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Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Ekambareshwara Temple

Of South India's five Shiva temples associated with each of 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 chi…
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

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

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 but extremely detailed wall panels, some depicting historical events. The main…
Hindu Temple in Kanchipuram

Kailasanatha Temple

Kanchipuram's oldest temple is small, interesting mainly for its stonework. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built in the 8th century by Pallava king Narasimhavarman II (Rajasimha), who also created Mamallapuram's Shore T…
Indian in Kanchipuram

Munima Mess

Recommended by locals as the place for meat, this cheap and busy eatery turns out a variety of chicken, mutton and seafood dishes – along with veg plates, too. About half of the menu, including the succulent grilled…
South Indian in Kanchipuram

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

A reliably good pure-veg restaurant with delicious dosas, a few North Indian surprises, a welcome air-con hall and thalis on the 1st floor. There's another (scruffier) branch just west of Gandhi Rd.
Multicuisine in Kanchipuram

Dakshin

It's slightly overpriced and service is patchy, but the GRT Regency's restaurant offers a lengthy multicuisine menu of breakfast omelettes, South Indian favourites and tasty tandoori. Wi-fi costs ₹100 per hour for n…
South Indian in Kanchipuram

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Reliable pure-veg South Indian thalis and other dishes, plus a few North Indian options, in a simple fast-and-furious setting. There's a marginally smarter branch on Nellukara St.
South Indian in Kanchipuram

Upashana Veg Restaurant

Sree Sakthi Residency's popular ground-floor restaurant, with AC and non-AC sections, does good veg food, including thalis (₹90 to ₹175). Lassis are thicker than at similar joints.