptionally strenuous one and you may also take a makeshift route to the little town of Vellagavi which is on the same track.

    Best Season:
    September to December

    Trek length:
    5km

    Distance from Chennai:
    550km

    Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • 08Trekking in Meghmalai

    Literally translating to mean, the cream of the skies, Meghamalai is a beautiful hilly wildlife sanctuary that is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, close to the PeriyarReserve.The forests are rich will elephants and the unique wildlife provides an exciting window into the diversity of the region. Trekking through the rain forest is one of the most rewarding trekking spots near Chennai. The Elephant Corridor, Pothai Pull Medu and the Manalar Water falls are some of the amazing places that you can enjoy here.

    Best Season: September to December

    Distance from Chennai: 550km

    Difficulty Level: Easy
  • 09Trekking in Kolli Hills

    Kolli Hills are wonderfully serene destination located at about 357km from the city of Chennai. The hills and the surrounding area are both revered and feared for their mystical powers and the allegations of Witchcraft being practiced here. The tall hills stand majestic and proud on the fringes of the Eastern Ghats and are truly stunning destination of majestic and paradise like beauty. The Kolli Hills trek route can be attempted from the Puliancholi Village and the relatively easy trail ends at the reputed Akash Ganga Waterfalls. A refreshing dip here is highly recommended to take away all of your worries. You can also explore a number of caves which lie hidden in the deep and eerily beautiful hills. The way to the top of the Kolli hills is also dotted with a number of temples and a combination of easy and rocky landscapes, which may require some bouldering skills.

    Best Season: February to December

    Trek length:
    18km

    Distance from Chennai:
    357km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate To Challenging
  • 10Trekking in Venkateswara Hills

    One of the most beautiful trekking places in Chennai is the Venkateswra Hills. This incredible and stunning trek lies in the unexplored and yet beautiful environs of the Sri Venkateswara National Park and sanctuary. Located deep in the heart of the Eastern Ghats, this trekkers paradise will provide you with the opportunity to explore natural water pools, streams and stunning falls that will make you feel like you have landed somewhere in the middle of paradise. Being located in the middle of the forest, the trek will also give you an opportunity to see some stunning variety of wildlife. The trek begins right at Kumaradhara Dam Area and passes through many winding and snaking jungle pathways to open up sights that have never been seen by anyone before. The trail ends at National Highway near Kothapally village. The beauty of the Angel Falls and the azure blue waters of the pool at the top of the Venkateswara Summit will cast a magical spell on you. The entire trek is of 48km and can be easily completed with 3 days to spare.

    Best Season: September to March

    Trek length:
    144km

    Distance from Chennai: 357km

    Difficulty Level:
    Moderate to Challenging