Vellore Fort


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Distance (From Vellore Town Railway Station): 1.5 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: Following places are situated inside Vellore Fort and are visited together:

Jalakandeswarar Temple
Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal
Vellore Fort Mosque
St. Johns Church

At a distance of 1.5 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, Vellore Fort is the 16th century granite fort surrounded by a deep moat set in the heart of the town. It was built by Bommi and Thimma Reddy in the 16th century during the reign of the Vijayanagar king Krishnadeva Raya. The fort was captured in the 17th century by the Adil Shahis, the Muslim rulers from Bijapur. It was then taken by the Marathas, and later by Daud Khan of Delhi in the early 18th century. The British took control of this fort in 1768 and controlled it until Independence. During British rule, the Tipu Sultan's family and the last king of Sri Lanka, Vikrama Rajasinha were held in as prisoners in the fort. The fort is an excellent example of military architecture and has withstood several attacks.

The Vellore Fort was constructed with granite from the nearby quarries in Arcot and Chittor districts. It spreads over an area of 133 acres. It has huge double walls with large bastions projecting irregularly. There is a big moat around the fort that is still filled with water. At one time it was full of crocodiles. The fort is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry.

The fort houses a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, the renowned Vellore Christian Hospital and many other buildings that are now used as public offices. The Jalagandeeswarar Temple situated inside the fort is noted for its sculptures. The Mosque inside the fort was constructed during the last Arcot Nawab's period. The Church inside the fort was constructed during the early British period.

This fort also includes Muthu Mandapam, which is a memorial built around the tombstone of Vikrama Rajasinha, the last ruler of Sri Lanka. The Government Museum inside this fort showcases objects of historic value, recovered from the region. This 13th century fort is open for tourists and is well maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Boating facility is also available in the moat of the Vellore Fort.

Museum Timings: 9 AM - 12.30 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM on all days except on holidays. Admission fee is INR 5.