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Vellore Fort

Dating back to the 13th Century this ancient Fort is the main attraction for tourists. This historically famous fort retains the past glory with its ramparts, barlements, turrets, posts, and sally gates and with perennial water supply.Double walls fortify it and the main walls are of made massive granite blocks laid one over the other without using mortar.The fort houses a church, Jalagandeeswarar Temple, and many buildings. Many Government offices are located in these buildings.

Distance : 1.8kms

Golden Temple

Golden Temple (Sri Puram) is a Spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as Malaikodi in the city of Vellore in Tamil nadu, India.The salient Feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose Vimanam and Ardha Mandapam have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior.The temple is located on20 acres of land and has been constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma. The temple, covering 55,000 sq ft, has intricate carvings and sculptures in gold. The lighting is arranged in such a way that the temple glitters even during night.The Sripuram is the biggest structure made out of gold.Even the Sadari, a crown with feet of the lord engraved on it, is made of solid gold weighing 1 kg.The outer pathway of the temple is made out in the shape of a Star. The walls of the pathway have inscriptions of teachings of Sakthi amma, Gita, Bible Quran and the {Guru Granth Sahib Ji]. Only people who believe in more than one god are allowed to enter the temple. All people have to go through the Star shaped pathway to reach the sanctum.The Inner praharam of the temple resembles the circular structure of the Parliament of India. The temple is at the southern end of the city of Vellore, at Tirumalaikodi.It is located on the way to Anaicut, on Usoor Road. It's under Corporation limits.

Distance : 11.3kms

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Yelagiri

Elagiri Hills in Tirupathur Taluk. 75 Kms from Vellore Considered as the Ooty of Vellore District, this stands eloquent amidst four mountains, at a height of 3500 feet above sea level is gifted with natural scenic beauty(lakes, lush green forest) cool & pleasant climate and convenient location. A solemn summer resort, this place has comfortable lodging house, rest houses, and Government Travellers Bunglows. A church with exquisite craftsmanship and a beautiful park adorn these hills as an ideal tourist spot. Other places of interest are Poly Garden House (Lake side), Sericulture Farm (Mangalam Village), Jalagamparai Water Falls, Mangalam Fishing Pond, Nachiamman Koil, Murugan Koil and Valley View point, Thayalur Horiculture Farm (YMCA Boys camp), Telescope House.

Distance : 94.2kms

Jalakandeswarar Temple

The Temple inside the fort, is dedicated to Lord Siva named as Jalagandeeswarar and is noted for its sculptures, which speak volumes of the exquisite craftsmanship of the highly skilled artisans of that period. The sculptures in the Porch on the left of the entrance are connoisseurs. It has a big marriage hall adorned with elegant engravings and monolithic sculptures. The Temple was used for long as an arsenal and remained without deity. A few years back it has been sanctified with a deity Lord Siva which is worshipped by pilgrims and tourists.

Distance : 1.9kms

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Jalagamparai Falls

Magnificent Jalagamparai Waterfalls is created by the River Attaaru running through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills. It is a good picnic spot as well as an ideal destination for day long trek.Waterfall's view is best in the days of November to February as they are fully loaded with water but the waterfall is little dry in the times of summers.

Distance : 94.2kms

Mordhana dam

The Mordhana Dam is situated in Vellore around 8 km from Gudiyatham. Gudiyatham is a town in Vellore district located 31 km from Vellore. This dam is 220 metres in length and 33 metres in height and it was completed 10 months ahead of its schedule in the year 2000. The Mordhana Dam is a scenic picnic spot. The dam is constructed between two hills that are widely spread with greenery. The Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Vadapalli and Kanipakam are the nearby places to visit across the Mordhana Dam.

Distance : 56.8kms

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Ratnagiri Temple

Amirthi forest is 124Km from Vellore and is a nice picnic spot. There is a stream that runs through semi-dense forest and a zoo with quite a few animals. For those interested in Trekking, There is a fantastic path to trek up the stream, at the end of which is a small waterfall. The Best time to visit Amirthi is soon after some rain or after the monsoon (June-August and September-November), that's when there is a lot of water in the stream.There are wild animals in the forest too, and as a protected area, hunting is banned. Visitors are encouraged to leave by sundown for their own safety. On request, rest house accommodation can be got to stay overnight for up to 5 members.

Distance : 124kms