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Location : Tamil Nadu
Languages : Tamil, English, Urdu, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
Area : 392.62 square kilometers
Altitude : 216 meters
Temperature : Average 18-38 degree Celsius.
Major Attractions : Vellore fort, Amirthi Zoological Park, Sripuram Golden Temple:
One of the most ancient cities of South India, Vellore has a lot to offer to tourists, students and historians alike. Vellore provides a bounty of tradition and ethnic traditions from the times of Pallavas, Nayaks, Cholas, Arcot Nawabs, Bijapur Sultan Kingdoms and even the Marathas. Vellore is most popularly known for its fort which is named as one of the strongest forts during the Carnatic War which took place for the period of the 17th century. Known as the best hospital in the world, Christian Medical College and Hospital also attracts students, doctors and medical professionals from all over the world.
Vellore’s monuments will give you a vibrant picture of how the city has evolved through ages.
How to make the most of Vellore :
Read our guide to get a clear picture of what all you can see in the momentous city of Vellore.
Vellore Fort :
The Vellore Fort is considered to be an out of the ordinary fort in southern Indian. It was built by Sinna Bomma Reddi, who was a vessel chieftain under Sada Sriranga Maharaja, the Vijayanagar king. It has borne numerous historic sieges and combats.
The fort is full of fascinating details. Supposedly, there is a tunnel that connects the fort to Virinjipuram temple that helped the king to escape any kind of major threats. It is about 12 kilometers away. Although the tunnel still survives, it has been closed to avoid hazardous gases and reptiles inside. Myths say that archeologists who have ventured inside haven’t returned.
The fort is also an intriguing complex that holds a temple, a church, a mosque and British graveyards and buildings. The fort also consists of Tipu Mahal where Tipu Sultan allegedly lived with his family for a while.
The fort is open from 8a.m. - 8 p.m., all days a week except Friday.
State Government Museum :
The State Government Museum can be found inside the fort. The museum was made accessible to the people only in 1985. Here you will find archaeology, objects of art, pre History, sculptures, weapons, wood carvings, bronzes, philately, botany, handicrafts numismatics, zoology and geology. It also reserves antique and current day knick-knacks related to various fields like Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Numismatics, etc. Extraordinary displays consist of a bronze, double antenna sword from the Vellore Taluk, dated as back as 400 BC.
If you are traveling with a childe then the Museum provides educational activities such as an art camp, lessons on inscriptions and iconography etc.
Amirthi Zoological Park :
Amirthi Zoological Park happens to be one of many important tourist spots in Vellore. Placed below the Javvadu hills, across Amirthi River, it had started in October, 1967.
The 25 hectares wide park contains stunning waterfalls, a lot of different types of birds and animals and a variety of herbal trees and plants. Abundant sandalwood grows here and a play area with seesaws and swings are present for kids.
The park offers two rest houses, where in five members can reside in a single dormitory, and also a meditating area where you can attain complete rejuvenation and experience serenity.
Punganur Lake :
An artificial lake, Punganur Lake was unearthed in 57 sq meters area. The Boat Club is run by the Tourism Promotion Society and The Elagiri Hills Development, where they provide rowing as well as pedaling boats. Recently a flora garden was laid with a path beside the bund that provided a panoramic vision of the lake on a side and a view of the garden along the other.
A watch tower has also been made next to a tree that can be climbed and is a good spot for bird-watching. However, the lake hanst been well maintained and carries the stench of dead fish.
Jalagambari Water Falls :
Want to add a little adventure to your trip? A trekking course stretches from Elagiri Hills to Jalagambari Waterfalls downwards and requires a few hours and is suggested for beginners. This area is located 17 kilometers from Tirupattur and makes for an excellent picnic spot. The Murugan temple catches the attention of tourists all round the year. The idol here is in the shape of a VEL (a type of spear).
Dr. Vainu Bappu Observatory :
The Vainu Bappu observatory, Kavalur has the largest telescope in the whole of Asia. A 2.34 meter, strong telescope, it helps observing the galaxy from this observatory. It had been named after the Indian astrophysicist Dr. Vainu Bappu, who urged the construction of diverse observatories across the country. Also, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics had been established by him. The observatory offers the view of a garden that was laid by Vainu Bappu.
Clock Tower :
The clock tower had been made in honor of the King George V. this tower is also committed to 22 British soldiers, who participated in the First World War.
Sripuram Golden Temple :
Situated about 8 kilometers from Vellore bus terminus, the Sripuram golden temple has come to be known as a spiritual oasis.
Lead by known spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma, the shrine has complex carvings which had been hand-made by more than hundreds of gold artisans’ who specialized in temple design.
A magnificent 1500 kg of gold had been used to make the Golden Temple, which happens to be the largest quantity in the world. The illumination has been set in such a manner that the temple dazzles even at night. The construction of the temple was accomplished on August 24, 2007. The temple attracts more than a thousand devotees each day.
French Bungalow :
The French bungalow sheds light on a romantic story behind its construction. Located 7 kilometers near Pusimalaikuppam, it was made by Srinivasa Iyer, a prince of the Mysore state. While he was abroad, he met a French woman and fell in love with her. They got married and came back to India to build this fascination bungalow. It is still owned by Mysore royal family.
You will have a lot of lodging options to choose from. You can choose according to your budget and preferences: from luxurious hotels to modest and economic resorts.