Top Tourist Places To Visit in Kanchipuram

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Kanchipuram

  • Kanchipuram
  • Tamil Nadu
  • India
  • Area

    11.605 km2

  • Population

    164,265 as recorded in 2011.

  • Languages

    The official language is Tamil.

  • Best Time to Visit

    December -February

  • Calling Code


  • 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.

Kanchipuram Overview

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.

Climate & Geography

The town of Kanchipuram is situated on the banks of Vegavathi River. The ground has an average elevation of 83.2 m with an almost flat topography and slopes down from south and east. The climate is hot and humid almost throughout the year. Summers are very extreme while winters are mildly cool but with high levels of humidity. There are frequent cyclones in this region during monsoon period.


Kanchipuram is accessible by trains and roads directly. Airports of nearby cities can be used.

Air: The nearest airport is at Chennai which has great domestic and international connectivity. The city is around 72 km from there.

Rail: The railway station of Kanchipuram has passenger trains for Chennai and Tirupati. Express train service is received twice a week.

Roadways: This city is linked with others through NH4 that touches the outskirts of the city. Frequent buses are available from Chennai, Bangalore and Mammalapuram.

Local Transport: The town is not very big and most places can be walked to. Other modes of transport available are rickshaws and taxis.

Shopping & Entertainment

Kanchipuram is an important centre for silk weaving. Tourists can look out for silk fabrics, sarees, stoles and scarves. Mahatma Gandhi Road is where you will find most shops. On some evenings the Kanchi Mutt holds kutcheris, classical music concerts in South Indian, which can be enjoyed.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many days should I plan for Kanchipuram trip?
    2-3 days.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Kanchipuram?
    Chennai International Airport and Chennai Central Railway Station.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Kanchipuram?
    By road or by train.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Kanchipuram?
    The Kanchipuram Silk Saree Festival and the Brahmotsavam festival at Kamakshi Amman Temple.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Kanchipuram?
    Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Kanchipuram?
    Idli, dosa, and Kanchipuram biryani. Restaurants like Saravana Bhavan and Murugan Idli Shop are popular.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Kanchipuram?
    Hotels, guesthouses, and homestays.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Kanchipuram?
    Yes, local buses are available.
  • What are the transportation options available in Kanchipuram?
    Taxis, auto-rickshaws, and local buses.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Kanchipuram?
  • What is the best time to visit Kanchipuram?
    October to March.
  • What activities can be done in Kanchipuram?
    Explore temples, visit silk weaving factories, and indulge in shopping for silk sarees.
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