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Where To Go For Long Weekends This Year

    The childlike habit of opening the school diary at the start of the year to earmark all holidays carries over to adulthood - only you await it more eagerly. This list of long weekends will be your guide and buddy throughout the year, so you can plan those vacays and travel more, which is a 2020 resolution we’re shipping hard. Read on to find a list of places you can travel to for the long weekends in 2020. 

    January 15, 16, 17 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) - Pongal, Thiruvalluvar Day, Uzhavar Tirunal

    It’s the festival of harvest and we’re all feeling grateful thanks to our farmers and the calendar. With five free days (including the weekend),  you can totally plan an amazing vacay! Flit off to Sri Lanka, we say, where you can live in the wilderness and have a gala time. 

    April 10 (Friday) Good Friday

    Take Thursday off and plan your 4-day weekend trip. It’s going to be peak summer in Chennai, so you can go where the wind takes you - Coorg, Yercaud, and Ooty, Yelagiri, Kodaikanal, Munnar, or Pollachi. Here’s a list of homestays you can check into, just under eight hours from Chennai. If you go to Kodai, don't forget to meet George Penner and eat some delish food. For a list of hill stations in Tamil Nadu, click here. 

    May 1 (Friday), Labour Day

    Sure, Chennai will still be recovering from the summer season but it’ll be rainy and wonderful in Kerala. So, pack your bags and travel to Thalassery’s Muzhappilangad Beach, where you can drive your car on the beach, swim, and sail. Visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady and check into the gorgeous Hills & Hues Resort

    May 25 (Monday), Ramzan

    If you can finish your work a bit in advance, leave early on Friday and trip podu. A quick getaway to Pondicherry by the beach sounds good? You can also try adventure sports, go cafe-hopping and cycle to places. Check out awesome things to do in Pondy here. 

    August 11 (Tuesday), Janmashtami/ Krishna Jayanti

    This year, it’s not just the time for bakshanam and sweets but also to go on a quick holiday. Perhaps someplace not too crowded so you can have some me-time? Hit up Nagalapuram or Horsley Hills and pack your swimsuit and hiking boots. For some more off-beat travel destinations just under five hours from Chennai, click here.  

    October 2 (Friday), Gandhi Jayanti

    Speak to the HR and take Thursday or Monday off to get yourself a four-day weekend! Maybe do a low-key vacay and explore Hampi and it’s gorgeous heritage sites or chill in Gokarna. 

    October 26 (Monday) Dussera

    On this short vacay, travel to Pichavaram Mangrove forest, a haven for photographers and nature lovers. You can take plenty of backwater cruises and spot unique migratory birds. A mini picnic spot it is! For more picnic spots in and around Chennai, click here.