Known as Madras in the past, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is dotted with several religious sites that enthral visitors. A key economic, commercial and industrial centre of South India, offers a cornucopia of sightseeing spots suiting the tastes of every tourist.
Chennai has numerous incredible attractions to visit in its neighbourhood too. Kanchipuram is a perfect historical gateway located at a distance of 74 km from Chennai. Hop on our one day Chennai to Kanchipuram tour and explore some of the best historical and religious spots of the town.
Kanchipuram is considered to be one of the seven Tirthas or the Sapta Puri. Adorned with religious treasures, it holds a significant place among both the Shaivites and Vaishnavites.
With 108 Shiva Temples the town is flooded with travellers throughout the year. A city of thousand temples is also famous for silk saris especially woven with hand looms.
From 4th to the 10th century, it had been the capital of Pallava kingdom and has flourished as the learning centre of different religions. A celebrated town that appeals all visitors is divided into two parts Big Kanchi or Shiva Kanchi and Little Kanchi or Vishnu Kanchi.
Gain an insight into the key attractions of the town boarding our one day Chennai to Kanchipuram tour by private cab. This full day Kanchipuram trip is packed with an array of enchanting spots.
Package Glimpse of one day Chennai to Kanchipuram Tour
Explore Kanchipuram rich culture and architectural splendour with our 1 day Chennai to Kanchipuram tour by cab. This comprehensive same day trip takes you to witness the architectural masterpieces of the town. A visit to the rich collection of sacred places proves to be an unforgettable experience.
This splendid one day Kanchipuram tour from Chennai commences with the visit to the most important pilgrimage site, Kamatchi Amman Temple. Head out to Lord Vishnu temples, the famed Varadharaja Perumal Temple and Vaikunda Perumal Temple.
Pay your obeisance to Lord Shiva at Kailasanathar Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple. Continue your trip witnessing Lord Kumaran at the famed Kumarakottam Temple. End your day tour with the shopping of beautiful and colourful silk saris.
Kick off the amazing one day Kanchipuram tour with the visit to the most sacred shrine of Kamakshi Amman Temple. Spanning over 5 acres of land the auspicious holy shrine has five wonderful entrances.
A statue of God Kalabhairava and the statue of Goddess Mahishasura Mardini adorn the main entrance. The temple has the idol of Goddess Kamakshi in a sitting posture called as Parabrahma Swarupini holding a bunch of flowers and a sugarcane bow in the lower two hands and two divine chakras in the upper two hands.
Admire the image of the Goddess that is representing with two hands, one holding a bunch of flowers and another having sugarcane bow. There is a beautiful image of a parrot over the bunch of flowers.
An outstanding shrine has splendid mandapams and a stunning golden vimanam that astounds every visitor. The outer prakaram of the sanctum sanctorum has the deities of Ayyappan, Saraswati, Annapoorni and Adi Shankaracharya.
It is considered as one of the Shakti Peethas, the divine temples of Adhiparasakthi. Arupa Lakshmi Devi, Varahi,Santhana Ganapati, Chora Perumal, Soundarya Lakshmi and Syamala Lakshmi are the other deities enshrined in the temple.
Must see \ Things to do: Watch for the amazingly carved gopuram at the entrance
Next stop of the one day Kanchipuram tour from Chennai by car is the revered Varadharaja Perumal Temple constructed in 1053. A marvellous spiritual complex exhibits the magnificence of the Dravidian style of architecture.
Visitors would be captivated with the craftsmanship of the workers who created the temple. Spanning over an area of 23 acres of land the ancient temple has Lord Varadaraja Perumal as the presiding deity that appears in the standing form.
The original idol which is believed to have been self manifested features Lord Varadaraja in the reclining form made of Athi wood. Situated in Big Kanchi the sacred place is one of the 108 Divyadesams. Legends state that the great saint of Vaishnavites, Ramanuja had been residing in the temple which has also been visited by the 12 Alvars.
