The city of Vellore is the headquarters of the Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the banks of the Palar river and extends around the Vellore Fort. It is geographically located between Chennai and Bengaluru, and the temple towns of Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai and Tirupathi.
Vellore is a blend of rich Dravidian heritage and culture, and the influence of the British rulers. It had not only been the seat of the Pallavas, Cholas, Nayaks, Marathas, Arcot Nawabs and Bijapur Sultan kingdoms, but also thrived as the capital city of the Vijaynagar Empire. The Vellore fort, believed to be built by Chinna Bommi Nayak in the 16th century, was widely acclaimed as the strongest Fort during the Carnatic war. The Vellore Sepoy Revolt of 1806 against the British is popularly known as the First War of Independence. A pillar commemorating the revolt is installed in front of the Fort. The city is traditionally reputed for its religious and linguistic harmony, with people practising Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
Vellore is now acorporation fast expanding and establishing itself as a modern center of education and industry.
Vellore fort: One of the monuments of Vellore is the fort. A very close examination of the stone inscriptions suggests that the fort in all probability might have been built during the rule of Chinna Bommi Nayak (1526 to 1595 A.D.) The fort is one of the most perfect specimens of military architecture in south India.
Sripuram Golden Temple: Sripuram, the spiritual oasis stands as a testimony to the creative manifestation of Sri Sakthi Amma’s divine vision. The Golden Temple is situated in a lush green landscape of 100 acres and is completely covered with gold, created in vedic style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to goddess Lakshmi.
Yelagiri Hills:Yelagiri is a hill station in Vellore district, situated off the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur road. Located at an altitude of 1,410 metres above Mean Sea Level and spread across 30 km, the Yelagiri village (also spelled Elagiri at times) is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys and is knows for it's pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Thirupathi: The temple is on Venkatadri (also known as Venkatachala or Venkata Hill), the seventh peak, and is also known as the "Temple of Seven Hills". The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Venkateswara. The temple is the richest pilgrimage centre and the most-visited place of worship in the world.
Thiruvannamalai: It is a temple town. An important Siva temple is situated at the foot of a hillock. The Arunachaleeshwara temple is dedicated to Lingodbhava or Jyotir Lingam. The contributors of this temple were Cholas, Hoysalas and Nayaks of Tanjore. It is attractive because of its impressive architecture and sculptures. Ramana Maharishi Ashram is an another attraction.
Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious dravidian heritage. It is known as a place of thousand temples and world renowned for exquisite silk sarees.
Mamallapuram: Mamallapuram dates back to the Tamil Pallava dynasty in the 7th-9th century. The structures here, mostly carved straight out of granite, are among the oldest existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture.