French flavours Years have passed and the areas in and around Chennai have evolved, but the magic of heading to Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry for a small getaway remains unchanged.
Nope, you are not on a film set, instead head out for a long drive on the NH5 that also doubles up as a getaway to Nagari Falls in Andhra Pradesh.
It takes close to three hours to reach this little hill town as you go past the scenic Nagalapuram hills and Nagari hills.
With its lush open spaces, gardens and fresh seafood fare at its restaurant Bay View, it is ideal for a quiet, relaxed lunch by the beach.
Culture aficionados have plenty to choose from as well, you can laze away the afternoon together, at Dakshinachitra Heritage Centre and Cholamandal Artists' Village.
This could be your ideal picnic spot with its crystal clear mountain stream gushing down a dense, green forest.
Park your car near the stream and take a walk on the sandy trail along it, crossing several cool pools.This 17th-century Mughal structure stands by the backwaters and ravaged by time.You can have a cosy picnic for two at this picturesque location, with its lush sprout of greenery, mysterious, beautiful structure and cool backwaters.End your day at Tiger Caves, an 8th century rock-cut Hindu temple in Saluvankuppam, about five kilometers from Mahabalipuram.Choose a spot, sit back or take photographs with the intricate carvings of ancient Pallava temple in the background before you head back home.After some quiet time here, you can go for a catamaran ride and a fishing voyage with the local fishermen (Rs 200-300 per head).