Around 145 kms from Chennai, Vellore stands firm as an ancient city with forts and artifacts worth appreciating. One can find numerous temples and monuments here which add up to a wonderful experience of the the tourists. If you have an interest in leather products, then you must not miss out to explore and purchase some of the finest products made of leather. It is a top exporter of finished leather products in India. The Government Museum, Muthu Mandapam and Vellore Fort are must see places for the history buffs. Nature lovers will also find places of their interest here, as the Elagiri Hills, Jalagampaari Falls and the Javadu Hills are situated here. One must also visit the Amirthi Zoological Park and temples including Jalakandeswarar Temple, Ratnagiri Murugan Temple, SriLakshmi Golden Temple and Virinjipuram are worth paying a visit.
Places To SeeThe Clock Tower
The clock tower was built to commemorate the coronation of King George V. It has now been converted into a flower market. Jalakandeswarar Temple
Lord Shiva is worshiped in the avatar of Jalakandeshwarar in this temple. There are two courtyards and several small shrines within the complex. Reflecting the late Vijayanagar style of architecture, the temple also boasts intricate carvings and beautiful sculptures. There is an underground passage that connects the temple to River Palar.The Madarazaye Mohammadiya Masjid
Dating back to 1750 A.D, the mosque is constructed in brick and lime and has beautiful arches. Floral designs adorn the structure.Mettukulam
The Muthumariamman Temple is located in Katpadi village in the Vellore district. The temple attracts hordes of devotees who come here with the belief that a glimpse of the deity, Lord Bala Muruga, will ward off all evils.The Ratnagiri Temple
Dedicated to Lord Balamurugan, this ancient shrine is set atop a hill. There is also a hospital and school in the premises. Visitors come to the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Murugan.The Roman Catholic Diocese
The main attraction of the structure is bell tower, believed to be the highest in the nation. The cathedral also has stunning glass paintings of events and mysteries associated with Christian beliefs.Brammapuriswarar Temple
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Lord Brahma sanctified the 12 Shivalingams found in this temple. One of the main highlights of the temple is the monolith statue of Lord Brahma seated in the lotus position. The temple is five-tiered and has a tank with lotus blossoms in it.
Things To DoThe Mordhana Dam
The dam is located between two lush green hills. While here, you can also visit the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.The State Government Museum
The museum showcases a rich collection of art, artefacts, paintings and sculptures in its 18 galleries. You can also see massive stone inscriptions from the late Pallava era.Tip
: The museum remains opens daily from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.Woraiyur
The place is famed for its cigar factory and so head here if you want to shop for some of the best varieties of hand-made cigars.