Top 10 Places to Visit in Kanchipuram
With a distance of 75 kilometres from Chennai, Kanchipuram is believed to be one of the most pilgrimage sites in Tamil Nadu. It is the temple town and the headquarters of the Kanchipuram District. It is even today one of the most popular weekend gateways from Chennai and yes of course a major place to be visited when in Tamil Nadu.
Kanchipuram has a rich history and is one of the oldest cities of Tamil Nadu. The temples located over here are known for the grandeur and great architecture. The city served to be the capital of the Pallava dynasty and most of the temples were built during this region. From the 3rd to the 9th century Kanchi was the capital of Pallavas, who ruled their territory that was extending from river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh to river Kaveri in the south. Given below are the top 10 places to visit in Kanchipuram.
This is a place in Kanchipuram that can be enjoyed for backwaters and water sports zone especially when it comes to boating and water surfing experiences. This is a place that is just located from 36 kilometres in Chennai. The TTDC helps in operating a boating centre in this ideal picnic destination followed by an enticing green background and the glittering blue sky and the sea followed by a really good food court facility. The Annual Windsurfing Regatta is something that is generally organized in the month of February.
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2. Kamakshi Amman Temple
There are a very few places in India, where the power of Shakti is worshiped and the Kamakshi Amman Temple is one among them. This is a temple that is built during the ancient times and is associated with Adi Shankaracharya. It is on the Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Sunday that you get to see a large number of devotees who flock here to worship. The main festivals that are celebrated in this temple are Brahmotsavam during the month of February and Navratri in the month of October.
Suggested Tour : 5 Days – Tamil Nadu Temple Tour
3. The Dutch Fort
The Dutch fort is among the ones that lies in the area of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. This is a fort that is also known as sadras fort. Earlier this fort was considered to be a temple where Lord Vishnu was worshiped. But it was later during the British period that this place was conquered and was transformed into a port. Today this is considered to be under those monuments that are archaeological surveyed.
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4. Pandava Dhootha Perumal Temple
This is a temple that is built by Rajakesari Varman about 100 years ago. This is a temple that is dedicated to lord Vishnu. The temple is believed to be of the 108 divyadesams. And this temple of Lord Sri Krishna that is called as Pandava Dhootha Perumal is one of the famous temples of bigger Kanchipuram. This temple is also eulogised by Sri Bhoothathazar, Peyazhwar.
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Also known to be the rain drop boat house of Kanchipuram, this is a place that is maintained and operated by the TTDC that is 90 kms away from the main city Chennai, and is 30 kms south of Mamallapuram on the East Coast Road. This boat house has a varieties of boats, water scooters, speed boats that will definitely suite the taste of the visitors who visit there. There is a boating trip also being arranged to the nearest beach island of the Odiyur Lake.
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6. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
The Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is general the most well-known and recognized structure in Kanchipuram. The temple is believed to be a Hindu structure that is built during the Dravidian compositional style. The temple is committed to Lord Shiva and is known for all its recorded significance. There are two models of Lord Shiva here that are seen in the temple holding the veena in their hand. You will also get see the compositions and models of Mathahvialasa Prakshanam. More than 50 small shrines are enshrined in this temple complex. And it is believed that people who visit this temple get rid of the entire planet Ketu.
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7. Crocodile Bank
It is a bank established by Zai and Rom in the year 1976, with the specific goal of breeding the crocodile population of the mugger. The trust also included turtles, lizards, snakes and many more extending the trust as the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and the center for Herpetology in 2003.
Suggested Tour : 13 Days – Southern India Tour from Chennai
8. The Chitragupta Temple
Kanchipuram is not just famous for the temples of Lord Shiva and Vaishnava, but also because of the presence of a unique and a separate temple that is dedicated to Lord Chitragupta. Chitragupta is generally considered to be the chief accountant and minister of Lord Yama or the God of death. In fact there is no other temple or shrine that has been dedicated to Lord Chitragupta. It is believed that Lord Chitragupta keeps the record of all the good and evil deeds of all the individuals and then decides of whether to put them to heaven or hell.
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8. Ekambareshwarar Temple
This temple is also known as the Ekambaranathar, and is one of the most popular temples of Kanchipuram. Also known to be one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal of Lord Shiva, this city is also known to be one of the greatest holy centres of ancient India. It is also believed that the single mango tree in the outer court of the temple is revered to be the most scared, and if by the childless couple they will soon be blessed with the baby.
Suggested Tour : 25 Days – South India Tour
9. Alamparai Fort
The alamparai fort lies in the area of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. This is a place that nearly shares the distance of nearly two and half hours from Chennai. This was a fort that was built during the 17th century and under the Mughal dynasty. And it is believed that the place exported many materials like Salt, ghee, and the zari garment. This is a place that is a major view to indulge and acknowledge oneself in the episodes of history.
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10. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple
This is generally considered to be the biggest temples in Kanchipuram, and is very much arranged closer to the Kamakshi Amman Temple. The temple is accepted to have appeared Lord Mahabali and the Azhwar. It is also believed that six everyday customs and 12 yearly celebrations are done in this sanctuary.
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This city of temples have a lot of historical and architecturally rich, famous and well known temples for the travellers to make a visit. So if you will have to starch out your tour a bit more along with your family and friends then will just tell you that do not hesitate to do so. I am sure you will not repent on the decision made. So what other places would you like to add above. Have you made a visit to any one of them? Do share your experiences. We would love to hear from you.
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