Kanchipuram, also known as the city of thousand Temples, is a holy site for Hindus, located at the Northern east coast of south Indian state - Tamil Nadu. An ancient city, it enjoys a great past wherein once, it was a glorious centre of various dynasties- the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas. With more than 200 ancient temples, some of them are very big, Kanchipuram remains among the holiest pilgrim centres for the Hindus.
Temples are the only tourist attractions in Kanchipuram, which hold enormous value for Hindus and give the town its identity. These imposing and majestic temples are known for their architectural finesse, fusing architectural experimentations of different rulers to keep intact the South Indian style of temple architecture. These temples are a true embodiment of erstwhile thriving Pallava art & architecture with shades of the Chola, and Chalukyas and the Vijayanagara rulers.
The Ekambaranathar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the biggest of them all with its 11 stories structures. If the 8th century Vaikuntha Perumal Temple charms tourists for their scenic depictions, then the Varadaraja Temple delights for its 100-pillared hall and dexterity of the artists. If the 8th century Kailasanathar Temple is an architectural marvel, then the 14th century Kamakshi Amman Temple is no less a delight for its designs and built.