Kanchipuram Places of Interest
 

Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalore Zoo) :

It is situated 35 km from Chennai. Nocturnal Animals, Pre-historical Animal Sector, Aviary and Reptilium are some of the attractions. The Lion safari park is the pride of this park. Battery operated vehicles are available for rides through the park. Tuesday holiday. Entry Fee Rs.15, Children Rs. 10/- Vandalur, Chennai - 600 048, Ph : 044-29709336.

Ashtabuja Perumal Temple :

The remarkable feature of this deity is that it has eight arms. Lord Vishnu is in standing posture, facing West. The temple is ancient, and has stone inscriptions.

Chennai Trade Centre :

Tamil Nadu Trade Promotion Organisation has facilities and services that make Chennai Trade Centre, convenient & complete for Trade meets, Business Conventions, Trade fairs, Exhibitions etc. For further details contact : Chennai Trade Centre, Mount Poonamallee High Road, Nandambakkam, Chennai - 600 089, Sunday holiday. Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 044-22324457.

Dash ‘N’ Splash :

Situated at 30 kms from Chennai. It has Wave, Free-Fall, Spiral and Children slides along with artificial rain fall and Children park. Timings : 10 a.m. to 6p.m. till dark. Park : 103/1, Mevallur Kuppam Village, Chennai-Bangalore Highway. Fees Rs. 150/- Ph : 044-27156200/211. Inquire for free bus service. City Office : 114, Thambu Chetty St, Chennai-1, Fax : 25224618.

Christ Church :

In kanchipuram, there is a Church called Christ Church, which was built by the Britisher, Mclean, in 1921. The brick structure was typically scottish, with arches and pillars.

vandalur zoo

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Ekambareswarar Temple :

It has been renovated by the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 metres high Rajagopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India.This Temple has 5 spacious corridors and a beautiful 1000- pillar - hall. The huge Linga inside is known as ‘Prithvilingam’, one of the pancha lingas of South India. Ph : 27222084.

Jeevanandam Statue : Vaikundaperumal temple

Literateur and orator par excellence he was one of the fore runners of Marxist movement in India particularly in Tamilnadu. He represented Chennai Washermenpet as M.L.A. in 1957. and proved to be a great Parliamentarian. He was Born on 21-08-1907 and Died on 18-01-1963. His statue is situated in Tambaram.

Kailasanathar Temple :

This temple was built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra in the 8th centuary AD, this temple is noted for its architecture and sculptures. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine as compound wall. Paintings of Fresco-style adorn the inner walls of the shrines. Sandstone was used in the construction of this temple.

Kamakshi Amman Temple :

 Built in the 14th century by the Cholas, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi - the presiding deity of Kanchi. Here, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a Chakra placed in front of the idol. An image of Shankaracharya is also worshipped.It is one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship in India the other two being Madurai and Varanasi. The temple has a golden gopuram in the centre. This imposing temple is the site of the annual chariot festival in February / March. Ph : 044-27222609.

Kanchi Kamakodi Peetham :

The kamakodi peetham and Kamakshi Amman temples are closely associated with the life of Sankaracharya. The Kamakoti Peetham is enshrined in the Sri Chakra just in front of Sri Devi and all pujas and sacrifices are offered to the Sri Chakra. Ph : 044-27264010, 27230703.

Kanchi Kudil

The house : This is a 90-year-old house, authentic in old-style architecture and functionality. It affords a glimpse of the life of an agricultural family in a small town - the master’s room, room for the women and children, room for the gods, open-to-sky courtyards, verandahs, the backyard with agricultural implements. Added features are descriptions on the history of Kanchipuram and its temples, traditional music as backdrop and a stock of exquisite handicrafts for the tourist to buy. Located at 53A, Sangeetha Vidwan Nainar Pillai Street, Kanchipuram.

Kalpakkam Reactor Research Centre - (RRC) :

It was established in the year 1971, under the control of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In 1985, it was renamed as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR). The centre is engaged in broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering directed towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactor technology.

Kolavai Lake - Boating -TTDC :

29 km from Mamallapuram and 56 km from Chennai. This is one of the tourist spots where there is a boating centre near Chengalpet on National Highways. The facilities in lake waters ideal for joy rides and boating. Timing: 9.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m.

Kumarakottam Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple :

It was built in its present form around 1915. The way this temple is located in the city is a rare phenomenon mentioned in Hindu scriptures. The “Soma Skandha” posture indicates Lord Shiva seated with the Goddess Shakthi to his left, with his son, Lord Subramanya seated between them. The shrine of Lord Shiva (Sri Ekambara Nathar) is located with the shrine of Shakthi (Kamakshi Amman) to its left. Ph : 27222049.