A significant part of the temple is the gold and silver plated lizards on the ceiling of the temple. It is believed that touching these sacred lizards would relieve the visitors of their ill deeds and any unwanted happening that could occur due to the fall of the lizards on them.
Wander through the 1200 year old temple that has amazing three prakarams, 32 shrines and 19 beautifully carved vimanas. Gaze at the lion pillars surrounding the central shrine and the spell bound one thousand pillared halls.
Must see \ Things to dostrong>: Worship Lord Vishnu
Proceeding further with our 1 day Chennai to Kanchipuram trip we move to see Vaikunda Perumal Temple. An intriguing temple has Lord Vaikunda Perumal in reclining, standing and seated forms. An ancient temple built in 690 CE by Pallava King Nandivarman II is one of the 108 Divyadesams and also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram.
A must visit temple is constructed in Dravidian style of architecture and surrounded by granite wall with no gopurams unlike the other South Indian temples.
It encompasses a temple tank called Airammadha and a beautifully constructed Vimanam called Mukunda Vimanam. An outstanding mandapam leads to the inner complex of the temple which is well maintained and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Temple walls have several inscriptions depicting the incarnations of Lord Vishnu and life of Cholas and Pallavas.
Must see \ Things to do: A must-see sight is the thousand pillared hall
Head over to worship Lord Shiva with the one day Kanchipuram local sightseeing tour at the Kailasanathar Temple. Erstwhile king of Pallava dynasty, Rajasimha had built the temple in 685 to 750 AD which enshrines a ten feet high Shiva Linga with 16 faces.
This awe-inspiring temple enchants travellers with its architectural splendour with several structures resembling those of Mahabalipuram Temple. A significant feature of the temple is the pillared mandapam with mythical lion mounts.
The spectacular temple majorly made of sandstones is enclosed within rectangular layout and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. Admire the huge Nandi which has a pond near it, though barred from entry.
Must see \ Things to do: Watch the majestic Shiva Lingam
Another attraction of the full day Kanchipuram local town tour is the Ekambareswarar Temple. One of the pancha bootha Kshetras, the expansive temple has Lord Shiva as Ekambareswarar and his consort Goddess Parvati as Gowri Devi Amman.
Lord Shiva is worshipped as Prithvi Lingam in the temple. Admire the wonderful towers at the entrances called gopurams with the tallest tower at the southern entrance with a height of 55 meters.
Visitors admire the sacred 3500 years old temple tree called Sthala Vruksham with four branches that bears different types of mango fruits in four different seasons. The pancha bootha Kshetras signifies the five elements of earth named the wind, water, fire, earth and space. Under the mango tree there is a shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Kamakshi.
Constructed in 600 AD the temple is believed that the linga was built by Goddess Parvati.
Must see \ Things to do: Watch Lord Vishnu as Nilathingal Thundam Perumal
Having worshipped Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu we move ahead to worship Lord Murugan in the holy temple, Kumarakottam Temple. A wonderful temple enshrines Lord Muruga holding a kamandalu and prayer beads of Rudraksha.
Renowned as Subramanya Swamy Temple the temple was rebuilt in 1915. Visitors would be delighted to view the pinnacle above the main sanctum built in granite and in the shape of a dome called chakra Vimanam.
Must see \ Things to do: Watch the other wonderful shrines within the sacred spiritual complex
Kanchi Silk Sarees Shopping
Having witnessed the magnificent temples of the revered town, the splendid way to carry the memories of the fabulous town back home is buying famous silk saris. Wander through the most famous silk saree shops in Kanchipuram to grab some of these vivid saris.
Several people are involved in the production of the exclusive silk saris. The occupation that has flourished well in the town started some 400 years ago. It is believed that silk fabric had been admired by Lord Vishnu.
Trailing through the splendid treasures of the ancient town with our comprehensive one day Chennai to Kanchipuram tour by private cab is going to be a memorable trip.
Viewing the famed cultural and historical landmarks makes for a gratifying holiday tour. With numerous spell bound holy pilgrimage sites, the town is a must-visit place especially for cultural and historical aficionados.