Vellore is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. It's known for 16th-century Vellore Fort, with its imposing granite walls and surrounding moat. Inside the fort, the Jalakandeswarar Temple features many ornate sculptures. Nearby, the Government Museum has prehistoric relics and natural history displays. By the Palar River, the Muthu Mandapam memorial houses the tomb of a Tamil leader.

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The Amirthi Zoological Park is a prime forest and wildlife attraction for tourists in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The park is a short road trip from Vellore, at a distance of about 27 kms away from the city. Visitors may choose to take either a cab or private car, or a bus from the Vellore Bus Stand. Alternatively, Amirthi can also be reached by buses which ply from Vaniyambadi, which stands closer to the spot at a distance of about 12kms.

Amirthi Zoological Park was established in the year 1967. Spread over a vast area of 25 hectares, the park holds jungles, wildlife, plant diversity and...

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Arcot, Vellore
23 kms from Vellore city limits

Arcot is located on the southern banks of River Palar in the state of Tamil Nadu and is situated on a highly strategic trade route between Bangalore and Chennai which is the hamlet of Vellore city. It has an average elevation of 164 metres(538 ft). It is located 23 kms towards East from District head quarters Vellore.

The town is situated close to Vellore city and is bounded with religious destinations, Monuments and picturesque beauty. Vellore Fort is one of the historic places of this region which is located at a distance of 23 Kms from Arcot.

The Church of South Indi...

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Arunachala Temple, also known as the Annamalaiyar Temple is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Tiruvannamala, Tamil Nadu, this temple is believed to be the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The construction of the temple dates back to several thousand years. According to inscriptions, Chola kings built the temple back in the 9th century. Mention of the Arunachala Temple has been found in the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam, two great literature works in Tamil. The temple and the temple town, Tiruvannamala are considered to be ...

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Balamathi Hills
14 kms from Vellore city limits

Balamathi Hills is a small suburban region close to Vellore, Tamil Nadu. This popular tourist destination is situated about 14 kms from Vellore City, across its south-eastern parts.

Balamathi Hills (alternatively spelt as Palamathi Hills) are a continuation of the Eastern Ghats. The area boasts of a rich forest cover, water bodies and air uncontaminated by pollution from the city. These features give the place a thriving biodiversity, providing a home to a multitude of birds as well as plenty of indigenous flora within its leafy sanctuary. The weather on top of the hill also remain...

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Popularly known as the Fort City of Tamil Nadu, Vellore has a splendid past with a harmonious fusion of rich culture and heritage and an everlasting legacy of the early Dravidian civilisation. The city also witness beautiful lakes and hill stations. The Roman Catholic Diocese is one of the renowned religious centre in Vellore. It is located beside the Bishop's House, at a distance of 2. 5 km from Vellore town station. One can easily get buses and taxies from their. You can also opt for hiring personal vehicle on per day basis to reach the place.

It was started by Salesians in 1952 ...

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Sri Chelliamman Kovil Temple, within city limits of Vellore, is located on the Selva Vinayagar Kovil Street, Gandhi Nagar, Kangeyanallur. This holy Temple is visited by thousands of devotees daily.

There is a very interesting story associated with this temple. Bommi and Dhimmi were two brothers hailing from Karnataka who deserted their original home due to the ill treatment of their step brothers and reached the Banks of Palaru in Vellore. At that time this part of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Chozhas and they permitted the brothers to stay in Vellore. Seeing the Saptha Matha idols they ...

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Church of South India, Vellore
Within Vellore city limits

The Chruch Of South India is historic religious site in Vellore. It comes under Churches of South India. It is one of the biggest Chruches in the district. The RCA (Reform Chruch of America) came to north arcot dist, and established the church. The chruch is nearly 150 years old. Previously this chruch was in the filterbed road, The British soldiers who died during the Sepoy Mutiny are buried in the vicinity of this church. It is beautifully constructed. The of South India affirms that the church is the servant of god to carry on the mission rooted in Jesus Christ and based on the scriptures. ...

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The clock tower is a popular tourist destination in the town and speaks of a rich historical background. It is located on K. V. road which is in the heart of the city. The nearest railway station is at Katpadi, Vellore. Bus facility is also available from Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupati. One can also opt for personal vehicle on per day basis according to their convenience.

The heritage clock was inaugurated to honour the coronation of king George V. This tower is dedicated to the 14 english soldiers out of the 22 soldiers who went to fight in the world war 1 (1914 - 1918). These 14...

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Cup and Saucer Falls
6 kms from Vellore city limits

The Cup and Saucer Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in Sathuvachari, in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The falls are at a distance of about 6 kms from the Vellore Town railway station and 7 km from the Vellore Cantonment station.

