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Anupriya Bedi Apr 01 2014

Can you suggest an itinerary for 1 day trip to Kanchipuram?

Jigyasha Prasad Apr 01 2014
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Check out the itinerary for 1 day trip to Kanchipuram. Also known as Varanasi of South, there are a plethora of famous things to see and do in Kanchipuram which you would surely love to explore on your visit here. So, what are you waiting for? Come and take a look and plan your trip for some unforgettable memories:

Kailasanathar Temple (by Senthil Kumar)

Start your day with a Temple tour:

The city boasts of 108 Shaiva temples and 18 Vaishnavite temples, dividing the city neatly into Shiva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi. Phew! Now that is something which you simply cannot miss when you visit here. This place is home to Kamakshi, one of the most famous temples in Kanchipuram. The timings for most of these temples are from 6:30 am to 12 noon and 3:30 to 8:00 pm.

Photo of Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram (by tshrinivasan)

Next, head to the famous Museums here

The Kanchi Kudil (dwelling of Kanchi), on Nainar Pillai Street, is a novel heritage museum, located in a 100-year old agrarian house. This museum should definitely be in your bucket list for 1 day trip to Kanchipuram. The house is divided into small cubicles of different living areas. Reading material that encapsulates the history of Kanchipuram, its social mores, heritage, and the traditional way of life are framed and hung on the walls for a quick scan.

Photo of Kanchi Kudil, Kanchipuram (by tshrinivasan)

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed on public holidays)
Entry fee: INR 10

A 400-year-old traditional house, belonging to CP Ramaswamy Aiyer’s family, houses the Shakunthala Jagannathan Museum of Folk Art (Tel: +91-44-27260450, 27230112) on Brahma Mandhiram, 6 Lingappan Street. In this museum one can browse through a number of interesting everyday and festive exhibits. With so much to explore and soak here, no wonder the museum is one of the popular places to visit in Kanchipuram.

Shakunthala Jagannathan Museum of Folk Art (from the Official Website)

Later, Visit the famous Kanchi Peetham and offer your prayers at the Adi Sankara’s Steps

The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the most important Hindu religious centres in India. The Advaita philosopher- saint Adi Sankara settled in Kanchipuram after his travels across India. In time he established the Kamakoti Mutt, said to have had an unbroken line of 70 descendants.

Portraits of Shanakaracharya Lineage inside the Peetham itself (by Richard Holmes)

The mutt espouses various altruistic causes. It is also a platform for the hoi-polloi to voice their concerns. To get a darshan of His Holinesses Sri Jayendra Saraswati and Sri Vijayendra Saraswati, go either at 8 am or after 4 pm.

Posters inside the Peetham (by richard holmes)

Shopping at Kanchipuram

Your 1 day trip to Kanchipuram cannot be completed without some saree shopping. There’s only one kind of shopping done in Kanchipuram. And that’s buying traditional silk saris. The best time is in the afternoon, when shops are empty. There are over a hundred shops, genuine and seedy, that sell silk and cotton saris. There are also cooperative society run shops named after political parties, castes and other affiliations.

Silk weaver in Kanchipuram (by dsaravanane)

It is true that almost every home in Kanchipuram houses a pit loom because 75 per cent of its population is involved in the weaving business. But the thumb rule is to go to the bigger ones if you want a genuine silk sari. Gandhi Road is a good place to browse! In addition to shopping, you can also explore other things to do which are equally interesting.

Photo of a saree weaving at Kanchipuram (by McKay Savage)

Now, that you know the itinerary for 1 day trip to Kanchipuram, pack your bags and head to this beautiful and charismatic place.

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