Vellore is an ancient city located at the banks of the Palar River, that has been ruled by the various prosperous dynasties of south India. Popularly known as the Fort City of Tamil Nadu, Vellore has a splendid past with a harmonious fusion of rich culture and heritage and an everlasting legacy of the early Dravidian civilisation. The Pallavas, The Cholas, Vijaynagar kingdom, Carnatic Empire and the British are the various powers that ruled the region of Vellore and are responsible for the city’s cultural heritage. Chennai to Vellore distance is only 139 kms which is less than 4 hours. The road to Vellore is well laid out and you will see lovely countryside views during your journey. While travelling in a taxi, you can get down for snacks at restaurants or for clicking pictures.
Places to see in and around Vellore
Vellore has a number of tourist attractions to offer. There are many temples and shrines in and around Vellore. The Ratnagiri Temple, the Aanaikulathamman Koil, the Roman Catholic Diocese, the Madarazaye Mohammadiya Masjid are some of the major places of worship that a visitor can come for a visit.
Vellore Fort: Fort Vellore, a large 16th century fort built by the Vijayanagara kings. Vellore fort is one among the oldest forts of the country. Sprawling over an area of 5,38,231.90 sq m, the fort houses a temple, mosque and church, along with several other buildings. The fort hosts three religious temples, the Jalakanteswarar Hindu temple, the Christian St. John’s Church, and a muslim mosque.
Punganoor Lake: The Punganoor Lake is well famous lakes in Vellore. The tranquil atmosphere and lush green park adjoining will give you a pleasant experience. Tourists can enjoy some water sports like boating. Punganoor Lake and the garden are famous for bird watching and trekking also.
Church of South India: This church is one of the biggest churches in the region and is around 150 years old. The Church of South India was established at the time when the Reform Church of America came to the North Arcot District.
Amirthi Zoological Park: Amirthi zoological park is situated under the Javadu Hills of Tellaiacross Amirthi river which is 25 kms away from vellore. It is named after the Amirthi River which flows next to the park. Animals in the park include spotted deer, mongoose, hedgehog, foxes, reason monkeys, red headed parrots, love birds, tortoises, peacock, crocodiles, ducks, pigeons, wild parrots, rabbits and pythons.
Clock Tower: The Clock Tower is a popular tourist destination in the town and speaks of a rich historical background. This tower was also built in the memory of the 14 English soldiers, who fought in World War I from this region and lost their lives.
State Government Museum: State Government Museum is located within the Vellore Fort which was opened in the year 1985. The museum holds a display of numerous objects of art, archaeology, pre-history, weapons and sculptures. There are also exhibits of wood carvings, handicrafts, numismatics, philately, botany, geology and zoology.
Swamimalai Hill: Swamimalai Hill is the highest hill point at Yelagiri. From hill top, you get sensational views of the region. It is a perfect place for those who love to enjoy the pleasure of trekking.
Sripuram Golden Temple: This spiritual park located near the foot hills of a place called Malaikodi has got a Mahalakshmi or Lakshmi Narayani Temple. The exterior and the interior of whose Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam are gold coated.
Sholinganallur Temple: Built about 200 years ago during the reign of Karikal Cholan this temple is situated in Walajah that is around 27 km from Tirutani and Arakkonam railway stations.
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