Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Chennai, India
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $61.25

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Discover a mix of India's religious culture and architectural heritage on this private tour to Kanchipuram, ‘The City of Thousand Temples,’ from Chennai. With your private guide, visit several historically important temples, including Sri Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and learn about the history of Hinduism and the goddess Shiva in India. You’ll also witness an intricate silk-weaving demonstration and enjoy an authentic Indian lunch.


  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
After pickup from your hotel in the morning by air-conditioned vehicle, your private guide will take you to Kanchipuram, located about 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Chennai. Coined ‘The City of Thousand Temples,’ Kanchipuram is considered by the Hindus of India as one of the country’s seven holiest cities.

With your guide, visit several temples and learn about the importance of the Hindu goddess Shiva. Explore Sri Ekambareswarar Temple, the city’s largest temple and one of the five major Shiva temples that each represents a natural element. Built around 600, this temple symbolizes Earth.

Then, visit Kailasanathar Temple, the oldest temple in Kanchipuram, built in the early 8th century. Explore this sandstone compound and admire the fascinating carvings, including half-animal deities that were popular during the period of early Dravidian architecture.

Next, head to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, one of the Divya Desams -- the 108 Vishnu temples believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or alwars. Built in 1053, this astounding temple complex contains 32 shrines and 389 pillared halls.

After spending 30-45 minutes at each temple, stop by the nearby silk shop -- Kanchipuram is famous for its hand-woven silk sarees – to see a silk-weaving demonstration. Watch local artisans take pure mulberry silk of various dazzling colors and create beautiful sarees embellished with fine gold thread.

In between sightseeing, you’ll enjoy an authentic Indian lunch in Kanchipuram at a restaurant carefully chosen by your guide. After your enlightening full-day tour, you’ll be taken back to your Chennai hotel.

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Pickup from Chennai Port
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Day trip to Kanchipuram Temple from Chennai Port

USD $90.00
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Day trip to Kanchipuram Temple from your hotel in Chennai

USD $61.25
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Private Tour: Day Trip to Kanchipuram Temple City from Chennai

Day Trim to Kanchipuram

  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Ann-Cathrine S, April 2016

The daytrip to se the tempels in Kanchipuram was very interesting and we had good oportunities to take photos. A visit to the silk market was also included in the trip but we were not aware of this. After having visited a family who made saris we were taken to a shop were we were expected to do some shopping. This situation wasnt comfortable for us. We ended the day with a tastey vegeterian indian meal before hedding back to Chenai.