Places to visit in Kanchipuram Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu India
Kanchipuram is situated on the northern east coast of Tamil Nadu. The neighboring districts are vellore and Thiruvanamalai district in the west, Tiruvallur and Chennai district in the north and villupuram district in the south and on the east you have the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The geographical area is 4, 43, 210 hectares and spots a coastline of 57 km.
Kanchipuram is an ancient city, which is considered as the “City of thousand temples.” Today, the cause of civilization has reduced it to 126 temples in and around the city. It is the second holiest place in India next to Varanasi. Kanchipuram is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centers for the Hindus. Kancheepuram is the district headquarters which has famously explored the silk saree industry from the past. The thriving hand loom industry still has its name and fame to the international standards in fabric, art & designs. This city being religious, it has several fairs and festivals throughout the year are a notable fact. At present, there are 126 temples in kanchi and few more in its outskirts.
Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu
The city was successfully the capital of the Pallavas, the early Cholas and later Vijayanagar Rulers. During the second century BC it was ruled by the Cholas and it was a Pallava capital between the 6th to 8th centuries. One of the Acharya Peetas of Sri Adi Sankara, Sri Kanchi Kamakodi Peetam is also situated here. Kanchipuram consists of two divisions, Siva or Big Kanchipuram and Vishnu or little Kanchipuram. It is about 73 km from the South West of Chennai.
Kanchipuram Silk Sarees
Kanchipuram is well known for silk sarees. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago. They have given an enviable reputation to produce the best silk saree in the country. The weavers weave the saree with pure mulberry silk, attracting colors in a dazzling form and they are embellished with fine gold thread (zarigai). The designs of the sarees are very imaginary and they are available in various forms. This industry is very challenging to gain name and fame through the job of selection and their work.
Places to Visit in Kanchipuram
Sri Ekambareswara Temple
Sri Ekambareshwarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram. This Siva temple was built over an area of 12.14 hectares, it has 5 corridors and a thousand pillared hall besides a massive tower (gopuram). This ancient temple is surrounded by a huge stone wall built in the early 16th century during the days of the Vijayanagar Empire.
This is the famous Sivan temple is kanchi. Here, Lord Siva is worshipped as earth or prithivi which is one of the five elements.
The huge Lingam inside this temple is known as Prithivi Lingam. It is one of the Pancha Lingams of South India, the other four are the Jyothir Lingam at Thiruvannamalai, the Appu Lingam at Jambukeswaram, the Vayu Lingam at Kalahasti and the Akasha Lingam at Chidambaram.
In one of the enclosures of the temple, there is an old mango tree with four branches. These four branches represent the four Vedas. The name of the God Eka-Ambra-Natha has been derived by the meaning the lord of the Mango Tree. The fruits of the four branches are said to be in different taste. Ekambareshwar temple enshrines many traditions. It is a hoary antiquity, beginning as a small fane, It has grown over the centuries into a large one with innumerable shrines, mandapams, gopurams and tanks. It is one of the most ancient temples which were built during the 600 AD.
Sri Kaliasanathar Temple
This is an ancient pallava temple which was constructed in the 8th century. The architectural structure of this temple resembles the shore temple at Mamallapuram.
Kailasanatha Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva who is called as Kailasnatha. The shrines of this temple are very old, which was built about 2000 years ago. It was built by the Pallava Ruler Rajasimha Pallava and was completed by his son Mahindra Varma Pallava in the early decades of 8th century AD. This temple is a finest example of Pallava Architecture in South India. It has the oldest structure and it is famous for its beautiful sculptures. The sculpture of Ardhanareeswarar is very wonderful because of its feminine aspect has a Veena in her hand, while the masculine aspect of Siva is seated on a bull.
This temple is situated just one kilometer west of the town center. The temple has the edifice which was elaborately filled with all the 64 aspects of Lord Siva. It is the one and only temple in India which has some of the edifices, none other temple.
Vardaraja perumal Temple
Sri Varatharajaperumal Temple was one of the most important temples for the vaishnavites. This Vishnu temple is noted for its 100 pillared hall, riders on horseback, beautiful figures of Rathi and Manmatha, massive chains carved out of single stones and exquisite temple jewellery. The annual Garudotsavam festival is the most colorful and draws thousands devotees it is celebrated during the month of May – June. This temple has construed by the vijayanagar kings. This temple is situated at the top of Hastrigiri or Elephant hill.
This temple is also known as “Hastigiri” which is one of the Vaishnava Divya Desams located in ‘Vishnu Kanchi’ or the ‘Little Kanchi’. The Lord of this temple is Sri Varatharajaperumal who was in a standing posture facing the West. He is also known as Devaraja. This temple with Superb Art has a magnificent history, which was associated by the great saint Ramanuja. He was the only person serve here. Many miracles are said to have occurred. This temple was several century old and it got the ministry of Ramanuja and became to gain fane.
Sri Kamakshiamman Temple in Kancheepuram
This is known to be a scared temple in kanchi. The temple consist of three sakthi peethas of Indian belief, kamakshi is the super goddess, parasakthi having saraswathi, Lakshmi and parvathi in the eyes is the belief behind the worship in this temple. Kamatchi Amman Temple is consecrated to the Goddess Kamatchi who is having the loving-eyes. Here the Goddess is worshiped in the form of a Chakra, which is placed in front of this idol. India has three main cities where the Goddess Shakthi is worshiped. Kanchipuram holds the most important rank among the three. They are, in Kanchipuram the Goddess Kamatchi is Worshiped, Madurai (Meenachi) and Kasi(Visalakshi). The Kamatchi Amman temple is the hub of all religious activities in Kanchipuram. The main tower of this temple is gold plated (Vimanam). It has the significance of the “Golden chariot” in this temple. This chariot is taken in a procession around the temple on the Friday evenings.
