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Introducing Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, 80km southwest of Chennai, was capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas were creating the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram. Today a typically hectic modern Indian town, it's famed for its numerous important and busy temples, some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times, and also for its high-quality silk saris, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the city and nearby villages. Silk and sari shops are strung along Gandhi Rd, southeast of the centre, though their wares are generally no cheaper than at silk shops in Chennai. Kanchi can easily be visited in a day trip from Mamallapuram or Chennai.