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Best Leisure Outing And Stay Post Lockdown – Chennai, Thanjavur, Ooty, Pondicherry, Kodaikanal

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

A vacation will do a world of good to revive and rejuvenate! Given the situation, it can still be accomplished by visiting good hygiene and less crowded place. We are providing below some hotels and resorts for your reference in select Cities and Hill Stations. There could be more for your choice and budget – click here to get more.

Chennai / ECR / Mahabalipuram

Known for its historical establishments, Mahabalipuram near Chennai, also has breathtaking beachside and outskirt leisure resortsExperiences near location Heritage – Must-see places near Mahabalipuram, UNESCO World Heritage site, are: Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Caves, Centuries-old Lighthouse. more.Nature and Adventure – ParamotoringSpiritual and Wellness – Shiva temple 

Providing below some resorts/hotels for your information.

Steps from the enticing shores of the Bay of Bengal, the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram creates an oasis for families seeking relaxation and looking for fun. The award-winning resort spans across 44 acres of lush landscaped gardens offering unparalleled views of the Bay of Bengal. 

Highlight amenities include Pool view / Sea view rooms and suites apart from standard rooms, two global cuisine restaurants with waterfront view, 27000 sq foot meandering outdoor pool, Spa, fitness centre, ATV rides, Scuba diving, Archery, Indoor games, Boat adventures and Canoeing.


Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch Fort, Fisherman’s Cove now rides a fresh new wave with the stylishly spirited Taj brand of hospitality. Revel in seaside hospitality with rooms, cottages and villas, all designed for relaxation and rejuvenation, set amidst lush manicured landscaping with breathtaking views of the sea. 


Chennai / SriperumbudurExperiences near location Heritage – Chokhi Dhani Cultural Theme ParkNature and Adventure – Queensland Amusement, Chembarambakkam LakeSpiritual and Wellness – Sriperumbudur Temple

Standing true to its name, Pleasant Days lures you into an exotic panorama of 18 acres of breathtaking space with 123 state­-of­-the-­art, luxurious rooms and suites. The tastefully designed and decorated interiors caress contemporary and classic styles with élan, urging you to take a moment to admire the architecture.


Thanjavur, TN, India

The rich art and culture of Thanjavur reflect the traditional legacy and ancestral heritage of the ancient times that has percolated to the modern era. The prosperous agrarian city was ruled by various dynasties like Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks, Marathas and the British Colonists. Most of the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, great Living Chola temples are located in and around Thanjavur. The unique Tanjore comprises classical Carnatic music, exquisite paintings, cultural events, religious festivals and exotic cuisines. Experiences near location Heritage – Brihadeeswarar temple, Dharasuram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram (3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Saraswati Mahal Library, Schwartz Church, Maratha PalaceNature and Adventure – Sivaganga ParkSpiritual and Wellness – Several worship places

Set in the idyllic village of Asikkadu is the holistic wellness, Svatma Ramnivas Mayavaram. It is an oasis of calm surrounded by lush greenery and organic farms.  The SVATMA experience is designed as a voyage of discovery of the mind indulging in the luxury of leisure, dabbling with the arts, in a beautiful home environment.

Highlight on the stay experience is Carnatic concerts, Tanjavur Paintings, Bronze sculpting, Vedic chanting, Culinary trip, tour with an expert to visit the ancient monuments and a session on handloom weaving.  The restaurant Aaharam is an all-day fine food restaurant with a traditional display kitchen that overlooks the pool. It has a unique menu – an exploration of Tamil cuisine available a la carte in an exclusive bouquet of plated mini-meals. Ideal for health-conscious foodies wanting to explore the flavours of the region and the ingredients are organic. The hotel spaces are envisioned in a manner most unique to private rooms within a large elegant family home. There are verandas, hallways, lounges and spaces to congregate for the sociable nooks, bowers and secluded corners for those wanting to retreat. Book now.


Ooty, TN, India

Ooty, the Queen of Hill stations, is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. It welcomes you with mesmerising meadows, a soothing environment, cool weather and a wide array of sightseeing places to visit and admire. Experiences near location Heritage – Nilgiris Mountain Rail, Stone House, Thoda hut, St. Stephen’s ChurchNature and Adventure – Avalanche & Ooty Lakes, Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Mudumalai National Park, Wenlock Downs Ooty, Pykara Lake BoatingSpiritual and Wellness – Worship places in and around Ooty

A lush space, a refuge for the senses where the land is nurtured and life-affirming moments happen all the time. This is a place of unspoilt, luxurious, off-trail which is in sync with nature.  The resort, wrapped in a haze of green, sprawling earthy and natural meandering pathways leads to the tribal-style cottages and suites all crafted with natural materials, with creature comforts in place.  The resort has been built artfully in a 10-acre former spice plantation, sculpted into a hill which gives us the pleasure of inhaling the heady aroma of nutmeg, pepper and cloves naturally.  

