Kanchipuram is considered as one of the seven holy towns in India. According to an ancient myth, one is bestowed by salutation on visiting this sacred place. This town of Kanchi is situated 75 Km from Chennai and it is also addressed as the Temple Town. The ancient town was blessed with 1000 temples out of which only 126 are found today. The famous silk industry in India has its roots in this town and the ‘Kancheepuram’ saree has originated from this town. The most common household trade here is linked with the silk produced here. A journey to this mystic land is incomplete without the purchase of Pure mulberry silk sarees or the fine zari sarees which also happen to be the hallmark of this sacred town.
There are many places to visit in Kanchipuram as mentioned below :
Ekambareshwar Temple : This temple has its name mentioned in the various works penned down by Tamil poets since the 2nd century. The temple has been constantly improvised since the rule of Pallavas and today stands tall and proud in its present striking form. Its doors stand 40 feet tall and the temple has a mango tree adjacent to it which is said to be 3500 years old. The dominance of the Dravidian culture stands vivid in all the temples of this religious capital of India. The sheer brilliance of the designs makes one wonder about the passion and interest in art and architecture by the ancient rulers of this town
Kamakshi Amman Temple : Kancheepuram is one of the three cities in India where Goddess Shakti is worshipped. This temple has a golden chariot and a gold plated tower as its priced possession. The temple has a gallery which depicts the life history of the famous Adisankaracharya.
Kanchi Kudil : This is a small depiction of the life of the people of Kancheepuram built with an intention of attracting tourists. Kudil means a house and this house is 90 years old. There are many cultural programs organized in the evenings here through which one gets an insight into the lives of the Kanchi people.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary : This bird watcher’s paradise has many rare bird species. Photography is done extensively here. Ranked as one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in India, this place is a must visit during your trip to Kancheepuram.
Apart from the above mentioned wonders, there are numerous other temples like the kailasanathar Temple, Devarajaswami temple and many others which are worth a visit in this town. Do not miss the Dutch Fort, Covelong Beach, Muttukadu and Mammalapuram in your Kanchipuram tour package. Visit the silk factories and see for yourself the exceptional skill and precision with which silk is woven into a kancheepuram saree. Make sure your Kanchipuram tour package covers all the above mentioned places to visit in Kancheepurm.