So the plan we made to visit Padmavati Temple, Krishnagiri, Jalakanteshwar temple and Fort, Vellore, Sripuram Mahalakshmi Golden Temple and Yellagiri (Elagiri) Hills.
For these places, two days are sufficient.
“We arrived in the city of Belur (Vellore), which is also walled, with two walls of stone, and is more than two leagues in circuit, with very deep moats full of water. It seemed to be almost two cities. I have never seen a city that was so fortified and which had such lovely walls and bastions as this one. We prize the cities of Antwerp and Flanders, but neither can compare in their fortifications or loveliness to this city”.
(Jacques de Coutré, a European traveller during 1610s)
The Fort's ownership passed from Vijayanagar Kings, to the Bijapur Sultans, to Marathas, to the Carnatic Nawabs and finally to the British.
The King of Kandy (Sri Lanka), Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was held in as royal prisoners in the fort (1798–1815). He was the last king from the Nayakar dynasty, and the last reigning monarch of Sri Lanka. Following the Kandian wars, he was deposed by the British in 1815 and along with members of his family, he was taken as a royal prisoner and exiled to Vellore Fort.
It is also known as Jalagandeeswar.
The temple is noted for its sculptures, and one will be delighted with the exquisite craftsmanship of the highly skilled artisans of that period. This is a fine example of later Vijayanagara style of architecture.