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Kanchipuram is a city of thousand temples and famed to be Golden City of Temples located on the banks of the River Vegavathy.
Kancheepuram is one of the Seven Tirtha or pilgrimage sites according to Hinduism. It is believed that a visit to this temple town bestows salvation. It is also considered sacred by Buddhists and Jains too.
It has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India. Temples to visit in Kancheepuram are Kailasanathar Temple,the temple of the Lord of Mount Kailash devoted to Lord Siva;Varadaraja Perumal Temple devoted to Varadarajaperumal or Vardaraja Swamy.
Tourist places around Kanchipuram are:-
- Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Chengalpattu – Boating area
- Vedanthangal- Bird sanctuary
- Pandavadhootha Perumal Temple
- Muttukadu- water sports zone with boating, water surfing and wind surfing,Crocodile Bank
- Mudaliarkuppam – Rain Drop Boat house
- Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Kancheepuram houses some of the pilgrimage places in Tamil Nadu, they are:-
Other famous places to visit in Kancheepuram include Mamallapuram, Sadras, Uthiramerur, Kooram and Singaperumal Koil.
Festivals in Kanchipuram are Float festival of Varadaraja Perumal temple Kanchi, Brahmotsavam of Ekambareswarar Temple, Chithirai Mahotsavam of Varada Raja Perumal, Brahmostavam of Lord Varadaraja Perumal, Kodai Utsavam, Pavitrotsavam, Purattasi and Aipasi.
Other places to visit in Kanchipuram includes ancient times Jama Masjid built by the Carnatic Nawabs which houses one of the 108 Sivalingams; Christ Church built by Mclean, a British citizen in 1921.Paintings, Traditional Dressing & Make-up Cases, Silk ,Cotton and Handloom men and women’s wear, Jewellery and Indological Books.
Kancheepuram is also famous for lustrous Kanchipuram silk sarees or Kanjeevaram silks. It is a traditional centre of silk weaving and handloom industries for producing Kanchipuram Saree. In 2005, Kanchipuram Pattu Saree received the Geographical Indication tag, the first product in India to carry this label. Shopping in Kanchipuram will be an exciting experience for all ladies, especially brides .
Kancheepuram famous food are Rasam, Sweet Pongal, Payassam, Sambhar, Idli, Vada, Dosa. Kanchipuram tourism has opened avenues for best stay places here.
How to Reach Kancheepuram
- By Air : Chennai is the nearest Airport 75 kms from Kancheepuram
- By Rail : Connected by passenger trains from Chennai to Kancheepuram and Tirumalpur.
- By Road : Well Connected with different parts of the District, Chennai and Tirupathi.