Kanchipuram, also referred to as Kanjeevaram is 72 Km. from Chennai, state capital of Tamil Nadu. It is on the banks of the river Vegavathy, and was once a seat of learning in historical times. Today it is a hub of handloom textiles, producing a variety of silks that is unique to the place and finds its way into the collection of many a south Indian woman’s wardrobe.
Kanchipuram has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Later Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, and the British. The city's historical monuments include the Kailasanathar Temple and the Vaikunta Perumal Temple. Historically, Kanchipuram was a centre of education and was known as the “the place of Learning”. The city was also a religious centre of advanced education for Jainism andBuddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries.
Kanchipuram has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.