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A Weekend in the City of Temples

Last week we had a week end trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India. Kanchipuram is also known as  the City of Temples and the Silk City, located in Tamil Nadu, South India. 

Kanchipuram is a historical, cultural and religious city located on the banks of  River Vedavadi. Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) is also one of the most important spiritual centres of Hinduism and a major pilgrim destination.  The ancient temples located here are built by Pallava and Chola kings. 

Getting into Kancheepuram - 
Kanchipuram can be accessed by train, bus, and car. From Chennai, it is only 75 kms away and from Bangalore 278 kms. We went by car and it took us nearly 4 hours. The roads were excellent and the drive was pleasant.

Accommodation - We had booked our accommodation in  Pine Tree, one of the good hotels in Kanchipuram. We had a comfortable stay in Pine Tree. On reaching there we enquired about visiting the temples; they had advised us that it is better to take a local autorikshaw instead of taking our car to save our time.  We too felt that it was good to have a local help who can take us to the right places at the right time. They had a special package of Rs.600/- for which an auto driver  was arranged who would take us to these temples and any other places such as traditional and good silk sari shops as per our requirement. 




The auto driver (Vijay) was very nice with us and took us wherever we wanted and even told us the history of the temples.

I will write more about these temples in the subsequent posts.  

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We wanted to cover one or two temples in the evening of the same day we arrived at Kanchipuram. Our autorikshaw driver was only too glad to take us around. 

He first took us to Kanchi Kailasanatha temple located in the west of Kanchipuram.  He dropped us just in front of the temple. 
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