The highlight of the amenities includes several Indoor and Outdoor activities. To name a few Indoor activities are a game of pool, smashing a ping-pong ball, striking chips across a carrom board, enjoying board games with kids, Dartboards, pinballs, flower making. Outdoor activities include Guided Spice Trail, Balloon Activity, Tale of Paws, Molding Imagination, Scavenger hunting, trekking, badminton. Magic shows, karakattam, bonfire are to name a few extra activities. Food fantasies can be indulged by dining in a Treetop, within a cave, along a poolside and relaxing in a hammock with a mocktail. Book now.


A landmark in the misty hills of Ooty since 1829, the Savoy is a slice of time in vintage gold. The hotel is in full bloom all year, with over 150 varieties of flowers, fragrant pine and eucalyptus trees. Every space is steeped in history. Fresh mountain air infused with nostalgia, historic charm and the refinement of the colonial era; an enchanting vacation at the Savoy promises an opportunity to travel back in time,  and much more.

Each of the 40 rooms and cottages spread across six acres has a vintage fireplace. Present-day guests can relive memories of that golden age over afternoon tea, bonfires, lush spa treatments, signature Anglo Indian dishes and the unexplored 400-year-old Badaga cuisine, exclusive to the Nilgiris. Few exclusiveexperienceses includes Tea mixology (Guests learn to blend the spirits and tea as a cocktail and mocktails), Vintage letter writing, The savoy high tea(a mid-day meal invented by a hungry duchess in 1840).


Pondicherry, TN, India

Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree-lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt beaches and backwaters and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines provide a heady mix of experience that draws travellers from near and far to the city. It is the perfect place to take the pace of life down a few notches. The colonial buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century, stretch along a grid of clean straight streets which house French institutions, Hotels, Guest Houses, Restaurants, Boutiques and private homes, including the sprawling premises of the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Visitors to this area are greeted by mellow hues of cream, yellow, pink and grey compound walls interspersed by flamboyant bougainvillaea bursting over gates and walls of courtyards. Experiences near location Heritage – Foyer Du Soldat, French consulate, Alliance Française de Pondichéry, Lecafe are few interesting heritage buildingsNature and Adventure – Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Bharathy Park where Life of Pi Zoo Shots was taken, Ouster lake, Scuba DivingSpiritual and Wellness – Churches, Auroville Matrimandir – meditation hall, Aurobindo Ashram, 

La Villa Hotel is a 19th-century mansion, in a heritage style in the centre of french quarters. The spacious and cool rooms are veiled in precious fabrics and furnished with contemporary designs made from old wood. A custom-made swimming pool borders the shady, lush garden. 

Highlights of the amenities include a custom-made swimming pool that borders the shady, lush garden. An innovative, seasonal French cuisine based on local products. A relaxing Indian oil massage can be organised in the suite. Complimentary private mini-bar mini-bar with one refilling per day are add ons.


Palais de Mahe resembles a French Mansion complete with cool, airy high ceilings, traditional roof beams, arched doorways and colonnades, and ochre yellow wall flourishes. It lies close to the seaside promenade, barely 50 metres from the cool breezes and gentle rumblings of the Bay of Bengal. This signature hotel – with its majestic courtyard, deep verandahs, attractive pillars and period furniture – combines south Indian fire and flavour with French intensity and fervorfervour to bring you an experience that is in every way unforgettable.

Facilities offered in the hotel include a courtyard pool, a wide range of herbal massages and therapies to relax and a cocktail bar, that has an architecture defining the cusp of classic and contemporary. Les Alizes’, the restaurant has a beautiful view of the locale that can be enjoyed with the variety and freshness of the meal. 


Le Pondy, situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. It celebrates Pondy in all its true sense – the spirit, the architecture and the revelry. Spread across 14 acres,  it offers 70 rooms including 8 presidential pool villas, 8 luxury pool villas, 12 sea-facing rooms and 42 lake facing rooms. Exquisitely furnished and sprinkled with luxury and convenience.

Le Pondy offers an exceptional dining experience in a variety of settings. One can choose culinary delights from its open multi-cuisine restaurant, poolside bar, bar overlooking the sea or private dining gazebo. It offers a wide range of facilities like a Large Swimming Pool with multiple sections, Ayurveda Centre & Spa,  a Large Poolside Party Area, a Library,  an Activity lounge,  a Bar, a Health Club and a Private Beach.


The property is lavishly spread across 24 acres of lovely sea-facing land.  The usage of Titanium Oxide in the building construction, glass coverage in the buildings and tropical Dry green forest surrounding the premises make it an eco-friendly property.

The resort’s studio apartments are a charming mixture of modern and old-world aesthetics with comfortable amenities and beautiful views of the gardens. One can choose to relax in the comfortable rooms of the resort, wander around the property to soak up the atmosphere, lounge on the beach on a breezy evening, indulge in thrilling activities such as zipping away on an ATV for an adrenaline rush, engage in fun games such as bull ride, bungee jumping, beach volleyball, paintball and archery for a quality family time, satiate your taste buds with the delectable cuisines and delicacies served at the resort’s restaurants. Book now.


