Vellore (Tamil Nadu)
Vellore is located 130 kms from Chennai. An ancient Shiva temple dedicated to Jalakanteshwara is situated inside the fort of Vellore and devotees from far off places visit the shrine. The temple and fort were built around 1566 AD. The temple was built during the reign of Veluri Bommi Nrupathi. Veluri Bommi Nrupathi, son of Venkappa Nayak, was also known as Chinna Bommi Nayak. The temple is built in the late Vijaynagar style of architecture with elaborate ornamentation. It has a towering gateway besides the main shrines and other subsidiary shrines. The Kalyana Mandapam of the temple is a notable contribution of the Nayak rulers to the temple architecture of South India. This impressive hall is remarkable for the ingenuity and exuberance of its carvings. The Lion Motif is revived here, as was common during the Pallava period.
The Vellore Fort is well preserved specimen of military architecture. Around the fort, many historic battles were fought in the bygone days. The last important battle took place during the first freedom struggle of India in 1857. Vellore has gained importance due to the situation of the famous Christian Medical College and Hospital which has the latest equipment in the field. Patients from all over the country come to this hospital for treatment.
How to reach Vellore
Vellore is connected by rail and good road. Excellent lodging facility is available for overnight stay.