At a distance of 1.5 km from Vellore City Railway Station, Vellore Fort is the 16th century granite fort surrounded by a deep moat set within the coronary heart of the city. It was constructed by Bommi and Thimma Reddy within the 16th century throughout the reign of the Vijayanagar king Krishnadeva Raya. The fort was captured within the 17th century by the Adil Shahis, the Muslim rulers from Bijapur. It was then taken by the Marathas, and later by Daud Khan of Delhi within the early 18th century. The British took management of this fort in 1768 and managed it till Independence. Throughout British rule, the Tipu Sultan’s household and the final king of Sri Lanka, Vikrama Rajasinha have been held in as prisoners within the fort. The fort is a wonderful instance of navy structure and has withstood a number of assaults.
The Vellore Fort was constructed with granite from the close by quarries in Arcot and Chittor districts. It spreads over an space of 133 acres. It has large double partitions with massive bastions projecting irregularly. There’s a large moat across the fort that’s nonetheless full of water. At one time it was filled with crocodiles. The fort is thought for its grand ramparts, huge moat and strong masonry.
The fort homes a Temple, a Mosque and a Church, the famend Vellore Christian Hospital and plenty of different buildings that are actually used as public places of work. The Jalagandeeswarar Temple located contained in the fort is famous for its sculptures. The Mosque contained in the fort was constructed over the past Arcot Nawab’s interval. The Church contained in the fort was constructed throughout the early British interval.
This fort additionally contains Muthu Mandapam, which is a memorial constructed across the tombstone of Vikrama Rajasinha, the final ruler of Sri Lanka. The Authorities Museum inside this fort showcases objects of historic worth, recovered from the area. This 13th century fort is open for vacationers and is nicely maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Boating facility can be out there within the moat of the Vellore Fort.
Museum Timings: 9 AM – 12.30 PM and a pair of PM – 5 PM on all days besides on holidays. Admission payment is INR 5.