How To Reach Kanchipuram
By Air: Chennai International Airport located approximately 72 kilometers from Kanchipuram provides this ancient temple city a very good air connectivity with rest of the world. Chennai Airport has two terminals; domestic and international and both of them are very well linked with numerous important destinations of India and other countries. Some of the major Indian and international airlines operational at the Chennai Airport include Air India, Air India Express, Air Indian Regional, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher, SpiceJet, Air Arabia, Air Asia, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Thai Airways International and so on. Some of the principal destinations accessible from Chennai via air include Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Kuwait, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Mauritius, London, and many more. To reach Chennai International Airport from Kanchipuram tourists can either hire a cab that would cost around 1200 INR or avail the state transport bus.
By Rail: Both New and Old Kanchipuram Railway Stations located right in the heart of the city about 1 kilometer away from the Kamakshi Amman Temple connect Kanchipuram with other parts of the country via rail route. The Chengalpattu – Arakkonam Railway Line passes through Kanchipuram and daily trains link Kanchipuram with Pondicherry, Tirupati, Chengalpattu and Arakkonam. A weekly express train plies from here to Madurai while a bi weekly express train connects Kanchipuram to Nagercoil. Four major trains namely Nagercoil Express, Madurai Express, Lokmanya Tilak Express and Nagercoil Mumbai Express can be availed to reach Kanchipuram via rail. It is to be noted that the trains can be late than their scheduled times. A faster and more convenient alternative to reach Kanchipuram by train is to take a train to Chennai and travel by road from Chennai to Kanchipuram via taxi or bus.
By Road: Road Transport is the best and the most suitable mode of transport to reach Kanchipuram. The Chennai Bangalore National Highway No. 4 passes close to the outskirts of the city while State Highways No 58 and 116 also pass through Kanchipuram. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operates daily bus services those connect Kanchipuram to a number of important cities of the country viz. Chennai, Tirupati, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Salem, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Uthiramerur, Madurantakam, Vellore, Chittoor, Sriperumbudur, Thiruthani, Thiruvannamalai, and so on. To reach Chennai from Kanchipuram and vice versa, tourists can either use the Guindy route or Tambaram route. Moreover, TNSTC also operates local transportation buses to commute within the Kanchipuram city. Other than that, many private buses ordinary, AC, Non AC, Deluxe, luxury etc. buses are also available to reach Kanchipuram via road from various destinations of Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. Kanchipuram is located about 28 km from Uthiramerur, 32 km from Sriperumbudur, 38 km from Chengalpattu, 60 km from Madurantakam, 69 km from Vellore, 71 km from Chennai, 107 km from Tirupati, 119 km from Pondicherry, 279 km from Bangalore, 296 km from Salem, and so on.