Located 260 km from
Chennai and 920m above sea level, amidst
four mountains, these picturesque
environs are a part of javvad hills of
the eastern ghats.
tribes inhabit the 14 small villages in
the region and engage in agriculture,
horticulture and forestry.
Their unique lifestyle, customs and
homes, as well as an exquisitely carved
church, a quaint temple and a park for
the tourists add to the attractions of
is also perfect for a short trekking
Amirthi Zoological Park
It is situated under the Javvadu/Javadi Hills of Tellai
across Amirthi river which is 25 km away from Vellore.
This zoological park was started in October, 1967. The
area of the park is 25 hectares and one can find beautiful
waterfalls. There are also different kinds of birds and
animals. Play equipments like swings, seesaw etc., are
available for children. There are 2 rest houses and five
members can stay in one dormitory. The entrance fees is
only Rs.2/- per head, Rs.3/- for cycles, Rs.5/- for vans and
Rs.2/- for motor cycles. There is a range office at Amirthi
headed by the forest ranger. Ph : 0416-2217974
25 km from Vellore. Arcot was the headquarters of
Nawab of Carnatic, who ruled this region in 18th century
AD. The fort enclosing the Arcot town was on the bank
of river Palar. It was built by Daud Khan, Nawab of Arcot.
The fort was huge one and had a circumference of 8
kms. The invasion of Tipusultan of Mysore resulted in
the complete destrution of the fort. Arcot was the first
important fortified town captured (1751) by Robert Clive
in the British-French struggle for South India.
The Central Jail, Vellore was established on 19.03.1867
Places of Interest
with 160 convicts. It is the largest Jail in the dist. The
prison has historical importance. Political leaders like
former president Sri R. Venkat Raman, Dr. Aringer C.N.
Anna Durai, late Tr.V.V.Giri, late Tr. Kamaraj and Sri Vinoba
Bhave were confined in this prison. Ph : 0416-2220003.
Church of South India
It comes under the churches of south India. It is one of
the biggest church. The RCA came to North Arcot Dist,
and established the churches . The church is nearly 150
years old. Previously this church was in the filterbed road.
The British soliders who died during the Sepoy Mutiny
have been buried in the vicinity of this church. The church
is given authorization by the British Government to
maintain this graveyard. Ph : 0416-22206693.
27 km from Vellore. Erukkampattu is a small village
situated close to the monuments at Vallimalai and
Melpadi. The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is built on
the lake bund. The god is enshrined here in the Sayana
form of Ranganatha. The recent earthwork carried out in
the temple revealed discoveries including a broken but
beautiful stone image of Bhoga Sayanamurthy assignable
to middle Chola Period. Timing : 6.30 am to 12 noon & 4
am to 7.30 pm. Ph : 0416-22206693.
This is the main Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Vellore. Situated adjacent to the Bishop’s House, the
Church has turned into a major religious center after it
was rebuilt in 2001. The bell tower of the church, said to
be the highest bell tower in India, is a major attraction.
This clock tower was erected in the memory of the
coronation of King George V. The tower is also dedicated
to the 22 English soldiers who went to fight from this
town during the 1st World War (1914–1918) out of
which 14 died in this war.
Located 33 km outside of Vellore city is a bungalow
built by a minor prince of the erstwhile Mysore state -
Srinivasa Iyer. It is a brass frame-worked structure and a
lot of the material was imported. It is currently owned by
the Mysore maharajas family who occasionally visit. The
bungalow is situated 7 km outside Pusimalaikuppam on
10 km from Ambur, this place is famous for the Murugan
temple situated on hill. Streams surround the temple
area. One can see the ruins of the fort that are said to
be there during the Nawab period. From this hill one
can see the panoramic view of Umarabad, a small town
with a very big mosque and Arabic college.
Ph : 0416-
7 km from Ranipet.It is famous for the small Siva temple
on a plateau surrounded by hills. One can see many
suyambu lingams. It is believed that they are the Siddhas
who lived there for thousands of years.
It is well-known for its lake which is the biggest in this
district. It was built by King Nandivarman III of Pallava
Balamathi, a serene and small beautiful village located on
top of the hills of Eastern ghats is a 30 minute drive from
Vellore. It is famous for its Balamurugan Temple which
is connected to the city by a well laid road with many
hair pin bends. Balamathi enjoys pleasant breeze and a
substantially low temperature which makes a ideal break
away from city’s naturally hot weather.
