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Kanchipuram

The City Of Thousand Temples 
 

Sometimes known as Siva Vishnu Kanchi, Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and was, successively, capital of the   kingdom of the Pallavas, Cholas and rajas of Vijayanagar. During Pallavas times, it was briefly occupied by the Chalukyans of Badami, and by the Rashtrakutas when the battle fortunes of the Pallavas kings reached a low ebb.

Kanchipuram
is a temple city and its many gopurams can be seen from a long way away. Of the original 1000 temples, there are still about 125 left spread out across the city. Many of them are the work of the later Cholas and of the Vijayanagar kings.

Kanchi is also famous for its hand-woven silk fabrics. This industry originated in Pallava times, when the weavers were employed to produce clothing and fabrics for the kings .Other than the temples, Kanchipuram is a dusty and fairly nondescript town and there's precious little to see or do except when the temple car festivals take place.