The fourth day of the three-day Pongal celebration is called Kaanum Pongal. It means ‘Seeing Pongal’ as this day marks as the sightseeing day for Tamil Nadu. This is a day for the outdoors, as people get all dressed up and visit relatives, have picnics or take a tour of the city. It is also the perfect day for people to stretch their legs and revive their tired spirits and welcome the coming year.
If you are lost on where to go to this Pongal, here are ten places that make the perfect picnic spots for a wonderful family outing.
Dakshinachitra is a unique cross-cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. This heritage village aims to keep the traditional lifestyles of South India alive. Due to its proximity to the city, this is the most visited one day picnic spots near Chennai.
Drive half hour along the ECR and you will find yourself in a different world. The Covelong Beach found along the Coromandel coast is the perfect picnic spot for anybody. The sand is white and clean with palm trees offering much shadow, making the view a beauty to behold.
One of the most popular places in the city, Mahabalipuram is an ancient port city known for its temples and beaches. Containing many archeological wonders, it holds many places to be explored. You can even try convincing a local to take you to the new temple that surfaced when the tsunami struck.
Sadras is an ancient Dutch port containing an old and desolate Dutch Fort along with Pristine beaches. It is a peaceful location, away from the city where you can have a quiet picnic. There is also plenty of place to run about or relax, if you’re bringing children.
The minute somebody mentions Kanchipura, we remember its sarees. But, this ‘Silk City’ also encompasses many temples, so much so that it is also called the ‘City of Thousand Temples.’ At the end of a hassle free drive on NH4, you can find this gem of a city showcasing olden-style architecture.
Tada falls is a paradise located on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for the nature-lover in you. The surrounding waterfalls and hillocks is what makes this place the perfect place for a picnic. Tada is not much suited for older people as the main activities here are camping and trekking.
This is the closest anyone can come to France within Tamil Nadu. You can witness a great amount of French influence on this sea-side town. The churches located in the city are majestic and greatly influenced by French architecture. The array of beaches are what makes Pondicherry one of the most visited places in Chennai.
If you love gardening and being around nature, Semmozhi Poonga is your heaven on Earth. The 20 acres area contains various themed gardens, their water and rock garden being a crowd favorite. The gardens here possess many rare flora and the greenhouses are filled with medicinal herbs you may not have heard of. The entire place is maintained by the Horticulture department.
MGM Dizzee World
This place has it all; amusement park rides, slides, Water Park and a huge pool. MGM Dizzee World is the perfect family getaway that is the ultimate joy ride. You can find both thrilling rides and quiet spots for the perfect outing.
This backwater is a water lagoon located adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. The saltpans and sandbanks are visited by a plethora of birds of many varieties. The boat houses here offer a huge range of aquatic activities such as row-boating, pedal-boating, speed-boating, kayaking and banana boat rides.
So, don’t be too confused with where to go this Pongal. It doesn’t really have to be Pongal for you to go out and have a fun day with family and friends. Just pick the best place that suits you from our list and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Have a fun outing!
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