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Trekking in Chennai

Trekking in ChennaiTrekking is one of the most interesting adventure sports loved by people of various age groups. Backpacking and hiking through some difficult terrains and then camping is totally invigorating.

In Chennai, many such suitable regions are present where people can showcase their adventurous minds at full stretch.

Chennai city’s outskirts are more popular for trekking. Though travel is not so difficult to these places, these spots remain the most chosen trekking spots. Chembarambakkam Lake, Alamparai Fort, Pulicat Lake, Covelong Beach, Javadi Hills and  Vedanthaangal, top the list for among most visited trekking spots in Chennai.

Chembarambakkam Lake:

Adventure Zone ChennaiThis lake is located about 40 km from Chennai, in Kanchipuram district with a surface area of about 3,800 acres (15 km2). It is one of the rain-fed reservoirs from where Chennai gets its water supply.

It serves as origin for Adyar Lake. And also a part of water supply of the metropolis of Chennai is taken from this lake. The lake serves as one of the major sources of drinking water for the city.

The water body provides 575 Million litres of drinking water per day for Chennai (This information is based on 2008 data). India’s second largest Water Treatment Plant (WTP) with capacity of 530 MLD was inaugurated in July 2007. After this, Chembarambakkam provided about 1280 Million litres of water for the city.

Thus Chembarambakkam lake remains the main link when it comes to the solution for Chennai’s water scarcity woes now & also in the future. A one day trekking to this Chembarambakkam lake gives a complete freshness with the water splashing around in a rhythmic tone.

Alamparai Fort:

Adventure Sports ChennaiAlamparai was a seaport during the historical times. The place also had other names like Idaikazhinadu, Alamparva and Alampuravi. The fort came into existence during the Mughal era. The fort can be reached on driving down the East Coast Road, about 100 km from Chennai, 5 km (3.1 mi) from Vedal and 50 km from Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry.

Tourists are assisted by local fishermen for boating experience around the fort. The fort covers an area of 15 acres. The fort is built of bricks and limestone and at its centre there is placed a tomb. There are walls which are tall and strong, around the fort and brick steps lead to the top. There is a watch tower from the fort which provides good view of the surroundings.

The trekking visit to this fort gives a experience of our historical and architectural touch.


Pulicat Lake:

Trekking Spots in ChennaiPulicat Lake holds the pride of being the second largest brackish – water lake or lagoon in India. The lake encloses a beautiful bird life sanctuary too. The lagoon is aligned parallel to the coast line with its western and eastern parts encircled with sand ridges. The total Area of the lake varies with the tide; area is 450 square kilometres in high tide and 250 square kilometres in low tide. Its length is about 60 kilometres with a width varying from 0.2 kilometres to 17.5 kilometres.

There are three major rivers which feed the lagoon and they are the Arani River which is at the southern tip, the Kalangi River which flows from the northwest and the Swarnamukhi River which is at the northern end, and also it’s fed by some smaller streams. The famous Buckingham Canal, one of the navigation channels, is part of this lagoon on its western side. The bird sanctuary within this lake houses many rare species and beautiful species. Every year approximately 15,000 Greater Flamingos are reported to visit the lake along with species like pelicans, spoonbills, ducks, kingfishers, herons, and painted storks.

Other water birds that visit this lake are Spot-billed Pelican, species of herons and egrets, Painted Stork, Greater Flamingos, ducks, species of shorebirds, gulls, terns, Little Grebe, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Asian Openbill Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Lesser Whistling Teal, Spotbill Duck, and Great Thick-kneeand Stone Curlew.

Several species of wintering waterfowl also come here including Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern and Caspian Tern.

People who are interested in photography and have interest in nature can just tick this spot for trekking without any hesitation.

Javadi Hills:

Adventure zone in ChennaiThis place is located in Vellore, few km from Chennai. The hills are occupied by tribes who become the most entertaining factor for the visitors. The hills also possess rich flora and fauna. The pathway is completely occupied by tall trees and bushes.

The hill has many mountain tips which give a beautiful view below. Small villages are formed by tribes throughout the hills and all are interconnected by pathways.

The hills provide an extraordinary satisfaction to the nature loving and adventurous seeking trekking troop.



This is a bird sanctuary located in Kanchipuram, and is about one and half hour journey from Chennai. It covers about 0.3 sq km. It is one of the oldest water bird sanctuaries in the country. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of March and November. During this time birds are mostly busy in building and maintaining their nests. The best time for bird watching in this sanctuary is in the morning.

Vedanthangal  home for migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, glossy ibis, painted stork, grey heron, grey pelican, open-billed stork, snake bird, spoonbill, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper, Garganey teals, spot bill duck, cormorants, darter, pond heron, sandpiper, shovellers, grebes, large egret, paddy bird, painted stork, little egrets, moorhen, night herons, terns, white ibis and many more.
The spot is an excellent trekking spot for bird lovers and photography lovers.

Some other Trekking Spots in and around Chennai are Yelagiri, Tada Forest, Nagalapuram Falls and Gingee Fort.

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