Chennai – Kanchipuram – Chennai
Starting from the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Kanchipuram can be reached within two hours by surface. Kanchipuram is a Temple City where you end up with a temple in every street corner.
Visit the Silk Weavers’ Society to buy nice Kanjivaram Silk Sarees. Drive back to Chennai.
A day tour from Chennai will take you to Kanchipuram within two hours by surface. The specialty of Kanchipuram is that it is a Temple City with hundreds of temples housing either Lord Shiva or primarily Lord Vishnu. The most popular temples are Varadharajar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar temple.
Another important shrine in the Kanchipuram city is the Kamakshi Amman Temple where Goddess Kamakshi is the presiding deity. This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu and probably in other states also that the presiding female deity is in the sitting posture of Padmasana, a popular yogic posture.
Nearby the temple is the Hindu Monastery called Sankara Mutt. Kanchipuram is world renowned for the silk sarees. From across India, women throng the city to purchase the silk sarees round the year and especially during seasons of festival and marriage. The weavers of Kanchipuram use the handlooms to bring in the magical combinations of colors in the silk sarees attracting people around the country and the world. The weavers’ society in Kanchipuram deserves a visit where you can witness the making of a silk saree and the dying units as live sessions.
After visiting the interesting locations in Kanchipuram, drive back to Chennai for an evening sightseeing around the city or to retire at hotel for overnight stay..............