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Lord Shiva Temple

Lord Shiva Temple  Video Review
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Kachapeshwarar Temple

Tarunkumartarun Konchada
21st Dec 17

One of the important place to visit

One of the important place to visit  Video Review
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Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Tarunkumartarun Konchada
21st Dec 17

Sri kamakshi Amman temple

Sri kamakshi Amman temple  Video Review
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Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Ramakrishnamagatapalli
21st Dec 17

Very big temple, must visit during Guru Purnima

Very big temple, must visit during Guru Purnima  Video Review
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Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Sonu Narayan
13th Jul 17

Nice place to remove our sins and add value

Nice place to remove our sins and add value  Video Review
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Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Ramakrishnamagatapalli
21st Dec 17

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1Attain The Blessings at Kanchipuram
Attain The Blessings at Kanchipuram

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jagdish Raval shares, “Biggest temple of Shiva in Kanchipuram  We visited this holy  The temple is huge and the doors are nearly 40 feet tall. The temple is a proof of the architectural splendour of the Bygone Era. The present structure of the temple is about 600 years old, work framed by King of Vijayanagar..”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jagdish Raval adds, “Oldest temple of Lord Shiva 2nd time got the blessing of Lord Shiva in the year 2015 at the oldest temple of Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram on 25. 11. 2015. The temple is of 7th Century i. E. 1400 years old and still in almost in the same position with some changes needed essential by Archaeology.”  

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2For it's Hindu temple with elephants
For it's Hindu temple with elephants

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jagdish Raval says, “This is one of the biggest and best temples of Lord Shiva in South India. It is believed that Mother Parvati got Lord Shiva by Tapasya under a Mango Tree which is believed to be 3500 years old and now a small part of so called tree is kept at the temple entrance in a showcase. The temple is huge and the doors are nearly 40 feet tall. The temple is proof of the architectural splendour of the bygone era. The present structure of the temple is about 600 years old, the work framed by the king of Vijayanagar. We were so pleased and blessed to be here – it cannot be expressed in words. ”

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3Where The Pallavas Reigned
Where The Pallavas Reigned

Being one of the ancient cities in South India, the history of Kanchipuram can be traced back to the reign of the Pallavas. Kanchipuram acquired its glory under the Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to 9th centuries and was the capital city of the Pallavas.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek says, "First trip to this place. Only issue was that it was not closer to most of the places. But it was real enjoyment to get into such lovely tourist destination. South indian temples are best when comes to sculptures. Getting sort of words, but there is lot to come."

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4Kanjivaram from Tamil Nadu
Kanjivaram from  Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram, named after the city in Tamil Nadu is famous for their Kanchipuram (Kanjivaram) saris. The South Indian version of the Banarasi, this heavy sari is perfect for elaborate functions.

What makes it different: Woven from pure mulberry silk

Buy Kanjivaram saris at: P.R Krishna & Sons or Varamahalakshmi

Where do I stay? GRT Regency

V K  Kumar: Ideal location on Gandhi road, the main commercial street of Kanchi, and in the vicinity of all temples. It is in the middle of Big Kanchipuram and Little Kanchipuram.

What else can I do here? Spend your time visitng ancient temples and the stunning heritage sites. 

Find out where to get the best Kanchipuram sarees

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5Kanchipuram silk work
Kanchipuram silk work

One of the most well known and sought after silk saris in India, the Kanchipuram varient has carved out a niche for itself thanks to impeccable workmanship and alluring shimmer. HolidayIQ Traveller Thulaseedharan says, “Visit the beautiful temple village of Kanchipuram. The major attraction of Kanchipuram is the kanchipuram pattu saree. The artisians make sarees in their local machines. Beautifully made, the saris are low priced! You can purchase saris and other handicrafts items from the village artisans in one third of the price that it is actually sold in the market.”

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Reviews (36)

Feline

Feline4.3/5

9 reviews

Historic temple city

We drove to Kanchipuram from Bangalore. Tour was temple visits only. Took us around 5. 5 hours with a break for b/f. Took the Krishnagiri, Vellore route. Left Bangalore at 5:30 am, stopped at Sai Sangeet for b/f (decent). While coming back stopped at Murugan idli for lunch (decent). Roads are excellent and spent a total of Rs 340 on toll (one way).

