Information of Vellore
145 km from Chennai, is a semi rural bazaar town. For
tourists, it is noteworthy only for the Vijayanagar fort and
its temple, which are in an excellent state of preservation and worth
visiting. The famous rivers Palar and Ponnar flows throug this City.
The town has a modern church built in
an old British cemetery, which contains the tomb of a
captain who died in 1799 during the glorious campaign
which ended in the defeat of Tipu Sultan. Here,too,is a a
memorial to the victims of the little known 'Vellore Mutiny' of 1806. The
mutiny was instigated by the second son of Tipu
Sultan, who was incarcerated in the fort at the time, and was
put down by a task force sent from Arcot.
Vellore is now
best known for its hospital, one of the best in the country. The people
who come here from all over India for for medical care give this
humble town a cosmopolitan feel.
The Vellore Fort is perhaps the most beautiful specimen of military
architecture in South India and it is still in a good state of
preservation. Sinna Bomma Reddi a vessel chieftain under the Vijayanagar
king, Sada Sriranga Maharaja, built this historical fort in the 16th
century. It was the scene of many historic sieges and battles.
To the right of the fort, there are 3 churches, cemetery of dead British
Soldiers in Sepoy Mutiny and a museum containing sculptures and hero
stones dating back to the Pallava and Chola times.
Jalakanteshwara temple is situated within the Vellore fort. It has some
beautiful sculptures on the ceiling and some richly, carved pillars and
monoliths. The carving of roofs and pillars are wonderful examples of
Vijayanagar type of sculptural architecture. The Gopuram of the temple,
which is 30 m high and seven storied is superb.
Situated adjacent to the main bus stand in the Lakshmanaswamy Town hall,
the Government Museum is a multi purpose museum maintained by the
Department of Museums of Tamil Nadu Government. It treasures ancient and
present day articles relating to Anthropology, Art and Archaeology,
Botany, Geology, Numismatics, Pre-history, Zoology, etc.
Muthu Mandapam (Pearl Palace)
Muthu Mandapam is a memorial built around the tombstone of Vikramraja
Singh, the last candy Tamil ruler. Situated on the bed of Palar River, it
is just one km north of Vellore town at a walking distance.
If Vellore attracts a floating population of 5000 every day, it is because
of the world famous Christian Missionary Medical College and Hospital
founded in the early part of the century by a dedicated American Medical
Missionary, Dr. Ida Scudder. The one room clinic founded in 1890 has grown
in size and stature treating thousands of both inpatients and out patients
in all branches of medicine and surgery. Besides a world famous Cancer
ward and Neurological ward, it has a Mental Hospital and a College of