States Tamil Nadu Vellore

Vellore Travel Guide

Certainly, one of the sought-after tourist places in Tamil Nadu is Vellore. Also known as the 'Fort City', the magnificent city of Vellore comprises oodles of historical monuments and pilgrimage sites. The city once was once a home to various powerful dynasties which include, The Pallavas, The Cholas, Carnatic Empire, and the Vijayanagar Kingdom. Located some 139 km west of Chennai and 166 km north of Puducherry, Vellore is a perfect place to get glimpses of Tamil Nadu's rich cultural heritage through its attractions. The serenity and beauty of the city's temples are hard to put into words. Just a visit to Ratnagiri Temple and Roman Catholic Diocese can complete your hunt for spirituality and give you a meaningful vacation. Vellore is the best sightseeing place in Tamil Nadu with forts, observatory, and a zoological park. The most appropriate way to witness the beautiful cultural heritage of the city by visiting Vellore Fort for which the city is largely famous.

The fort was built by Vijayanagara Kings and later became the abode of various dynasties including the Bijapur Sultans, Marathas, Carnatic Nawabs, and the British. Another must-visit attraction around Vellore is the marvellous Golden Temple which is devoted to Goddess Mahalakshmi. Amirthi Zoology Park, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Yelagiri Hills, Government Museum, and Science Park are some more tourist spots in Vellore. Just like any other city in Tamil Nadu, Vellore is also famous for shopping. Main Bazaar, Anna Salai, Filter Bed Road, Long Bazaar, Ida Scudder Road, Gandhi Road, and Katpadi Road are some various regions where one can go shopping in Vellore. Our Vellore travel guide is packed with information on best places to visit and things to do. At Tour My India, you get best-in-class tour packages accompanied with great deals and discounts.

Best Time to Visit Vellore

One can visit the city any time during the year. Despite this, winter is the best season to visit Vellore. During this time, the temperature of the city remains pleasant and favourable for sightseeing.

  • Summer


    Summer season in Vellore commences in the month of March and lasts till May. The temperature in Vellore during summer goes up to 42°C which makes the weather hot and dry, and thus, make touring in Vellore slightly inconvenient.

  • Monsoon


    The month of June marks the onset of monsoon season in Vellore. The season ends in September. Throughout these months, the city receives a moderate rainfall.

  • Winter


    December is the month in which the winter season in Vellore begins that lasts till February. The months of winter, Vellore's weather remains in favour of tourism, and thus, is ideal to visit the place. Moreover, the temperature of the city during this time ranges from 20°C to 32°C.

Best Places to Visit in & around Vellore

The city of Vellore has adorned with various historical monuments, religious sites, informative places, and hill stations. Vellor's prime attraction remains its fort but then the city is home to several temples, an observatory and a museum as well.

  • Vellore Fort

    This 16th-century attraction is the heart of Vellore city. Erected by Vijayanagara Empire, this massive fort has historical significance and is one of the prominent places of tourist interests in Vellore. The fort complex includes church, mosque, and temple.

  • Sri Lakshmi Golden Temple

    Comfortably seated at a temple town called Sripuram, Sri Lakshmi Golden Temple is located at a mere distance of Vellore. The entire structure of the shrine is coated in gold leaf which makes it a phenomenal modern architectural wonder.

  • Vainu Bappu Observatory

    Another place of worth visiting in Vellore is Vainu Bappu Observatory. Anyone who wish seek some learning in astronomy, the observatory is the best place for them, especially for kids. Built in a sprawling area of 100 acres, the observatory houses largest telescope of Asia which 93 inches long.

  • Yelagiri

    A tourist place that does not need any introduction! Yelagiri is a hill station in Vellore district which is perched at an elevation of 1110 m above the sea level. As a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu, Yelagiri is enfolded with lush greenery in the form of tea estates and flowery meadows. There is also a lake which is another tourist hotspot in Yelagiri.

  • Amirthi Zoological Park

    An ideal sightseeing place in Vellore is Amirthi Zoological. Located under the Javadhu Hills, the park is spread over a rambling area of 25 hectares. Here, one can witness the exquisite beauty of the hills in its luxuriant vegetation, azure waterfalls, and enchanting wildlife.

  • Science Park

    Located in the southern region of the Vellore City, Science Park is a popular kid-friendly attraction in the region. Also known as the Vellore District Science Centre, the park has various galleries in the display which include physical science, leather, and environment. For children, the park also organizes summer camps where they teach on various topics.

  • Government Museum

    Government Museum is another informative tourist site in Vellore which is located in the fort premises. This multipurpose museum exhibits a great assortment of numerous artefacts of history, botany, geology, and archaeology. In total, the museum has 8 galleries. Read more

  • Delhi Gate

    One of the most revered historical monuments in Vellore, Delhi Gate was once served as the entrance gate to enter into an 18th-century fort built by Daulat Khan Pann - a governor under Mughal Empire. Not just this, this historical site has also witnessed many great battles, Siege of Arcot is just of them.

  • Ratnagiri Temple

    Here, one can spot a large number of devotees commemorating and paying homage to Lord Murugan, to whom the temple devoted. Ratnagiri Temple is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu that traces its history from the 14th-century.

  • Roman Catholic Diocese

    Just at a distance of around 3 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, there is located pristine Christian pilgrimage site - Vellore Diocese, also known as Roman Catholic Diocese. The appealing architectural design and the spiritual ambiance of the church makes it one the must-see attractions in Vellore.

Where to Stay in Vellore?

Being a popular city in Tamil Nadu, Vellore does not disappoint tourists when it comes to accommodation. There are hotels which range from budget, standard to deluxe. Amongst these, one can choose his choice of accommodation option in Vellore. The tariffs and services of these lodging options depend on the category of hotel which can conveniently be booked online.

How to Reach Vellore?

Seated on the bank of Palar River, Vellore is a perfect place in Tamil Nadu for that indelible vacation. One can reach here by all means of transport, whether, air, rail, and road. However, airway is the ideal mean for the people staying in distant parts of the country as well as of the world. Moreover, for travellers from neighbouring or close-by states, railway is the best way to reach here.

  • By Air

    Tirupati International Airport is the nearest airport from Vellore which is located at a distance of 128 km. Since the airport is connected to all the major cities hence through frequent flights, it allows travellers to reach here without any inconvenience. However, the remaining distance from the airport to the city can be covered via taxi which you can get from the airport. Tamilnadu state buses are also available from the airport to the city. Airports at Chennai and Puducherry are also quite close to Vellore.

  • By Rail

    The ancient city of Vellore has its own railway station. The station is very-well linked with other major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. Railway is considered as the best way to reach Vellore for a larger chunk of domestic tourists.

  • By Road

    Highways and Road network quite well connects Vellore with other nearby cities. Those coming from nearby cities can board state buses (both government and private) which ply on a regular basis from the major southern cities like Bengaluru, Tirupati, Chennai, Pondicherry, and Tiruchirapalli. One can also cover the road distance by driving himself through roads and national highways to reach the city.

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