About Kanchipuram

The radiant jewel of Kanchipuram illuminates the glory of India's ancient links with spirituality. The city revered for its thousand temples, Kanchipuram is bestowed with the spiritual heritage and legacy that goes back for centuries. Once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty; Kanchipuram served as a great seat of learning, culture and spirituality. Hindu religion and spirituality are etched on this ancient religious center; making it one of the seven sacred and revered cities of India. The temples constitute the tourism and pilgrimage circuit of this spiritual seat. These glorious temples were built under the patron ship of Pallavas during 6th and 7th century and Vijaynagara dynasty in its later years. Today, the glorious seat of learning is known not only for temples but also for its hand-woven, silk fabrics.

Kanchipuram Tour Attractions

Kailasanatha Temple - This temple in Kanchipuram is dedicated to the lord of Kailasa - Lord Shiva and the oldest temple in the city. It was built in the early 8th century on the orders of Pallava king Rajasimha. The sandstone bass relief architecture of Kailasanatha Temple is fine example of the Dravidian style and inspired many unique architectural marvels like Shore temple at Mahabalipuram and Brihadiswara Temple at Thanjavur.

Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple: Built a few years soon after Kailasanatha Temple was completed, Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu sculpted the next stage in the development of Dravidian culture. The temple is known to have beautiful pillared corridors around the sanctum.  

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple: Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is devoted to the goddess Kamakshi (Parvati), the resident deity of Kanchipuram. The temple built in reverence to the goddess has an imposing structure.

Ekambareswara Temple: The great Shiva temple at Ekambareswara was originally built by the Pallavas and later enriched upon by the Chola and the Vijayanagara kings. The temple is an architectural specimen with five unique enclosure Prakrams around the sanctum and a thousand pillared hall. The massive gateway towers or Gopurams are an added attraction of Ekambareswara Temple.

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple: Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is another shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built by the Vijayanagar kings, this immaculate temple is one of the ‘Divya Desams’, the divine temples glorifying the reverence of Lord Vishnu. Spread over 23 acres, this huge temple complex is known for its exquisite sculptures and its hundred pillared hall.

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham: Adi Sankaracharya, the great India Vedanta philosopher, established the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in the last years of his life. It is one of the five seats of Hindu learning in India established by him.

Shopping - Kanchipuram is a famous centre of handloom weaving and exquisite silk saris are woven here from pure mulberry silk. The saris, usually designed in contrasting colours, have an enviable reputation for lustre, durability and finish which is second to none in the country. More than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry and their spectacular creations are marketed by a number of co-operative societies located all over the city and the state.

How to reach Kanchipuram
  • By Air – Kanchipuram is closely connected to the Chennai Airport, with domestic and international connectivity
  • By Rail  – Kanchipuram Railway Station connects the spiritual town
  • By Road – Most travellers and tourists prefer the road to Kanchipuram – it’s certainly more practical than the rail ride from Chennai. The distance is negligible (2 hrs) and the road is in good shape. Frequent bus connections also make it convenient to travel by road.

Climate – The city of thousand temples, Kanchipuram enjoys tropical climate with uniform temperature throughout the year.

Excursions of Kanchipuram Tour

Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram – The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram are a creative expression of open air bass reliefs carved on single stone. The twin city of Mamallapuram is a glorious counterpart to Kanchipuram tour. The centre stage attractions of Mamallapuram feature Shore Temple alongside the Bay of Bengal, Five Chariots, Vishnu Temple, Mahishamardini Cave, Krishna Butterball and Arjuna Penance, etc.

Thirumalaivaiyavur – Located 73 km away from Kanchipuram, Thirumalaivaiyur Temple is an ancient Vishnu shrine located on the top of a hillock.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary – Vedanthangal water bird sanctuary is spread over 30 hectare lake and is a prime hotspot for nearly 30,000 birds who flock from long distances to nest and breed in the this wetland. These flourishing birds include cormorants, egrets, open-billed storks, and darters, white ibises, spoonbills and different varieties of herons. Bird’s activity can be noticed from the observation tower.
Tirupati – Located on the Tirumala Hills, Tirupati is a major pilgrimage center famous for one of the richest temples in the world, Venkateswara Swamy temple who rules the sacred city with his wives

Where to stay
  Balaji Resort GRT Regency  
  Citrus Sriperumbudur Hotel Jaybala  
  Green Coconut Resort    

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