Kanchipuram / Kanchi Travel Guide
Heritage | Pilgrimage
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Base Station: Kanchipuram
Nearest City to Kanchipuram: Chennai (70 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kanchipuram: July to August & November to April
Peak Season: July to August & January to April
State: Tamil Nadu | District: Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram Weather: Maximum: 37°C
Minimum: Below 19°C
At a distance of 75 km from Chennai, 68 km from Vellore, 65 km from Mahabalipuram, 108 km from Tirupati & 127 km from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Tamil Nadu. It is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. Kanchipuram is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennai and one of the major Places to visit in Tamilnadu.
Kanchipuram has rich history and it's one of the oldest cities in India. The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grandeur and great architecture. The architecture of Kanchi monuments were trendsetting with great sculpture work and unique style and became a benchmark for South Indian architecture.
The city served as the capital of Pallava Dynasty, and most of the known temples were built during their reign. From the 3rd to the 9th century CE, Kanchi was the capital of the Pallavas who ruled over the territory extending from the river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh to the river Kaveri in the south. The Pallavas fortified the city with ramparts, moats, etc., with wide and well laid out roads and fine temples. They were a great maritime power with contacts with far-off China, Siam, Fiji, etc., through their chief Port Mamallapuram, the modern Mahabalipuram. The Cholas ruled this town from 10th century to 13th century after the fall of Pallavas. Kanchi came under the control of Vijayanagara kingdom from 14th century to 17th century and controlled by British from the end of 18th century.
Kanchipuram is located on the Palar River and known for its temples and silk sarees which are woven manually. There are several big temples, like Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple which is one of the five forms of abodes of Lord Siva, (it is the earth abode here, other abodes include Chidambaram (Sky), Sri Kalahasti (air), Thiruvanaikoil (water) and Tiruvannamalai (fire)).
Kanchipuram is well connected by train and bus from major cities in South. There are frequent buses to Kanchipuram from Chennai, Vellore, Tirupati, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, etc.
It usually takes about 2 full days to visit the major sites in Kanchi.
Garuda Sevai- Varadaraja Temple In June
Float Festival -Varadaraja Temple In February And November
Kamakshi Ammam Festival - February
Mahashivaratri Festival - Kailashanatha Temple In February
Panguni Uthiram -Ekambareshwara Temple In March-April