Places in and around OMR, Chennai with a Self-Drive Car

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Feb 15, 2023
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Must-visit Places in and around OMR, Chennai with a Self-Drive Car

Looking for places to visit this weekend for fun, food and frolic? 

Want to find out a place where you can enjoy long drives and delicious food?

If the answer is yes, then OMR is undoubtedly one of the best options.

OMR or the Old Mahabalipuram Road is also known as Rajiv Gandhi Salai or Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway. The 45 km stretch of road is lined by many BPOs, IT and ITES Companies; and the famous TIDEL Park. This road also offers excellent opportunities for gastronomic tours and is also the location of many technical and educational institutions of repute. In fact, the OMR food street is one of the most favourite hanging points for the foodies and a must-visit stop on the list of all the tourists. It is also a perfect place to enjoy weekends with your friends and families. Apart from the food street, there are many other must-visit places in and around OMR that you can visit and explore for a quick escapade.   

Find out more about the must-visit places in and around OMR and the activities that you can enjoy there in the following section. But before we proceed, we suggest that you explore the OMR via a self-driven car rental to make the most of your experience. The car rentals are flexible and offer a lot of other benefits as well. Check out all this information in the following article on must-visit places in and around OMR with a self-drive car. 

So, here we go!

Places in and around OMR – Perfect for solo explorers, friends and families:

ECR Beach:

The East Coast Road is fondly called the ECR by the locals in Chennai and is home to an excellent coastline and beach. The beach is a perfect spot for a relaxing day or enjoying fun-filled picnics with families. Water sports, romantic walks, witnessing the stunning sunsets, and swimming – there is no dearth of activities to be enjoyed here.

ECR beach is also famous for local shopping, food hopping tours, local sightseeing and relaxing beach activities. 

Iskcon Temple:

Iskcon Temple lies on the way to the ECR Beach and is a must-visit place. The temple has an impressive facade and architecture. You can also visit the temple during the night to experience the amazing aura in the twinkling lights. 

Janmashtami and Rath Yatra are the two famous festivals that are celebrated with full vigour here. 


A few kilometres ahead you can visit the world-famous temples and shores of Mahabalipuram. The rocky and green terrain, wonderful culture and stunning architecture of the shore temple – there are many attractions and experiences to visit and explore here. The place is full of historic legacy and is also listed under UNESCO world heritage sites. The beautiful and scenic beaches are full of beauty and charm as well. So, book a car rental and explore the scenic landscapes of Mahabalipuram – one of the must-visit places in and around OMR. 

OMR Food Street:

Filled with shops selling lip-smacking dishes drenched in delicious flavours, OMR Food Street is a must-visit place. From desserts to snacks and regional to national – you can enjoy a wide variety of foods here. No matter whether you are a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, you can enjoy really good food here. 

We suggest coming with ample space in your stomach to make the most of a food-hopping tour here.

Vandalur Zoo:

If you have kids, then visit the Vandalur Zoo to enjoy a light family outing here. The shady trees, different species of animals and nature – the Zoo offers a perfect day-out recipe. The zoo is home to more than 2600 animals and more than 170 species. It is spread over a very large area and is perfect for young adults as well. 

There are electric cars and buses for lion safari as well to make the journey easier on your feet. 

Kapaleeshwar Temple:

Kapaleeshwar Temple is one of the most famous temples here which is of immense religious importance as well. Its ambience, local shops and rituals etc are the main experiences you can enjoy.

Marina Beach:

It is a natural beach in Chennai which runs along the Bay of Bengal and has many landmarks on its shores. Foreshore Estate and Fort St. George are the starting and ending points of the beach. From beach activities to food and local shopping – you can enjoy a splendid outing here alone as well as in a group.

Besant Nagar Beach:

Besant Nagar Beach or the Edward Elliot’s Beach is yet another one of the must-visit places in and around OMR. Loaded with attractions and experiences, the beach is teeming with beauty and stunning waterfront. There are many impressive attractions here such as Velankanni Church and Ashtalakshmi Kovil etc. 

This completes our list of the places in and around OMR that you can explore via a car rental.

Now, let us find out what how hiring a self drive car rental from IndusGo is the best choice for exploring the places in and around OMR. 

  • Privacy 

  • Safe and secure travel

  • Opportunities to enjoy as many stops as you want

  • Going anywhere without having to worry about the stranger driver or timetables of public transport

  • Flexible timings

  • Easy pick-up and drop-off of the car 

  • Online bookings 

  • Hassle-free bookings and payments

We offer a large fleet of all kinds of cars and an impressive service portfolio. You can also book our self drive cars on an hourly, monthly and yearly basis. We also offer points and offers for regular and new customers. 

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