Kishkintha (Chennai Courtalam) :

30 Kms from Chennai City. Water rides, Bumper Car, Twister, Trooper, 3D cinema are some of the attractions here. Fee: Fun Package - Adult Rs. 190/- Children Rs. 130/- Mega Fun Package -Adult : Rs. 290 Childrens Rs. 250/- Park : 82, Varadharajapuram, 2nd Ward Tambaram, Chennai - 44 Ph : 22512001, Fax : 22512007.

Madurantakam Earikatha Ramar Koil:

Madurantakam is 90 km south of Chennai between Chengalpet and Villupuram. Situated just below the great Madurantakam Agricultural Reservoir Bund. Anjaneya is conspicuously absent here although he is generally inseparable from Sri Rama. Sri Ramanuja met one of his gurus, Maha Purna, in Madurantakam and was initiated under the Bakula tree in the Rama temple.

Kailasanathar temple

Mangadu :

Another suburb of the Chennai famous for goddess Kamakshiamman temple. The presiding deity is presented here in a penance posture. Time : Morning 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.Chennai - 602 101, Ph : 26272053.

Nanganalur anchaneyar temple

Mani Mangalam Kailasanathar Temple

Mani Mangalam is a village (Panchayat) very near to Tambaram. There is a famouse Kailasanathar Temple which date back to 1000A.D. It was built by the great Raja Raja Chola and maintained with help of the Ranis and Rajas of that period. It is a very great historical monument. Location : km from Tambaram on the way to Padappai.

Masjids :

There is a Mosque built over 450 years ago by the Nawab of Arcot near the Ekambareswarar temple.There is another mosque near the Vaikunta Perumal Temple. The beauty of this is that the mosque and the the temple share a common tank. True to the spirit of tolerance, Muslims have a share in the Brahmotsavam festival of the Varadaraja temple too.

MelMaruvathur AdiParasakthi Temple

 Melmaruvathur

  1. 'Onre Kulam, Oruvane Thevan’ meaning all are equal in front of the One God is being practised literally in the Adi Parasakthi temple at Mel Maruvathur.

  2. The holy Shrine is situated about 92 km from Chennai - Trichy National Highway [N.H.45] in a place called Mel Maruvathur.

  3. This is the place where 21 Siddhars(saints) men as well as women from different religion,had their Jeeva-Samadhis (meaning, where the Siddhars left their human forms behind, while they are still alive as holy spirits).

  4. Principles of the Siddhar Peetam: The basic tenet of Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Siddhar Peetam is “One Mother, One Humanity”, means the whole human race is one and all the human beings who inhibit this vast earth are children of Mother Goddess.

  5. Unique Features of Adhi Parasakthi Siddhar Peetam: Arul Thiru Bangaru Adigalar is called by his devotees as AMMA (means Mother) and here in Siddhar Peetam whatever “AMMA” says is the law and it is administered under the guidance of ‘AMMA’ which is a divine administration.

  6. All at Siddhar Peetam are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum irrespective of caste, creed, gender and religion.Only at Melmaruvathur, women are permitted to perform poojas in the sanctum sanctorum.

  7. Contact : Public Relation Officer Mel Maruvaruthur- Adhiparasakthi Trust Melmaruvathur - 603 319 Kanchipuram District.
    Ph: 044-2752931/ 276 Email : omsakthi@omsakthi.org Web : www.omsakthi.org 

Nanganallur Anchaneyar Temple :

The Swamy Vigraha is 32 feet high and made up of a single rock. The black granite pedestal resembles a lotus. Every moment was guided, every work has been measured and every detail has been carved by Lord Anjaneya which made us all feel we are only instruments in His hands. Time : 6a.m. to 12noon. Evening 4p.m. to 9p.m. Location : 1, 8th Street, Ram Nagar, Nanganallur, Chennai - 61, Ph : 044-22671420, 22671410.

Queens Land :

It gives Cable Car India’s first longest Sky Journey for 30 minutes, Free Fall Tower, Centrox, Himalayan Water Ride, Alphen Blitz, Water Slides and etc.. Situated at Bangalore Trunk Road, Palanjur, Sembarambakkam, Poonamallee, Chennai - 602107. Ticket : Rs. 350 for Adults & Rs. 250 for Children. Ph : 26811124, 26811136.

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial :

On the way to Kanchipuram lies Sriperumputhur, the birth place of Saint Ramanujar. The former Prime Minister of India 1984-1989, Born on 20th August, 1944 in Mumbai. Champion of secularism beacon of our youth. Votary of our modernisation, Crusader for world peace and justice was assassinated here on May 21, 1991. A memorial for the departed leader on a large scale is built on the spot. Located at Sriperumputhur. Entry free. No holidays. Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 044-27162705.

rajiv gandhi memorial

Safaris :

It is an excellent place to spend some quite hours watching birds go about their daily routine. There are paved paths dotted with watchtowers and benches that are especially good for bird watching. The birds are best viewed if they do not notice the visitors. It is advisable to sit in a quite corner without making any noise and observe the birds.

