The Vellore Fort has a huge importance in the ancient period. There is a chain of association that is attached with the rulers that belongs to India as the emperors were not constant and kept changing one after the other.Vellore fort was built by the chief of the emperor known as Nayak. The Vellore fort was maintained and developed by the Nawab who belongs to Arcot.
The Vellore fort is constructed with the granite blocks. Vellore fort is well known in the big moat which surrounds the entire region of the fort. The walls are constructed with hewn Kangaroo stones of rectangular shape. The Vellore fort is very well maintained and preserved by the government. It is believed at a point that this moat is covered by the crocodiles in this Vellore fort.
Entrance of Vellore fort
Clock Tower: This Clock Tower was erected in memory of the coronation of King George V. The tower is also dedicated to the 22 soldiers who went to fight from this town during the 1st World War (1914-1919). Out of this, 14 soldiers died in this war.
Jalakanteshwara Temple: It was built in the year 1550 A.D. The temple is a small architectural wonder of Vijayanagar. The temple is within the fort complex and the walls of the temple are full of carvings of Nandi and small gopuras. The temple was considered a masterpiece at the time of its construction and now it has become a marvel on this land of Vellore.
St.Johns Church: It comes under the Churches of South India. It is one of the biggest churches in the south. The church is nearly 150 years old. The church is given authorization by the British Government to maintain this graveyard.
ASI Mosque: The Mosque inside the fort is protected by the A.S.I. It was built in 1750 and constructed of granite stones with mortar, on three sides. At present it is not used for worship and the gates of the mosque are closed. It is rectangular in shape. On the front side it is plastered with lime and bricks.
Amirthi Zoological Park: It is situated under the Javadu Hills of Tellai across Amirthi River which is 25 kms away from Vellore. The area of the park is 25 hectares and one can find beautiful water falls here. There are also different kinds of birds and animals. Numerous kinds of herbal plants and trees and sandal wood trees also grow here.
Muthu Mandapam: It is also called the Pearl Palace. This is a memorial which is built around the tombstone of the last Kandy Tamil ruler, Vikramraja Singh. It is situated just steps away from Vellore town towards north and is built on the bed of River Palar. The memorial is on a major alteration plan with plans of a childrens park, an aquarium and a lot more in the offing.
Government Museum: It is situated besides the main bus stand in Lakshmanaswamy Town Hall. The museum is under the watch of Department of Museums. This might be the most unusual museum that you will ever see. It has in its collection, artifacts from many fields like anthropology, art, archaeology, pre-history, botany, geology etc the museum of Vellore is actually a museum cum archive.
The Government of Tamilnadu maintains this museum that treasures ancient and present day curios relating to Anthropology, Geology and Numismatics. Historical mouated under the Javadu Hills of Tellai across Amirthi River which is 25 kms away from Vellore. The area of the park is 25 hectares and one can find beautiful water falls here. There are also different kinds of birds and animals. Numerous kinds of herbal plants and trees and sandal wood trees also grow here.
How to reach Vellore fort
By Air: The nearest Airport from Vellore is Chennai (182 km).
By Rail: Vellore is situated in between Katpadi and Viluppuram Junctions on the railway line. Many local and express trains connect the town with Viluppuram and other important towns and cities of the state.
By Road: It is well connected by roads with various parts of country. By car it takes hardly four to five hours from the State Capital Chennai to reach this temple town.