Vellore has a very enriching history. The city has been under the rule of various dynasties right from Pallavas and Cholas to Bijapur Sultanate. All of them have left their imprints on the culture and tradition of this city. These dynasties were known for their patronage of art and architecture and that is why Vellore has quite a few monuments worth visiting and appreciating. We are listing quite a few of them here: -
Government museum of Vellore is actually a museum cum archive. The
Government of Tamilnadu maintains this museum that treasures ancient and
present day curios relating to Anthropology, Geology and Numismatics.
Historical monuments of the erstwhile Arcot district have been depicted
through some beautiful frescos.
Jalagandeeswarar Temple is situated inside the Vellore Fort only. The
temple is renowned for its sculptures and speaks volumes of the
exquisite craftsmanship of that period. Many consider the sculpture, in
the porch on the left of the entrance, a masterpiece. The temple
encloses a big wedding hall that is adorned with elegant relief and
monolithic sculptures. The temple was earlier used as an arsenal.
Muthu Mandapam is nothing but a rock memorial. This has been
constructed around the tombstone of Vikramraja Singh who was the last
Tamil ruler of Kandy, in the present Sri Lanka. The memorial is just a
kilometer off the town near the banks of river Palar.
Vellore Fort was built in the 13th century. The fort is a major
attraction to the tourists. The fort was the most formidable one during
the Carnatic war of 17th century and it was said that it was infallible.
This historically famous fort retains the past glory and is still enact
along with its ramparts, basements, turrets, posts, and gates. The outer
wall of this fort is built of granite blocks where as it is fortified
with another wall as well. The fort was the site for the Sepoy mutiny of
1806 that is seen by some as the prelude to the Pan-Indian one that
broke out in the year 1857.