The Cup and Saucer waterfall has a height of 150 feet, and forms a beautiful sight to behold, surrounded by a thick growth of trees and shrubs. The hill is locally referred to as Jamadhi Hill by residents of the area. The waterfall earned its curious name due to a tank built by the Sathuvachari municipal body, which happens to be in the shape of a cup and sauc...

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The historic Delhi Gate at Arcot, about 24 kms from the city of Vellore, can be found on the banks of the River Palar, on SH5 Arcot Kanchipuram Road.

The Delhi gate was part of Arcot fort built by Mughal governor, Daud Khan Panni, in the first half of the 18th century and was the site of a memorable defense made by Robert Clive during the Siege of Arcot. In 1751, Robert Clive, British Commander captured the Arcot fort and renamed one of its gates as Delhi Gate, to mark this victory as the beginning of his capture of Delhi. The entrance of the gate was constructed in the style of a Mu...

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District Science Centre, Vellore
4.5 kms from Vellore city limits

The District Science Centre is an educational and scientific institution in the Sathuvachari area of Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The centre is about 4. 5 kms away from the Vellore Town railway station.

The Vellore District Science Centre is one of the four centres commissioned as part of the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology centres. The primary goal of the centre is to foster a scientific bent of mind among children and older students through methods of play. The centre has several galleries inside its premises, including ones centred on the subjects of the environment, on leather, and p...

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The French Bungalow also known as the French Castle, is a renowned tourist atrraction. It is in Pusimalaikuppam which is 25 kms from Vellore. Built in the middle of a forest, at the base of a mountain range. The nearest railway station is Katpadi, Vellore.

It was made by prince of Mysore, Srinivasa Iyer, and is still owned by the Mysore Royal Family. The french bungalow was built for residential purpose after the prince married a French woman, who he met and fell in love with while he was studying abroad. The material for the construction of the bangalow was imported from Glasgow....

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Gingee Fort
100 kms from Vellore city limits

Gingee Fort or Senji Fort is a historic situated in Tamil Nadu. It lies in Villupuram District which is 160 kilometers from the state capital, Chennai. It was one of the most impregnable fortresses in India and was called the "Troy of the East" by the British. The place is about 100 kms from Vellore. A drive time of two and a half hours will reach you to this place.

The fort is a complex built on Krishnagiri, Rajgiri and Chandrayandurg hillocks. Each of the three hillocks have their own self contained citadel. The fort walls are 13 kilometers long, 240 meters wide and built at a he...

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The Golden Temple complex is situated at the foot of a small range of green hills at Thirumalaikodi village, inside the Sripuram spiritual park, 8 kms from Vellore. The consecration of the temple and its chief deity, Sri Lakshmi Narayani , the goddess of wealth, was held on 24 August 2007. This temple is gilded with 1500 kg of pure gold, double of what is used for the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. It is located on the way to Anaicut, on Usoor Road.

This Lakshmi Narayani temple is the salient feature of whole Sripuram . Its Vimanam and Ardha Mandapam is covered with pure go...

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Jalakandeshwar temple is a historic Hindu Temple and one among the tourist attractions in Vellore city. It is a hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva and is located within the Vellore fort.

Inaugurated in 1550 AD by Chinna Bommi Nayaka, who was the chieftain of Vijaynagar, the Jalakandeshwar temple is fine example of Vijayanagara architecture. The temple has exquisite carvings on its walls and pillars. The stone pillars are richly carved. The temple has large wooden gates and stunning monoliths and sculptures. Inside the Garbha Graham main deity Jalakandeswarar is seen in Linga form...

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Often not given enough recognition, The Kaigal Waterfalls, locally known by the name Dumukurallu Falls are sitauted 96 Kms away from Vellore. The falls are surrounded by wildlife and thick evergreen vegetation. The Kaigal Village which gives it its name comes under the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. It is a wonderful retreat into nature's lap and a freshwater reserve.

The perennial flow of water keeps the Kaigal Falls active throughout the year. The gushing stream of water divides the flow into three waterfalls. The fresh water comes from a height of 40 feet, off a rock. The ...

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The Kannamangalam Reserve Forest is located under Javadu Hills of Tellai opposite Amirthi river, 22 kms south of Vellore. The reserve is akin to a small zoo in the backdrop of the scenic hills. The reserve started functioning from October 1967 and has long since served as an amazing tourist spot. Kannamangalam falls within the Tiruvannamalai District within the state of Tamil Nadu.

