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About Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is a small town in Tamil Nadu that serves as an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. It is counted amongst the seven places where a person can attain moksha. Although, this town was a prominent Buddhist centre in South India, there are no traces of their culture here now. Kanchipuram was the capital of Pallava kingdom from the 4th to the 10th century and it has also been under the rule of Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, and the British.

In the earlier days, this town used to be a major centre for learning. It was referred to as the ghatikasthanam, meaning ‘place of learning’. Kanchipuram is a Sanskrit version of the Tamil word Kachipedu. ‘Ka’ refers to Lord Brahma and ‘anchi’ means his worship of Lord Vishnu here. This town if often referred to as Kanchi or Kanjeevaram. Presently, Kanchipuram is famous for its silk weaving.

Accessibility : Air : -The closest airport is situated in the city of Chennai. By Rail : - Kanchipraum is well-linked to cities like Bangalore, Kottayam, Chennai, Pondicherry, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam etc. by railway network. By Road : - Kanchipuram is well linked by road to various nearby cities. The city gets a good bus service, which takes about 2 hours to reach Chennai.
Area :

11.605 km2

Population :

164,265 as recorded in 2011.

Languages :

The official language is Tamil.

Best Time to Visit :

December -February

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