Season : October - March
Contact : Wildlife Sactuary, Ph : 27500006

Sakunthala Jagannathan Museum of Folk Art :

More than 400 years old house belonging to landowners of Damal, the maternal ancestors of Sir C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar. Reliable sources date it to the 16-17th century. The existence of wall paintings, sculptures and household collections prompted the reuse of the house as a museum. It is open on all days from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry fee : Rs. 10/- for more information, 6, Lingappan Street, Kancheepuram -631501 (Near Ekambareswarar Temple) Ph : 044-27230112.

Silk Industries :

About 75% of Kanchipuram’s population is dependent on the Silk Saree industry, either directly or indirectly. Yet, the city does not manufacture Silk or any other raw material that goes into its silk sarees. The Silk industry is entirely made up of Handloom weavers and merchants.

Sculptures of Chola Period at Madambakkam :

 

Madam Bakkam is near to Tambaram the temple of that village is called Denuburesewarar temple. It stands in the line of Madurai, Thanjavur, Rameshwaran, Mahabalipuram and so on. It dates back to AD-654-971 the period of paranthaga cholan II. In this historical monument next to abishega mandapam there is one kolu Mandapam which is the treasure house of artistic sculptures. There are more than 29 stone cuttings in this temple which tell us a number of historical evidences. Location: 6Km from Tambaram; Bus Route: 51A, 51K, 51G from Tambaram Railway station.

 

Singaperumal KoilSingaperumal Koil :

Small temple on a hillock about 20 kms from Tambaram-Chennai. It is a lovely temple housing a fairly large (about 6 ft) idol of Pataladri Narasimha. The name Singaperumal translates into Lion-god. One of the famous Narasimha Temples in Tamil Nadu, Singaperumalkoil is known as “Padaladri” as the hill where the temple is situated is red in colour. Ph : 27464325.

St. Thomas Mount :

This small hillock situated south of Chennai, where St. Thomas - the Apostle of Jesus, preached Christianity. He himself carved a ‘Stone-Cross’ everyday St.Thomas used this stone-cross for his prayer. One day when he was in prayer with the cross, the killers commanded by king Raja Mahadeva knifed him on the back. But St.Thomas continued his prayer upto his death. His blood, bleeding on the stone-cross. For sevaral centuries the stains of his blood could not be remove from the stone-cross. The Church also holds a fascinating painting of Holy Mother and Infant Jesus said to have been painted by the apostle St.Thomas himself during 1st century AD. Chennai - 16. Ph : 044-22346516.

Sriperumpudur Adikesava Perumal Temple :

It is 29 kms from Chennai on the way to Kanchipuram. It is the birth place of Saint Ramanujar, the Father of Vishisdadhvaidham philosophy of Vaishnavism and hence an important pilgirim centre for the Vaishnavites.

SriberumbathurAdiKesavaPerumal Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal (Thennadu Tirupati)

Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor lies about 70 kms from Chennai and 18 kms from Chengalpattu. While going from Chennai, after crossing Chengalpattu, one can find Padaalam Cross Road (Koot Road) from where a road goes off GST Road on the right side. This road leads to Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor. Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor has a beautiful temple for Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal on a small hill, which is also called Thirumalai. Goddess here is Sri Alarmel Mangai Thaayaar.

 

Arignar Annadurai

15-09-1909 - 03-02-1969
The former and Late Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Arignar Annadurai. The house of Arignar Anna was converted into a memorial place on 16.09.1980. Things displayed in this memorial place are his statue, the life history and photos. His house is located at 54, C.N.A. Street, Chinna Kanchipuram.

 

Thiruparuthikundram :

This a village on the banks of the Palar river, a little off the Pillaiyaar Palayam of Kanchipuram. It stand two great monuments of Kanchipuram's ancient period of Jainism's flourishment. In addition to the existing Siva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi, this area can be termed Jaina Kanchi. The two temples of the Jaina Tirthankaras were built in the 9th Century A.D. The temples contain several fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer. "Chandraprabh" an ancient Tirthankara, long before Lord Mahaveer, is the main deity in one of the temples.

Thiruneermalai :

18 kms off chennai known for Vaishnava temples. More pilgrims come and worship in this temple from various dist. Later Chola period temple is an impressive specimen for temples. There is another temple situated a top a small hillock is dedicated to Ranganathan-an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ph:22385484

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Thirukazhukundram :

On the Chengalpet-Mahabalipuram road. It is also known by other names - Uruthrakodi, Nandipuri, Indrapuri, Narayanapuri, Brahmapuri, Dinakarapuri, Muniganapuri, Patchi Theertham, etc.

