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Kanchipuram

Location Around 75 km from Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Famous Attractions Temples and Saris
Best Time To Visit From September to May
Temperature Summer: 36.6°C to 21.1°C, Winter: 28.7°C to 19.8°C
Silk Sarees - Kanchipuram

Popularly known as the religious capital of South India, Kanchipuram is the perfect destination for culture-seekers. Ideally located on the banks of River Vegavati, this city is dotted with hundreds of temples. Most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mosques and churches are also there in the city. At one point if time, Buddhism was also followed here. The remains of some of the Buddhist stupas can be seen in the city.

One of the reasons, which makes Kanchipuram a must-visit destination, especially for women, is its beautiful and high on quality silk saris. The handloom industry of the city is popular across the globe. It is in this city where highly skilled silk weavers produce finest silk saris in the world. The architectural beauty of the temples are a testimony to the wonderful Dravadian style of architectural. The city is one of the famous pilgrimages for the Hindus who come here from far and wide.

The original name of Kanchipuram was Kachi and Kachipuram. This land was ruled over by several dynasties such as the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Vigaynagar rulers. Each dynasty contributed something or the other to the rich cultural heritage of this land. During the ancient and medieval times, this city served as a great center of learning. It is also the land where the great Hindu saint Adi Sankaracharya lived.


Main Attractions Of Kanchipuram:

Kamakshi Amman Temple
Built during the Chola rule in the 14th century, Kamakshi Amman Templeis one of the most famous temples in the city. Dedicated to goddess Kamakshi, the temple has breath-taking architecture.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple
The history of this temple dates back to the 11th century. Its beauty lies in its exquisite carvings with gold work.

Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple
Located 10 km from Kanchipuram, this temple is famous for the inscriptions on its walls. Its foundation was laid in the 9th century.

Ekambareswarar Temple
Largest temple in Kanchipuram, Ekambaranatha Temple was built in honor of Lord Shiva. It houses 1000 Lingas.

Kailasanatha Temple
Built in red sandstone in the 8th century, this temple has beautiful carvings such as the carving of Urdhva Tandava dance of Shiva and laughing face of goddess Parvati.


Shopping
Shop for the world famous silk saris and other objects such as fruit basket, candle stands, jewelery boxes and idols of deities made of stone, brass, bronze and copper. Beautiful jute items are also available. Some of the silk saris have borders made of pure gold or silver.


Accommodation
A variety of accommodation options are available in the city. Hotel Tamil Nadu is quite famous.


How To Reach

By Air
Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport, connecting Kanchipuram to various cities in India and abroad by regular flights.

By Rail
Kanchipuram is well connected to the main cities of Tamil Nadu such as Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati and Bangalore by rail.

By Road
One can easily reach Kanchipuram by road from several cities of Tamil Nadu.

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