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Shopping: Kanchipuram Silk Sarees
History of: 2000 years approx.
Population: 1.53 Lac

Kanchipuram is one of India's holiest sites, also known as the city of thousand temples. The sacred seat of the Shankaracharya, Kanchipuram is situated about 70 Kms from Chennai, on the Northern East coast of Tamilnadu. Kanchipuram, Kanchi, or Kancheepuram (also sometimes Conjeevaram) is a municipality and headquarters to Kancheepuram district. In ancient times it was called Kachi and Kachiampathi.

Major Attractions

 

City of Thousand Temples
Kanchipuram is one among the most sacred pilgrimage sites in India. The city has some of the most grand and majestic temples to sweep you off your feet, with their striking architectural marvel. These temples are not only sacred sites, but also a study of the architectural evolution within South Indian style of temple architecture. These temples reflect architectural experimentations, restructuring and refinement that underwent under different dynasties that ruled the city.

Temples of Kanchipuram
As one of the seven holiest cities of India, Kanchipuram housed thousand temples of which only 200 are extant. These temples are the epitome of flourishing Pallava art and architecture with the embellishments from the Chola, the Vijayanagara and Chalukyas kings. Some of the most important temples are as follows:

Ekambaranathar Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ekambaranathar Temple was built by the Pallavas and later reconstructed by the Chola and Vijayanagar kings. This temple makes excellent trip to Kanchipuram. Sprawling over 11 stories and one of the tallest temple towers in South India, it has some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures, and features a thousand pillared mandapan (hall).

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple
Dating back to the 8th century, Vaikuntha temple was built by Nandivarma Pallava and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are scenes from battle carved on the panels encircling the main parikrama of this Vaishnavite temple. These scenes depict the bravery of Pallava kings.

Varadaraja Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Devarajaswamy here. This temple has a 100-pillared hall, built by the Vijayanagar kings presenting the skillfulness of their artists.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Tiruttani
Very close to Kanchipuram, Tiruttani is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya, perched on a hilltop. The temple has 365 steps, leading to the hill, with each step representing the days of the year.

Sriperumbudur
Situated about 29 kms from Chennai on the way to Kanchipuram, Sriperumbudur is the birthplace of Saint Ramanujar, the father of the Vishishtadvaita philosophy of Vaishnavism. This is an important pilgrim center for the Vaishnavites.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Those in love with birds may plan an exclusive trip to Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, situated about 60 km from Kanchi. The sanctuary is home to many migratory birds like the sandpiper, white ibis, spoonbill, swan and gray wagtail etc. Plan your visit between November and February.

Elagiri Hill
An isolated yet a popular picnic spot in the Eastern Ghats, Elagiri Hill is about 1000 mts high. Harboring a healthy climate, natural beauty and a Murugan temple Elagiri Hill is a must visit place.

Fun Festives

  • Silk Tourism Festival in October.

Distance from major cities
Chennai 265 Kms
Mahabalipuram 140 Kms
Pondicherry 240 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Chennai is the nearest airport to Kanchipuram which is well connected to all major cities of India.
by Rail Kanchipuram Railway Station is well connected with Chennai, Bangalore and all major cities & states.
by Road Kanchipuram is well connected by a good network of roads.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Heartbeat Group, Kanchipuram

  • Pizza Hut, Kanchipuram

  • Rama's Cafe, Kanchipuram

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