Tirupporur :

Tirupporur is an ancient temple dating back to the Pallava period and is one of 33 major temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to the worship of Lord Muruga. Tirupporur is situated 25 km northeast of Chengalpet and is connected by bus service with Chennai and the distance is 45 km. Tirupporur is also known as Poriyur or Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri.

Uthiramerur :

Situated between Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram, dates back to 750 AD. Uthiramerur has the distinction of having been ruled by many dynasties : Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings and Pallavas. One of the famous temples here is Sundaravaradaraja Perumal temple which has three tiers. There are three main sanctum sanctorum, one on top of the other.

Vaikunda Perumal Temple :

under the care of the Department of Archeology, Government of India. This temple is located at the end of a small alley, away from the main tourist business. Built by the Pallava ruler, Nandivarman in the 7th Century AD. 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.   Like the Kailasanathar temple, this temple gains local importance on the holy night of the Vaishnavites - Vaikunda Ekadasi. Except on that day, this temple is easily accessible to tourists. As mentioned earlier, this being a Vaishnavite temple, is closed after noon, to be opened in the evening. Hence, the most appropriate time to visit this is during the morning hours.

Vallakkottai :

Vallakkottai is a hamlet in Kanchipuram District, situated at a distance of twelve kilometers south of Sriperumputur on the Sriperumputur - Chengalpattu Road 24 kilometers from Tambaram on the Orakkalam Sriperumputur bus route.Saint Arunakirinathar has glorified this temple in his Tiruppukal in seven songs. Here in this temple, the idol of Murugan is the tallest in Tamil Nadu, seven feet in height. Ph : 27197112.

VaikundaperumalVaradarajar Temple :

Varadarajar temple is a massive and impressive edifice. The Hundred-Pillar-hall erected during the Vijayanagar period in this temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures. The ornamental rings carved out of a single stone in a chain at the four corners are the special features of the hall.The riders on horseback, beautiful sculptures of Rathi and Manmatha, exquisite temple jewellery are other notable features. This temple provides a glimpse of 16th century pillared pavilion with an exuberant workmanship.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

86 km from Chennai, 30 km from Chengalpet. Situated close to the small town of Padalam in Kanchipuram district, Vedanthangal is the oldest water sanctuary in India.

The sanctuary is close to both Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, both of which make a good evening getaway.
The place is a paradise for people looking to experience the countryside added with a dose of excitement of wildlife. The place also makes a good spot for a lazy evening stroll.

Wildlife Attractions in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary : As you enter the gates of the sanctuary, the sight of numerous trees flocked by birds busy in their chirping and chatting catches your attention.

The migratory birds as if packing their luggage before flying off to their permanent habitats thousands of miles away. The birds here are accustomed to the visitors and are not afraid to venture quite close to them. Prominent among the birds found in the sanctuary are Painted Stork, Cormorant, Egret, Spoonbill, Oriental Darter, White Ibis, Grey Pelican, Grebe, Sandpiper, Shoveller, Tern, Open Billed Stork and Pin Tailed Duck.

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Vedanthangal :

It is one of the major Water Bird Sanctuaries in India.It is situated at a distance of 48 Kms from Kanchipuram. Storks, Egrets, Cormorants, Darter, Flamingos are some the birds which arrive here during season (Oct.- Mar). Along the lake bund there is a 24’ high observation commanding the panoramic view of the sanctuary. Contact : 044-22351471.

War Cemetery :

Created in memory of some 855 Commonwealth Soldiers Men & Women. Govt. of India & Commonwealth War Graves Commission are jointly maintaining this important landmark situated in Nandambakkam, Chennai-116. No holidays. Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

war cementry
 

Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving hand loom industry. Kanchipuram town is also known as Silk City since the main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk sarees, more than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry.

With an economy entirely dependent on tourism and the well-established handloom industry, Kancheepuram has thousands of handlooms and skilled weavers that make its silk sarees one of the best in the entire world.

 

 

Chariot festival and Garuda Sevai are the most spectacular festivals in Kanchipuram. After having been a human effort for a long time, machines recently pitched in. The huge chariot is now drawn by a bulldozer. Every Friday and Full Moon Day.

Kamakshi Amman Festival February.

Mahashivaratri Festival Kailashanatha Temple in February.

Panguni Uthiram Ekambareshwara Temple in March-April.

Brahmotsavam Varadaraja Temple in May

Garuda Sevai Varadaraja Temple in May

Varadharajan Car Festival in May.

Float Festival Varadaraja Temple in February And November

 



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