Kanchipuram - Golden City of Thousand Temples, is one of the oldest cities of Tamil Nadu. Apart from that, this religious city is blessed with rich history and some sacred powers. According to Hindu beliefs, Kanchipuram is one of the seven holy cities of India that offer 'Moksha' and from here one can reach divine spheres. This amazing city is also considered as a Seat of Shankaracharya. It attracts a large number of international and domestic tourists for its magnificent temples and hand woven silk sarees. Use of vibrant colours and pure gold thread in the weaving process makes the range more popular.
Amazing art structures and age-old tradition together makes it a great city known for hospitality, festivals, spirituality and much more. It reflects the glorious history and colourful culture of South India. Pallava Arts is easily visible in Kanchipuram temples. Tourism in Kanchipuram takes one to the city of temples that has its own charm and helps you to grow spiritually.
Kanchipuram Tourist Destinations
Kanchipuram is a city that has a wide array of temples. Although, all are amazingly beautiful and have spellbinding architecture, but the most popular names include Kanchi Kamakshi which is famous for its exquisite sculptures. One of Goddess Sati?s 51 shaktipeeth, this is said to be the place where Goddess Sati?s naval fell. Goddess Kamakshi is worshipped here as Lalitha Maha Tripura Sundari. Other popular temples are Ekambaranatha (largest temple of Kanchipuram), Kachapeshwarar Temple, Devarajaswami (dedicated to Lord Vishnu), Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple (one of Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu) and Shankara Mutt (both related to Adi Shankaracharya).
Wildlife or Bird Kingdom
Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is also counted as a favourite tourist spot. This water bird sanctuary is home for different migrated birds which include blue-winged teal, pintail, grey wagtail, common sandpiper, garganey and more. Also the oldest bird sanctuary of the country is considered as the paradise for bird watchers. Tourists can enjoy the best views in early morning or late in the evening.
Covelong beach is another major attraction of Kanchipuram that is brisk with fishing activities. Other frequent activities on this beach are wind surfing, swimming and meditation.
Kanchipuram Silk Saree
South India?s answer to Banarasi Saree and the first choice of a bride or would be bride; the silk takes its name from the village of Kanchipuram. They are weaved with bold colours using golden thread and have broad borders; mostly worn with heavy blouses.
Other Attractions in Kanchipuram
Apart from these, Kanchi Kudil, which is an old heritage home and is the reflection of old-style architecture and tradition in Kanchipuram. This heritage home is a peaceful place and is a famous tourist spot. Here you can see a glimpse of entire town and its specialties. Visit here to explore its cultural richness and age old heritage. Many cultural programs are organised here during evening hours sharing tales about how art flourished here in the ancient period.
Best Time to Visit
Although, this holy city enjoys salubrious weather throughout the year but October to March is considered as the best time to visit.
From luxury to budget hotels and lodges, there is no dearth of accommodation in Kanchipuram. Tourists can choose from any one as per their requirement and budget.
How to Reach
By Air: Chennai is the nearest airport to Kanchipuram. Another option can be Tirupati Airport in Andhra Pradesh.
By Rail: Kanchipuram Railway Station has train services to Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore.
By Road: State run as well as luxury buses are available for cities like Chennai (64km), Tirupati (128km), Pondicherry (127km) and Tiruchchirappalli (290km).
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