"Golden City Of 1000 Temples"

A City in Tamil Nadu, India

Interest Measure for Kanchipuram

Ideal time to stay:  1 - 3 days

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Height(Altitude) of Kanchipuram from sea level:  274 feet
Latitude/Longitude:  12.8299303°N, 79.7097136°E

Food, Culture and Language at Kanchipuram

Food Availability:  Indian, South Indian 
Regional Language:  Tamil
Currency:  ₹ - Rupee (INR)

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Why travel Kanchipuram?

Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven holiest town of its kind in the country. It is believed that a visit to this town bestows salvation. "City of 1000 temples", "Golden City of Temples", "The Temple Town" or Kanchi. Kanchipuram has many names to its credit and is one of the oldest city in South India. The Main land lies on the northern bank of the Holy River Vegavathi a tributary of River Palar. It is a sacred destination for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus too.
It will be a festival sight throughout the year where temples celebrate one or other routine festivals.
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  • NoteYou might know the art of Shoulin Temple is preached by an Indian Buddhist Monk, the same monk was hailed from this city only.

6 Places to visit and Things to do in Kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple at Kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple

It is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam [five elements of Nature] representing Prithivi [Earth]. The Single Mango Tree in the outer court is revered as most sacred and it is believed, if worshipped by childless couple, will be blessed with a child. Hence Lord Shiva is called as Ekambareswarar. It has almost 60 m tall tower that is visible even from the highway while entering into the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will be left spellbound after seeing very high gopuram showcasing Dravidian architecture at the entrance. Inside the temple complex there is a long passage with meticulously carved pillars which is a photographer's delight.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1 hours
Kailasanathar Temple at Kanchipuram

Kailasanathar Temple

It means the temple of the Lord of Mt.Kailash dedicated to Shiva. Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu would you get a chance to see them in number. The land of temples, Tamil Nadu boasts of housing around 2,500 Shiv Temples that hold great importance for the Hindus. Amongst all the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, Kailasanathar temple in Kanchipuram is the oldest one. The stone carvings with intricate and dedicated workings present here are beyond words and will surpass all your expectations.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary at Kanchipuram

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

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Vedanthangal birds sanctuary is one of the smallest and oldest in the country with a unique history, which offers delightful views of birds across the world. It's a bird watcher’s paradise with wonderful photographer opportunities. Spread over a sprawling 74 acres of land, you will find the views stunning with migratory birds visiting the place from all over the world. Despite its compact size, Vedanthangal is worth a visit, especially between October and January, for the experience of seeing nesting birds in the thousand within close range.
Expenses - ₹5
Time needed - 3 hours
Chembarambakkam Lake at Kanchipuram

Chembarambakkam Lake

It is one the biggest lake around the area which is easily accessible from Kanchipuram. The place is calm and serene and people from all age come here to have a nice outing or spent time with their loved ones. There is a watch house and an old Shiva Temple nearby both worth visiting. Best time to visit the place is in evening and avoid going after 6 pm.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Kanchi Kudil House at Kanchipuram

Kanchi Kudil House

Kanchi Kudil was born of a desire to turn ancestral property into a place of tourist interest, that tourists may get a feel of the life as lived in a historic place as Kanchipuram. While temples and monuments index the cultural life of a city, the real soul of a place is to be found in its people and their homes. Craft exhibition and live demonstrations by craftsmen and artisans will be arranged during peak tour seasons. Feel free to buy extraordinary handicrafts. There is a food court that offers hygienically prepared South Indian dry snacks. At the rear end of the house is located a modern block of toilets for men and women, maintained absolutely clean to five star standards, and enough to cater to coach loads of tourists at a time.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2 hours
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

The Temple is well built with one of the best architecture and famous for its 400 exquisite pillared halls which, dedicated to Varadaraja Swamy. Gold and Silver Lizard are present in the temple premises, upon touching them one believes to get rid of all your misery. One of the unique features of the temple is the huge chain that was carved off a single stone. A 10-meter tall statue of Vishnu lies immersed in the large tank. The tank is drained once every 40 years and the statue can be viewed only at that time. Temple will be closed by 12.30PM so better to plan a visit before Lunch, and you will definitely have a long Queue line.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 3 hours

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Content of this page was last updated at Oct 21, 2016