Kanchipuram, Chennai

Kanchipuram is one of the most popular shopping destinations for saree lovers all over India and the world.

Kanchipuram is a sacred place in Tamil Nadu, 80 kilometers from Chennai. The city lies to the south west of Chennai adjacent to important districts like Vellore, Tiruvallur and Tiruvannamalai.

Kanchipuram is best known for its heritage temples and silk fabrics. The hand loom industry and tourism industry are two important contributors of the revenue in the city.

Kanchipuram is a must visit destination for almost all tourists to Chennai. In fact, along with Chennai and Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram constitutes the famous Golden Triangle of the Coromandel Coast.

Kanchipuram is accessible by bus or train from Chennai city. Bus services to Kanchipuram are available from Chennai and also the districts of Mammalapuram and Chengalpattu. The railway services are provided by the Southern Railways. It takes about 2 hours to reach the place via bus from Chennai and slightly less when you are traveling by train.

Although a dusty, dreary township of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram occupies a significant position on the global map owing to the wonderful craftsmanship of the Kanchi weavers, who make what is perhaps the finest silk fabric anywhere in the world. The Kanchipuram silk sarees enjoys a good reputation among Indian women due to their intricate craftsmanship in terms of embroidery as well as their surprising durability.

Kanchipuram silk sarees are popular all over India as well as all parts of the world. They can be bought from the cooperative societies where they are found to be comparatively inexpensive. However, the private merchant outlets also offer considerable variety in terms of color and price range.

Last Updated on 11/2/2011