46 years after its birth, the forest was deemed as a zoo with the state promising it a facelift worth an investment of Rs 3. 5 crore in 2013. The existing 25 hectares of the reserve are being expanded un...

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57 kms from Vellore city limits

Mahendravadi, a historical village situated in the district of Vellore is famous for it's rock cut cave temple hewn during the time of Mahendravarman I, a prominent king of the Pallava dynasty. The contribution of Pallavas to the cultural development of this place was quite significant. They had encouraged enormously to the growth of Tamil and Sanskrit literature at their time and Mahendravadi is believed to be a big town during their reign. Even today, their temples and sculptures stand testimony to the vast cultural achievements of the Pallavas. Mahendravadi is situated at a distance of 57...

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Mannur Lake, Vellore
120 kms from Vellore city limits

The Mannur lake is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Vellore city. It is located in Tindivanam, Vellore. The nearest railway station is Katpadi. It is located at a distance of 120 kms from Vellore city.

This lake is less known to the people so it is a less crowded place . People can hangout with their friends and family here. The place is famous among the visitors for its serene atmosphere. It is photogenic place with lush greenry, so one can capture some beautiful moments here. One can also enjoy boating in the lake which is an enthralling experience. It is an ideal spot...

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Mordhana Dam, Vellore
35 kms from Vellore city limits

Mordhana Dam is located in Vellore, one of the oldest cities of South India. The dam is about 8 kilometers from Gudiyatham, which is the nearest town, about 35 kms from Vellore city.

Mordhana Dam is 33 meters high and 220 meters long. The dam was completed at a quicker pace, about 10 months ahead of its scheduled completion year of 2000. The enormous Mordhana Dam stands proud and powerful over the river 'Koundanyanadhi'. The dam is built between two hills that are covered with lush greenery. It is considered as an engineering marvel, for civil engineering students and others who hav...

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Naammam Malai is located a few kilometres east of central Vellore in the region of Saidapet within the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a terraneous area bordered by pilgrim sites. It is a historic landmark often used by locals for referencing. It's etymology is derived from Spiritual Hill and is also a pilgrimage site.

The wild territory is a rocky hill which is surrounded by holy edifices is a theist's paradise (pun unintended). At the bottom flank there are two temples, namely the Karumariamman Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple. South-west off the hill a mosque by the name of Kalas Musl...

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Pancha Pandava Malai is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions near Vellore. It is a cave temple complex located near a small village called Vilapakkam. Vilapakkam is a Panchayat town in Vellore District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated to the south of Arcot in Vellore district. The town is around 25 kms south - east of Vellore. The rock cut cave temple - Pancha Pandava Malai is a large excavation on the eastern lace of the huge hill. The nearest railway station is at Katpadi, Vellore.

The name Pancha Pandava Malai associated with Pandavas from Mahabharata. ...

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At the heart of Vellore, Periyar Park is an exciting family retreat and children's park. It is a highlight among tourists as it offers a relaxing aura and youthful vibe. The park is well maintained by the Department of Tourism of the Government of India.

Periyar Park was inaugurated by M. K. Stalin (then Deputy CM) as a recreational spot for society and tourism on 20 October 2010. No expense was spared in setting it up and with funds from the Dept. of Tourism, the park is bestowed with facilities. The park has a walking path of 1 km laid with paver blocks, a stunning lawn with ambi...

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Adhi Ranganathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Thiruparkadal Village ,44 kms from Vellore.

Presiding Deity is called as Ranganatha. The main deity in this temple is made of wood from the tree of Aththi. It is believed that Yama’sassistant Chitragupta was relieved of his diseases here and hence this place is said to have healing powers. The temple is simple with just Artha Mandapam with 24 pillars, and one Mahamandapam which includes the Sanctum Sanctorum. Lord Ranganatha is seen sleeping on the 9 ft long 3 ft height Adhiseshan. The interesting feature o...

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Punganoor Lake
100 kms from Vellore city limits

In the foothills of the hill station of Yelagiri (Eastern Ghats) at an altitude of 1410 meters above mean sea level,The Punganoor lake lays nestled between the towns of Vaniyambadi and Jolaraipetty, about 100 kms away from the city of Vellore.

It is a refreshing and the most magnificent manmade lake with a number of options for the tourists to explore here. This small lake has an area of about 57 square meters and is 10 - 20 feet deep. The most attractive thing about Punganoor lake is the 15 meters high musical fountain, situated in the centre of lake. Boating is also available here ...

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Ratnagiri Balamurugan temple is an ancient Murugan temple situated in Thirumanikundram, on Kanchi-Vellore Highway just 12 kms from Vellore city.

