Vellore is well known for its 13th century Fort and the Jalakanteshwara Temple (Siva) inside this Fort. It is about 157km from Chennai. Vellore grew into a bustling town from the 6thcentury by changing its rulers and growing in Pulsating activities such as commercial, administrative, educational and Medical Center. It was the privilege of being the seat of the Pallavas, Cholas, Naick, Maratha, Arcot Nawab and Bijapur Sultan Kingdoms. The medical college hospital was run by the Christian missionaries is one of the best equipped hospital in India.
This ancient Fort was built during the 13th century. It is the main attraction for the tourists who are visiting here. This Fort is historically famous for its past glory with its ramparts, basements, turrets, posts and gates with its perennial water supply. Double walls of this fort are very magnificent and the main walls are made up of massive granite blocks as the strongest fortress during the Carnatic War in the 17th century. This Fort was witnessed by the revolt of Indian Soldiers during the first Independence war 1857.
Sri Jalakanteshwarar Temple
This temple is dedicated to the Lord Jalakanteshwara (Siva), its stand inside this Fort. This temple is famous for its sculptures and speaks volumes of the exquisite craftsmanship of the highly skilled artist of that period. The entrance of this porch is designed by the sculpture which is considered as a master peace. It location is on the left side. It was appreciated by the connoisseurs of art and architecture.
How to reach
The airport of Chennai is about 140km from Vellore.
Vellore (kadpadi) is one the major Railway Junction.
Vellore is well connected with all the major cities in Tamil Nadu.