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Kanchipuram Tours

Kanchipuram
Nicknamed the “Golden City of 1,000 Temples,” Kanchipuram was the capital city of the Pallava Dynasty in Tamil Nadu and boasts numerous intricately carved shrines, most dedicated to Vishnu or Shiva. The city’s buildings also offer an excellent chance to admire examples of Dravidian architecture.
 
The Basics
Kanchipuram was ruled by the Pallava, Chola, and Pandya dynasties over the course of many centuries, and each ruling family tried to outdo the others by building bigger and better shrines. The city’s most notable shrine, the Devarajaswami Temple dedicated to Vishnu, includes a 96-pillar marriage hall and a huge chain carved from stone. 

Many visitors head to Kanchipuram on a day trip from Chennai, and guided tours often combine a visit to the city’s temples with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site temples at the nearby town of Mahabalipuram.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kanchipuram is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, architecture, or ancient Hindu customs.
  • Make sure to wear sun protection and comfortable shoes.
  • Kanchipuram has lots of steps and uneven ground and is thus not suitable for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Kanchipuram is about a 1.5-hour drive southwest of Chennai, though buses between the cities generally take closer to 2.5 hours. The most convenient way to reach the city is to take a taxi or visit as part of a guided tour that includes transportation.
 
When to Get There
Most of the temples are open in the morning and again during the late afternoon and evening; the cooler morning hours are typically the most pleasant time to visit. Southern India is quite hot and rainy in the summer, so the most comfortable time to visit is from October through March, when the weather is cooler and dryer. 

Mahabalipuram
Many tours of Kanchipuram also stop at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was historically an important center for art, architecture, and literature. The ancient city boasts a variety of temples, ranging from cave temples to its famous eight-century stone Pallava temples, which are full of intricate carvings. Highlights include the Shore Temple, which overlooks the Bay of Bengal.
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Kanchipuram Day Trip

Kanchipuram Day Trip

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Kanchipuram is one amongst the major historical towns of India. Situated on the banks of Vegavathi River, it has been an important learning and religious centre in the past and the ancient temples and other architectural arts exhibit its significance. Today, Kanchipuram is extremely famous for its Hindu temples and obviously, Kanchipuram sarees. Also considered as one amongst the seven pilgrimage sites of India, this spiritual town has become the destination for Hindu devotees to get themselves surrounded by spirituality and attain salvation. Kanchipuram is also famous amongst history lovers. For those who tend to walk along the historical lanes and explore its roots buried deep down the layers of time, this beautiful town is a quintessential stoppage. Ruled by Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and British before independence, Kanchipuram has seen everything ranging from flourished periods to dark times.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece on this full day tour from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Then experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Ancient Temples Tour to Kanchipuram from Chennai

Ancient Temples Tour to Kanchipuram from Chennai

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Kanchipuram, known as the “City of a Thousand Temples,” is one of India’s seven holy cities. Visit five different temples on this convenient day trip from Chennai, which includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable, private vehicle. Get a peek at local masterpieces, including a thousand-pillared sculpted hall and buildings from the Pallava and Vijayanagar dynasties, all in one whirlwind visit.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Private Custom Day Tour: Chennai to Kanchipuram Sightseeing with Guide

Private Custom Day Tour: Chennai to Kanchipuram Sightseeing with Guide

Visit this small town of Tamil Nadu, state of India, which is one of the most important spiritual centres of Hinduism, and a major pilgrim destination. Explore this "Silk City" in an fully air-conditioned vehicle and with a professional guide who will wxplain the relevance and significance of each place with great details.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour to Kanchipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram from Chennai

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Get to know one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centers and oldest Indian cities, Kanchipuram, on this private tour from Chennai. Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace with a guide dedicated just to you and your private party. Learn about the history, culture, and architecture of the ancient city and visit some of the saree-weavers that give Kanchipuram the name "Silk City."
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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One Day Tour Of Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Ex Chennai

One Day Tour Of Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Ex Chennai

A one day excursion from Chennai covering the historical temples of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Explore the ancient temples and UNESCO world heritage sites in the temple town of Kanchipuram and the ancient port city of Mahabalipuram
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Day Tour

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Day Tour

We are providing a private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a single day. We are providing the best among all with experienced guide and drivers. We are not commercially oriented and only focus on satisfaction of the customers.
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  • 13 hours
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Pondicherry Thanjore & Trichy (5 Days)

Pondicherry Thanjore & Trichy (5 Days)

South India is noted as a “world-class temple destination” for a huge collection of temples of which many are UNESCO world heritage site. It’s profusely built stones figures carved and aesthetically designed temples are unique in their architectural brilliance and known for rich sources of religious teachings. In this tour you will visit the marvelous temples in Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Darasuram, Chidambaram, Thanjore & in Tricy along with Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.
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  • 5 days
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South India Temple Tour (7 Days)

South India Temple Tour (7 Days)

Your voyage to South India Temples will begin from the colonial port Chennai. Explore the city and advance to visit Kanchipuram the city of thousand temple & Mahabalipuram. Further drive to Pondicherry the French colonial town and visit Aurovil. Continue to visit UNESCO WHS of the Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Darasuram & Thanjore. See some largest active temples in India at Trichy and Madurai.
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  • 7 days
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Archeologist curated Kanchi heritage trip

Archeologist curated Kanchi heritage trip

Refer to Product Options for different options to choose. You can choose Archaeologist curation only or with the complete package including Vehicle, Meal, Beverages and Curation.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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