A Temple Hopping Tour of Kanchipuram

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Published: 07th November 2012
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A trip to Kanchipuram leaves you with fond memories that last a lifetime. Located in Tamil Nadu, this city is highly popular amongst religiously inclined people of the Hindu Faith. In fact, Kanchipuram is amongst the Seven Sacred Cities of India and is often called the ‘golden city of a thousand temples’. The city has earned this epithet rightfully as it is dotted with numerous beautiful and revered temples. Kanchipuram is also located quite close to numerous other tourism hubs of South India. For instance, Tirupati and Vellore are a couple of highly popular nearby destinations. For a glimpse into three of the most well known temples in Kanchipuram as well as some information on Tirupati and Vellore, take a look at this Kanchipuram travel guide.

Visiting Ekambaranathar Temple

Whenever you travel to Kanchipuram, make sure that you have darshan at the Ekambaranathar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is amongst the five main Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams. In simple words, each of these five temples represent a natural element with the Ekambaranathar Temple representing Earth. The temple is also amongst the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, i.e., the place where the four most acclaimed Saivite Saints sang praises of the temple. Believed to have been built in 600 A.D. or before, it is amongst India’s most ancient temples as well and covers a huge area of about 23 acres. It is hardly surprising that this temple plays such a major role in the popularity of Kanchipuram travel tourism industry.

Kailasanathar Temple Travel

Want to check out the city’s oldest temple during your Kanchipuram tour? Well, head to the Kailasanathar Temple. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and was supposedly built in the early 8th century by the Pallavas. In fact, the temple is also known as Rajasimha Pallaveswaram as it was built by the Pallava King Narasimhavarman II. The Kailasanathar Temple has been declared as an archaeological monument by the Archeological Survey of India. The sandstone compound of this temple is full of beautiful carvings that include numerous half animal deities smacking of early Dravidian architecture. Overall, the temple features in the travel planner of most tourists visiting Kanchipuram.

Kamakshi Temple Tour

Kanchipuram travel also gives you the chance to check out the Kamakshi Temple. It is said to have been built by the Pallavas and is dedicated to Kamakshi, a form of Goddess Parvati. It is associated with the famous Hindu guru, Adi Shankaracharya. The main deity, Kamakshi is depicted as sitting in the Padmasana yogic pose, holding a bunch of flowers, sugarcane bow, goad, and lasso in her four arms. A surprising thing is that this is the only Kamakshi Temple in the entire temple city of Kanchipuram and this has given rise to many colourful speculations. A visit to the temple is definitely worth including in your travel planner for Kanchipuram.

Tourist Places around Kanchipuram

As mentioned at the start, tourist places around Kanchipuram are aplenty. For the sake of brevity, we are limiting ourselves to the popular destinations of Tirupati and Vellore. Here, you will get some idea on how to plan your tour to these places from Kanchipuram.

Trip to Tirupati

The Kanchipuram to Tirupati distance is approximately 100 km. By catching one of the Kanchipuram to Tirupati trains, you can cover this distance in about three hours’ time. The IRCTC online reservation fares for the same will take around Rs 130. You can also travel from Kanchipuram to Tirupati by car and the petrol cost will work out to somewhere between Rs 500 - 600.

Trip to Vellore

The distance from Kanchipuram to Vellore is approximately 70 km. If you travel from Kanchipuram to Vellore by car, you will need pay around Rs 350 by way of petrol costs.

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