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Places to Visit in Kanchipuram

When you travel to Kanchipuram, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Kanchipuram, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Kanchipuram to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Kanchipuram things to do can include exploring Kanchipuram attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Anna Memorial

The birth place of Dr. C.N. Annadurai, who was a scholar statesman born in this town. His ancestral house has been transformed into a memorial.

Arjuna’s Penance

This is the biggest Bas-relief in the world with life-size sculptures. The rock carving is simple but exquisitely carved; it is in the shape of a giant whale that faces the sea. It is a 27 meters long and 9 meters high structure.

International Library

This library is located 3.5 km away from Kanchipuram in Enathur and is a treasure chest of ancient manuscripts written on Palm leaves. In the entrance at the library stands a statue of Adi Sankaracharya and this library is a part of the Sankaracharya University.

Religious Places

Kanchipuram is also popularly known as “the Golden City of Thousand Temples”. It houses the maximum number of temples in Sothern India which are of traditional medieval design.

The Kamakodi Peethum and Kammakshianam temples: These temples are closely related to the life of Sankaracharya and form a major Hindu sacred site. There is a sacred Sri Chakra present in front of the Sri Devi structure where all the religious


It houses recreated ancient villages and depicts the livelihoods of ancients towns within Tamil Nadu.

The Nine Cave temples of Mammalapuram

These caves are popular for their lifelike sculptures and depictions of various episodes from Hindu mythology cut within the rocks. The most popular carvings are that of the Krishna cave. In the Mahishasuramardhini cave Lord Vishnu is shown to be in a cosmic sleep in contrast to the rest of the carvings depicting Goddess Durga in vigorous battle with the demon Mahishasur (Buffalo-headed).

Kanchi Kudil

This concept was conceived with the view to transform ancient ancestral properties in and around Kanchipuram into major tourist attraction spots in order to depict the way of life and livelihood of the early settlers in the historic town of Kanchipuram.

Mammalapuram houses

The ancient port town of Mammalapuram houses the most number of grand monuments in Kanchipuram. It was an important port city during the Pallava reign and is a “must see” destination within the Kanchipuram tour. It houses some spectacular specimens of Pallava art and Dravidian style of medieval architecture.

The Pallava dynasty was Jain followers and their temple architecture is simplistic but extremely lifelike. The

Kanchipuram silks

This town is also famous for its Kanchipuram silk sarees and has a thriving handloom industry. The major profession of the people here in this town is silk weaving and one can hope to buy beautiful sarees at wholesale rates.

Kishkinta Theme park

This is a water theme park close to Kanchipuram which is a fun-filled destination for kids as well as adults. If you are looking for a wholesome family fun-time this amusement park is a must see. The name Kishkinta refers to the mythical monkey kingdom as mentioned in the epic Ramayana. This place houses several water sports and rides to choose from.

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