At a distance of 75 km from Chennai, 68 km from Vellore, 65 km from Mahabalipuram, 108 kmfrom Tirupati & 127 km from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famousholy trip places/locations in Tamil Nadu. It is a temple town and the headquarters ofKanchipuram district. Kanchipuram is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennaiand 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 ofKanchipuram are known for their grand beauty and great (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.). The (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.) of Kanchi monuments were trendsetting with great sculpture work and (like nothing else in the world) style and became a test result for South Indian (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.).
The city served as the capital of Pallava (period of time with the same powerful family rulers), andmost of the known temples were built during their rule. From the 3rd to the 9th century CE, Kanchi was the capital of the Pallavas who ruled over the (land area owned or controlled by someone) extending from the river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh to the river Kaveri in the south. The Pallavas strengthened the city with (huge protecting walls), moats, etc., with wide and welllaid out roads and fine temples. They were a great sea-related power with contacts with far-offChina, Siam, Fiji, etc., through their chief Port Mamallapuram, the modern Mahabalipuram. TheCholas ruled this town from 10th century to 13th century after the fall of Pallavas. Kanchi cameunder the control of Vijayanagara kingdom from 14th century to 17th century and controlled byBritish from the end of 18th century.
Kanchipuram is located on the Palar River and known for its temples and silk sarees which arewoven manually. There are (more than two, but not a lot of) big temples, like Kamakshi AmmanTemple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple which is one of the five forms of houses of Lord Siva, (it is the earthhome here, other houses 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 frequentbuses to Kanchipuram from Chennai, Vellore, Tirupati, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, etc.
It usually takes about 2 full days to visit the major places/locations in Kanchi.