Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu was a great seat of Buddhist learning and culture in ancient India. Around the beginning of the Christian era it was as famous as Varanasi and Taxila. Among the famous Buddhists connected with Kanchipuram was the 28th Zen Patriarch Bodhidharma as well as famous Buddhist commentators Buddhaghosa and Dhammapala.
Bodhidharma had travelled to China to spread the Dhyana culture of Mahayana Buddhism.
In the seventh century AD Kanchipuram was visited by the renowned Chinese traveller, Hieun Tsang who found there a large monastery whim attracted scholars and philosophers from across the country.
A five-and-a-half feet Buddha image dating back to the 9th century AD was discovered in Kanchipuram.
How to reach Kanchipuram
Air: The nearest airport to Kanchipuram is Chennai which is connected by flights with major cities in India and the world. Chennai is 71 km from Kanchipuram.
Rail: Kanchipuram is connected by rail with Chennai via Chingleput.
Road: Kanchipuram is well connected by regular bus services to various places in South India including Chennai, Bangalore, Chingleput, Tiruttani, Tirupati and Vellore etc.
Best Time to Visit Kanchipuram
Anytime is good time to visit Kanchipuram. However, October to March is the best time to visit Kanchipuram.