Katpadi Junction and Vellore Cantonment are the nearest two railway stations. Katpadi Junction is the more convenient of the two. There are frequent trains from Tirupati, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. Trains from other places also halt at Katpadi Jn.
Vellore has its main Bus Stand located near the Palar Bridge (5km from Katpadi Jn) and it has both State run and private run buses to all major towns and cities in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, Buses run frequently between the Central Railway Station Madras and Vellore.
Getting around Vellore is relatively inexpensive and easy. At peak office hours it is advisable to rent private transport to avoid over crowded public transport.
There are frequent buses (almost every 5 mins) from Katpadi to Bagayam, two junctions that are considered terminals for city buses. These buses are both private and state run. Katpadi to Bagayam is about 13 kms and most of the city is covered in this route. The maximum tariff is INR 4.50 on this route.
To reach other destinations in Vellore district, first travel to the Old Bus Stand or the New Bus Stand (both on the Katpadi-Bagayam route) depending on the destination and take a bus to the required destination.
Auto rickshaws are easily accessible and the second most common form of transportation around the city. Most auto rickshaws do not use the fare meter and therefore it is necessary to fix the tariff before taking a ride. If you want to travel by the auto, stick to these rules:
Be careful about the following when you plan to undertake an auto-rickshaw trip:
Share autos have emerged in the recent years as an alternative mode of transport in Vellore. They are over-sized three wheelers running on diesel and charge slightly more than the bus.
Taxis are not very common for transportation within the city. However they are available at Katpadi Jn to ride to destinations within the city.
If there is need for travel to areas outside the city tourist cabs can be arranged by most hotels or travel agents.
It is easy to rent bicycles in local shops all over the city and they are a cheap alternative to reach from one point to another. Rental charges will have to be paid by the hour or per day depending on the rental shop.
Indian nationals with access to a car can travel conveniently within the city. However it is not advisable for foreign nationals to rent cars and drive as it will be difficult to drive, typical of the unruly Indian traffic and pedestrians.
Vellore is famous for Biryani made from Jeera Sambha Rice.
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