Tipu Mahal And Hyder Mahal
#12 of 23 Places to Visit in Vellore
Distance (From Vellore Town Railway Station): 1.5 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 15 Mins or Less
Place Location: Situated Inside Vellore Fort
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1.5 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, The Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal are the palaces located inside the Vellore Fort. The Tipu Mahal has 180 rooms with a central pillar hall and the Hyder Mahal on the same campus housed over 200 rooms.
It is believed that Tipu resided here with his family during the war against the British. The palaces are closed to public nowadays as they serve as a high security prison. During the British rule, Tipu Sultan's family was detained here and the last king of Sri Lanka in captivity.
On July 10, 1806, before sunrise, the Indian sepoys stationed in the fort attacked the European barracks there, and had killed about 15 Officers and 100 English soldiers and ransacked their houses. Some of the rebelling soldiers also urged the sons of Tipu Sultan to lead the campaign. After this Sepoy Mutiny, the British transferred Tipu's sons and daughters to Calcutta. The Tombs of Bakshi Begum, widow of Hyder Ali and Padshah Begum, Tipu's wife, who died in 1834 are located near the Fort.
The Tipu mahal and Hyder mahal were opened for public in the year 2006, as a part of bi-centenary commemoration of Vellore Sepoy Mutiny. Currently they are closed for public.