Transform your business trips into a memorable journey Posted on November 18, 2015 by Saibala Grand

Business trips can be hectic. It could even turn out to be distressing when you need to travel on special occasions and holidays, leaving your family behind. How about you do something different this holiday season? Here’s what you can do to make your trip special when travelling to Chennai during Christmas or New Year.

There are numerous places around Chennai that could be explored in a day’s time. All you need to do is extend your stay by a day and take some time off for yourself and your loved ones. At Saibala, we can help you plan your itinerary and also arrange for transport, if you like.
Here’s a list of top 5 destinations that are just a few hours’ drive away from Chennai. Your family can have a great vacation while you can make the most of your business trip.

Mahabalipuram



Shore Temple (Image source : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shore_Temple_at_mahabalipuram.jpg)


Mahabalipuram is a fine blend of natural beauty and historic magnificence. Set on the pristine coastline, overlooking the Bay of Bengal is an array of delicately carved temples built by the Pallava Dynasty, some of which dates back to 650 AD. Built with blocks of granite, the most famous – The Shore Temple is situated here – an exquisite structure from the 8th century AD. Today, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva. Once a bustling sea port, Mahabalipuram now serves as one of the finest examples of Dravidian architectural beauty.

Distance from Chennai: 55 kms
Best time to visit: December to March
Not to be missed: During January to February the town hosts the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, featuring all the best Indian classical dance has to offer – from Bharatnatyam to Kathakali.

Pulicat



Pulicat Lake (Image source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulicat_Lake)


If you’re a nature lover, you cannot miss Pulicat. It is the home of the second largest brackish water lagoon – Pulicat Lake – an important stopover for various migratory birds. Situated on the island of Sriharikota, home to one of the two satellite launch stations in India, Pulicat is famous for its pristine beaches, churches and the Dutch cemetery. It is an ideal getaway retreat from Chennai for travellers who want to take a break from the hustle & bustle of city life and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Distance from Chennai: 55 kms
Best time to visit: October to March, to see the migrating birds
Not to be missed: In order to celebrate the thousands of birds that make Pulicat home during the season, a Flamingo festival is organised by the tourism board during December and January.

Kanchipuram



Kailasanathar Temple (Image source : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kailasanathar_Temple._Kanchipuram,_TamilNadu.jpg)


Kanchipuram is among one of the oldest towns in India. It has been home to various dynasties such as Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Vijaynagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom and British – thereby, arousing a lot of interest among history lovers. It has been a center of education in yesteryears. Apart from sculptural wonders and rich heritage, the city is also famous for its range of handcrafted silk sarees. Today, Kanchipuram is known as the ‘silk city’ of India.

Distance from Chennai: 72 kms
Best time to visit: July to August & November to April
Not to be missed: 14 out of 108 Vishnu temples in India are located in Kanchipuram, making it the perfect destination for pilgrims.

Pondicherry



Matrimandir(Image source :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrimandir)


Pondicherry is a favourite destination of travellers across the globe. It’s famous for its remnants of the quaint French colonies, peaceful setting, awesome bakeries and spectacular beaches. It is also home to the Aurobindo Ashram – a renowned spiritual center. In Auroville, visitors can view the Matrimandir Globe that’s built from materials brought over from all over the world.

Distance from Chennai: 170km
Best time to visit: October to March
Not to be missed: Arikamedu, an archeological site near to Pondicherry dating back to the 2nd century BCE
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