Kailasanatha Temple is dedicated to Shiva who is believed to reside in the Kailash mountains. This is the oldest temple in Kanchipuramand is also the most beautiful one. The temple structure reflects the Dravidian architecture. It was bilt in the 7th century by Pallava king Rayasimha, while the front part was added later by his son King Varman III. The remaining parts of 8th century murals will give you the idea about the advanced architecture of the ancient times.
The original temples must have looked splendid, it seems. There are as many as 58 small shrines in the honor of Shiva and Parvati and their sons – ganesh and Murugan. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the sanctum where a spectacular lingam is placed, which is also the third largest in India. You can hire a guide here that will not cost much but will help you to explore the place better. This temple remain open all days of week at 6am to 12.00pm and 4pm to 7.00pm.