Located on the Palar river bank, Vellore is among the oldest cities of South India. This fort city lies in between the metropolitan cities of Bangalore and Chennai as well as the temple cities of Tirupati and Thiruvannamalai.
Vellore is known for jackfruit and honey, which are the specialties of the Yellagiri Hills located nearby the district. Though jackfruit is available during a particular season but home made, tasty and good quality honey from the Y. M. C. A. can be bought throughout the year. Apart from that, the small house adjacent to the Y. M. C. A. is famous for pure mountain honey or malai thein. Sandhai, a special kind of weekly market is held every Friday in Athanavoor, where usual modern plastic wares as well as agricultural products are sold. Vellore Bazaar and Main Bazaar are some of the popular market places in the city.
Places to see in and around Vellore
- Amirthi Forest- Apart from the lush greenery and varied animal species this semi-dense forest situated at a distance of 25 km from Vellore forms an interesting trekking route.
- Big Mosque- This mosque dating back to centuries is situated at Bakaith Street in the Vellore city.
- Central Jail- This is the biggest jail in the Vellore district and was established in the year 1867.
- Church of South India- Belonging to around 150 years back this church is among the largest church in the district of Vellore.
- Clock Tower- Erected mainly in memory of King George V's coronation this tower is even commemorating those Vellore based 22 British soldiers who was a part of the World War I.
- Jalagamparai Waterfalls- The surrounding region of this waterfall in the Yelagiri Hills is an ideal day long trekking destination as well as an excellent picnic spot.
- Jalakandeswarar Temple- This temple is devoted to God Shiva and is located within the boundary of the Vellore Fort.
- Kavalur Observatory- It houses a number of telescopes of different apertures and even computer controlled telescope which has sophisticated the field of astronomy in the city.
- Mordhana Dam- This dam erected in between the two hills is an ideal spot for picnic.
- Muthu Mandapam- It is a memorial constructed around Vikramaraja Singh's tombstone.
- Ratnagiri Temple- Devoted to God Balamurugan this temple is located on a small hill near the margin of the Chennai- Vellore National Highway.
- Sholinganallur Temple- Built about 200 years ago during the reign of Karikal Cholan this temple is situated in Walajah that is around 27 km from Tirutani and Arakkonam railway stations.
- Sripuram Golden Temple- This spiritual park located near the foot hills of a place called Malaikodi has got a Mahalakshmi or Lakshmi Narayani Temple. The exterior and the interior of whose Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam are gold coated.
- State Government Museum- Based inside the Vellore Fort this museum has got a collection of ancient as well as present day works of art and science.
- Vallimalai- Dedicated to Lord Shiva's son Kartikkaya or Lord Muruga this beautiful temple is located at a distance of approximately 18 km from the city.
- Vellore Fort- It was built in the 13th Century still reflect the glory of the city's past days.
- Victoria Jubliee Tower- This jubilee tower was constructed by the Vellore people for Queen Victoria.
- Yelagiri Hills- Standing eloquently amid 4 mountains this place is blessed with natural beauty of lakes and lush forest and is regarded as the "Ooty of Vellore".
- Aanaikulathamman Koil
- French Bungalow
- Anaicut Dam
- Tippu Mahal
October to March
Anna International Airport, popularly known as Chennai International Airport is located at a distance of around 150 km from the Vellore city.
Nearest Railway Station
Katpadi Railway Junction, which is situated at nearby distance of 5 km from the city of Vellore serves the place.
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Last Updated on : January 13, 2014