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Vellore Tourism

An ancient city in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu, Vellore is located on the banks of river Palar Vellore. Nicknamed ‘The Fort City’ due to the marvellous Vellore Fort which sits at the heart of Vellore city, it is an ideal place to glimpse Tamil Nadu's rich cultural heritage through its temples.

Contributing for 37% of the country's total leather export, Vellore is primarily known for two premier institutions, Christain Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology. Apart from this, the city is known for the Ratnagiri Temple and Roman Catholic Diocese.

Vellore has been ruled by different dynasties such as the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Vijayanagara, the Rashtrakuta, the Carnatic and the British who each left their distinguishing marks prevalent in the rich architecture. A legend says that the region where the city now stands was once upon a time surrounded by Velan (Babul) Trees giving the place the name Vellore. With the numerous developments that the city of Vellore is seeing, it is on its way to becoming one of the Smart Cities of India.

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History

The History of Vellore dates back to the 9th century to which the Chola Inscriptions in the Annamalaiyar Temple of Tiruvannamalai stands evidence. Along with the rich cultural influences seen here due to the different kingdoms that ruled the region, Vellore has seen as many battles and deaths too. The Vellore fort which is said to have been built during Channa Bommi Nayaka and Thimma Reddy Nayaka in the 15th century and happens to be one of the best examples of military architecture in South India. Apart from being a wonder in itself, the Fort also holds some other essential structures such as the Jalagandeeshwar Temple, St. John’s Church and The Archeological Survey of India Museum that depict the history in their unique way.

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