Heard private vehicles from outside state are followed and asked to visit their silk saree shops, by agents. Experienced it when I slowed down the car or was at a signal. Even autos out there will tell you that they know a good silk saree shop, as they will get some % from shop owner for getting customers. Be very careful as the prices are no less cheap and there is always a high chances of you getting cheated. They sell at the same rate as you get in Bangalore. Better to visit Arani (near Vellore) if you have contacts to buy rather than Kanchipuram.

There are only 4 main temples which is a must visit. Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareswarar temple, Kailasnathar temple and Vardharaja Primal temple. Others can be visited if you have time. Others which we visited were Ulagalantha primal temple and Kachabeswarar temple (both near Kamakshi Amman temple). Also try to visit Chitragupta temple (only 2 temples exists in India, one in Kanchi and the other in Orissa). This is near Ulagalantha temple. Other temples visited were Ashtabujam temple and Sonnavanam temple (both near Vardharaja temple). One more visited was Vaikunda primal temple (near hotel tamil nadu). Total of 10 temples visited. Suggest to keep 2 days for the visit to Kanchi. Temples are closed between 12 pm to 4 pm. So plan your trip accordingly.

Since week day, there was no rush in temple. Kamakshi Amman, Ekambareswarar and Vardharaja Primal temple (golden lizard) need atleast 1 hour and Kailasnathar temple needs around 30-45 min. Rest all can be covered in 20-30 min. All temples are clean. All of them are either Shiva or Vishnu temples. Parking can be a challenge but not very difficult at main temples. Other smaller temples have narrow roads.

Sarvana Bhavan and A2B are available in the heart of the city. Those enjoying South indian meals and south indian b/f will have no problem in the city. People are very helpful and make an effort to guide you in route or other tips regarding temple visits. Went in Sep, weather was hot. Stayed at Hotel Tamil nadu (average hotel with basics Complimentary b/f and lunch/dinner... Which was decent). Overall a very good trip and good memories to cherish for a long time to come.

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Paresh nissar

Paresh nissar3.6/5

12 reviews

Temple City

A religious city with temples and temples in every lane. All the temples are huge, grand and very ancient. This city will satusfy all your spiritual needs.
It is also known as the silk city with some very good saree shops where you get the choicest of silk and cotton sarees. A must visit for all saree loving ladies.

Kanchipuram Overview

Kanchipuram, known as the ‘City of 1000 Temples’, is a famous temple city located in the north-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu. Well-known for its glorious culture, heritage and famous silk sarees, the city is bound by Vellore and Thiruvannamalai districts in the west, Thiruvallur and Chennai districts in the north, Villupuram districts in the south and Bay of Bengal in the east. The city has a coastline of around 57 km and a total geographical area of 4393.37 hectares.

Being one of the ancient cities in South India, the history of Kanchipuram can be traced back to the reign of the Pallavas. Kanchipuram acquired its glory under the Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to 9th centuries and was the capital city of the Pallavas. Most of the temples in this town were constructed during this period. Subsequently, the city was ruled by the Cholas, the Vijayanagara dynasty and the British.

Kanchipuram, considered as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus. The temples and monuments seen in the city are an example of the architectural mastery of Dravidian dynasties in the South.

Sakkiswarar Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple etc. are some of the important temples in Kanchipuram. The city is regarded as the seat of Kanchi Matha, a Hindu religious institution and is also famous for being the birth place of Saint Ramanuja, the father of Vaishnavisim. Kanchipuram, renowned for its silk sarees, is also called as the ‘Silk City’.

Kanchipuram is 76 km away from Chennai and the nearest airport is also at Chennai. Local transportation facilities are available from the airport to the destination. Kanchipuram has a rail station which is connected to major cities like Chennai, Madurai, Nagercoil and others. State run as well as private buses run from Chennai and other nearby cities to Kanchipuram.

The best time to visit Kanchipuram is during the winter season, from September to February.

Photos of Kanchipuram

Kanchi Kamakshi temple, Kanchipuram

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Mythili Ramanjulu

The main temple entrance
Kanchi Kamakshi temple, Kanchipuram

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Amit Kumar

Kanchi Kamakshi temple

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