Ancient Hindu scriptures say that wherever there is a hill, Lord Murugan resides as the all-powerful Deity. Of these Tirupparamkundram, Tiruchendur, Tiruvavinankudi, Tiruveragam and Palamuthircholai are famous shrines, collectively called 'Kundruthoradal'. The holy shrine at Rathinagiri also features in this category and was built around the 14th century. Over the passage of time, the ordinary sand structure was converted into a stone shrin...

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Sitting atop Jamadhi Hills, the Sajra Fort can be seen from the Science Park located at Sathuvachari 8 Kms from Vellore, Tamil Nadu. It gains its reputation since it was concepted as a military stronghold in the 1600s. It was brought under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1921. The Fort lies well within the headquarter zone of Vellore's Saidapet.

Sajra Fort was constructed alongside the fort that overshadows it - Vellore Fort, in 1566. It's purpose was to aide the imperatives of the British regime. As the architectural splendour declined over time, the archaic ...

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Selva Vinayagar Temple, Vellore
Within Vellore city limits

Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple is a famous Ganesha shrine in the village of Shenbakkam in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The temple is about 2km from Vellore Town, which happens to be the closest railway station.

The presiding deities at the temple are Sri Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareshwarar. The temple is famous for the ten other vinayagars which surround the main deity of Sri Selva Vinayagar, including Bala Vinayagar, Siddhi Buddhi Vinayagar and Panchamuga Vinayagar. All 11 vinayagars are 'svayambhu' or naturally formed without human intervention, and arranged in the shape of the 'omkara', ...

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Shri Navasai Temple, Vellore
20 kms from Vellore city limits

With the initiative and efforts taken by late Guru Kumara Baba and the grace of Vilasvathi Amma of Kummathamman temple, The Navasai Baba (Nine Saibabas) temple was established in a place called Kazhinipakkam, Kandaneri at about 20 kms from the vity of Vellore.

Late Guru Kumara Baba believed that Saibaba represents the nine grahas (planets) and can provide grace, tranquility, blessings and protection to the devotees. Thus the complex of the temple consists of nine separate mandirs of Shirdi SAIBABA in the form of the Navagrahas surrounding a central dome with Baba's Padukas (holy fee...

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The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Singiri Koil is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha (meaning man-lion) who is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. This temple is popularly visited from Vellore and is approximately 21 kms from there.

This temple is placed on an 80 feet high hillock. The temple has to be reached after climbing a flight of 100 stone steps. The inscriptions in the temple reveal that this was built by a powerful local leader in the 8th century. There is a shrine of Lord Anjaneya (popularly known as Sri Bala Anjaneya in Tamil Nadu). There are more idols and shrin...

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Sri Margabandeswarar Temple is a temple dedicated to Lore Shiva in the Virinjipuram region of Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The temple is about 13. 5 kms away from Vellore Town railway station.

The establishment of the Sri Margabandeshwarar Temple is commonly attributed to the Chola kings of the 13th century. The reigning deity of the temple is a svayambhu or naturally formed Shivalingam. The Shivalingam leans slightly towards the north-eastern direction, which is said to symbolise reverence to Lord Brahma. A palm tree inside the temple is its Sthala Vriksha, and has the peculiar feature of...

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St John is a renowned Anglican church located in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The church stands inside the Vellore Fort, which is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India and is maintained and preserved by the same, along with many other historical places all over the country. It is 1. 5 Km away from Vellore Town Railway Station. One can easily walk from Vellore Fort main attractions to the church in 10-15 mins.

The church is named after St. John the Evangelist. However it was never officially dedicated or consecrated in his honor. The church is built in the English Gothic s...

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The State Government Museum was established in September 1985 in Lutchmanasamy Town Hall near Old Bus stand. The museum was shifted inside the Vellore fort in 1st April 1999 due to scarcity of space that was required for furthering the development of the museum. Since then it has acquired an area of about 9000 square feet in which the display area is 5000 square feet. Because the museum is situated in the Vellore fort itself, it has been a part of the central attractions of the city for quite some time now. It is 1. 5 Km away from Vellore town Railway Station and 7 Km away from Katpadi Railway...

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Swamimalai Hills
94 kms from Vellore city limits

The highest point in Yelagiri is the Swamimlai Hill, standing tall at 4,338 ft with spectacular views. The road to Yelagiri is well constructed and punctuated with the milestiones and signboards.

It is one of the famous places for trekkers. The hill provides a good number of trekking trails through thick reserved forests. There are other trekking options that include smaller peaks like Javid Hills and Palamathi Hills. The way leading up to these hills has a variety of flora and fauna including eucalyptus trees, and there are also a number of bends along the way. A special aspect r...

