Chennai offers a wonderful array of weekend holiday destinations. A magical city with its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, historical monuments and stunning churches draws huge crowd every year.
This economic, cultural, educational and touristic centre of Tamil Nadu is a preferred vacation spot in South India. People often visit several tourists places located in its surroundings.
Vellore is an idyllic holiday destination set at a distance of 140 km from Chennai. Admire the true gems of the town with our one day Chennai to Vellore Golden Temple Tour.
Vellore is a perfect touristic spot for outdoor enthusiasts especially people seeking a visit to historical and cultural sites. Vellore Fort is a major historical site that was controlled by the Nayaks, Marathas and the British.
Spread over an area of 133 acres, it accommodates a church, a museum and a temple. It is also a home to India’s one of the well known hospitals’ CMC (Christian Medical College).
The town proffers a plethora of tourist attractions. Board on a leisurely tour of this amazing travel gateway with our one day Chennai to Vellore Golden Temple tour.
Package Glimpse of one day Chennai to Vellore Golden Temple tour
Take on our one day Chennai to Vellore Golden Temple tour and learn about the history and culture of Vellore. Explore the most popular sites of Vellore including the renowned Sripuram Golden Temple. This temple is the only spiritual site in India to have been covered with maximum amount of gold.
Vellore Fort is another popular sightseeing place worth a visit owing to its historical and archaeological significance. Maintained by the Archaeological Department of India, the fort is the major draw for the visitors to Vellore.
Start your one day Vellore tour with the visit to the famous Ratnagiri Murugan Temple. Wander through the ancient Vellore Fort that encompasses a list of sightseeing spots.
Take a look at the valuable artefacts at the informative Vellore Museum. Pay your obeisance at the Jalakandeswarar and Vellore Golden Temple.
1. Ratnagiri Murugan Temple
One day Chennai to Vellore trip by private cab starts with the major landmark of the town, the renowned Ratnagiri Murugan Temple. Enshrining Lord Muruga, the temple was built in the 14th century.
Devotees can worship Lord Muruga in two inspiring forms. He appears as Lord Thirukkolam with his consorts Valli and Deivanai and in the other form as Swami Balamurugan Adimai.
Get delighted to watch the remarkable idol of Bala Murugan beautifully set on a chariot made of granite. Admire the magnificent tower above the sanctum sanctorum called the Garbhagriha made of granite and built in Chola architectural style. Lord Ganesha appears at two places one on the top of the hill and another at the bottom of the hill.
Prominent poet Arunagirinathar have praised about the presiding deity as Rathinagiri Vazh Murukan llaya Varamalar Perumal which means Murugan, the God of Devas resides in Ratnagiri. The wall surrounding the shrine has small idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Murugan, Brahma, Durga and Chandikeshwara
- Must see \ Things to do:Wonderful pillars of the temple
2. Vellore Fort
Venture out to an architectural treasure with the next sightseeing spot of our one day Chennai to Vellore tour, the famous Vellore Fort. The ancient fort was more popular as Raya Vellore in the past.
Built in the 16th century during Vijayanagara Empire by the subsidiary chieftains of Sadasiva Raya called the Chinna Bommi Nayak and Thimma Reddy Nayak, it encompasses a church, a museum and a splendid temple.
It had been the headquarters for the Aravidu Dynasty. A historical place, Vellore Fort was under the control of the Bijapur Sultans who took it over from the Vijayanagar Kings.
Later it moved to the hands of the Marathas and the Carnatic Nawabs who had owned the fort before the control went to the British in 1760. Tipu Sultan’s family and the last king of Sri Lanka Sri Vikrama Rajasinha were held as prisoners in the fort. A deep wide moat surrounds the fort which was used as a line of defence with more than 10000 crocodiles against the invaders.
The fort also houses government offices and served as the base for the Battle of Toppur. In 1806 Indian sepoys had fired against the British in this fort. A mosque was constructed inside the fort during the last Arcot Nawab period.
In 1846 the Government of Madras had established a church called St. John’s Church for the officers and men of East India Company military station. It is the oldest standing church in Vellore Diocese.
One can find several gun firing holes in the granite made walls of the fort that is well preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Gaze at the wonderful ramparts made of granite blocks. The outer ramparts are lower than the inner ones.
Outer wall rises to a height of 30 feet and circumference of the fort is approximately 2600 meters. Tombs of Bakshi Begum, Padshah Begum, Tipu’s son and the tomb of the last ruling monarch of Sri Lanka, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha can be found inside the fort.
- Must see \ Things to do: Observe the cemetery for the British soldiers who were killed in the Sepoy Mutiny
3. Vellore Museum
Head off to see an exclusive collection of artefacts at Vellore Museum, the next stopover of the one day Chennai to Vellore local sightseeing tour. Take a stroll through the eight galleries of the government museum that features about 2896 exhibits.
History buffs would find it interesting to see the stones and sculptures that dates back to Pallava and Chola eras. The museum was moved from the Lutchaswamy Town Hall to the Vellore Fort in 1999.
It features Paintings, Zoology, Bronze, Coins, Stone Sculpture and District Galleries. Other exhibits include stone and iron cannonballs and gun powder flasks.
- Must see \ Things to do: Ivory chess board used by Vikrama Rajasinha
4. Jalakandeswarar Temple
Stop by the jaw-dropping site of Jalakandeswarar Temple with the exciting one day Vellore trip by private cab. A true example of Vijayanagara style of architecture, the sacred shrine was built during the rule of Vijayanagara King Sadashiva Deva Maharaya.This spectacular spiritual complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva as linga called Jalakandeswarar.
Legends state that there was an ant hill at the location where today we have the sanctum sanctorum which was surrounded by water. Vijayanagar chieftain Chinna Bomma Nayak had a dream that he should build a temple at this location.
Hence he had demolished the ant hill and placed a lingam there which was surrounded by water. As such the presiding deity got the name as Jalakandeswarar.
Visitors would be captivated with the distinct skills of the craftsmen who created the exemplary monoliths, sculptures, skilfully carved pillars and marvellous wooden gates.
Tourists would be amazed with the magnificent sculptures on ceilings and its pillars. It houses an ancient well called the Ganga Gouri Theertham, the water of which is used for the abhishekam of the presiding deity. The archaeological site of greater historical value has a majestic seven storied 30 meter high gopuram.
- Must see \ Things to do: Kalyana mandapam with the glorious 2 faced sculpture that of a bull and an elephant
5. Sripuram Golden Temple
Take in the elegance of the famous Sripuram Golden Temple the last stopover of the one day Chennai to Vellore Trip. A spiritual site located over 55000 square feet has been built using 1.5 tonnes of gold with an expenditure of Rs. 600 Crore.
A principal pilgrimage destination, the golden temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi Narayani or Mahalakshmi. Set amidst wonderful surroundings the sacred temple has its pillars and other statues covered in gold. Situated at the foothills of a small range of green hills in a place called Malaikodi it attracts thousands of devotees.
It is believed that the temple built by the Narayani Peedam has more gold than the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Brilliantly carved sculptures and sumptuously decorated pillars are a notable feature of this spiritual site.
- Must see\Things to do: Worship Goddess Mahalakshmi
One day Chennai to Vellore tour by car gives you a great opportunity to explore the rich artistic heritage and culture with the visit to the historically significant temples. Traversing through the magnificent temples, mosque and museums allures all visitors.
The amazing experience will be engraved in your memory forever. Rejuvenate yourself at the fascinating destination thronged with several visitors to view the splendid temples and historical fort.