In Tamil, the word vel means spear that is seen as the weapon of Hindu god Murugan and oor means place.As per Hindu legend, Murugan is seen as a tribal hunter who appeared in a lotus pond with his weapon to attack the enemies.Vellore lies in the Eastern Ghats region and Palar river basin.
Thus "Vellore" is seen as the place where Murugan appeared.
During the 17th century, Vellore came under the dominion of the Nawab of the Carnatic.
A total of 19,898 were under the age of six, constituting 10,093 males and 9,805 females.
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 14.16% and .18% of the population respectively.
The city has a semi-arid climate with high temperatures throughout the year and relatively low rainfall.
It is in Vellore district of the South Indian state, Tamil Nadu, 135 km (84 mi) west of the state capital Chennai.
The Government of India has released the next round of smart cities project list.
The Tamil Nadu state district Vellore also got a place on the list of 27 cities in the project.
The other type of soil in the city is chiefly gravelly, stony and sandy of the red variety.
Vellore experiences a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw).
The temperature ranges from a maximum of 39.4 °C (102.9 °F) to a minimum of 18.4 °C (65.1 °F).