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Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal are two separate palaces located inside the Vellore Fort. The Tipu Mahal has about 180 rooms with a central pillar hall and the Hyder Mahal is located nearby and stands strong with more than 200 rooms in its possession. These palaces house so many rooms, and all the rooms reflect the lavish lifestyles led by these rulers in their time. The palaces are at a distance of 1. 5 km from Vellore Town Railway Station.

The Tipu Mahal has over 600 to 700 years of history. Tipu Mahal is said to be the place where Tipu Sultan, along with his family, resided during the ...

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The Vainu Bappu Observatory is a famous astronomical landmark in Kavalur, near Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The observatory is a drive of roughly two hours away from the city of Vellore, with the nearest railway stations being Vellore Town station at a distance of 75 kms and Vellore Cantonment at 71kms.

The Vainu Bappu Observatory was started as the Kavalur Observatory in the 1960s. M. K. Vainu Bappu, the Director of the Kodaikanal Observatory at that time, found the remote town of Kavalur a suitable spot for establishing telescopes. Currently, the observatory is under the aegis of the Ind...

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Vellore Fort Mosque
Within Vellore city limits

Vellore Fort Mosque is situated inside the Vellore Fort , at a distance of 1. 5 kms from Vellore's railway station. This mosque is also known as Nawab Chanda Sahib Mosque. as it was built in 1750 by Nawab Chanda Sahib. It is one of the important historical structures in in Vellore Fort.

The entrance of the Masjid is on the northern side of the Vellore Fort. The mosque has been constructed using brick and lime and still stands in good shape. This Indo-Saracenic style mosque has a prayer hall and the dimensions of the hall are 40 feet in length and 15 feet in breadth. At the centre of ...

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Vellore Fort Park, as the name suggests is located right in front of the Vellore Fort. It is a widespread lawn of greenery and a famed tourist attraction. It is situated at the centre, within the city limits of Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The Park was developed by the State Government and was built by the Hindu dynasties of the Vijaynagara kings. Today it still serves as a stress reliever and a popular hangout spot in Vellore.

Vellore Fort Park was a calming resort for the occupants of the Fort and its ownership changed through the timeline of history from Bijapur Sultans to Marthas to C...

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Vellore Fort
Within Vellore city limits

Vellore Fort ('Ethaladurg' or Land Fort ), situated in heart of the Vellore city, is the prime attraction of the City. During earlier times, The fort was the headquarters of the Aravidu Dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire. The fort is well known for its wide moat, robust masonry and grand ramparts. Presently, The Indian government maintains the fort along with theArchaeological Department. Tipu Sultan's family and the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha were held as prisoners in the fort during the British rule. The fort is an amazing example of cultural blend as it houses the Jalakan...

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VIT Homeland Children Park, Vellore
8.8 kms from Vellore city limits

VIT Homeland Children's Park is located at Souvenir Subway, VIT University campus, Vellore. This children's park is placed in a serene portion in the large and multi-cultural VIT University campus. The park has been planned very well and has a great atmosphere. It is about 8. 8 kms from the center of the city.

The VIT Homeland Children's Park is a really beautiful place with large fields of sand, props to play with and climb onto, free space to joyously walk, skip, hop, and run. There are lots of nooks and corners to be explored and there are pleasant sights to see all around.

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94 kms from Vellore city limits

Yelagiri is a hill station in Vellore disitrict of Tamil Nadu situated off the Vaniyambadi Tirupattur road. It is located at a distance of 94 kms from Vellore. It is one of the best hill stations in South India. The nearest railway station is Katpadi, Vellore. From Railway Station one can opt for taxies or any personal vehicle on per day basis according to their convenience. The road to Yelagiri is well constructed and punctuated with milestiones and signboards.

The hill station of Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu is a cluster of 14 hamlets or villages spread across 29 square kilometers, 3,4...

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The Yoga Narasimha Temple is a historic and prominent Hindu temple situated upon the Gatikachala hill within the town of Sholingur, Tamil Nadu. It is near about 50 kms from Vellore and it takes around an hour and a half to reach.

Sholingur is also known as Kadigachalam (Thirukkadigai). Vaishnava teachers denote this place as Chozhasimhapuram, linking it with Chozha King Karikalan. The Yoga Narasimha Temple ranks the 64th among the 108 Divya Desams. It is one of the Eight Narasimha Temples and is very popular among devotees. Lord Narasimha and Lord Anjaneya(Hanuman) are found in Yog...