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Destination Details Kancheepuram

 

Destinations » TAMILNADU » Kancheepuram

Kancheepuram Kancheepuram, the Golden City of a thousand temples, and one of the seven sacred cities of India, is 71 km from Madras. It was, successively, the capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas, and the Rayas of Vijayanagar. During the 6th and 7th centuries, the Pallavas built some of the best temples in the city. The city was also a great seat of learning. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder, and the great Budddhist Bhikku lived, and worked here. Today, it is known not only for its temples, but also for its hand-woven silk fabrics. The main attractions of the city are the Sakkiswarar Temple; built by the Cholas.This temple is located near the Kamakshi Amman Temple.Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, an important Vishnu temple built by the Pallava King Nandivarman Pallavamalla, in the 7th century AD. Numerous inscriptions are found in the temple, relating to the wars between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas. Kailasanatha Temple, built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra the 3rd, in the 8th centuryAD. Ekambareswarar Temple, another ancient temple, renovated by the Pallavas, the Cholas, and the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 metre high Rajagopuram, is one of the tallest towers in South India. The festivals of the city are celebrated with great pomp and show; some of the main festivals are the Brahmothsavam, Garudothsavam, and the Chariot festival.
   
 

How to reach

 
  By Air

By Air

  The nearest airport is Meenambakkam, 86 kms. away from Chennai.  
  By Rail

By Rail

 
  Kancheepuram is well connected through rail.  
  By Road

By Road

 
  Kancheepuram is connected by regular bus service to main cities of Tamilnadu  
     
 

Places to Visit

 
  Kailasanatha Temple  
  This temple dedicated to Lord Siva was built by the Pallava king Rayasimha in the early decades of the 8th century The temple is famous for its architecture and beautiful sculptures.  
     
  Ekambaranatha Temple  
  This is one of the largest temple in Kancheepuram spreading over 9 hectares. The 57 mts high Rajagopuram is one of the tallest towers in south India. The two thousand five hundred years old mango tree inside the temple compound is another attraction.  
     
  Kaamakhiamman Temple  
  This temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi is one of the three holy places of Shakti worship in India. The temple in its present form was built by the Cholas, during the 14th century AD.  
     
  Varadarajaswamy Temple  
  This Vishnu temple is noted for its 100 pillared hall, riders on horse back, a massive chain carved out of a single stone and equisite temple jewellery  
     
     
 
 
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