Temples around Kanchipuram

kailasnath temple
Kanchipuram Village, Tamil Nadu 631501, India
05:30 AM – 12:00 PM
About Kailashnath Temple
  • Oldest temple in the ancient town of Kanchipuram, Kailasnath temple is an incredible architectural splendour built by the same Pallava king who built Mamallapuram’s Shore Temple, Narasimhavarman II, in 8th century CE. With its compounds made of sandstone, the entire temple is a maze of incredible carvings of mythological creatures like Yali and has distinct influences of early Dravidian architectural pattern.
  • Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple’s walls are replete with panels showing Nataraja, the Lord of Dance and an avatar of Shiva, in various postures. Called the Stone temple of Kachipettu, Kachipettu Periya Thirukatrali, by Rajaraja Chola, Kailasnath temple is believed to be the architectural inspiration behind Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur
  • Magnificent and stately without being imperious, Kailasnath temple is Kanchipuram’s crowing glory in its hallmark understated elegance

    ekambareswarar temple

Car St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
06:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 thirumarugal

Thirumagaral Shiva Temple, Magaral Village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
07:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Glorious and ancient to its very core steeped in mythology, Thirumarugal was built by King Rajendra Chola. Dating back to the seventh century, it is believed to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in India. Since its foundation, the temple has been overlain with numerous legends and folklore, all testament to the belief in its holiness and sanctity. Its layout is in the traditional temple architectural plan typical to the temples of Kanchipuram and Shiva Sthalams. While the presiding deity of Thirumarugal is Lord Shiva, he is in his self-manifested, swayambu, avatar at the temple. Also enshrined is Lord Murugan with an elephant as his vahan (vehicle).

vaikunta perumal temple

Periya, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501, India
08:00 AM – 01:00 PM
  • Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars), Vaikunta Perumal temple is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram. Created out of King Nandivarman’s (the 2nd) devotion and religious zeal, Vaikunta Perumal temple has been standing here since the 8th century. Heart of Sri Thirumangai Alvar’s, last of the 12 Azhvars, mangalasasanam (hymns sung for Divya Desams), Vaikunta Perumal temple is replete with inscribed panels that tell the tale of King Nandivarman’s ascension to his throne.

varadaraja perumal temple

Arulmigu Devaraja Swamy Temple, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu 631501, India
07:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • One of the crowning glories of Vishnu Kanchi, part of Kanchipuram that is home to a number of Vishnu temples, Varadaraja Perumal temple is yet another one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars) that Kanchipuram is replete with. While there is uncertainty regarding its origins with one line of school tracing it back to Pallava king Nandivarman II and the other to Chola kings in 1053, there is no doubt that the original structure has been elaborated upon over the years by the kings and dynasties that followed later.

devarajaswami temple

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
06:00 AM – 07:00 AM (Vishwa roupa Darshan)
  • Devarajaswami Temple, constructed by the Vijayanagara rulers, bears an architectural style quite akin to the South Indian style of the temple architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and there is a marriage hall in the premises which i s dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvati. The intricate details in the architecture can send a person to quite an observation spree. There is also a large tank with the idol of Lord Vishnu which is said and believed to be drained in a cycle of 40 years.

kamakshi amman temple

New No. 6, Old No. 144/A, Kamakshi Amman Sannathi Street, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
05:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu is situated in about 5 acres of land and has four entrances. The main entrance of the temple has a Kalabhairavar deity on its left and the Mahishasura Mardini deity on the right. On the centre of the entrance, you can see a huge Dwajasthampa. Much of the temple as we see it today  dates to the 14 CE when an older shrine was extensively rebuilt. Beneath a gold-plated vimanam is the sanctum inside which sits Kamakshi, resplendent with four hands holding a noose, staff, sugarcane bow and flower arrows.

karchapeswarar temple

Karchapeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
05:00 AM – 01:00 PM
  • While a fascinating mythological lore underlies Karchapeswarar or Karchabeswarar temple, little is know about its origins.

sri kanchi kamakshi amman temple

New No. 6, Old No. 144/A, Kamakshi Amman Sannathi Street, Periya, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
05:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu is situated in about 5 acres of land and has four entrances. The main entrance of the temple has a Kalabhairavar deity on its left and the Mahishasura Mardini deity on the right. On the centre of the entrance, you can see a huge Dwajasthampa. Much of the temple as we see it today  dates to the 14 CE when an older shrine was extensively rebuilt. Beneath a gold-plated vimanam is the sanctum inside which sits Kamakshi, resplendent with four hands holding a noose, staff, sugarcane bow and flower arrows.

varadaraja temple

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
07:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • It’s a Divya Desam out of the 108 temples of Vishnu to have seen the 12 poet saints.

ekambaranatha temple

Kanchipuram Village, Perumal Street, Kanchipuram
05:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • One of the oldest temples in the town of Kanchipuram, it also has the tallest gopuram.

