Kanchipuram: The land of The Silk Weavers

Kanchipuram is a temple city located in the southern part of the country in the state of Tamilnadu. Rich in its history, and culture, Kanchipuram is one of the seven “Thirtha” sites mentioned in Hindu theology. This is often a site of pilgrimage for many devotees. Kanchipuram has been ruled by many kingdoms for years, and they left behind a plethora of heritage, that is still preserved. Kanchipuram is also a major weaving centre, and visitors often buy at wholesale rate from the area.

PLACES TO VISIT

  1. Kamakshi Amman Temple: One of the most visited tourist destinations in the area, Kamashi Amman Temple is unique in many ways. The annual festival falls in spring, between February and May. This is a temple of the goddess of fertility, and love. The temple, covering over 5 acres, is a
  • Kailasanathar Temple: One of the oldest structure in the city, the temple is a year-round tourist destination, but sees footfalls exponentially grow during the festival of Maha Shivaratri. The temple is a perfect example of the famous Dravidian style of Architecture. The temple is carved in sandstone while the base is made of granite.
  • Kamakoti Peetam: Kamakoti Peetam is a monastic instituition in Kanchipuram. This institution is visited by many tourists to attain peace of mind, and introspection. The institution has roots dating back to almost 500 B.C. and is a religious heritage.

BEST FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

            FOOD

  1. The Dakshin: The restaurant serves quality Indian food, and has a good ambience to it. You can have your food with peace of mind here. They offering you a great service at a reasonable price.
  2. Hotel Saravana Bhavan: The hotel is the one you need to visit if you want to have the entire Kanchipuram experience at its fullest. The vegetarian restaurant offers delicacies that are native to the land. It is a budget restaurant and good service.

            ACCOMMODATION

  1. MM Legacy: A deluxe hotel, with swimming pools and a sunlit terrace, shared lounges. This is perfect for those who need a good time to lay back and relax. The service is very good, and the food served is also up to par.
  2. Regency Kanchipuram: One of the best stays in Kanchipuram, the hotel is reasonably priced, well-equipped with a gym, wifi facilities, and a 24-hour service. The location is also strategic so the visitors don’t have to go much out of their way while visiting the famous places in the town.

HOW TO REACH

There are no airports in Kanchipuram, and you may have to arrive at Chennai Internation Airport and then find other means to reach the place.

Train service is good and the railway station in Kanchipuram has regular trains connecting to Chennai and other major cities. This is a popular mode of transport to reach the area.

If you are travelling by road, Kanchipuram is almost 70 kilometres away from Chennai. You can avail buses that connect all major towns in the area. If you are travelling by car/ personal mode of transportation, using the State highway is advised, due to ease of navigation and good infrastructure.

BEST TIME FOR VISIT

Considering the weather, the best time to visit the town is March-October. The summers see the very high temperature and the winters see very low temperatures and chilly breeze.

But if you want the experience, you can visit at times of festivals such as the Pongal, which is in January, and also the Maha Shivarathri which is celebrated from mid-February to mid-March.

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