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Kanchipuram Travel Guide

KANCHIPURAM - Legend is said to provide eternal happiness to those who visit the city. It is said that "Ka" (Brahma) "anchi" (worshipped) Hindu God Vishnu at this place, which is why the city was given the name Kanchipuram (Puram meaning "city)." Also known as the 'City of 1000 Temples', it is located approximately 70 km from Chennai.

Being one of the ancient cities in South India, the history of Kanchipuram can be traced back to the reign of the Pallavas. It acquired its glory under the Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to 9th centuries, and was the capital city of the Pallavas. Most of the temples in this town were constructed during this period. Subsequently, the city was ruled by the Cholas, the Vijayanagara dynasty, and the British. The temples and monuments seen in the city are an example of the architectural mastery of Dravidian dynasties in the South. Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven holiest cities to the Hindus and is also very famous for its hand-woven silk sarees.