kuttu kalai kudam

36, Punjarasantankal Village, Aiyankarkulam, Kanchipuram District, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India- 631502
09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
  • Mention Tamil Nadu and one of the most common association is traditional performers in elaborate make up and costumes apart from the food. Ever wondered the enigma that these dances appear to be? Called Kattai Kuttu, one of the several dance and musi

kuranganilmuttam

Near The Town Of Mamandur, 2 Km From Dusi Village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
05:00 AM – 01:00 PM
  • One of the glorious gems of the 275 temples that compose the Paadal Petra Stalam or Shivastalam, Kuranganilmuttam is yet another temple of Kanchipuram that is more than just a sacred site of divine abode. Speckled with fascinating folklore and dott
sri sathya varadaraja perumal temple
Puthur, Thillai Nagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • One of the 108 Divya Desams, the Varadaraja Perumal Temple, built by the Cholas in the 11th century, is a connoisseur’s delight. Vijayanagara rulers added the 180- foot high eastern gopuram and a western gopuram of matching grandeur in the 16th centu

muttukkadu lake

80 Kms From Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
  • A water paradise formed out of the backwaters of Bay of Bengal, Muttukadu lake is just the place to take frolicking in water a notch above and indulge in some truly exhilarating water sports. While boating is popular out here, Muttukadu boat house

kailasanatha temple

Kailasanathar Temple Road, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • A visit to the Kailasanatha Temple will catapult you back to the age of the Pallavas. It has low walls and an even lower tower; there’s the sudden green of the vilva tree and the strange sandy feel of the structure, all of which are unlike the majestic temples of Kanchi. The Pallava King Narasimhavarman II (700-728 CE), also known as Rayasimhan, built the temple, outshining his father Narasimhavarman I’s achievements at Mammallapuram (65 km south-east of Kanchipuram).  The walls sculpted with images of Shiva, Parvati and watchful lions on the top conceal more than 50 tiny meditation chambers. There are images of Shiva in meditation, readying for war, immersed in the dance of destruction, sporting with Parvati or begging as an ascetic.

    The temple, like the Shore Temple at Mammallapuram, is built out of soft sandstone or, according to the priest who holds fort, out of ‘husk stone’ and pindi manal (flour-like sand) mixed with special herbs for proper binding. There are no entrance gopurams, only the vimanam above the sanctum. The interiors reveal traces of the once colourful frescoes. Devotees can get within six feet of the resplendent ebony-black, 16-faceted lingam. Do not be startled when the priest commands you to go through a tiny square hole on one side of the sanctum and come out of the other (for a fee of INR 5) to end the vicious cycle of birth and death. Even the bulkiest of frames seems to squeeze in and out.

sri adikesava perumal temple
Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Adikesava Perumal Temple (35 km NE) in Sriperumbudur is the birthplace of Sri Ramanuja (born 1017), foremost exponent of the philosophy of Vishishtadvaita (a blend of philosophies of Dvaita and Advaita). Sri Ramanuja is believed to have been an incarnation of Ananta, the primordial serpent. He questioned the practice of untouchability and invested the lower castes with the sacred thread.

    At the Adikesava Perumal Temple, Ramanuja occupies a place of importance as significant as the main deity and his consort Ethiraja Nadavalli. The temple is more than 2,000 years old and is said to have been patronised by Vijayalaya Cholan (846-871 CE), founder of the Chola dynasty, and by the Vijayanagara rulers (1336-1660). All buses connecting Kanchipuram to Chennai go via Sriperumbudur (except for No. 79, which takes the Padappai route). If driving from Chennai, it’s best to take NH4 via Poonamallee.

kailasanathar temple

Kailasanathar Temple Road, Pillaiyarpalayam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501, India
06:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • This temple built in sandstone, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine. The inner walls of the shrine have fresco-style paintings and the temple is famous for its architectural brilliance.

vaikunda perumal temple

Perumal Temple, Perambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

kanchi kudhil

53A, Sangeetha Vidwan Nainar Pillai Street, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
09:00 AM – 07:00 PM
About Kanchi Kudhil
  • Step back in time and stroll down the memory lanes of Kanchipuram with Kanchi Kudil, mini-Kanchipuram as it is famously known. Ideal for capturing a glimpse of old world Kanchipuram, Kanchi Kudil is essentially a traditionally structured house over a century old.
  • Refurbished some years back or rather furnished in its original, traditional way with its owner’s original possessions, Kanchi Kudil takes you on a veritable heritage walk through the traditional domestic life of Kanchipuram as it was in the yesteryears. Manglorean tiles deck the roof and life sized replica statues of city’s natives welcome you at the threshold. Rocking chairs and wooden swings fill the patio and open air courtyard, throwback to a more simple, unhurried world. Explore its treasure trove of handicrafts, information on Kanchipuram’s history and temples to the melody of traditional Carnatic music.
  • Frequently, Kanchi Kudil organises for crafts exhibition, demonstrations and performances by local artisans. There’s a small gift shop where you can pick up beautiful handicraft works as souvenirs. Do not forget to fuel up at the house’s food court on delicious South Indian food.

iravatanesvara temple

Iravatanesvara Temple, Darasuram, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, 613001, India
05:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Iravatesvara temple, built by Pallava king Narasimhavarman II, is a fine example of Dravidian temple architecture.

bird sighting at vedanthangal bird sanctuary

Chingleput Division, M A S Complex, 46 D/5 VillakadiI Koil Street, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 603112 , India
08:00 AM – 06:30 PM
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary in Kanchipuram spread across a massive are of 74 acres is one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in India, and has been fiercely protected and kept well preserved by the local population for well over 250 years.

vedanthangal bird sanctuary

Chingleput Division, M A S Complex, 46D/5 VillakadiI Koil Street, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
06:00 AM – 06:00 PM
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers in its truest sense! With abundance of greenery all around and different species of birds, chirping to be heard, this bird sanctuary offers a picturesque view to its visitors. Also, those of