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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram

Weather

Kanchipuram experiences a tropical climate with consistent weather conditions spanning the entire year. Summer temperature varies from 21.1°C to 36.6°C while the winter season registers lower temperatures varying within 19.8°C to 28.7°C. There are intermittent bouts of rain making the average downpour around 87 cm.


 


There is no seasonal restriction in visiting Kanchipuram. However, the most comfortable time is from September to May, when the temperature is cool and there is a calm wind blowing. It is comfortable to wear light cotton outfits.


 


Kanchipuram with its storehouse of rich culture, artifacts and silk sarees is a place worth visiting. The splendid aura of spirituality juxtaposed with ethnicity will definitely appeal to the traveler’s intellect.

How To Reach

By Road:

Kanchipuram lies at a distance of around 75 kilometers from Chennai and is extensively connected by means of a very well maintained channel of roads. There are regular buses running from Kanchipuram to the cities of Bangalore and Chennai.


By Air:

The nearby airport is the Chennai International airport where you can find domestic flights flying to the major cities of Tamil Nadu as well as India. The Chennai International Airport is a two hours journey from Kanchipuram on road.



By Rail:

Two of the nearest railway junctions are Arakkonam and Chennai Central. You can easily reach Kanchipuram through the Chengalpattu station which falls on the railway route connecting Chengalpattu and Arakkonam. 


Overview

Popularly called the “City of 1000 Temples”, the beautiful city of Kanchipuram strikes a chord in the heart of every traveler as the seat of tradition, legacy as well as silk saris. With its plethora of temples, the city offers the Hindus an excellent pilgrimage spot and has earned a place among the seven sacred Indian cities.

 

The city covers a complete area of around 4393 hectares. Neighboring districts of Kanchipuram include Thiruvannamalai and Vellore towards the west, the districts of Chennai and Thiruvallur at the north and Villupuram district towards the south. The eastern side of Kanchipuram is bounded by Bay of Bengal. The city’s coastline stretches for a distance of nearly 57 kilometres.

 

Kanchipuram has a rich history which dates back to the time when the Pallavas ruled India. The city reached the helm of glory from fourth to ninth centuries as the capital of the Pallava dynasty. The temples and monuments in the town with their entire architectural splendor were mostly built by the Pallava kings.

 

The magnificent temples of Kanchipuram lend the city a spiritual aura that attracts a number of historians and pilgrims. Some of the most famous temples include Vaikunta Perumal temple, Kamakshi Ammam Temple, Sakkiswarar Temple, Ekambareswarar temple and Kailasanatha temple. The city is home to Kanchi Matha, a holy foundation for the Hindus and is also recognized as the native land of Saint Ramanuja, the father figure of Vaishnavism.

 

Kanchipuram is well known not only as a religious and traditional center but also as a dominant business hub. The fine quality of silk produced in this city is popular worldwide and has given Kanchipuram, the soubriquet of “Silk City”. A majority of the population is into the weaving industry. The other well known industries in the city are electrical devices, food processing, cotton and light machinery.

 

There are a number of hotels and lodges in Kanchipuram where you can find good food and accommodation at reasonable rates. Kanchipuram is the ultimate shopper’s paradise and the foremost thing to shop for is the hand woven Kanchipuram silk saree. Other things to purchase include stoles, scarves and different kinds of fabrics.