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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram also known as Kanchi a city 72 km from Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu is one of the seven sacred cities and considered as the second holiest place in India. It is located on the banks of Vegavathy River. Out of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu, 14 are located in Kanchipuram. The city is well known for its culture and civilization but specially for hand woven silk sarees and most of the city's workforce is involved in the weaving industry.

Day 01: Chennai – Kanchipuram

Moring pick-up from advised location/Airport in Chennai & drive to Kanchipuram. On arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up time for relaxation. After lunch proceed for half day temple tour of Kanchipuram. It is a city of thousand temples. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Kanchipuram

Morning at leisure. After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Kanchipuram which will include:

Kailasanatha Temple: It was constructed in the 8th century and has a beautiful panel depicting 'Lord Shiva and Parvati' during a dance. The Ardhanareeswarar is one of the best sculptural wonder.

Vaikunta Perumal Temple: This Vaishnavite temple dates back to the 8th century and was built by Nandivarman Pallava. Battle scenes depicting Pallava Valour are carved on the panels surrounding the main hall.

Varadaraja Temple : This 100 pillared hall of this temple stands testimony to the artistry of the sculptors of Vijaynagar. The annual Garuda Utsavam festival (May - June) is very colourful and draws thousands of devotees.

Kamakshi Amman Temple :Dedicated to the goddess Kamakshi (Parvati) is one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship in India and was built by me Cholas in the 14th century.

Lord Subramanya Temple at Tiruttani: Tiruttani, 42 km from Kanchipuram, has a temple which is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Situated on a hilltop, the temple is accessible by road as well as the 365 steps on the hill which are said to represent 365 days of the year. The Karthigai festival in December attracts lots of tourists.

Evening return back to the hotel at Kanchipuram for overnight stay.

Day 03: Kanchipuram – Chennai

Morning at leisure. After breakfast free time for relaxation. Afternoon drive back to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai transfer to advised location or Airport.

End of the services.

Tamil Nadu was ruled by three major dynasties-the Cholas in the east, the Pandyas in the central area and Cheras in the west. This was during the Sangam Age-the classical period of Tamil literature-that continued for some 300 years after the birth of Christ. The Pallava dynasty was influential particularly in the 7th and 8th centuries, testimonies to which are the monuments at Mamallapuram. In the 13th century, with threats of Muslim invasions from the north, the southern Hindu dynasties combined and the empire of Vijayanagar, which covered all of South India, was firmly established. However, by the 17th century, due to the disintegration of the Vijayanagar Empire, various small rulers like the Nayaks ruled southern India.

By the middle of the 18th century, there were frequent conflicts between the British, French, Danes, and Dutch due to their interest in these areas. The British were finally victorious, while small pockets like Pondicherry and Karaikal remained under French control. Under the British rule, most of south India was integrated into the region called the Madras Presidency. In 1956, the Madras Presidency was disbanded and Tamil Nadu was established. 

Area: 1,30,058 sq. km 
Population: 62, 110, 139 
Religion: Hinduism (88.67%), Islam (5.46%), Others (5.87%) 
Annual Rainfall: 1,133.8 mm 
Temperature :Maximum 45.2°C ,Minimum 1.0°C 
Capital: Chennai 
Languages: Tamil, English 
Literacy rate: 73.47% 
Best Time To Visit: October to March

Travel Info:

By Air:
 The Anna International Airport, 16 km south of Chennai, has flights to/from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Germany, Jakarta, Malaysia, England, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Most major Indian cities are also connected to Chennai by regular domestic flights. 

By Rail: The railway station at Chennai has connecting trains to/from all major cities in India. The reservation office is on the first floor of the reservation complex next to the railway station.

By Road: The bus terminals in Chennai are on either side of Prakasham Road in George Town, near the High Court Building.

Situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is the center of culture and learning. It is the land of rich culture and heritage, having some of the most charming beaches and many attractive pilgrimages. The city is full of the appealing weekend getaways. Some of the best weekend getaways from Chennai are Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Yercuad, etc If you are tired of your prosaic routine and looking for a change this weekend, then opt for tempting and affordable Chennai Weekend Holiday packages. Availing one of these packages will certainly make you come across the prime appeals of the places which are worth paying a visit.

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