Pulicat Lake straddles the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with over 96% of it in Andhra Pradesh and 3% in Tamil Nadu, situated on the Coromandal Coast in South India.The Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is blessed with a divergent range of biological habitats. It includes about 12 species of prawn, 25 kind of polychaete worms, 19 types of mollusk, and 160 species of fish. Along with all this, Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is also a great spot to witness various migratory birds such as Gadwall, Shoveler, Garganey, Marsh Sandpiper, and Black-tailed Godvit.During winters, the sanctuary attracts up to 15,000 Flamingoes.12. Take a break from sightseeing and explore the nightlife of ChennaiChennai’s nightlife scenes are not as elaborate as Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore, but the city still loves to go out post sundown. Here are a few bars you should check out in Chennai:• 10 Downing StreetAddress: Kences Inn, 50, North Boag Road, T Nagar, Chennai | Phone: 044 4354 6565• Sera - The Tapas Bar & RestaurantAddress: 71, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai | Phone: 044 28111462• Big Bang Theory - Bar & KitchenAddress: Brown Star Boutique Hotel, 2/25, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai | Phone: 044 3301142213. In the Carnatic City of Chennai, get your rock on!
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174 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
Pondicherry used to be India's biggest French colony, and is now the home of many French citizens. This has an influence on the architecture, food and culture. The rocky Promenade Beach is ideal to take long walks along the serene Bay of Bengal. The yellow sand, yellow sea and yellow sky merge to create a breathtaking panorama. Do indulge in scubadiving to experience the abundance of aquatic flora and fauna. The Soorya Beach Resort and Le Pondy Resort are excellent choices for staying by the sea. The city is also the location of Auroville. This innovative township houses explanatory concepts based on diverse philosophies and ideas. The Aurobindo Ashram here is a platform to seek spiritual pleasure. Through the method of integral yoga, the followers aim to become one with the divine, without renouncing the world. A distinct food culture is also notable due to the Franco-Tamil hybridity. Delectable French pastries, baguettes and appams! Seafood and continental! Savour the flavour. Oh! And I almost forgot to mention the rock-bottom prices of alcohol. For delectable food, try Cafe Xtasi and Baker Street. Try ice-cream from a wide variety at Ibaco. A visit is worth a palpable sense of contentment in India’s own French connection.
104 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Known all over the country for the sacred Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is actually located in Tirumala along with a number of other temples, though Sri Venkateshwara Temple or Tirupati Balaji is the main attraction for visitors. Tirumala is always bustling with energy owing to the many tourists as well as the number of festivals celebrated here. Legend has it that one should visit Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting Sri Venkateswaraswami. Varahaswami owned the seven hills and agreed to give them to Sri Venkateswaraswami with the demand that he too should be worshipped. And for this, Sri Venkateswaraswami asked his pilgrims to visit the Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting him. For first timers there are a few things you should keep in mind including appropriate clothing, no alcohol and carrying extra locks for your rooms as well as vehicles. Before visiting the temple, you'll need darshan tickets, which are available at various TTD counters across the country. A beautiful place with immense spiritual energy, Tirupati is a must visit.
90 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, dreamy sunsets and spiritually-uplifting energy, Mahabalipuram is perhaps one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. Locally known as Mamallapuram, this was once the capital of the Pallava Empire. From exciting water sports to classic statuettes, the place is a delight for voyagers. Feel the shore underneath your feet at the Mahabalipuram beach and indulge in some super fun beach activities such as wind surfing and sea diving. The temples here have a special feature in common, they are built in the form of chariots with open air sanctoriums. The Shore Temple, standing strong like a marvellous rock-cut stone and overlooking the sea is known as the last creation of the Pallava kings. Another wonder in Mahabalipuram is the Panch Rathas, the five monuments that were etched out of a single rock in the 7th century. Pack your travel bags to explore the incredible Indian history by discovering the ageless stories of temples and their incredible architecture. You can get a bus from Koyembedu in Chennai or Pondicherry.
298 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - May,June,July,August,September,October
Fondly known as the jewel of the South, Yercaud is a hill station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Known for its stunning beauty, trekking trails and abundant forests, Yercaud is a wonderful vacation spot. There are various touristy spots in and around Yercaud and your holiday schedule will be packed. Do visit the 32-km Loop Road on which a drive is beautiful and perfect for a relaxed afternoon. There is also an option to go boating here but if you have other things to occupy you, you can give boating a miss. A small walk through a village will take you to Karadiyur View Point. The watchtower here gives you a chance to admire the valley below and the surrounding mountains. It's best to head here on a clear day and do remember to wear proper shoes since there is a lot of walking! Lady's seat, Pagoda Point and Big Lake are some other tourists spots where you can spend your time.
71 Kms from Pulicat
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Also known as Covelong, this is a beautiful fishing village on the East Coast road which goes towards Mahabalipuram. This place is most famous for the Kovalam Beach which is also the main attraction here. This beach is quite crowded and is also filled with swimmers. If you are looking for a peaceful place then this does not fit your criteria for sure. One thing which you can do here is watch the fishermen at work. There is nothing special in the beginning but as you see carefully, this sight gives an immense happiness to anyone.
290 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Kumbakonam is a stunning temple town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Owing to the hundreds of temples in the city and around it, the city is fondly known as the 'land of temples'. Perhaps one of the oldest temples here is the Adi Kumbeshwara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Covered with thousands of carvings and idols, this temple is awe-inspiring and attracts visitors from across the world. Another must-visit temple is the Nageswaran Temple, a unique temple that is constructed like a chariot. A fine example of Chola architecture, this temple's presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Another revered temple here would be the Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is associated with the Mahamaham Festival. This one-day festivity signifies the meeting of all holy rivers in the country and a purificatory bath at the Mahamaham tank on this day is considered equal to the combined dips in all the holy rivers of India. Foodies are in for a surprise as well since Kumbakonam has a wide array of delicious South Indian food and is also famous for its filter coffee. Located only a couple of hours away from Chennai, you can either choose to visit the town for a day or spend a couple of nights here. Kumbakonam is a famous tourist town and thus has accommodation options for every budget size.
188 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is considered to be one of the most holy cities in the state. The famous Annamalaiyar Temple located here is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the incarnations of the five natural elements and in Tiruvannamalai it is the element of fire known as Lord Arunachaleshwar. The temple is on the foothills of the Arunachal Hills and every full moon devotees come here to perform the sacred Girivalam ritual. The city also has a number of ashrams, mostly revolving around the deity worshipped in this temple. If you are looking for some peace and spiritual comfort, this small city is sure to surprise you.
120 Kms from Pulicat
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
The awe-inspiring Ranganatha Temple is perhaps the most significant religious architecture in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is covered with intricate carvings and detailed artwork that will fill you up with a compelling sense of wonder. The Pulikat lake here serves as an asylum for several migratory birds such as pelicans and flamingos. Take a boat ride to experience all that the lake has to offer. You can also pay your respects at the Barah Shaheed Dargah, which is a mausoleum dedicated to 12 martyrs. It is a common belief that those who visit here to pay their respects, have all their wishes fulfilled. The festivities held here during Moharram are quite a sight to behold. Nellore is famous for the Nellore Reddy cuisine. Popular restaurants here are Murali Krishna Sweets, Komalavilas and Sree Venkatarama Vilas. You can easily find hotels here in your budget.