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Long weekend getaways from Chennai

Take your pick from making cheese at Acres Wild or visiting the temples of Thanjavur that have been tagged UNESCO World Heritage or driving to Yelagiri for the long Republic Day weekend

The old-worldly charms of Ooty
The trick to enjoying the Queen of the Nilgiris, just as she used to be back when they began calling her that, is to find a quiet place to stay and retreat to it quickly because, in the Ooty of nowadays, it’s hard to avoid day trippers jamming roads lined with chaotic commercial establishments and candy pink houses. But there’s no shortage of sylvan sanctuaries. There’s the lovely Bouganvilla (Rs 2,900; bouganvilla.in) off Silverton Road, The Bungalow in Ooty (from Rs 3,000; tranquilitea.in) up above the Race Course, King’s Cliff (from Rs 4,500; kingscliff-ooty.com) on Havelock Road, Sherlock (from Rs 3,000; littlearth.in/Sherlock) on Tiger Hill Road, Lymond House (from Rs 4,000; serendipityo.com/lymondhouse) on Sylks Road, next door to the Taj Savoy (from Rs 5,500; tajhotels.com), which is adorably unchanging and always worth the indulgence (take overnight train to Coimbatore and drive up in three hours from there).

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