Chennai to Kanchipuram Weekend Holiday Packages
Kanchipuram holiday packages from Chennai for your weekend trip
What to See
Kamakshi Amman Temple: This is the center of all religious activities in Kanchipuram, including the annual Car Festival held in the months of February/March. A significant feature of this temple is the Golden Chariot, which is taken out in a procession around the temple on Friday evenings around 7.00 p.m. The main tower over the sanctum of the temple is gold plated and it has a golden gopura (gate) with fine carvings. This temple also features an Art Gallery with pictures depicting the history of Sri Adishankaracharya and the Shankara Mutt.
Kailasanatha Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is one of the earliest temples built by the Pallava rulers. The temple with its unique architecture is viewed as an architectural wonder and is one of the oldest structures in Kanchipuram. The temple is beautifully carved and elaborately filled with sculptures of Shiva portraying different aspects of mythology. The inner walls are lined with fresco-style paintings. Especially interesting is the Shivaratri festival celebration, which draws large crowds of devotees.
Ekambareswarar Temple: Believed to be one of the five abodes of Lord Shiva, this temple with its 57 meters high gopuram (tower) is one of the tallest temples in South India. A noteworthy feature is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam or the 'hallway with a thousand pillars'. 1,008 Sivalingams line the inner walls and the courtyard has a 3,500 year old mango tree, which is said to yield four different varieties of mangoes.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple: Another enormous Vishnu temple with massive outer walls and a 1000-pillared hall, its most defining structure is a huge chain carved out of a single piece of stone. A special feature of this temple is the Kanchipuram spiced idli, which is served as prasadam. Among festivals, Brahmotsavam, Garuda Seva and Rath Yatra are most popular.
Vaikuntaperumal Temple: Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple was built shortly after the Kailasanatha Temple. The passage inside is lined with lion pillars, which represent the beginning of the 1000-pillared halls in later temples.
Kailasanathar Temple: Another architectural marvel from the Pallavas, this temple is famous for its splendid vimana. Its panels contain carvings of Lord Shiva as Natraja in different postures.
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