Introduction Kanchipuram is also known as Kanjeevaram or Kanchi. It is a medium-sized town in Tamil Nadu and the place is very near to Chennai. It is one of the most important spiritual centres of Hinduism. It is a major pilgrim destination also. Kanchipuram has several medieval temples with excellent architecture. It was the capital of the Pallava kingdom from the 4th to the 10th century. Many Hindu temples are there in the city and everyday lakhs of people will be coming to this place to visit these temples. There are archaeological remains of Jain temples. The present-day Kanchipuram is a very well known weaving centre and the Kanchi silk sarees are very famous with all the Indian women and people who visit this place will never leave this place without purchasing at least one or two sarees.
The Kanchi Kamakoti mutt in this place is a must visit the place. Every Hindu will definitely want to have the darshan of the seer here.
How to reach here
Transportation within the town Google Maps is a very good guide for orientation and the location of major temples in this place. Once we know the general direction, we can spot temples easily due to their tall stone entry towers called gopuram. It is better to start early in the morning and see the temple and reach back by late morning. Again you can go out in the evening. Mornings and evenings are the best times to have good photography.
Auto-rickshaws are also available and you will find them anywhere in the town. You have to talk to the driver and finalise the cost before you start travelling in these rickshaws. You can talk to the driver and fix up a rate to show you all the important places in the town.
A good number of taxis are available near the bus stand. You can fix up a taxi for the total travelling in the town and you can cover all the major temples and places here.
Places to visit:
There are many other temples in the town and the town is very well known as the city of temples. Based on our interest and the time we have we can visit as many temples as possible. But one should not miss Kanchi Kamakshi temple. Ekambeshwarar temple and Vaikunta Perumal Temple.
The Non-Governmental Organization RIDE India is located in Kanchipuram. RIDE conducts Eco-Tourism program which includes visiting of silk-weaving families, temple tours around Kanchipuram and tailor-made tours.
What to Buy Kanchipuram is the best silk-weaving centre in India. The market is full of silk clothes for men and women. There are many silk shops in Mahatma Gandhi Road. Going directly and bargaining in the shops is the best course of action. Some people will try to cheat by showing inferior quality material which can't be identified by us and offer at a very low price. So don't get cheated by such people. Go to good shops and bargain. If you take the help of an auto rickshaw driver or cab driver they will take to certain shops where they will get some commission. So it is better you go on foot to these shops and select the pieces you like and bargain.
Where to Stay There are very good hotels with good facilities in the town and you will get good accommodation here. The prices are reasonable and you can choose as per your requirement. But it is better to book rooms in the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt online in advance so that the stay will be comfortable. There are very good restaurants which will serve good and hygienic south Indian food.
Nearest Railway Station: Kanchipuram Railway station
Nearest Bus station: Kanchipuram Bus Station
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport.
Good lodges and restaurants are available to stay and eat.