Vellore Fort, Vellore
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Vellore Fort

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About Vellore Fort

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The Vellore Fort, formerly the headquarters of the Vijayanagara Empire, is a large 16th-century fort in Vellore. The administration of this fort passed from the Vijayanagara kings to the Bijapur Sultans. From them, this fort went into the hands of the Marathas and then to the Carnatic Nawabs. Later the fort went under the administration of the British.

Sprawling over an area of 5,38,231.90 sq m, the fort houses a temple, mosque and church, along with several other buildings. This fort has one of the best military architectures in Southern India.

The fort is also known for its ramparts, moat and masonry. Sri Jalakandeswarar Temple which lies within the fort, is known for its sculptures. Dedicated to Jalakandeswarar, this temple has a double gopuram and mandapam.

This fort also includes Muthu Mandapam, which is a memorial, built around the tombstone of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. The fort also houses a church and a mosque that were constructed during the early British period and the last Arcod Nawab's period, respectively.

The Government Museum inside this fort displays objects from anthropology, botany, geology, numismatics, pre-history, and zoology.


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"Must visit place for people visiting Vellore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Vellore fort is located about 2 km from new bus stand at Vellore. Autos are available but they charge around Rs. 60-70. The fort is a massive structure surrounded by moat. This fort used to house many government offices like RTO, Registrar office, Post office, etc but now only a police training camp is in the fort. The Jalakandeswarar Temple, a Church, a Mosque, ASI Museum and Government Museum are located inside the fort.

We were given to understand that the fort was occupied by British army pre-independence and even the temple inside was used as an armoury. The temple and the museums are worth visiting and spending time for tourists.

The Vellore Fort is a must visit place for people visiting Vellore. Though under ASI, the fort maintenance is not very good.
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