This temple is 3 km from Vellore in Kangeyanallur village.
The temple dedicated to Lord Muruga was built some
five hundred years ago and later on it was renovated
by Sri Mallaiyadhas Bhagavadhar and Sri Thirumuruga
Kirupanandha Variyar. Timing : 7 am to 11.30 am & 5.30
pm to 8.30 pm.
Ph : 0416-2212761.
Christian Medical College and Hospital
Christian Medical College & Hospital (popularly
known as CMC), the largest and one of
the most prestigious hospitals in India, is
located in the heart of Vellore. It attracts a floating
population of at least 5000 persons every day.
The hospital was founded in the early part of the
20th century by an American medical missionary
Dr. Ida S. Scudder.
The CMC Hospital has a functioning Quality
Management programme and is one of the first
Asian hospitals to have been ISO certified. Country’s
first stem cell translational research centre, was
set up in Dec 01 2005 here. Central government’s
biotechnology department had selected CMC for
setting up the first of a series of centers in the
country as it had world class clinical hematology
and biochemistry departments.
Ph : 0416-2282010, Fax : 2232035
Medical College, 2262788,
Mental Health Centre Ph : 2261632.
Sripuram Golden Temple
A grand ‘golden temple’, the Mahalakshmi
temple, located on a sprawling 100 acres
of land at Sripuram, near Vellore, has been
constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peetam,
headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma.
The consecration (kumbha-bhishekam) was performed
on 24th August 2007.
The temple, covering 55,000 sq ft, has intricate
carvings and sculptures in gold. Except for the
pathway, the entire structure has been made of gold
About 400 goldsmiths and coppersmiths, including
craftsmen from Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam, have
completed the architectural marvel in gold in six
The pathway to the temple has been laid out in the
shape of a star with messages of ‘Amma’ and quotes
from Gita, Bible and Quran displayed on either side.
By Train : Take the train to Katpadi which is the nearest
station to the Peedam. From the station take a bus or
car to Sri Narayani Peedam via the town of Vellore in
the direction of Usoor.
By Car: Drive to the town of Vellore and take the road
in the direction of Usoor to Sri Narayani Peedam.
Location : Sripuram is located in Thirumalaikodi,
Timings : 8 am. to 8 pm.
Ph : 0416-2271202, 2271844, 2206500
28 km from vellore. The village Mahendravadi owes
its origin to Pallava Mahendra Varman-I (AD 580-630).
According to an inscription in Pallava grantha this
cave temple was excavated by Gunabhara on the bank
of a large tank called Mahendra thataka in the city of
It is located 12 km from Vellore. Melpadi is an important
place being the border between Chola and Rashtrakuta
kingdoms. It is a Pallippadai temple and seems to have
been built over the mortal remains of Chola Arinjaya by
his grandson Chola Raja Raja I in the year AD 1014.
Madrazaye Mohammadiya Masjid
Another important monument of attraction is that
of the Mosque of Nawab Chanda Sahib. It was built in
1750 A.D. The entrance of the masjid is on the Northern
side. At the top of the structure, provision is made for
the speakers. On all the four sides of the structure is
decorated with arch shapes. It is constructed with brick
and lime. 0416-22206693
16 km from Vellore on the way to Arcot, Melvisharam
is famous for the mosque. During the reign of Arcot
Nawab plenty of Muslims lived here. Situated amidst the
natural surrounding, this town is also famous for Abdul
Hakim & Arabic college. 0416-22206693.
Mosque (Vellore Fort)
The Mosque inside the fort is protected by the A.S.I.
It was built in 1750 and constructed of granite stones
with mortar, on three sides. At present it is not used for
worship and the gates of the mosque are closed. Timing
: 4 am to 7 pm. 0416-22206693
This temple located 18 km from Vellore. The presiding
deity here is Sri Ranganathaswamy. The stone inscriptions
of the temple reveal that it should have been built in 10th
century prior to the regime of Vikrama Chola. Timing : 7
am to 12 noon & 4 pm to 7.30 pm. Ph : 04171-244793.
