RTW TRIP VELLORE, TAMIL NADU, INDIA DAY 124: A NON-MEDICAL VISIT IN MEDICAL TOURISM TOWN

We overestimated our stay in India, so we spent a few days here and there in small towns eating good food and just hanging out.

Colors of Vellore

Colors of Vellore

We stopped off in Vellore, only because we were on our way to Thiruvannamalai.  Vellore, is known as a city with excellent medical services, so there were plenty of accommodation, mostly geared towards medical tourists.

We looked at several of places, and the cheapest and cleanest was definitely Ismail Residency, which was on the main road directly across from the hospital.  We had the back room, so we couldn’t hear the traffic.    Other places we saw were either really dirty or really expensive, so this place was perfect for this lil’ Goldilocks!

Ismail Residency

Ismail Residency

We literally did nothing here except eat a couple meals at Arthy Restaurant and walk around town.  The food here is solid, cheap, and delicious.  The thali is to die for, and it included a delicious grape juice that was probably the best grape juice I have ever had!  The front non-AC seating area seemed a bit chaotic and messy so we opted for the air conditioned room at the back.  Both times we went, we had the nicest waiter in all of India! He was so patient, attentive, and enjoyed giving us a rundown of the food.  He even had us try eating our rice with dhal powder and ghee all over it.  It tasted like movie popcorn!?!

The delicious thali served at Arthy Restaurant

The delicious thali served at Arthy Restaurant

When we tried to tip him the second time we ate there, he tried to give it back to us telling us we had already tipped him the previous night.  We left the tip anyway, as he was really such a cheerful person! Eat here if are in Vellore!

We also visited the Vellore Fort which was rather uninspiring unless this is your first Indian fort ever!  The town is small though, so it is worth a peek.

Jalagandeswara Temple

Temple by the fort

Vellore Fort

Vellore Fort

Costs:
Signature Inn Restaurant: masala dosa and water 100
Rickshaw to bus for Vellore 30
Bus from Bangalore to Vellore 1000
Rickshaw from bus drop off on highway close to CMC for hotels 60
Popcorn 20
Ismail Residency 1000
Arthy Restaurant: aloo tikka, chocolate ice cream, 3 liter water, veg pakora, aloo mutter, 2 naan, AC 30

Total cost: 2240 rupees / 2 = $17.65 per person

What I learned: Even if you are on a budget, it sometimes is just better to pay the extra 5 or so rupees to sit in the air conditioned rooms in restaurants for a relaxed atmosphere.

Transport in Vellore

Transport in Vellore

Friendly locals we met on the street

Friendly locals we met on the street

Actual date of travel: Jan. 5, 2015

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