Kanchipuram attractions

Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Kailasanatha Temple

Kanchipuram's oldest temple is its most impressive, not for its size but for its weight of historical presence and the intricacy of its stonework. As much monument as living temple, Kailasanatha is quieter than othe…
Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Ekambareshwara Temple

Of South India's five Shiva temples associated with the five elements, this 12-hectare precinct is the shrine of earth. You enter beneath the 59m-high, unpainted south gopuram, whose lively carvings were chiselled i…
Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

This enormous 11th-century Chola-built temple in southeast Kanchipuram is dedicated to Vishnu. Non-Hindus cannot enter the central compound, but the artistic highlight is the 16th-century ‘100-pillared’ marriage hal…
Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Kamakshi Amman Temple

This imposing temple, dedicated to Kamakshi/Parvati, is one of India's most important places of shakti (female energy/deities) worship, said to mark the spot where Parvati's midriff fell to earth. It's thought to ha…
Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Vaikunta Perumal Temple

This 1200-year-old Vishnu temple is a Pallava creation. The passage around the central shrine has lion pillars and a wealth of weathered wall panels, some depicting historical events. The main shrine, uniquely sprea…