It was inaugurated on 01.07.1990 by the then Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Mr. M. Karunanidhi. Vikrama
Raja Singhan, the last Tamil ruler to rule Kandy (Sri
Lanka) was originally named Kannuswamy. The Britishers
fought with him for 16 years from 1815 and Vikrama
was arrested and imprisoned in the Vellore fort jail. He
died in 1832. In his memory the Muthu Mandabam was
established. His samadhi was erected by his son, Vikrama
Raja Singham on 27.07.1832.. Ph : 0416-2217974.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimma Temple
Located about 90 km west of Chennai (and about
25kms from Arakkonam and 40kms from Tiruttani),
atop a hill on a single stone is the Lord Narasimha
Divya Desam in Sholingar, also called Chozha-Simha-
Puram and Thiru Kadigai. This is also referred to as
Uthee Cheerangam (North Srirangam). There are two
temples of significance here-the Yoga Narasimha
temple at Periya Malai (the big hill) and the Yoga
Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar temple at Chinna Malai (the
samll hill). In downtown Sholingur, one finds the Aathi
Kesavaperumal Kovil built by the Chozha kings. Atop
the hill, in Thiru Kadigai, one finds the Moolavar deity
and Amruthavalli Thaayar, while in the town below,
one can have darshan of the Utsava Deity. Every Friday
at 7 am in the morning, there is a Prarthana Utsavam
for Amruthavalli Thaayar with special Abhishekam for
the Thaayar and Perumal. On Sunday at 7am, there is
special Abhishekam for Lord Anjaneya.
Timing : 8 am to 5.30 pm. Rope car facility will be
available shortly to cover the 750 feet to the abodes
of Lord Narasimha.
No.39, Sannidhi Street, Sholingur-631 102.
04172-295999, 260255, 262225, 99443 30705.
- Chitrai Brahmotsavam (April)
- Maasi Dodda Acharya Utsavam (March)
- Vaikasi Narasimha Jayanthi (June )
- Puratasi Navarathri Utsavam (September)
- Margazhi Adhyaana Utsavam and
Thiru Kalyana Utsavam (December)
15 km from Vellore. The famous temple dedicated to
Sri Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar has been
attracting a large number of devotees from far and near
it is at the village Shenbagavanam. Ph : 0416-22217974.
St. John’s Church
This Church is located 1 km from Vellore. It comes under
the Churches of South India. It is one of the biggest
Churches. The RCA (Reform Church of America) came
to North Arcot District and established the church. The
Church is nearly 150 years old. Ph : 0416-222060.
Here we can see kamatchi Egambareswarar Temple. It is
a Siva Temple. The Prime Deities in this temple are Lord
Egambareswarar and Kamatchi Amman. It dates back to
965A.D. it belongs to Chola period. This temple is noted
for its significance of developing unity between saivisam
and Vaishnavisam. There is a separate shrine for lord
perumal. There we can worship Perumal with Goddess
Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. Location: 70km from Chennai
‘Anikattaputhur 5km from Perambakkam; Buses with
591A, 86A, 91, 91B,91P,107A and 138B are available
from koyambedu Bus stand. Auto Services available from
Perambakkam. Ph: 9445328596/9444729626 At the
request of the devotees Gurukkal will be available.
Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple was built around
the 14th century. Over the passage of time an
ordinary sand structure was converted into a stone
Greatness of the Shrine
Ancient Hindu scriptures say that wherever there is a hill,
Lord Murugan resides as the all-powerful Deity. Of these
Tirupparamkundram, Tiruchendur, Tiruvavinankudi,
Tiruveragam and Palamuthircholai are famous shrines,
collectively called ‘Kundruthoradal’. The holy shrine at
Rathinagiri also features in this category.
The 14th Century poet Arunagirinathar has sung
about this temple as Rathinakiri Vazh Murukane Ilaya
Vaaramarar Perumaley’, which means ‘Murugan, the God
of Devas resides in Rathinagiri’.
Archana in Tamil
Lord Murugan being the God of Tamil it is only befitting
that worship be carried on in Tamil. All mantras are
chanted in Tamil so that the common man can better
understand the worship.
Temple is kept open between 6 am to 1 pm &
4 pm. to 8 pm.
6 am to 10:30 am & 5:30 pm.
Temple office working hours:
9 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 6 pm.
Located 145 km from Chennai & 12 km from
Arulmigu Balamurugan Tirukkovil
Rathinagiri, Kilminnal, Walajah Taluk, Vellore-632517
Ph : Off : 04172-266330, Temple : 04172- 266350.
