Situated on the banks of Palar River, Vellore is one of the oldest cities of South India, and among the popular weekend getaways from Chennai. Vellore is popularly known as the Fort City of Tamil Nadu, and one of the popular places of heritage in Tamilnadu. Vellore has many historic and religious attractions. The famous Sripuram Srilakshmi Golden Temple is situated near Vellore. The Vellore Fort is the prime attraction in the town completely made of granite stone. The Fort might have been built during the rule of Chinna Bommi Nayak (1526 to 1595 AD). The Fort is one of the most perfect specimens of military architecture in South India. The Jalakandeswarar Temple inside the Fort is a very fine example of Vijayanagar architecture. Clock Tower, the State Government Museum, the French Bungalow, Science Park, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Amirthi Zoological Park, Big Mosque, St. Johns Church, and the Pearl Palace are the other prominent places to visit in Vellore.

Chennai, Kanchipuram, and Tirupati are close to Vellore, and 3-4 day trips can be planned to visit Vellore along with these places.

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