Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is a spectacular temple city and its many gopurams can be seen from a long way away. It is also famous for its hand-woven silk fabrics. Kailasanatha Temple : It is one of the earliest temples, dedicated to Siva. It is the only temple at Kanchi which is not cluttered with the more recent addition of the Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings, and so reflects the freshness and simplicity of early Dravidian architecture. The temple is run by Archaeology Department and is very interesting. It is closed between 12.30 and 4 pm. Vaikuntaperumal Temple : Parameshwara and Nandi Varman II build this temple between 674 and 800 AD. It is dedicated to Vishnu. The cloisters inside the outer wall consists of lion pillars and are representative of the first phase in the architectural evolution of the grand 1000-pillared halls of later temples. Ekambareshwara Temple : It is dedicated to Siva and is one of the largest temple in Kanchipuram. The temple's name is said to be a modified form of Eka Amra Nathar - the Lord of the Mango Tree - and in one of the enclosures in a very old mango tree, with four branches representing the four Vedas. Inside the temple are five-separate enclosures and a 1000-pillared hall. Kamakshiamman temple : It is dedicated to the goddess Parvati, is the site of the annual car festival, held on the 9th lunar day in February-March. The temple has a golden gopuram in the centre.



Varadarajaperumal Temple : Like the Ekambareshwara Temple, this is an enormous monument with massive outer walls and a 1000-pillared hall. One of its most notable sculptural features is a huge chain carved from a single piece of stone. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and was built by the Vijayanagar kings. Entrance is Rs.1.



BUS There are 5 direct buses daily to Mahabalipuram. Take one of the more frequent buses to Chengalpattu and then catch another one from there to Mahabalipuram. There are direct Thiruvalluvar buses to Trichy, Pondicherry, Madras and Bangalore.

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