Kodaikanal, TN, India

Popularly known as the princes of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal stands 7200 feet above sea level and is situated in the upper Palani Hills of the western ghats. The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize throughout the year. A walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, bath in one of the splashing waterfalls, horse riding and cycling around the lake or simply admirable views.Experiences near location Heritage – La Saleth Church, Christ the King Church, Lutheran ChurchNature and Adventure – Kodai lake, Green Valley, Pillar Rocks, Thalaiyar Falls, Coakers Walk, Cycling around the Lake, Boating in the lake, Berijam Lake Spiritual and Wellness – Worship places

Set high in the hills of Kodaikanal, The Tamara Kodai provides a luxurious, heritage experience. More than 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level is a picturesque luxury Kodaikanal hotel dating back to the 1840s.

It offers a Luxury suite/Superior luxury suite/Neelakurinji stay with a mesmerising view of the hills. Bistro 1845 is a French-style à la carte bistro and bar, serving the best of European, Asian and Indian cuisine. With cosy settings both indoors and outdoors, this vintage-themed resto-bar is sure to take you back in time. La Providence restaurant is set to put out a lavish buffet including everything from international favourites to traditional and local Indian cuisine. The restaurant also features a live kitchen counter to provide fresh, piping hot food. 5 fully equipped massages room, 40ft deep swimming pools, bonfire/fireplaces bonfires/fireplaces are a few experiences in the resort. Overlooked by the able staff, kids can draw, play and occupy themselves in the safety of The Tamara Kodai’s creche. Book now.


Carlton hotel is a paradise beside a lake amidst virgin hills.  It is the epitome of beauty, serenity and colonial charm. Set on the banks of the shimmering Kodaikanal Lake. The terrace gardens of the hotel overlook the glimmering expanse of the Kodaikanal Lake, enhancing the pleasure of the lavish stay.

The Carlton has a swanky Club House overlooking the shimmering Kodaikanal Lake. The clubhouse is the centre of entertainment and has activities for every age group. Few activities to be mentioned are Boat Club, Kids Play Area, Spa, Jacuzzi, Air Hockey, Pool Table, Foosball, Badminton, Hammocks on lawns, Cycling, Horse Riding(Outdoor Facilities), Trekking/Picnics (Outdoor Facilities).


Rameshwaram, TN, India 

Rameshwaram is a small sacred island connected to mainland India by the Pamban bridge.  The island is spread across an area of 61.8 km2 (23.9 sq mi) and is in the shape of a conch. It is considered to be one of the holiest places in Inda t Hindus and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. A visit to the pilgrimage shrine also equally offers a delight to the scenic beauty of the island. The beach of Rameswaram is featured with no waves at all – the sea waves rise to a maximum height of 3 cm (0.10 ft) and the view looks like a very big river. Experiences near location Heritage – Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi, Uthirakosamangai temple (is mentioned in scripts as “Man Mundhiyo Mangai mundhiyo)Nature and Adventure – Kurusadai island, Snorkeling, Jet Ski, Kayaking, Stand up Board, WindSurfing, Banana RideSpiritual and Wellness – Agnitheertham, Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple / Five-face Hanuman Temple

Coral Reef is located on a lovely beach in the Gulf of Mannar, at Mandapam. It is an eco-friendly property that has been built completely by recycling and reusing and hence the cabanas (a hut, cabin, or shelter at a beach) is built by refurbishing used cargo containers and the shower beach shower room with mineral water.  It is a perfect destination for weary city dwellers to relax, rejuvenate. 

It offers various fun and relaxing water sports and activities to make the seaside holiday complete. Few activities to mention are   Snorkeling,  Kayaking, Fishing, and beach picnic.


Located in the heart of Rameshwaram, at Hyatt Place Rameswaram, comfort and convenience can be enjoyed with just a few steps from Ramanathaswamy Temple and Agnitheertham. 

The spacious rooms with modern design come with a Cozy Corner to get all comfy in. The vegetarian-only restaurant serves a variety of wake up breakfast and buffet / a la carte of lunch and dinner that serves North Indian, Asian, Continental and South Indian cuisine.  The Market offers a selection of freshly prepared and perfectly packaged salads and sandwiches. A graben go selection of retail items includes chips, chocolates, canned juices, aerated drinks and tempting cakes. 



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Sparsa Resort Thiruvanamalai

If you prefer 100% Vegetarian, ‘No Alcohol’ & ‘No smoking’, eco-friendly eco-friendly eco-friendly spiritual themed, heritage-inspired Luxury resort in a divine and serene place, you should choose Sparsa in Tiruvannamalai, a holy town popular for Lord Shiva temple and the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Rooms offer a direct view of the sacred Mount Arunachala, located closer to Ramanasramam.

Its the best place for Spiritual – Wellness rejuvenation with Spa, yoga and meditation that help nourish the mind and soul, as well as recreational activities like pottery making, kili josiyam, bullock cart ride, traditional board games, indoor games, etcSatyamama, multi-cuisine restaurant, has an extensive menu that includes the best of international and Indian vegetarian cuisine.

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