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Vellore is located on the banks of River Palar in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is a place rich in history. Vellore wonít ask you to travel a lot, unless you want to indulge yourself on some minor excursions. Most of the tourist attractions are inside the Vellore Fort. However, the most famous landmark of Vellore is its Christian Medical College and Hospital that was opened by an American, Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder, in the year 1900. Today, the hospital not only provides quality care to its patients but is also one of the premier medical institutions in India.

Some of the important tourist sites in Vellore are:

The Vellore Fort houses the Jalakanteshwarar Temple, a small church, a mosque, two museums, a police training college and a few state government offices. Besides the two buildings, the Hyder Mahal and Tipu Mahal, which were once used for the imprisonment of the family members of the great Tipu Sultan, currently serve as a high security prison. The Fort has a massive wall with a thick moat. The wall is built with well-embellished mammoth boulders of black granite. It is presumed that the Fort was built in the 13th-14th century and completed later during the Vijayanagar period. Legend has it that one Bommu Reddy built the fort and the temple inside following the orders of Lord Shiva in a dream.

Hyder Mahal and Tipu Mahal are two palaces inside the Vellore Fort. Today, they are closed for public as they serve as high security prison. In the past, these two palaces also served as the prison for the family members of Tipu Sultan.

The Jalakanteshwarar temple inside the Vellore Fort is devoted to Lord Shiva, who is also known as Jalakanteshwarar. Jalakanteshwarar locally means one with venom in the throat. It seems that the temple was built over a long period, which is reflected in its architecture that shows signs of both Vijayanagar period and Chola architecture.

The St. Johnís Church inside the fort is said to date back to the 16th century, when Venkata II of the Vijayanagar Empire had Jesuit priests in his court. However, an inscription on the church building reveals the year to be 1846. Probably, some repairs or alterations were carried out in that year. The church is still in use and prayers are held regularly.

The mosque inside the fort was built by the Muslim rulers for their soldiers. Presently, the mosque is not in use.

The Government museum is located besides the mosque. It houses valuable exhibits from the region. There are separate galleries for paintings, sculptures, weapons and anthropology.

The Archaeological Survey of India Museum is next to the church. The museum houses sculptures, paintings and hero stones (sculpted stones that portray the heroic deeds of persons in battles against cattle robbers) from the region.

So all set for the trip to Vellore? As an experienced travel agent for Vellore we can take care of your entire trip from tour planning, air booking, railway reservation to car rentals and hotel bookings.

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