Known for its beautiful and fine silk saris, Kanchipuram is also a land dotted with numerous temples. It is a holy city located on the Palar river in Tamil Nadu. Originally it was known as Kachi and Kachiampathi. Once it was the capital of the Cholas. Later Pallavas established their supremacy in Kanchipuram in the 6th century. They were followed by the Vijaynagar rulers. It is a pilgrim centre held in high esteem by the Hindus. The city flaunts around one hundred twenty six temples. The beauty and richness of the? Dravadian style of architecture can be best seen in the temples of the city.
Beautiful temples are the main attractions in Kanchipuram. The famous ones are:
Sprawling over an area of 20 acres, the temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. It is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. It is famous for its 1000 Lingas. Just outside the temple stands a 3500 year old mango tree. Taking circles around the tree is considered highly auspicious.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
Dedicated to goddess Kamakshi(one of the forms of goddess Parvati), the temple is famous for its stunning architecture. The Chakra inside the temple was installed by a Hindu sage named Adi Sankaracharya.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Constructed in the 11th century, the temple was built by the Cholas. The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful carvings of lizards with gold work.
Other known temples are Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple and Kailashnatha Temple.
Handwoven Silk Saris
Available in different designs and colours, the Kanchipuram saris are famous for their beauty and quality all over the country. Kanchipuram is known as the 'silk city' as it produces silk saris in abundance. The Kanchipuram silk saris are characterized by contrast borders or golden zari dots and patterns. Mulberry silk is used for weaving such wonderful saris.
Lodges, guest houses and hotels are available in Kanchipuram. The famous hotel is Hotel Tamil Nadu(TTDC).
In the summers, the temperature ranges between 36.6?C and 21.1?C. While in the winters, the temperature ranges between 28.7?C and 19.8?C. The best time to visit Kanchipuram is between? October to March.
Kanchipuram Silk saris which are known for their durability and grace are the main shopping items in Kanchipuram.
How To Reach:
Air: The nearest airport is Chennai. Regular flights for the major Indian cities and important cities abroad are available from Chennai airport.
Rail: Kanchipuram is easily accessible by trains from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati and Bangalore.
Road: Kanchipuram is located at a distance of 75 km from Chennai and is easily accessible by road.