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The City of a thousand temples, Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. This Golden City is situated at a distance of 71 kms from Madras. It has some of the finest temples built by the Pallavas. Today, this ancient city of learning is world famous for its handwoven silk fabrics.
Places to see
Vaikuntha Perumal Temple
The Vaikuntha Perumal Temple has numerous inscriptions of the Pallava-Chalukya wars. It is an important Vishnu temple.
This temple has a 57 metre high Rajagopuram, which is one of the tallest towers in South India.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Kamakshi Amman Temple was built by the Cholas. This temple one of the three holy places of Shakti worship in India, the other two being in Madurai and Varanasi.
Built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra the 3rd, in the 8th century AD.
Also known as Varadarajar temple, it is a massive and impressive edifice. The shrine of Devarajaswamy is located on an elephant-shaped rock called Hastagiri.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctury
48 Kms from Kanchipuram. Here once can see Storks, Egrets, Cormorants, Darter, Flamingos, Pelicans, moor hens, herons, kingfishers, sandpipers, white ibis,spoonbills, swans and grey wagtails other migratory birds. The best time to visit the place is from October to March.
80 Kms from Kanchipuram. This lake formed out of the backwaters, with boating and wind surfing facilities.
40 kms from Chennai, this is a small fishing village.
14 kms from Mamallapuram is a crocodile breeding center. There is also a snake farm where anti venom is produced and there is a regular venom extraction show.
A large part of the state being on the coastal edge of the country, the weather is tropical and sultry for most part of the year. The summer months of April, May, June are hottest where temperature ranges to 40 degrees.
December and January are the peak months for Chennai. The temp ranges from 20-22 degrees. To avoid peak rush October is better. The weather in these months is pleasant and easy to bear the humidity.