Travel with your guide from your hotel to Kanchipuram in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Known by locals as ‘The City of Thousand Temples’, this destination is located about 45 miles (72 km) from Chennai. It ranks among the seven holiest cities for Hindus in the nation.
Visit several temples with your expert guide and learn about the goddess Shiva’s role in Hindu culture. Wander the city’s largest temple—Ekambareswarar—which was built in 600. It is one of the five major Shiva temples and represents the earth element.
Head to the oldest temple In Kanchipuram—Kailasanathar Temple. This sandstone structure with ornate carvings and Dravidian architecture was build in the 8th century. From there, make your way to Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Built in 1053, it is one of the 108 Vishnu temples believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints. Your guide will highlight the 32 shrines and 389 pillared halls that make this one of the most decorated temples in Kanchipuram.
Enjoy 30-45 minutes at each location before making a visit to a local silk shop to experience the magic of a silk-weaving demonstration. This city is known for its fine, hand-woven silk sarees and this is a unique opportunity to see first hand how these traditional items are crafted.
In between stops you’ll sample typical Indian cuisine during a lunch at a Kanchipuram restaurant chosen by your guide. After this colorful and informative day trip to the Temple City, you’ll travel back to Chennai in air-conditioned comfort in your private vehicle.