Kanchipuram at a Glance
Air: The airport nearest to Kanchipuram is Chennai from where international and domestic flights operate.

Rail: Kanchipuram is connected by rail to Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati and Bangalore.

Road: Kanchipuram is well connected by roads to Chennai and other important cities and towns in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India. For local transport cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are available.

Area : 4,433 sq.km
Population : 28,77,468 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 1,159.8 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 36°C Min : 19°C
STD Code : 044
70 Km from Chennai



Kanchipuram is known as one of India’s Seven Sacred cities. Kanchipuram was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th Century A.D. and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslims and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning and culture and religious background for centuries. Kanchi has magnificiant temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage.

There are several big temples, like Varadharaja Perumal Temple for Lord Vishnu and Ekambaranatha Temple which is one of the five form of abodes of Lord Siva, (it is the earth abode here, other abodes include Chidambaram (Sky), Sri Kalahasti (air), Thiruvanaikoil (water) and Tiruvannamalai (fire), Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kumara Kottam, Kachapeshwarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and many more. Adi Sankaracharya established his episcopal seat (Kamakotipeetam).

Kanchipuram is the birth place of C.N. Annadurai former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.

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