We all love exploring the ever hustling city, Chennai. This city doesn’t fail to mesmerize us with many varied places. One such place is ECR (East Coast Road) aka SH 49 is a four-lane highway in Tamil Nadu, built along the coastal line of the Bay of Bengal linking the capital city, Chennai via Pondicherry to Cuddalore.
Chennai’s East Coast Road is one of the most scenic routes in the city and has been a favorite for late-night long drives for decades. Somehow, ECR is a lot more than just another beautiful road to drive through, instead, It is a destination into itself with several attractions that deserve a visit.
So, if you’re up for an ECR adventure that includes more than just a long drive, here’s every 8 amazing things to do when you visit ECR.
1) VGP Golden Beach and Universal kingdom
One of the oldest amusement/theme parks in the city. It was started when there were no amusement parks in India and it turned out to be a great adventure sport for everyone. The concept of VGP, along with the location enhances its appeal across all ages making it truly, the Universal Kingdom.
The VGP Golden Beach Resort can be found next-door, which is perhaps the most popular landmark along Chennai’s ECR. You can chill away your time and stay in the resort for relaxation. Well, it’s one of the commercial attractions and sorted out amusement parks in the city.
2) The VGP Snow Kingdom
The VGP Snow Kingdom, India’s largest and Tamil Nadu’s first fully-fledged snow theme park which is sure to surprise us in beating Chennai’s heat waves. It’s located adjacent to the VGP Universal Kingdom.
Cost per Tickets: INR 450 (for children – the Universal Kingdom & Aqua Kingdom), INR 550 (for adults – the Universal Kingdom & Aqua Kingdom), and INR 795 (for children – Snow Kingdom, Universal Kingdom & Aqua Kingdom).
3) Cholamandal Artist’s Village
If you’re an art lover, then Cholamandal Artist’s Village is a must-visit place which is one of the most popular art destinations for the artists. Cholamandal is the largest artists’ commune in the country, founded in 1966. The Village is also home to a gallery that houses some of the important artworks to have come out of Chennai’s art scene.
4) MGM Dizzee World
Another amusement park is stretched in the same lane that is MGM Dizzee World, which is owned by the MGM group of companies, introduced in the 2000s. The park has a log flume, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and many other rides and kids would love to visit this place. It also hosts seasonal shows. Just like VGP, there is MGM Beach Resort which is the Perfect Getaway for weekends staycation.
Cost Per Ticket: INR 549 (for children) and INR 699 (for adults).
5) Kovalam (Surf school)
The Kovalam (Cove long Beach) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the coromandel coast, lies within 20km along ECR. It’s widely known for its surfing history. Bay of life is Chennai’s first accredited and leading surf school, which assists the young surfers to surf located in Kovalam. The guides on the beach here, help you get a ride into the waters. This is a wonderful place to surf for water lovers.
Price: INR 800 per head.
6) Madras Crocodile Bank
If you’re an animal lover then, This place is sure to excite you. It’s a wildlife venue in Chennai, and also the largest wildlife conservatories in the country. It’s a zoo with only 4000 reptiles and almost 2000 crocodiles in total. Here, they offer us to visit night safari which cannot be missed definitely. There are guides who come along with us during the crocodile Bank tour. You can experience the wildlife at it’s best. It is home to water birds and also a nesting beach for Oliver ridley turtles. These attractions must not be missed.
Tickets: INR 30 (for children under 10), INR 50 (for adults); Night Safari tickets are INR 100 (for children under 10), and INR 200 (for adults).
7) Muttukadu Boat House
Muttukadu Boat House provides a water sports facility, located in ECR at Muttukadu. It offers rowing, windsurfing, powerboating, speed boat riding, and water skiing. The Muttukadu lake is famous for boating on the backwaters and other water sports. This place is an ideal choice for family outings. You can spend some peaceful time with your family away from city life, observe places which you didn’t know existed and have fun boating on the backwaters.
Pricing: Rs. 120/- (two-seater pedal boat), Rs. 200/- (four-seater rowboat), Rs. 530/- (three-seater speed boat) and Rs. 560/- (eight-seater motorboat).
We all have a fantasy about flying a bird, soaring high on the clouds. Paragliding is one of the most exciting adventures, one must try out in life. Adventure Aero Sports Association in Palavakkam, fulfills your adventure spirit. We can get the facility of tandem (rider along with an expert) and experience paragliding, over the Bay of Bengal with Chennai’s view of the shoreline, breathtaking isn’t it?. Their venture fly2day provides paramotoring which is similar to paragliding but better because we don’t have to land off a hill.
Pricing: There are different packages,
Silver: 2500/- INR per person (For a group of 1 to 5 people)
Gold: 2000/- INR per person (For a group of 6 – 15 people)
Diamond: 1500/- INR per person (for a group of 16 – 49 people)
Platinum: 1000/- INR per person (for groups above 50)
9) Don’t forget to stay at a beach house
ECR is surrounded by many beautiful resorts with modern amenities, green lawns, and wonderful views of the beach. You can take your weekend off, for a staycation in the resorts. There are plenty of choices to stay within ECR, with budget getaways.
B’s Hive – Kadal
It is a serene villa bang opposite to the ECR beach. They can accommodate more than 10 people with, large verandah outdoor and luxurious pool, just perfect for a night stay.
Chariot Beach Resort
This resort is like a world of its own or even a perfect world. Located at an elevation, it offers a panoramic view of beach and bayfront, also features sea facing spacious rooms with sky showers along with a large swimming pool.
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
It’s one of the most elegant, extravagant, lavish, and impressively designed resorts, where you can access everything. Well, it’s also expensive but worth staying. You’ll forget the hustle of the city when you take a weekend off to this resort.
Well, there are other significant resorts within the budget-making our weekend getaways a superb one!
What’s stopping you? Don’t delay! Grab your stuff and unwind yourself alongside ECR to undergo heavenly experiences in our very own Chennai. Let me know if I have missed any of the other things.