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  • Writer's pictureKarthik Nagappan

KUMIZHI, A TRANQUIL ESCAPE NEAR CHENNAI

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Nestled away from the bustling city of Chennai, Kumizhi village is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its rustic charm and serene surroundings. Situated in the Chengalpattu district of Tamil Nadu, this quaint village offers a peaceful retreat for those seeking respite from the city’s chaos. Kumizhi’s rich cultural heritage, lush landscapes, and friendly locals make it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and history aficionados alike.



The serene mountain view from Kumizhi Lake
The serene mountain view from Kumizhi Lake


Row of huts on way to Kumizhi village near Chennai
Row of huts on way to Kumizhi village near Chennai

A quick drive from Chennai Airport


Located 30kms from Chennai Airport off Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road, Kumizhi lake is a place to be for any nature lover/ nature photographer or anyone who wants to spend time with nature. While Chennai has so much to offer this one is indeed a hidden gem that any tourist would love to explore. The Lake is brimming with water between October and March covered with mountains in all directions ,it’s indeed a sight to behold.


Quiet weekdays and busy weekends


While weekends at Kumizhi Lake see locals and people from around Chennai thronging the place , locals put up interesting food stalls and see brisk business. Weekdays are usually silent with hardly any people , one can see few locals , students from IIIT Chennai, VIT Chennai and nearby colleges spending time with friends there.



A sunset view of Kumizhi lake on a quiet weekday
A sunset view of Kumizhi lake on a quiet weekday


The route to the place is lush green with dense trees and the place in front of the lake gives the feel of a dense forest where to have a nice walk .An ideal place for swimmers as the water is crystal clear , deep and long to have a go. The lake has a very healthy flora and fauna and a lot of birds visiting the place during the monsoon months .


A video review of Kumizhi Village and Lake



History and Cultural Heritage


Kumizhi lake boasts a fascinating history that dates back to ancient times. The village has seen the rise and fall of various dynasties, including the Cholas, Pallavas, and Vijayanagara Empire, all of which have left their imprints on the region. Its historical significance can be witnessed in the ancient temples and archaeological sites that dot the landscape.


One of the prominent landmarks near Kumizhi lake is the Sri Vedagiriswarar temple, an architectural marvel that showcases intricate carvings and sculptures. This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship of the bygone era. The temple is surrounded three sides by mountains and is located amidst quiet and natural habitat. The statue of Sri Vedagiriswarar is placed facing the east and the statue of goddess Tirupurasundari is placed facing South. Huge number of devotees visit this temple on full moon day every month and also walk around the mountain called "Girivalam" in Tamil. The mountains surrounding the lake are rich in natural herbs and the rain water that fills the lake from these mountains is believed to cure rare diseases.


Natural Beauty and Ecotourism


for nature lovers. The village is enveloped by lush greenery, picturesque farmlands, and serene water bodies, creating a serene and rejuvenating ambiance. The pristine landscapes make it an excellent spot for birdwatching, as several migratory birds flock to the region during the winter months.


Kids having a great time playing at the Kumizhi lake
Kids having a great time playing at the Kumizhi lake

Moreover, Kumizhi is surrounded by several lakes and ponds, making it a tranquil destination for boating and fishing activities. Visitors can indulge in these activities while immersing themselves in the peaceful atmosphere.


Cuisine and Local Delicacies


The local cuisine of Kumizhi is a delightful experience for food enthusiasts. The village is renowned for its traditional Tamil dishes, with an emphasis on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Travelers can relish authentic South Indian delicacies like dosas, idlis, and vadas, as well as indulge in the mouthwatering local sweets and savories like murukku and adhirasam.


The region is also known for its tender coconuts, which are refreshing and perfect for quenching thirst on warm days. Additionally, visitors can savor the delicious and creamy Kumizhi Payasam, a traditional sweet dish that showcases the flavors of the village.


Hospitality and Local Traditions


One of the highlights of Kumizhi lake is the warmth and hospitality of its residents. The locals are known for their welcoming nature and are eager to share their cultural heritage with visitors. Interacting with the villagers provides a unique opportunity to learn about their age-old customs and traditions.


The village’s vibrant festivals are an excellent way to experience the local culture firsthand. The traditional dance performances, music, and processions during festivals like Pongal and Sri Vedagiriswarar Temple festival during Shivarathiri (February) offer an immersive glimpse into the region’s customs and beliefs.


Best spot to explore


Kumizhi Lake, with its rich history, natural beauty, and cultural heritage, offers a serene escape near Chennai that should not be missed. The village’s tranquil ambiance, coupled with its warm hospitality and delicious cuisine, makes it an enticing destination for travelers seeking a break from the urban chaos. Whether exploring ancient temples, engaging in ecotourism activities, or savoring local delicacies, Kumizhi promises an unforgettable experience that showcases the true essence of Tamil Nadu’s rural charm.



Serene top view of Kumizhi lake near Vandalur Chennai
Serene top view of Kumizhi lake near Vandalur Chennai

Options to Stay near Kumizhi


While there are not much options to stay in Kumizhi village , there are plenty of options in the Vandalur- Kelambakkam road . Places like Vandalur, Kandigai will provide some decent accommodations where you can stay and make a visit. If you are visiting Chennai first you can choose to stay in Vandalur and visit the Arignar Anna Zoological park , one of the largest zoos in southeast Asia , Lakshmi Kuberar temple in Rathinamangalam


Stay options in and around Kumizhi



So if you are in Chennai next time , beyond Marina, Mylapore, Santhome and Mahabalipuram, there is enough and more to this great city and Kumizhi deserves a place in your list.


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