Welcome to Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, 80km southwest of Chennai, was capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas created the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram. Today a typically hectic modern Indian town, it's famous for its numerous important and vibrant temples (and their colourful festivals), some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times. It's also known for its high-quality silk saris,... Read More

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Silk-Weaving and Organic Farm Motorcycle Day Trip from Chennai

Your tour guide will lead the way while you ride to Kanchipuram or drive you in a private vehicle, which is located 75Kms away. You will stop for breakfast on the way.Upon reaching Kanchipuram, you will spend a couple of hours in an organic dairy farm. You will see how the cows are fed on fodder, which is grown without using any fertilizers. It will be a fascinating experience to see how the farmers here create a renewable source of energy in the form of Gobar Gas or natural gas made from cow dung. The next item on the agenda is a rice field where paddy is grown and where you get to interact with the rice farmers. This is followed by a visit to a nearby mango farm, an organic vegetable farm, and a flower farm. You will also visit Cheyyar River, which is the water source for farming in this area. The friendly farmers would be keen to answer any questions guests might have with respect to their farming and way of life. You will enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the Organic Farm.The highlight of this tour is to meet the legendary Silk Saree Weavers of Kanchipuram. It will be a fascinating experience to see how the sarees are weaved from pure mulberry silk thread.Kailasanathar temple of Pallava dynasty is the last item on the day's itinerary to appreciate these ancient architectural wonders. These were built in 600 AD and are magnificent specimens of the Pallava style of architecture. After visiting the temple, return to Chennai on your motorcycle or by private vehicle.

$61.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Day Trip to Kanchipuram Temple City from Chennai

After pickup from your hotel in the morning by air-conditioned vehicle, your private guide will take you to Kanchipuram, located about 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Chennai. Coined ‘The City of Thousand Temples,’ Kanchipuram is considered by the Hindus of India as one of the country’s seven holiest cities. With your guide, visit several temples and learn about the importance of the Hindu goddess Shiva. Explore Sri Ekambareswarar Temple, the city’s largest temple and one of the five major Shiva temples that each represents a natural element. Built around 600, this temple symbolizes Earth. Then, visit Kailasanathar Temple, the oldest temple in Kanchipuram, built in the early 8th century. Explore this sandstone compound and admire the fascinating carvings, including half-animal deities that were popular during the period of early Dravidian architecture. Next, head to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, one of the Divya Desams -- the 108 Vishnu temples believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or alwars. Built in 1053, this astounding temple complex contains 32 shrines and 389 pillared halls. After spending 30-45 minutes at each temple, stop by the nearby silk shop -- Kanchipuram is famous for its hand-woven silk sarees – to see a silk-weaving demonstration. Watch local artisans take pure mulberry silk of various dazzling colors and create beautiful sarees embellished with fine gold thread. In between sightseeing, you’ll enjoy an authentic Indian lunch in Kanchipuram at a restaurant carefully chosen by your guide. After your enlightening full-day tour, you’ll be taken back to your Chennai hotel.

$45 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Caves and Temples Day Tour from Chennai

Your tour will begin with a pickup between 6:30-7:00 AM from your hotel in Chennai and proceed for full-day guided tour. To kick off the tour, your guide will brief you about the history of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Chennai to Mahabalipuram is aproximately 36 miles. Mahabalipuram is the former capital of the Pallava Kings and is famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially the stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the 7th-century magnificent Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. Next, you will visit Arjuna's Penance, a 1900-square-foot rock block and rock cut caves from the 6th and 7th centuries. Later visit the 7th- century Five Rathas Shrine which has the world's largest stone relief.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense and then drive to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the golden city of a thousand temples. It is one of seven sacred cities of India and has some of the most grand and majestic temples. With their striking architectural marvel, these temples reflect architectural experimentation, restructuring and refinement that was completed during different dynasties. Kanchipuram was the capital of the Pallava, the Chola and the Vijayanagar kings. Visit historic temples like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareshvara Temple. All of these are excellent sites of the architectural splendor of the medieval period. When the tour ends, you will be driven back to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.

$119 Private & Custom Tours

Kanchipuram Private Day Tour from Chennai

Kanchipuram, located 80km (50 miles) southwest of Chennai, was capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas created the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram. Today, a typically hectic modern Indian town is famed for its numerous important and vibrant temples, some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times, and also for its high-quality silk sarees, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the city and nearby villages. In south India, these sarees are considered very special for their superior and rare color combinations.. Being an integral part of South Indian weddings, Kanchipuram Sarees hold a luxurious status. You will be picked up at your hotel in Chennai at 8am and transferred to Rajiv Gandhi Memorial (is a memorial to Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at the site where he was assassinated at Sriperumbudur). Upon arrival to Kanchipuram, visit famous Kalasanathar, Varadaraja, Kamashiamman and Ekambareshwarar temples. After, you will proceed to the silk factory-showroom to see and understand the production process and rich weaving of different sarees. Once this tour is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Chennai.

$60 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuarm Full-Day Tour from Chennai

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Chennai at 08:00 AM and proceed to Kanchipuram. In Hindu theology, Kanchipuram is one of the seven Indian cities to reach final attainment.In Kanchipuram, you will see Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Kumarakottam Temple, which are some of major Hindu temples in the state. The city is a holy pilgrimage site for both Saivites and Vaishnavites. Of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu, 14 are located in Kanchipuram. The city is well known for its hand woven silk sarees and most of the city's workforce is involved in the weaving industry.After sightseeing at 12:30 PM, you can get some restaurant recommendation from your guide for lunch at your own cost. After lunch at 1:00 PM proceed to Mahablipuram, an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. You will see group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of your journey at 06:00 pm, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Chennai by 06:00 PM.