Situated inside the Vellore Fort, this temple
boasts of a majestic Gopuram (tower).
Here Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of
“Jalakandeswarar”. The temple is located at subground
levels than the temple moat, hence the
name Jalakandeswarar. The temple was in closed
state for a very long period. The main Deity of the
sanctum sanctorium was taken away to a distant
location to save Him from being dishonoured by
an appraisal. It was brought back to place in 1980
when there was a severe water scarcity. The then
Collector was the key man in getting the deity
back to location.
Timing : 6 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 8.30 pm.
Ph : 0416-2223412
State Government Museum
This Museum was opened to the public in 1985. It consists
of objects of art, archaeology, pre-history, weapons,
sculptures, bronzes, wood carvings, handicrafts,
numismatics, philately, botany, geology and zoology.
It treasures ancient and present day curios relating to
Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Botany, Geology,
Numismatics, Pre-history, Zoology, etc. Entry Fees : Rs. 5
for Adult, Rs. 3 for Children, Rs. 2 for Student, Rs.100 for
Foreigners. Timing: 9.30 am to 5 pm. Ph:0416-2220088.
Thakkolam is 5 km from vellore and historically important
as the battle-field where the Rashtrakutas and the Cholas
fought in 949 A.D. during the time of Rajaditya. The
stone inscriptions in the temple reveal that this temple
should have been built during the time of Pallava dynasty
and was later on improved upon by Chola Kings. Ph :
18 km from Vellore. The presiding deity of this shrine is,
Sri Vallanadheeswarar. Saint Thirugnana Sambandar has
composed a Padhigam in praise of the deity. Feature of
this shrine is that the Nandhi is not facing the Lord, but
facing the opposite direction. Several stone inscriptions
in both Tamil and Sanskrit could be found in the temple.
Ph :0416-2236088, 2236491.
It is 14 km from Vellore. The village Tirumalpur is named
after Tirumal (Lord Vishnu). The temple is of all-stone
and assignable to 9th century A.D. based on architectural
style and inscriptions of Parantaka Chola (A.D. 907-955).
Ph : 0416-22206693
13 km from Vellore. The most sacred Siva Temple
at Virinchipuram is popularly known as “Bhaskara
Kshethiram”. The main shrine of the temple is said to
have been built by Raja Raja Chola, Sambara Rayan, the
viceroy of Kulothunga Chola. Timing : 6.30 am to 12
noon & 4 pm to 8 pm. Ph : 0416-2914546.
The hilly area locally known as Pancha Pandava Malai
in Villapakkam was a flourishing Jaina center during
the early medieval period as is evident from the rock
cut cave temple, natural caverns with Jaina figures and
inscriptions. The rock cut cave temple is a large excavation
on the eastern face of the hill.
In 1751 Robert Clive captured this fort and named the
gate, Delhi Gate, as this victory was the beginning of
his capture of Delhi. It is believed that Clive used to take
strategic decisions in the upper room. There is a stone
slab with the following inscription near the big doorway.
The gate formed part of the fortification of Arcot during
its memorable defence by Lord Clive in 1751.
VALLIMALAI MURUGAN TEMPLE
Vallimalai Murugan Temple Is a temple dedicated
to Lord Murugan which is located on top of the
hill, part of the Eastern Ghats, about 30 km from
Vellore. The temple is known for its majestic
Vallimalai Murugan Temple is located in Vallimalai,
Vellore District. The temple is situated near the
town Walajapet. The residing God in the temple
for Lord Murugan along with his wives Valli and
Devayanai. The temple is located in beautiful hills
on the top of the mountain. There are 444 steps to
climb and reach the temple in a single hill.
The history of Vallimalai Murugan temple is great
one. Lord Maha Vishnu's two daughters were Valli and Devayanai. One day they decide to search
husband for them. Their wish to marry a husband,
who will never get angry. So they prayed for that.
Suddenly Lord Murugan appeared before them.
They requested Lord Murugan to marry them.
But Lord Murugan said them that Devayanai will
born to Indiran and Valli will born to Vedas in next
generation. Then he promised to marry them and
The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the
month of Maasi. Padi Utsavam is celebrated on
Tamil new years day in the month of April, and the
asterism of Kartikai in the month of Aadi.
contact : 0416-2217974.