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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeated under Tiruvannamalai
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
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
HR & EC Department 2225758
EO Jalagandeswarar Temple 2223412
Tourist Office at
[ 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]