Kancheepuram otherwise known as Kanchi is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 72 km (45 mi) from Chennai the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city covers an area of 11.605 km2 (4.481 sq mi) and had a population of 164,265 in 2001. It is the administrative headquarters of Kancheepuram District. Kancheepuram is well-connected by road and rail. Chennai International Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport to the city, which is located at Tirusulam in Kancheepuram district.
SRI EKAMBARESWARAR TEMPLE
SRI KAILASANATHAR TEMPLE
Kailasnathar Temple is built by the Pallava Dynasty during the first quarter of the eighth century. The temple is built of red sandstone and has innumerable carvings of Pallva art, of which the Urdhva Thandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvathi are worth seeing. The architechture of this temple resembles the shore temple at Mamallapuram.
SRI VARAATHARAJA PERUMAL TEMPLE
The centre of attraction in Vishnu Kanchi is the temple of varadarajaswamy situated on the top of Hastigiri or Elephant Hill.The Vijayanagar kings constructed this temple. The whole temple covers an area of about 23 acres. The sculptural beauty of the pillars is amazing. Ornamental rings carved out of single stone at the Four Corners of the mandapam in the form of a chain are a delightful spectacle.
SRI KAMATCHI AMMAN TEMPLE
kamatchi is sacred as one of the three Sakti peethas of India. Kamakshi is said to be the Supergoddess, Parasakti, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes. She blesses all that dedicate themselves to her. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre of Gayatri Mandapam. The tradition says that there was a delightful grove of Champaka trees around the main temple now known as Gayatri Mandaparn.
SRI ULAGALANDA TEMPLE
This vaishnava Temple was bulit in chola period . The main deity of this temple is 35 feet high and 24 feet wide posing with one foot on earth and the other on the sky. This form is called Trivikrama. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam's of Lord Vishnu.
SRI VAIKUNTHA PERUMAL TEMPLE
This temple is built by The Pallava ruler, Nandivarman in the seventh century AD. Sri Vaikunda Perumal temple is famous for its architecture. The Lord is in the sitting posture. The Goddess is known as Sri Vaikunthavalli Tayar. It has great sculptures and inscription which speak of its history and the history of the city itself. Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars.
SRI VIJAYARAGAVA PERUMAL TEMPLE
This temple of Vijayaraghava Perumal is one of the 108 Divyadesams where Lord Rama is said to have performed the funeral rites for Jatayu, the giant bird which valiantly fought to prevent Ravana from abducting Sita, the wife of Lord Rama to Lanka.
Kanchipuram is an important landmark in the history of the Jains. Many of the Pallava kings belonged to Jainism.The temples of the Jaina Tirthankaras were built in the Ninth Century A.D. The temples contain several fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer.
SRI SUBRAMANIYA SWAMY TEMPLE
Subramaniya swami temple was built around 1915. For Hindus on a pilgrimage trip, this temple is a mandatory place to visit. It gains its significance due to its location. The way this temple is located in the city is a rare phenomenon mentioned in Hindu scriptures. It is called the "Soma Skandha" Posture.
The village of Uthiramerur is considered to be quite unique as it deals with constitution and election. The written inscription deals with a variety of things such as qualifications required by candidates, election of the village assembly, disqualification of candidates, period of office for elected candidates, election mode, recall of elections in case the candidate fails in his or her duties and many more.
It is one of the major Water Bird Sanctuaries in India.The birds nest on the branches of submerged trees. Storks, Egrets, Cormorants, Darter, Flamingos, Pelicans, moor hens, herons, kingfishers, sandpipers, white ibis,spoonbills, swans and grey wagtails are some of the birds which arrive here during season.The best season time is between October and March, when a large number of migratory birds visit. The birds can be viewed from the bank or from the watch tower.
ARIGNAR ANNA ZOOLOGICAL PARK
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is situated in Vandalore, at a distance of five kilometres from Kanchipuram. The natural environment and moat type enclosures of the park enable the animals to move freely in the park.
Madurantakam is a town in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for the Aeri Katha Ramar Koil, a 1300 years old temple, which is on the Villupuram-Chengalpet Highway, at a distance of 90 km from Chennai.
KANCHEEPURAM SILK SAREES
A Kanchipuram sari is a type of sari traditionally made by weavers from Kanchipuram located in Tamil Nadu, India. These are woven naturally. The Kanchipuram sari is distinguished by its wide contrast borders. A single Kanchipuram sari can cost anywhere between INR2500 to INR100000 or more depending upon the intricacy of work, colors, pattern, material used like zari, gold thread etc. Since 2005, Kanchipuram saris are protected by a Geographical Indication label, certifying their origin.