Vellore, 145 km from Chennai, is a dusty, semi rural bazaar town.
For tourists, it is noteworthy only for the Vijaynagar fort and
its temple, which are in an excellent state of preservation and
The town has a modern church built in an old British cemetery,
which contains the tomb of a captain who died in 1799' of excessive
fatigue incurred during the glorious campaign which ended in the
defeat of Tipoo Sultan'. Here, too is a memorial to the victims
of the little known 'Vellore Mutiny' of 1806. The mutiny was instigated
by the second son of Tipoo Sultan , who was incacerated in the fort
at that time, and was put down by a task force sent from Arcot.
Vellore is now best known for its hospital, one of the best in the
country. The people who come here from all over India for medical
care give this humble town a cosmopolitan feel.
are some facts for Vellore
Area: 4,314.29 sq. km
The fort is constructed of granite blocks and surrounded by
a moat which is supplied by a subterranean drain fed from a tank.
It was built in the 16th century by Sinna Bommi Nayak, a vassal
chieftain under the Vijayanagar Kings,Sada Sivaraja and Sriranga
Maharaja. Later, it became the fortress of Mortaza Ali, the brother
in law of Chanda Sahib who claimed the Arcot throne, and was taken
by the Adil Shahi sultans of Bijapur. In 1676, it passed briefly
into the hands of the Marathas until they, in turn, were displaced
by the nawab Daud Khan of Delhi, in 1708. The British occupied the
fort in 1760, following the fall of Srirangapatnam and the death
of Tipu Sultan. It now houses various public departments and private
offices, and is open daily.
This temple was built about the same time as the fort and,
although it doesn't compare with the ruins at Hampi, it is still
a gem of late Vijayanagar architecture and has some stunnig carvings
in the Adil Shahis of Bijapur, the temple was occupied as a garrison
and desecrated. Following this, it ceased to be used. It is open
daily from 6 am to 1 pm and 3 to 8 pm.
Dawn Bakery situated near Gandhi Rd, has freshly baked biscuits
Ice Cream Bar near Ida Scudder St, is one of many 'meals' it's name
it's not an ice cream bar but an ecxellent little north Indian vegetarian
cafe with a tiny tandoori oven which churns out piping-hot naan.
Anand near Ida Scudder St, is an upmarket vegetarian restaurants
with an air-con room.
opposite Natraj Travels on Gandhi Rd, does passable Chinese meals.
Vellamalai (18 km) The temple of Vellamalai is dedicated to
Siva's son, Kartikkaya ( Murga in Tamil). There's a temple at the
bottom of the hill but is at the top. Shoes must be removed at the
base of the hill. There's a good view of the bleak countryside around
Vellamali- the ground is stony and strewn with boulders. The cloth
knots you will see tied to trees are requests that wishes be granted.
Getting There & Away
Vellore is well connected with Chennai, Tiruchirappalli and
Madurai. All the buses originate in Vellore. There are also some
buses which passes enroute to Bangalore, Tirupathi, Thanjavur and
Vellore's main railway station is five km north at Karpadi.
This is the junction of the broad-gauge line from Bangalore to Chennai
and the metre-gauge Tirupathi to Madurai line ( which runs via Tiruvannamalai,
Villupuram, Chidambaram, Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli ).