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Kanchipuram

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris. This small town ranks among Hinduism's most important spiritual destinations because of its temples dating back to the Pallava, Chola, and Vijayanagar eras. In fact, it served as the capital of the Pallava Kingdom between the 4th and 10th centuries. And while it was also a center for Buddhism, no remnants of that history remain. Most tours of Kanchipuram will include visits to the remaining ancient temples, as well as shopping for silk saris at wholesale prices. Before you visit India, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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Where to stay in Kanchipuram

Typical hotels make up the bulk of the accommodation choices in Kanchipuram, with beach resorts in nearby Chennai. If you're looking for a different experience during your trip, explore the few guesthouses and smaller inns in the area. Many of the local residences have restaurants with vegetarian Indian meals. If you only plan on seeing a few attractions in Kanchipuram, it is easy to make a day trip from nearby Mamallapuram or Chennai.
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