The city with a rich past and age-old culture and the city of temples and ancient sites, Vellore is an important tourist destination in the state of Tamil Nadu. Over a period of time, it has emerged as an idyllic weekend destination for tourists and travellers of all kinds. After all, it is one of the few cities in the state where you can enjoy natural, archaeological, historical and religious attractions. Did you know that Vellore is also a perfect family destination? So, if you are looking forward to exploring any place in Tamil Nadu with your family or friends, then do consider planning a visit to Vellore. It is located at a distance of about 70 km from Kanchipuram and 140 km from Chennai.
From Sripuram Golden Temple to Vellore Fort, there is a lot to savour within its boundaries. But how about taking an unexplored trail this weekend while in Vellore? If you would love to travel offbeat, then here is the list of the major offbeat places in Vellore that you must not miss visiting.
1) Amirthi Zoological Park
If you are travelling to Vellore with your family, especially with your kids, then you must add Amirthi Zoological Park to your travel list. The reason for prioritising this beautiful zoo lies in its serene environment and charming surroundings. Here, on one hand, you can capture the beauty of the lush green mountains and thick forests and on the other hand, you can spot several beautiful species of animals and birds.
Did you know that Amirthi Zoological Park also has an enchanting waterfall? It was established in the year 1967 and is spread over an area of about 62 acres. So, on account of the presence of all the above-mentioned beautiful attractions, it makes for a perfect family destination in Vellore.
2) Palamathi Hills
Also known as Balamathi Hills, this beautiful range of lush green hills is a part of the Eastern Ghats and is known for its lush greenery and rich vegetation. Hence, it wouldn't be wrong to say that every nature photographer must come to Palamathi Hills while in Vellore and frame its untouched beauty. As the region is also home to a forested land, you can also spot here several beautiful species of birds and animals.
So, for all the wildlife lovers and birdwatchers out there, Palamathi Hills must be their stoppage. You can also find a Hindu temple at the top of the hill and at the foothills you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Otteri Lake. If you are looking forward to spending a few hours in a pleasant and pollution-free environment, then this charming hill range should be your destination in Vellore.
3) Assumption Cathedral
Located within the boundaries of the main city, Assumption Cathedral, otherwise known as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vellore, is a beautiful church that deserves to be framed on your camera. Such is its architectural beauty, that no photographer while in Vellore can afford to miss capturing its grandeur.
It was established in the year 1952 and is home to St. Anthony's Shrine and St. Lordhu's Shrine. The striking views of the church when decorated with colourful lights at night would certainly appeal to you and compel you to take out your camera and go photographing.
4) Ratnagiri Murugan Temple
Vellore is immensely popular for Jalakandeswarar Temple and Srilakshmi Golden Temple and thousands of tourists and Hindu devotees come to the city to visit them. But do you know Vellore is home to several other beautiful temples that can charm you? One amongst them is the unexplored Ratnagiri Murugan Temple.
As per records, it was built in the 14th century when the region was under the reign of a Hindu king. It is located atop a hill, and hence harbours a peaceful and tranquil environment, which in turn, can soothe your mind and soul. From the temple, you can also enjoy the panoramic beauty of Vellore.
5) Javadhi Hills
If you are very much fond of hills and natural surroundings, then you can also visit the picturesque Javadhi Hills, also called Jawadhu Hills. It is located on the outskirts of Vellore and is home to beautiful species of plants and animals, waterfalls and rich forests.
It is also the site of Vainu Bappu Observatory, an astronomical observatory. Javadhi Hills is also popular for its plantations of fruits and vegetables, medicinal plants and sandalwood. Hence, you must plan a tour of Javadhi Hills while in Vellore. You can also go trekking and hiking here.
If you would love to explore beyond the main boundaries of Vellore, then you can plan a trip to the charming hill station of Yelagiri. It is located at a distance of about 90 km from Vellore city and is home to hundreds of tourist attractions, ranging from waterfalls to trekking trails and temples to lakes. Do you know that you can also go paragliding in Yelagiri? Well, what else would you need to make your weekends fascinating and unforgettable?