Vellore, situated 140 kilometers from Chennai, has a very rich past. The city was established around 6th century has been passed through the rule of a series of dynasties from Pallavas to British. The city has remained the seat of the Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, Arcot Nawab, Bijapur Sultanate and British Empire in the course of history. The Vijaynagar Fort that was constructed in the 13th century is an example of the military system of the Peninsular India.
The city that is situated on the meeting point of Pallar and Ponnar Rivers has been improving fast and is considered as a major destination for Medical tourism in India.