Vellore Fort Overview

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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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Baskaran ramasamy Ramasamy

Baskaran ramasamy Ramasamy5.0/5

1 review

Best place to visit in the west Tami Nadu.

First war against British for freedom started in this land. So this a place which you must visit if you come to Vellore. It has many historic designs to be visited. Wonderful architecture well-planned sculpture. Mainly that cow come elephant. What an idea.

Er. rahul

Er. rahul4.3/5

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Also known as the Fort city, Vellore is located at the bank of Palar River at the North-eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The city has historic relevance as the fort of Vellore is said to have housed Tipu Sultans family during the British Rule. Apart from the fort there are several other attractions that are a must see. There are various temples with brilliant display of craftsmanship, carvings and architecture. The churches and mosques and various shopping hotspots also add to the charm of Vellore.

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4 reviews

I m proud to be a 'vellorian'

Historical place to visit. Typical place to visit to know about the kings' protecting strategies in the olden days. I m proud that the spark is started from this place for our freedom.

Vikas D

Vikas D3.6/5

15 reviews

A magnificent fort in the middle of the city

This fort lies exactly opposite the bus stand outside hospital campus. It is a magnificent structure, with huge walls, and it houses a temple, a mosque and a church. It is surrounded by water and gardens. You could easily spend an evening along with your friends.

Govindan Naganathan

Govindan Naganathan4.3/5

163 reviews

Must visit place for people visiting Vellore

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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