Situated 145 km from Chennai, Vellore has been the capital of many kingdoms such as Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, and Bijapur Sultan. Vellore is also well known for the 16th century Vellore Fort. Today it has a vast mix of medical and educational institutes - Christian Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology being the most popular. Temples and Monuments are also a great tourist option here throughout the year.
Budget Hotels in Vellore
Hotels in Vellore are reasonably priced. Some budget-friendly options are Golden Temple Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 200), Ramachandraa Residency (Tariff-Rs. 175), and Veena Residency (Tariff-Rs. 594).
The official language of Vellore is Tamil. Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam are also spoken here.
Events in Vellore
Pongal observed on 14 January is a traditional festival here. Saraswathi Pooja is celebrated in September-October to mark the end of Navarathri.
Places to See in Vellore
Vellore Fort is a noted tourist attraction. Ratnagiri Murugan Temple and Srilakshmi Golden Temple are worth a visit. The Assumption Cathedral and the 150-year-old St. John's Church inside the fort are equally well known.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport is the Tirupati Airport (100 km) and the nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport (130 km).
Vellore has three railway stations - Katpadi Junction (5 km), Vellore Contolement and Vellore Town Station that connect it to other major stations.
The new city bus station is located near Chelliamman Temple and the old bus station near the Vellore fort. Vellore has many private bus operators such as Sri Venkateswara Bus Service, Sridhar Bus Service, and Rao Travels that provide excellent bus service. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.
Krishnagiri is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bangalore, the neighbouring state of Karnataka at a distance of 90 km north-west. Those travelling between Cuddalore and Bangalore can stop by at this place and explore a couple of interesting historical sites apart from grabbing a bite.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Velan International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), DSR Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Amaravathy Inn (Tariff – Rs. 400) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Due to the area’s close proximity with Karnataka, Kannada is also understood and spoken.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places worth trying out in Krishnagiri are the Sayed Basha Hills, the Rama Temple (in Ramapuram), Krishnagiri Reservoir Project and others. Trekking and boating facilities are also provided to tourists on the outskirts portion. One can also visit Bangalore and explore Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park and Vidhana Soudha.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 112 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major nearby railway station at a distance of 80 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. SRS Travels is one of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Buses to Krishnagiri are available from Bangalore as well as Salem. Book your tickets online by comparing the bus ticket prices from several bus booking portals.