Sri Ulagalandar Temple
This temple is situated in the center of the town near Kamatchi Amman Temple. It is about half kilometer from there. It is one of the oldest and ancient temples in Kanchipuram. The deity of Sri ulahalanda Perumal represents the Vamana Roopam, it is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu has taken this avatharam to save the Devas from the Demon King Mahabali. The image of this Lord Perumal is about 35 feet high. During the period of chola kings this temple was built as vaishnava temple. The main deity is Trivikaama.
Sri Vaikunda perumal Temple
Vaikuntha Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple was built few years after finishing the Kailasanatha Temple. It is also an example for our tradition and Culture by showing the arts and architectures in different manner. During the 8th century this temple was built and structured by one of the great king Nandivarma pallava, which again gives importance to the Vaishnivites.
Sri Kacchapaeswar Temple
In this temple the special feature of Lord Siva’s appearance as Vishnu in the form of a turtle is being worshipped with spiritual faith from the past.
Jain Temples at Tirupparuthikkundram
Kanchi plays an importance role on the history of Jains. Mostly, pallava kings belonged the backing of jainism those days. Jainism and the temples of Jania Tirthankaras were found during the early Ninth century A.D. Jain temples are known for fresco paintings and a grandeur image worship of bhagwan Mahaveer are the ethic that being followed even today.
Sri Subramaniya Sivam Temple in Kancheepuram
This temple was built around 1915.
Places to See in Kanchipuram
Kancheepuram Anna Memorial
Kanchipuram is the birth place of Dr. C.N. Annadurai. He was one of the great scholar, orator, statesman, a great leader in politics of the state and former chief minister of Tamilnadu. The highlight in Kanchi is that his ancestral house at kanchi is now the Anna memorial.
Kanchi Kamakodi Peedam
This kanchi kamakodi peedam and kammakshiamman temple is closely associated with the life of sankaracharya. Who was one of the devotee and a respectful person in the peedam.
This Kudil is been formed to change this ancestral home kanchi as a tourist spot that adds great interests for the visitor to experience the ancient life style of kanchipuram.
Places to Visit Near Kanchipuram
Vedanthagal bird sancturary (48 km)
Migration is a lesson that birds -the best teachers that taught man to immigrate into countries, vedanthagal is the stop spot for birds from all over the world during the migration seasons such as October and March- The best season for bird watching. vedanthangal is known as the best water bird sanctuary in India. The birds nest on the branches of the trees partially immersed in the lake appears an awesome view to the visitor to just say wow!and make open the eyes to gaze at birds spellbound would be an experience at vedanthangal.
This is located about 80 km from kanchipuram. It is famous for boating and windsurfing at the backwater lake in muthukadu.
The crocodile Bank
Just 14 km from Mamallapuram you have crocodile breeding Centre. Say! About 5000 crocodile of 6 different species, alligators and other reptiles are bred here. Nearby, you have a snake farm where anti venom is produced is situated here.
This location is clear proof of pallava reign in the Tamilnadu region. Mamallapuram is an excellent specimen of Dravidian temple structure and architecture and pallava arts. Mostly these Structures of value and aesthetic monuments were completed during the reign of Narasimha Varman I and Narasimha Varaman II.
Today the place is famous for nine cave temples and the eight mandapams which is located at various spots namely the Dharmaraja, Kotikal, Mahishasura, Krishna, Pandava, Varaha, Ramanuja and shiva mandapams, moreover, Arjunas penances is the largest bas-relief in the world. This is a kind of work that adds more credibility, to our ancient workers, sculptors and architects. The pride is that the place is shaped like a whale with the life –size carving.
The five rathas are mini shrines, carved out of single rocks shaped like chariots .which is a remarkable remembrance of the evolution of Dravidian culture and style of temple architecture. The tiger cave has a several designs on lions and tiger statue are the sight seeing spot.
Thirukazhukundram (17 km)
An ancient shiva temple on a hill top is famous here.
Thiruporur (16 km)
Here Lord Muruga is worshipped with great several ancient reason and that are inscribed in this temple attracks not only the devotees but to researchers and scholars too.
This is a classic beach, sandy area near mamallapuram. Covelong is not only famous for beach resorts but also it is known for the trinity unity of the region in the state. To mention that unity is strength you have a Dargah and a Chruch and temple which worships god. This is situated 40 kms from Chennai and also a known place for small fishing.
A Place to prove the olden cultures that are not yet faded. Dakshina Chitra Provides authentic insights into the days of Tamilanite, Keralite, Andhrite, and kannadiya culture those days.
Sadras – (16 km)
This is the beach were Dutch settlement made. But recently it is a beach resorts.
It is a township near kanchi, it is famous for the birth as a gift of god to the earth St. Ramanujam. Who was the father of visishtadvaida philosophy of Vaishnuvism and this is an important pilgrim centre for the vaishnavites.
How to Reach Kanchipuram
The nearest airport is at Chennai
Nearest Stations are Chennai and Arrokkonam.
Kanchi is located approx. 75 km from Chennai. The roads are connecting various routes within the state and even beyond border lines of the state.