- Vellore- The Fort City of Vellore
The city of Vellore, set on the banks of the scenic Palar River, beckons
travelers to whirl their minds in the dazzling colors of South India.
Vellore is a calm and serene town slowly drifting through the changing
tides of time. Drenched in the vibrant colors of history, the city still
retains an exquisite aura of its glorious past. The city is a
cornucopia of culture, tradition and natural beauty.
Brewed by the hands of time, the city boasts of a powerful legacy as a citadel of Dravidian culture. From the Pallava kings to the Arcot Nawabs and Bijapur Sultans many valiant kings have ruled this historic town. The region has witnessed a deluge of wars being fought for power and dominance. Each of these rulers has contributed their share to further enrich and enhance the rich culture of Vellore. The dramatic landscape of Vellore with ancient temples, historic mosques and Christian churches bear witness to this.
- Place of Interest
The 16th century fort of Vellore, on the banks of the River Palar, was
constructed by the feudal chieftain Senna Bommi Nayak. The fort has been
a mute witness to the power struggles that swept through the city. It
was under the Nawab of Arcot, the Adil Shahis of Bijapur, the Marathas,
Dayud Khan of Delhi, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and finally the British
Empire. This fort has also played a strategic role in Indias first
struggles for Independence in 1857.
The Jalakanteswarar temple, dedicated to Lord Siva, is a fine example of Vijayanagara temple architecture. The temple with rich carvings on the pillars and roof was built in 1550 A.D, around the same time as the Vellore Fort. The deity was removed during Adil Shahi attacks, during which time the temple was used as a garrison. The temple houses a magnificent nuptial hall adorned with elegant carvings and sculptures. Vennamalai temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is at a distance of 25 km from Vellore. This temple perched on top of a majestic hill is carved out of a single piece of rock.
Vellore is also famous for its medical college built by the American missionaries in 1900. The medical college is now well renowned for the superb facilities available. The Government museum cum archive, maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu, houses various priceless artifacts relating to Anthropology, Archeology, Geology and Numismatics. Beautiful frescos depicting the archeological wealth of erstwhile Arcot district is also on display here.
On the banks of River Palar is the Muthu mandapam, a rock memorial. This memorial is constructed near the tombstone of Vikramraja Singh, the last Tamil ruler of Kandy in present day Sri Lanka. The imposing 14th century Kartikeya Temple in Ratnagiri is famous for its rich carvings and beautiful sculptures.
- Best Time To Visit
September to March.
- How to Reach
Nearest Airport is in Chennai at a distance of around 130 km.
The nearest railway station is at Kadpadi at a distance of 6 km from Vellore.
Vellore is well connected with most destinations in South India.