Vellore Fort and Tombs of Tipu Sultan’s Family

The fortifications of Vellore Fort are an example of Vijaynagar-era (16th c AD) “sultanate influenced” fortifications. Inside the fort are a number of British-era buildings, as well as the 16th c Jalakanteshwara Temple.


Ramparts of Vellore Fort

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The gopuram of Jalakanteshwara Temple can be seen in the photo below

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A British-era building inside the fort

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A little distance from the fort lie the tombs of the family of Tipu Sultan, who were kept at the fort after Tipu’s defeat. These include the tombs of Tipu’s mother and wife, from the first half of the 19th c.

The road from the fort to the tombs

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The tomb complex

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A dargah near Vellore Fort

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3 thoughts on “Vellore Fort and Tombs of Tipu Sultan’s Family

  1. The fort reminds me of one in my hometown of Ahmednagar, MH. The town lies in a drought prone area and it is strange to think of the moat filled with water, which it never has been in the last 30-40 years. You guys should totally look up Ahmednagar in your research. Lot if history

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    • I went to Ahmednagar many years ago and am looking forward to going there again. Not just the fort, there are monuments all around outside Ahmednagar, including pleasure pavilions in the middle of large pools of water, of course now all dry. They must have had a robust water provision system!


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