Experience the best of Kanchipuram Temple City on this day trip from Chennai that showcases the religion, culture and architecture of ‘The City of Thousand Temples’. Travel with your knowledgeable guide to some of the most iconic temples, including Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Kailasanathar Temple. Gain a deeper understanding of Hinduism, sample a typical Indian lunch and watch a traditional silk weaving demonstration as part of this private tour from Chennai.
Private tour of Kanchipuram, ‘The City of Thousand Temples,’ from Chennai
Visit several Hindu temples, including Sri Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Varadaraja Perumal Temple, with your private English-speaking guide
Learn about the importance of Hinduism and the goddess Shiva in India
Discover one of India's most lucrative and valuable products during a silk-weaving demonstration
Enjoy a local Indian lunch
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
The daytrip to se the tempels in...
, Mar 2016
The daytrip to se the tempels in Kanchipuram was very interesting and we had good oportunities to take photos. A visit to the silk market was also included in the trip but we were not aware of this. After having visited a family who made saris we were taken to a shop were we were expected to do some shopping. This situation wasnt comfortable for us. We ended the day with a tastey vegeterian indian meal before hedding back to Chenai.