If you ever wished to visit a city with only temples and temples around, you should travel to Kanchipuram. Known as the 'city of thousand temples' Kanchipuram located about 70 kms from Chennai, is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India.
If you are a nature enthusiast then you should make an excursion from Kanchipuram to Vedanthangal, about 60 kms from Kanchipuram, which is a haven for migratory birds especially from November to February. For trekking, hiking or for picnics Elagiri Hills in the Eastern Ghats will be a good option.
How to Reach Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram, the temple town near Chennai is a popular tourist destination. It is quite accessible by air, rail and road.
The airport nearest to Kanchipuram is Chennai from where international and domestic flights operate.
Kanchipuram is connected by rail to Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati and Bangalore.
Kanchipuram is well connected by roads to Chennai and other important cities and towns in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India. For local transport cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are available.
Shopping in Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is synonymous with silks and silks! The Kanjeevaram saris of Kanchipuram are the finest and the most beautiful in the world. In India they are usually passed on as heirloom from mother to daughter.
Shopping in Kanchipuram for silk saris and fabrics can be done at handloom co-operatives who run their retail outlets. Besides silks, you can buy artifacts like fruit baskets, candle stands, and jewelry boxes and idols of gods and goddesses. These made of stone, bronze, brass, copper and jute make good gifts and souvenirs to carry home from Kanchipuram.
Places to Visit in Kanchipuram
- Anna Memorial
- Crocodile Bank
- Ekambaranatha Temple
- Ekambareshwarar Temple
- Kamakshi Amman Temple
- Kanchi Kudil
- Kailasnatha Temple
- Muttukkadu Lake
- Sadras Beach
- Vaikunta Perumal Temple
- Varadharaja Perumal Temple
- Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary