"land of spears" Vellore by 6aruna

Vellore Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 31 photos

vellore means land of spears is in the northern part of tamil nadu.

It has a rich heritage of dravidian culture. Ruled successively by the Pallavas,the cholas, the nayaks, the marathas, the nawabs of arcot, the sultans of bijapur and later the english. Each one of them have left their mark .This is evident in the different style of the temple gopurams, the church the mosques and the heritage buildings inside..

Vellore has been put in the freedom struggle map by the Sepoy mutiny(1806) and now recently in the health tourism map by CMC.

christian medical college was set up as a single bed hospital by Dr.Ida Scudder a missionary .The hospital is now a major teaching and referral hospital in South India.

places of interest nearby are thiruvannamalai the holy hills where ramanamaharshi meditated (3hrs by bus) and kanchipuram (2hrs)

i found an interesting quote about vellore

" vellore is a place with
a fort with out a king
a temple with out a diety
a river with out water
hills with out trees
women with out beauty "

except for the quote about women everything else is true .The temple diety was hidden by vijayanagar kings so successfully during the invasions that it is yet to be found. The river palar is always dry but the moat around the fort and the temple tank is never dry!! all the nearby hills are rocky absolutely bare and the heat radiating from it makes vellore one of the hottest in Tamil nadu .

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:underestimated archaelogically interesting area.
  • Cons:dusty,dry unbearably hot during summers it will try your nerves. expect reasonable climate during months of december january and february
  • Last visit to Vellore: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2007
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  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Fascinating with a lovely poem intro - grazie for photos/detail on this gem. <(•¿•)>

  • suziherbert's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I love Vellore - I usually stay with friends at Karigiri Hospital. Vellore is a warm friendly city and I love it !!!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Hi Aruna- I had not heard of this place before- so thank you.It looks worth a visit. Loved your 'poem' re Vellore on overview! Always so many steps to Hindu temples lol!Good photos

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    A nice page with good info.

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    Another nice page on the temple towns of Tamil Nadu-my next destination.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    I misssed some of the tips before on Vellore! The restarant seems to be very good.

  • MaheshSamtani's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2007 at 3:07 AM

    Vanakkam Aruna, Your tips on Vellore are great, I wish you could put up more. Best regards Mahesh

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