Vellore Tourism

Vellore Tourism

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  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Vellore, a historical city having shadows of a glorious past, is located on the River Palar in Tamil Nadu. Now a very calm and understated place, it was once a battleground and has seen many wars. The name Vellore also means a ‘City of spears’. Vellore has an enriching legacy reflecting the early Dravidian culture.

The famous Vellore Fort is considered to be the most powerful fortress and was built in the 16th century by the then Nayakar chieftains belonging to the Vijayanagar Empire. It is completely made of granite blocks; and the fort is now a historical tourist hotspot. With a typical tropical climate, the best time to visit Vellore is between the months of October to March.

The city also has to its credit one of the best hospitals in India, the Christian Medical College and Hospital. It is situated in the heart of the city and it is also one of the main private employers in the city. The other main attractions of Vellore are the Jalakanteshwara Temple, Muthu Mandapam or the Pearl Palace and the Government Museum.

Jalakanteshwara Temple is in the fort complex and the temple walls are full of carvings of Nandi and gopuras. Muthu Mandapam or the Pearl Palace is a memorial built by the River Palar. The Government Museum is an exclusive museum that has in its collection objects pertaining to anthropology, art, archaeology, pre-history, botany and geology.

Vellore district is known to be one of the top exporters of prepared leather goods in the country. The Vellore Research Centre is also the country's first stem cell research centre. Kavalur observatory, located in Kavalur, in Vellore district has been chosen for studies as it is closest to the Earth's equator. The largest telescope in Asia is located here. The Amirthi Zoological Park is situated near the Javadu hills near the Amirthi River which is about 25 km away from Vellore.

The Golden Temple of Vellore, located at Sripuram near Thirumalaikodi that has been constructed by the Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam on 100 acres of land. It is said that about 1500 kg of gold was used to build it. The outer trail of the temple is outlined in the shape of a star and it is about 1.8 km in length.

Some of the famous churches in Vellore are the Assumption Cathedral and the 150 year old St. John’s Church. The large mosque based in the heart of the city is known to have the largest Arabic College in India.

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Vellore Traveller Reviews

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  • Pakkia
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 2 Reviews
  •  96 readers

"Nice experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Vellore for my educational purpose and not for sightseeing. So cannot elaborate or describe anything about it. It was hot climate. But food and transportation is good. Road and surrounding cleanliness was as usual Indian standard. My travel mode was auto rickshaw, and they are ok. Not charging huge and they are polite in nature.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 95 Reviews
  •  72 helpful votes
  •  167330 readers

"Easily accessible place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Vellore by road in the month of September 2015. Vellore is easily accessible by all the three modes of transport ie road, rail and air. The nearest airport to Vellore is Bangalore which is at a distance of around 200 kilometers. The must-visit attractions in and around Vellore include Vellore fort, Vellore church, clock tower and the state government museum. Vellore fort is one of the oldest forts in India. The church of South India is around 150 years old. The heritage clock tower of Vellore was built in honour of King George V. This was dedicated to the 14 british soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The state government museum is located within the Vellore fort and was opened in the year 1985. This museum is famous for old art objects and wood-carvings.
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Saranya Ganesh

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  • Saranya Ganesh
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 17 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Visited the beautiful temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We went to Vellore on a day trip from Chennai. The city is warmer than Chennai and best to be visited in the cooler months. We visited several temples. First was the Jalakandeshwarar fort temple. This temple had no deity for several years. It's inside the Vellore fort which is filled with exemplary stone carvings all through. It's a must visit.
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Pankaj Singh

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  • Pankaj Singh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  288 readers

"It was just Wow!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
There was three monument to be roam was Vellore fort, Vellore golden temple, Vellore lake but that was dry. Buses were available for going up & down and don't forget to go to Ambur for cheap leather products.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  •  13 helpful votes
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"City of golden temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2015
Historic city of Tamil Nadu vellore has so many faces. City known for big CMC hospital. But now city is also known for newly built golden temple or Mahalakshmi temple. It is just seven kilometers, from vellore can't railway station. A temple covered from huge amount of gold.
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Chayan Biswas

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  • Chayan Biswas
  • 1 Review
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"Vellore a nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2015
It was an nice experience. Just go & enjoy. We stayed at there almost for 7 days. Kanyakumarika is also very close to it. Best thing is apple. It was very nice & also very cheap. So you can go there.
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Rohan Philip

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  • Rohan Philip
  • 3 Reviews
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"It was a nice place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
Good for lifestyle shopping Megamall is good for buying branded stuff for cheap. Nice climate, plenty of bus service, nice food and less crowd place with university golden temple nearby. Fast growing, fast food chains, papa jhones, same old town with normal traffic.
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Nandagopal Damodaran

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  • Nandagopal Damodaran
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  7583 readers

"Golden temple visit at Vellore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2015
After hearing from many people about the Golden temple at Vellore, we planned a visit along with family and friends. We drove from Bangalore. The temple is part of a 80- 90 acres real estate with lawns, exhibition halls, stores selling various pooja and souvenirs items.

Be prepared for big crowds especially on Tue and Fridays apart from weekends. The queue complex is pretty organized and is in star shaped. The temple is in the middle of acres of greenery (welcome site in a hot place like Vellore! ).

Once you reach a main temple, there is a moat which at the time was dry or emptied to clean. The goddess is richly decorated with ornaments and flowers and is a very beautiful site to see and pray.

Go early in the morning as the town is a very hot place. Wear socks if allowed to ensure your feet are comfortable.
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Tarun Ch

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  • Tarun Ch
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 1 Review
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  2023 readers

"Amazing place with nice temples"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
I have visited this place during my summer holidays. It is very hot here during summer, better take air conditioned hotel. I have visited golden temple. The temple is simply amazing. We then went to near by places. Mainly our tour is religious tour. You can visit many temples as this place is famous for temples.
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Karan Bhagat

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  • Karan Bhagat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
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"One of the quiet places one should visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
A quiet place in Tamil Nadu where you can find 50-60% north Indian crowd too. A fun loving person will not get bored here. The best places here to visit are VIT University, Golden temple, hills, Raghavendra - there is one and only theatre playing Hindi movies. One of the best hospitals is also there CMC. You can visit officer's lane for shopping and eating joints u must try are china valley, flo, lalit vihar.
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