Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram , also referred as Kanchi are known for two popular things : It's ancient Temples and Silk.

Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu is located 72km southwest of Chennai. Also Kanchipuram by road is 70km and 280 km east of Vellore and Bangalore respectively.

Major Attractions in Kanchipuram:
Kanchi Kamakshi Temple

Vaikunta Perumal Temple

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Kailasanathar Temple

Kanchi Kudil

Kachapeshwarar Temple

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam

Sri Sankara Matam

Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple

Ekambeshwarar Temple

Kanchipuram Silk : One of the popular aspect of Kanchipuram is the silk weaving tradition. Some times referred as Kanjivaram sari, this particular style of sari making has been going on here since the times of King Raja Raja Chola I (985–1014 CE).

The weaver community strives in and around the Kanchipuram town. For the visitors there are many local shops, mostly on the Mahatma Ghandi Road. Many shops would also have a loom installed inside to demonstrate the sari making process. Make it a point to visit this, if you happens to visit a shop. Prices typically vary from Rs2500 all the way up to Rs100000, or even beyond. Typically you can expect to buy it at 50% of the cost compared to the prices in those large city showrooms.

As you move around in the Kanchipuram you will be trailed by agents (on mopeds and bikes, if you travel by car!) offering helps to take you around, including to silk shops. In that case beware that you'll be paying including the agent's commission.

Typically Kanchipuram Sari is heavily accented with bold motifs, contrasting borders and bright coloured silk thread with golden patterns.

Where is Kanchipuram ?

Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu is located 72km southwest of Chennai. Also Kanchipuram by road is 70km and 280 km east of Vellore and Bangalore respectively.

Kanchipuram Sari Making

The traditional loom for making Kanchipuram sari. Those white cards with holes in it defines the patterns/designs in the Sari. Also seen is the yellow silk thread that fanning out from the top of the loom.

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