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Kanchipuram

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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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chennai

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City of Gopram
shibagakimasaaki, Jan 2020
Kanchipuram Day Trip
Thanks to our guide and driver, we have enjoyed our selves to visit to Kanchipuram. Those temples and monuments were fur much more interesting than we have expected. I would like to recommend this tour to those who can communicate in English.
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Chennai tours
Chandra, Feb 2020
Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai
Excellent, Rishi my driver for 2 days was very knowledgeable, professional and extremely concern about our comfort and safety which I appreciated. he even took us to have lunch at restaurants that served tasty food and was very clean. I enjoyed his accompany and conversations and will highly recommended him for anyone who needs a driver in Chennai. What a great good person. Loved my tour
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great tour
Christine_B, Feb 2020
Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai
very interesting tout, we saw a lot of temples, very helpful driver, if you have to do this on your one, you can never see this in one day

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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