Vellore Fort, the majestic fort of South India

Vellore is a historical city, located around 145 km from Chennai, famous for its heritage attractions.  Vellore was a strategically important city in the past era and was the capital of various dynasties including Pallava, Chola, Nayak and Maratha. There are numerous temples and monuments in the city which attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Vellore is also considered a major destination for medical and technical education in India. If you are planning to travel, reliable cabs from Chennai to Vellore can be easily booked online.

The most popular tourist attraction in the city is Vellore Fort. Built in the 16th century, this fort is surrounded by a deep artificial moat where once 10000 crocodiles swarmed. It was built to keep away the intruders and to make the fort impregnable.

The spectacular fort was built in granite which was brought from the nearby quarries in Arcot and Chittor districts. It is sprawled over an area of 133 acre and is located at a good altitude within a mountain range.

The fort has huge double walls with bastions that project irregularly. It also includes an escape tunnel leading to Virinjipuram, about 12 km away, which could be used by the royal family in the event of an attack. Vellore fort is considered to have the best military architecture in South India and is famous for its spectacular ramparts, wide moat and solid masonry.

The fort houses a temple, a church, a mosque and many other important buildings that are now used as public offices. The Jalagandeeswarar Temple is known for its brilliant sculptures, and showcase the exquisite craftsmanship of the skilled artisans of that period. The temple was used by the Kings as an arsenal, and remained without a deity for a long time, an idol of Lord Shiva was later established in the temple. One can easily travel to various places by booking Chennai outstation cabs

The mosque inside the fort was built during the period of last ArcotNawab. The church inside the fort was constructed by the British during their early period. The church is named after St. John the Evangelist.

Vellore Fort was also used as a major prison and has housed several captives over a long period. After the death of Tipu Sultan and the fall of Srirangapatnam in 1799, his family, was detained in the fort.

The last ruling monarch of Sri Lanka, Sri VikramaRajasinha was also kept as prisoner in Vellore Fort along with his family. His grave is located in the fort itself.

The fort is situated ar the centre of Vellore town opposite to the Old Bus stand. You can book direct taxi from Chennai to Vellore fort for a convenient journey. In 1981 the Postal Department of India released a stamp commemorating the fort. There is also a Government Museum inside the fort which is maintained by the Department of Museum Government of Tamil Nadu. Historical artefacts and items of the erstwhile rulers of Vellore are gracefully displayed in the gallery.

Many people travel from Chennai to Vellore every day for business, personal and tourism purposes. They prefer hiring Chennai to Vellore cabs as it is the best option to travel. You can easily do Chennai to Vellore taxi booking through