Kanchipuram, the old capital city of the Pallava Dynasty in Tamil Nadu, is one of seven holy pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The Pallava, Chola and Pandyan Dynasties all occupied the area, each trying to outdo the others with bigger and better shrines, and the result is a fascinating study in Dravidian architectural development from the eighth century onward.

The nickname ‘Golden City of 1,000 Temples’ is well earned, and travelers who make the 45-mile (72-kilometer) trek from Chennai will be rewarded with a veritable treasure trove of Shaivite and Vaishnavite temples. The most notable, the Devarajaswami Temple dedicated to Vishnu, includes a 96-pillar marriage hall and a huge chain carved from stone.

Most of the temples open in the morning and again during the late afternoon and evening hours, but the cooler morning hours are typically a much more pleasant time to visit. For a memorable photo opportunity, give a rupee or two to one of the temple elephants. After passing your donation to the handler, the elephant will offer you a blessing by touching your head with its trunk.

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Private Tour: Day Trip to Kanchipuram Temple City from Chennai, Chennai, null
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Private Tour: Day Trip to Kanchipuram Temple City from Chennai

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Discover a mix of India's religious culture and architectural heritage on this private tour to Kanchipuram, ‘The City of Thousand Temples,’ from Chennai. With ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Kanchipuram Private Day Tour from Chennai, Chennai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Kanchipuram Private Day Tour from Chennai

Visit the City of One Thousand Temples, one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centers for the Hindus. Kanchipuram houses 108 temples, dedicated to Shiva and 18 ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Silk-Weaving and Organic Farm Motorcycle Day Trip from Chennai

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Day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram on a Royal Enfield motorcycle or by private car to meet the legendary silk saree weavers. You will also get to visit ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Caves and Temples Day Tour from Chennai, Chennai, Day ... 
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Private Tour: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Caves and Temples Day Tour from Chennai

Explore the City of Mahabalipuram, known for its outstanding historic specimens and an incredible architectural invention. Explore the grand temples and ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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