Vellore is now pulsating with activities as a commercial, administrative, educational and medical centre. It had the privilege of being the seat of the Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, Arcot Nawab and Bijapur Sultan kingdoms. Vellore grew into a bustling town gradually since the 6th century changing the rulers and growing in importance. Vellore has the renowned Christian Medical College and Hospital where patients from all corners of the world get advanced medical treatment.
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, basements, turrets, posts, and gates with its perennial water supply. Double walls fortify it and the main walls are made of massive granite blocks as the strongest fortress during the Carnatic War in 17th century and witnessed the revolt of Indian Soldiers during the mutiny of 1857. The fort houses of Church, Mosque Temple and many building that are now used as public Offices.
Muthu Mandapam This is a memorial built around the tombstone of Vikramraja Singh, the last Tamil ruler of Kandy. Situated on the bank Palar River, it is just one km north of Vellore town.
Jalagandeeswarar Temple The temple stands inside the fort and is dedicated to Jalagandeeswar. The temple is noted for its sculptures, and speaks volumes of the exquisite craftsmanship of the highly skilled artisans of that period. The sculpture in the porch on the left of the entrance is a masterpiece appreciated by the connoisseurs of art and architecture. It has a big wedding hall adorned with elegant reliefs and monolithic sculptures. This temple was used for long as an arsenal and remained without deity. A few years back it has been sanctified with an idol of Lord Shiva.
Government Museum This is a multi purpose museum maintained by the Department of Museum Government of Tamil Nadu. It treasures ancient and present day curios relating to Anthropology, Botany, Geology, Numismatics, Pre-history, Zoology, etc. Historical monuments of the erstwhile composite North Arcot district are gracefully depicted in the gallery. This museum is kept open on all days between 9.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m and 5.00 p.m. except on holidays.