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Kanchipuram Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 197 photos

Kanchipuram is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This small temple town is one of India's seven sacred cities of Hindus. It is nicknamed "Kanchi" and the Golden City of 1,000 Temples, although there considerably less than 1,000.

The three great dynasties of Kanchi - Pallava, Chola, and Vijayanagar - left behind magnificent temples - each building greater temples than the previous dynasty. The temples are built in Dravidian style architecture - pyramid shaped with a step design. The "steps" are intricately carved stone and the temples are adorned with beautifully carved statues of deities. In India, the remaining temples of this style are almost all located in South India and they are quite spectacular.

There are nine major temples in Kanchi. Some of the temples are devoted to Vishnu but the majority are devoted to Shiva. The Vishnu temples are located in the southeast part of the city, Shiva temples in the north.

Non-Hindus are not allowed in the inner sanctums of the temples but there is much to see in the courtyards around the temples, especially of the major temples.

The temples open early but they close by 12 - 12:30. And they are very serious about closing times!! They re-open at 4:00 for a few hours.

Along with the temples, Kanchi is famous throughout India for beautifully colored silks and saris. Best to know your merchandise or shop at the government-approved shops.

You can make the trip easily as a day trip from Chennai or stay overnight, although choice of accommodations is limited.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, interesting temples.
  • Cons:Not a "tourist" town (not really a con).
  • In a nutshell:Take time to take in all the details!
  • Last visit to Kanchipuram: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    The travelogue pictures show the best of the traditions and elephants are so tolerant for decoration. Those temples look so detailed.

    • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
      Jun 19, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      Hi Bruce - thanks for visiting my Kanchipuram page. I really love the Dravidian style temples in S. India. There is some controversy regarding the temple elephants - health issues - but they will always be a part of temples/ceremonies.

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Very nice photos and interesting tips that will help us to prepare our travel to India
    thank you Gracias !!!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Nice visit to this town.Been here Years ago in the early 80/s.

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Nice pics here! Cool baby Kasha pic with 'Lambodaraya'!!


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