Vellore is a semi-rural town famous for its fort and medical services. It is a mere 145 km from Chennai making it very convenient for easy trips whether in your own car or by taking the help of a car rental in Chennai. Although a small town, Vellore has many tourist attractions the chief amongst which is the Vijayanagar Fort. Built in the 16th century by a Vijayanagar chieftain, the fort was also occupied by the Marathas for some time. It was then taken over by the British after they defeated Tipu Sultan in 1676. It is a prime example of military architecture and houses the famous Jalakanteswara Temple as well as several more buildings.
Other places worth visiting are the Clock Tower (built in the memory of King George V) and Vellamalai which is a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple is carved out of a huge rock and attracts throngs of devotees along with sightseers. Ramanashramam, the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi is also worth a visit.St. John’s Church in Vellore is considered to be one of the largest churches in the whole of South India and is a must-visit sight for tourists.
If travelling from Chennai, it is better to opt for a car hire in Chennai rather than be dependent on erratic bus/train services and enjoy all these sights of Vellore at a leisurely pace.
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