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Kanchipuram is a city in Tamil Nadu which is renowned for its Kanchipuram Sarees and is also referred to as the golden city of a thousand temples. 

Due to this and many more reasons, Kanchipuram attracts a lot of tourist attention on an annual basis.

Apart from the cultural significance which includes the music, the folk dance and several other things, you can also visit Kanchipuram for its history, impact of Hinduism as well as its impeccable architectural marvels like Kamakshi Temple and Kailasnathar Temple.

If you are wondering about the best time to visit Kanchipuram then let us break the news to you; it is between the months of January to April, as this is the time when several festivals are also celebrated here. Travelling here during these months will fetch you an opportunity to get to know about these festivals along with the local culture. 

Also Read: Historically speaking, this city has been the epicentre of Portuguese influence since 1843

History of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram has time and again been referred to as the Banaras of the South by none other than the renowned poet Kalidasa (AD 366 - AD 446). 

Historically, various events associated with Kanchipuram can be traced back to the 2nd century BCE. 

Kanchipuram was also believed to have been an integral part of the Dravida Kingdom at one point. And since the beginning, this place was ruled over by several dynasties. For instance, when it was a part of the Pallava Kingdom, Kanchipuram saw a great rise and improvement in terms of architectural activities, that included the building of roads, temples and so many other things. 

Pallava reign was then followed by the Chola reign which was in about 890 AD and during those times, Kanchipuram also served as the capital of the Chola dynasty. Due to all this and many such incidents wrapped the quilt of history, it won’t be wrong to say that Kanchipuram holds a great historical prominence. 

And did you know that Kanchipuram has also served as a strategic battleground for the East India Company in wars against the French, and in Anglo-Mysore wars which took place in the 18th century? 

Major Attractions in and Around Kanchipuram

1. Kamakshi Amman Temple. It won’t be wrong to say that this temple is considered as one of the historical gems from our illustrious past. This place is also known for the divine presence of Goddess Kamakshi; the incarnation of Maa Parvati herself. Thus, amongst the devotees, this place carries great significance. 

2. Devarajaswami Temple. The kings of Vijaynagar had created this temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. The ornamented engraved pillars inside the temple are a thing to watch and cherish. Interestingly, this temple also has a marriage hall which was built to commemorate the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi according to our mythology. If you have a keen interest in Hindu architecture then a visit to Devarajaswami temple will be greatly insightful for you. 

3. Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Situated in Kanchipuram, this is one of the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas which essentially represents five materials need for our very existence on this plain. These elements are fire, earth, sky, water and air. And out of these five, Kanchipuram represents Earth. Mainly devotees come here in search of peace and liberation. You will also get to see traditional aartis and pooja rituals being conducted. 

How to Reach Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is an amazing city loaded with India’s cultural heritage as well as incredible history. It is located at a distance of about 477, 1,079, 1,195, 1,685 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Kanchipuram by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air. Chennai has fairly good flight connectivity with other Indian cities. The nearest airport from Kanchipuram is the Chennai Airport (MAA) situated at a distance of 60-70 km. It is considered to be the third busiest airports in the country. It has been fairly well-connected with other cities and towns. From the airport, you will need to take a cab or some other means of public transportation to reach here.

  • From Coimbatore - Board SpiceJet, IndiGo flights from Coimbatore Airport and deboard at the Chennai Airport
  • From Bengaluru - Board IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India flights from Bengaluru Airport and deboard at the Chennai Airport

By Train. If you are planning to visit Kanchipuram by train, then deboard at Kanchipuram Station (CJ). It is an important part of Chennai Railway division of the Southern Railway Zone. It receives trains ‘to and fro’ from nearby regions with good connectivity. From the station, you will need to book a taxi or some other means of local transportation. 

By Road. You shouldn’t be having any kind of problem if you are planning a trip by road. Kanchipuram is well connected with other Indian cities by motorable roadways and national highways. If you are residing in nearby regions like Tindivanam, Vellore, Chitoor, then, you can easily book interstate/private buses, taxis or if it suits you, take your own vehicle here.

  • From Vellore - 70 km via Vellore-Chennai Road
  • From Tiruvannamalai - 123 km via NH77
  • From Puducherry - 110 km via NH32

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