8 attractions you should visit in Kanchipuram - With photos & details

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Top 8 attractions to explore in Kanchipuram

It is called as the temple city of Tamil Nadu.

Descent of the GangesW Raja St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Monuments
Notable Architectures

Descent of the Ganges is a huge rock monument located on West Raja Street in Mahabalipuram. Carved in the 7th century during the Pallava reign on the face of an enormous boulder, this along with the adjacent carving, Arjuna's Penance, is one of the largest open-air rock sculptures in the world.

Krishna's Butter BallE Raja St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Rock Formations

A gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons.

Mahabalipuram Light HouseMahabalipuram Light House, Mada Koil St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Viewing Decks
Lighthouses

It is open to tourists since 2011. It is closed in 2001 due to the LTTE attack. This is one of the  Indias oldest lighthouse.

Mahishamardini Rock Cut MandapaMahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Hindu Temples
Sculptures
Old Ruins

A 7th-century Indian rock-cut sculptures Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa is located in Mahabalipuram. The temple is part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1984.

Pancha RathasMahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Monuments
Notable Architectures

UNESCO world heritage site. Pancharathas is a monument complex in Kanchipuram. The pancharathas is a five rock marvels in the complex. It is known for its monolithic architecture.

Shore TempleMahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Beaches
Hindu Temples
Monuments
Old Ruins

This 8th-century temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. This is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site because of its architecture, history, and heritage.

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for HerpetologyPost Bag No 4, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Wildlife Sanctuaries

This is to promote the conservation of the reptiles and amphibians and theirhabitats through education scientifc research and captive breeding.

Vedanthangal Bird SanctuaryVedathangal, Madurantakam, Tamil Nadu 603314, India
Bird Sanctuaries

This is the oldest bird sanctuary in India.  It was a favorite hunting ground of rich landlords back in the early 1700's who hunted mainly for sport.

Map of attractions in Kanchipuram