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TTDC / Vellore

The Annamalaiyar Temple in Tiruvannamalai has inscriptions that take Vellore right up to the 9th Century. In the 18th Century, it was involved in the wars between Britain and France. The imposing Vellore Fort has a great deal of historical significance, and is the most prominent landmark in the city. It houses a temple, church and a mosque.

Vellore Fort:

The Vijayanagar kings built a historic fort between 1526 and 1595, using granite, with imposing walls, a wide moat and tough masonry. It was the headquarters of the Aravidu dynasty. Over time it passed hands to the Marathas, the Carnatic Nawabs and finally the British who had it under their control till the Indian Independence. The fort withstood a siege from Hyder Ali for two years, from 1780-1782.

When Tipu Sultan was killed at Srirangapatnam, his entire surviving family moved into this fort and participated in the Mutiny of 1806 that caused about 200 British causalities.


Muthu Mandapam:

This is a memorial built around the tombstone of Sri VikramaRajasingha, the last ruler of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It also houses tombs of 7 of his family members. He ruled in Kandy till 1815, after which he was exiled by the British and imprisoned in the Vellore Fort till his death.


The Jalakandeswarar Temple:

This temple for Lord Shiva stands inside the Vellore fort with its ornate sculptures. The temple is surrounded by water like a jewel, as it is built inside a water tank called Agazhi which has a circumference of 8000 feet.


Government Museum:

Housed within the premises of the historic Vellore Fort, this museum has 8 galleries. It showcases the history, art, culture and heritage of Vellore District.


CMC Hospital:

It was established by Dr. Idda Scudder as a small dispensary in 1900. Today it is renowned globally for advanced medical care in cardiology, neurology and cancer. It also houses a mental health hospital and runs a College of Nursing as well.




More than 1000 years old, the magnificent MargabandhuVirinjipuram Temple is a big draw for the worshippers of Lord Shiva. It’s architecturally so well designed that the first ray of the sun falls on the feet of the Lord in the month of Panguni [March/April].



The Goddess Renukambal Temple in Padavedu is a Swayambhu Murti – meaning there’s the head alone. This is one of the Sakthi Stalams. Only sand is offered here instead of kumkum.


Constructed in the 12th Century, the Yoga Ramachandraswamy temple has Lord Rama seated in ardhapadmasana, with his right hand on the chest showing a chin mudra, and with Sita and Lakshmana by his side.

Amirthi Forest:

Set in 25 hectares, there’s a beautiful waterfall here and it is just 25 kms from Vellore. A 1 km trek is needed to reach the waterfall which is seasonal.



Famous for Sri Vilanatheswarar Temple that was built by the Pallavas and Cholas. It is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Sthalams. Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambhu Murti [self-manifested lingam].



Vallimalai is said to be the place where Valli, the daughter of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, is said to be born. Valli grew up to be a beautiful damsel. With the help of Lord Ganesha, she eloped with Lord Murugan to down in Thanigai [Tiruttani].

There is an old Subramanya temple located on a small hillock that was built around 1500 years ago.


Javadu Hills:

Repeated under Tiruvannamalai


Mordhana Dam:

This scenic picnic spot is 8 kms from Gudiyatham. The other nearby places that once can visit are The Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Vadapalli.

Hotel                                       Phone STD ( 0416)


Hotel Mount Paradise                   2228631

Hotel River View                          2222349

Hotel Darling Residency                2213001

Baby Residency                           2226484

Surabi International              2216399/499/599


Other Accommodation

PWD Inspection Bungalow            2223066

Mizoram Guest House                  2256823


Important Telephone Nos.

Dist. Collector                      2252345

Public Relations Officer                 2252633

SR Conservation Assistant

ASI – Vellore Fort                        2220693

Joint Commissioner

HR & EC Department                   2225758

EO Jalagandeswarar Temple          2223412

Tourist Office at

Mamallapuram                     04114-242232

[ A Tourist information Counter functions inside the Vellore Fort near the Temple/ IOB]

Road: Buses are available from Chennai, Bangalore

Rail: Katpadi Railway Junction [5Kms]

Air: Nearest Airport at Chennai [140 Kms]

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