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Fort in Vellore

Vellore Fort

Vellore's splendid fort, with nearly 2km of moat-surrounded ramparts, was built in the 16th century and passed through Maratha and Mughal hands before the British occupied it in 1760. These days it houses, among oth…
Hindu Temple in Vellore

Jalakantesvara Temple

The Jalakantesvara Temple, a gem of late Vijayanagar architecture, dates from around 1566, and was once occupied as a garrison. Check out the small, beautifully detailed sculptures – especially the leaping yali – on…
South Indian in Vellore

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Tamil Nadu's favourite veg chain is a welcome addition, turning out delectably simple idlis, dosas, thalis and other South Indian staples. The air-con hall does North Indian fare, too. It's opposite the New Bus Stan…
South Indian in Vellore

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Tasty, fuss-free idlis, dosas, thalis and other South Indian favourites at this popular, reliable, Chennai-born veg chain. There's another branch opposite the New Bus Stand.
Museum in Vellore

Archaeological Survey of India Museum

Inside the fort, this museum houses a good collection of Pallava, Chola and Nayak stone sculptures, plus British-era cannons and displays on the 1806 Vellore Mutiny, the earliest anti-British uprising by Indian troo…
Multicuisine in Vellore

Aaranya Roof Garden Restaurant

The Darling Residency, 1.5km south of Vellore Fort entrance, has four restaurants, including this cool, breezy rooftop spot offering good veg and nonveg cooking.
Indian in Vellore

Hotel Arthy

Cheap veg restaurants line Arcot Rd, but this is one of the cleanest and most popular, serving good thalis, as well as cheap, yummy biryani and enough dosas to last you a lifetime.
Multicuisine in Vellore

Gingee Restaurant

The smart in-house restaurant at the GRT Regency Sameera offers a good upscale alternative to Vellore's cheap Indian restaurants.
Church in Vellore

St John’s Church

Within the fort grounds stands this handsome, yellow-walled church (1846).
Museum in Vellore

Government Museum

These dusty exhibits (weapons, musical instruments, wood carvings, stone sculptures) inside the fort have seen better days.