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Vellore Fort


The fort is located in the heart of Vellore City, TamilNadu.


The fort is built by the Vijayanagara Kings.  One of the monuments of Vellore is the fort and its exact date of construction could not be established, in the absence of proper records. A very close examination of the stone inscriptions suggests that the fort in all probability might have been built during the rule of China. Bommi Nayak (1526 to 1595 A.D).  The fort is one of the most perfect specimens of Military architecture in South India.

Vellore Fort makes us to recollect the history made here and memories to be pondered upon. The fort is an evident of the different religion, the local culture, tradition and food prevailed in the city of Vellore. Inside the fort, there is a Mosque, Church and Shiva temple.

The Fort was at one point of time the headquarters of the Aravidu Dynasty of Vijayanagara Empire. The fort is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry. The Jalkandeswara temple inside the fort is a very fine architecture, which I have already mentioned in my other article.

The Fort’s ownership passed from Vijayanagara Kings, to the Bijapur Sultans, to Marathas, to the Carnatic Nawabs and finally to the British, who held the fort until India gained Independence. The Indian government maintains the Fort with the Archaeological Department.

The Fort is situated in the centre of Vellore town opposite to the Old Bus stand. Vellore is on the Chennai-Bangalore highway and is 120 km (75 mi) from Chennai and 210 km (130 mi) from Bengaluru. The nearest rail station is  Vellore-Katpadi Junction, where all super fast trains stop. The nearest airports are Tirupati Airport, Chennai International Airport, and Bengaluru International Airport.

Good old architecture and the associated divine places; awesome view from the parapets and the monkeys are really fun to watch..!