Kanchipuram City Guide
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Kanchipuram City Guide



Kanchipuram as being the administrative headquarters is located on the banks of Vegavathy River. The city is 75 Km away from Chennai and is well linked by highway network. It is recognized as ‘Silk City’ or city of thousand temples. It was chiefly ruled by the Pallavas. The silk saris manufactured over here gave it the name silk city and the saris manufactured here are considered best in the world. The city has a remarkable presence for its civilization and culture. The economy of this district headquarters is mainly reliant on well-established handloom and tourism industry.

River: The Palar River is the most important river running throughout the district. Wells and tanks are the major sources of irrigation over here. Guide service: Tourist Guides well-versed and speaking different languages such as French, English, Italy, German, and Spanish, require to be sent from state capital Chennai, depending upon on their availability.

Places to visit

Kailasanathar Temple

It is 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place of worship is remarkable for its sculptures and architecture. There are 58 small temples located around the main temple as multifaceted wall. This temple was made of sandstones.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 5 am to 12 pm & 4 pm to 8.30 pm NO NO


Ekambareswarar Temple

This temple depicts one of the 5 elements known as Earth (Prithvi). It’s another ancient shrine of the city, which is also dedicated to Lord Siva. Inside the compound of the temple there is a 2500-years-old mango tree which has four branches and each yields special varieties of mangoes.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 5 am to 12 & 4 pm to 8.30 pm NO Rs 100 & Still Camera – Rs 20


Varadharaja Temple

This holy place is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is noted for its magnificent sculptures. It is one of the 108 holy Shri Vaishnavite shrines.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 5 am to 12 pm & 4 pm to 8.30 pm NO NO


Kamakshiamman Temple

It is the most important temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, the presiding deity. The temple is considered among the holy (Sakthi Piths) places in India. It is personally related with Sri Adi Sankaracharya.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 5 am to 12 & 4 pm to 8.30 pm NO Not Allowed


Handloom industry

Kanchipuram is also renowned for its handloom Silk Saris. Weaving silk saris is the main occupation of people in this place.

Day Excursions from Chennai

Kanchipuram – Vellore Golden Temple (Sripuram) –Kanchipuram

Vellore Golden Temple is dedicated to deity Mahalakshmi. The remoteness from Kanchipuram to Vellore is about 70 Km, which is at 1 ½ hrs drive. From Chennai the place is about 140 Km and takes 3 ½ hrs drive.

Entrance fee Time to visit Camera Video Camera Special Darshan
Rs-10/- 8 am to 8 pm Rs-25/- Strictly Not Allowed Rs-250 PP


Kanchipuram - Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary – Kanchipuram

Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary is one of the main water bird sanctuaries located in India. From Kanchipuram it is 60 km away. Between November and March, you can visit the sanctuary as it is the best time.

Entrance fee Time to visit Camera Video Camera
Rs-10/- 7 am to 6 pm Rs-25/- Rs-150/-


Fairs & Celebrations:

Kanchipuram witnesses a number of fairs and festivals round the year. Some significant celebrations include the Garudothsavam, Brahmotsavam, and Car (ratham) festivals, which are organized in the months of January, April, & May correspondingly. In the month of October Silk Tourism Festival is is organized.