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Top Things To Do In Muttukadu That Isn't Just Boating

    Want a quick weekend getaway that’s close enough to Chennai but far from the bustling city traffic? Pack your bags. You’re going to Muttukadu! Located between Chennai and Pondicherry, Muttukadu is a one-hour drive south from the city. The scenic greenery, view of the ocean and boating there, of course, make it perfect to take a break and chill. However, there's more to this place than boating. Check out these top things to do in Muttukadu and find out what they are. 

    Picnic By Krishna's Butterball

    Krishna's Butterball

    Mahabalipuram, Chennai

    A massive rock balanced at a 450-degree angle on a hillside by the beach - this spot is great for a private family picnic. We like this spot because, the view around is great, and you can watch the sunset and snuggle under the blankets to gaze at the stars. 


    Tent N Trek

    Koyambedu, Chennai

    Put up a camp by the ocean or the greenery to see the sunrise early in the morning. Most campsites are uphill and a perfect place for bird-watching. If it gets too hot in the afternoon, take a dip in the lake or the backwaters by the ocean. Check out Tent n Trek, that can help set up these camps. Find more bird-watching spots in Tamil Nadu here. 

    Tiger Cave

    Tiger Cave

    Mahabalipuram, Chennai

    Located near Saluvankuppam village, this cave holds historic carvings and artistic secrets. Go back in time and discover the beautifully carved structures and ancient architecture at this rock-cut temple. Find the best temples to visit in Chennai here. 

    Paddle Surfing In The Backwaters

    The backwaters of Muttukadu are away from the crows of beaches and oceans in the city. Try stand up paddling, kayaking or rafting in these backwaters that are isolated from the rest of the town. As the water isn't very deep, you could try windsurfing and water skiing too. Local trekking clubs or surfing schools like Bay of Life rent paddle boats and other gear. Find more water sports places in Chennai here. 

    Oh, but if you're still keen on just boating, check out our recommendation here.


    Filled with greenery and nature, Muttukadu is home to huge, tall, mountain-like structures buried behind the busy roads. Put on your shoes and go out for an early morning trek. You can book your trek with Chennai Trekking Club.