Srirangapatna is a small town located in Mandya district of Karnataka, merely 15 Kms away from Mysore. From Wadiyar royalty to Colonial rule, Seat of major viceroyalty to the capital of Mysore, treaty to battle, Srirangapatna has seen it all. This quaint little town in Karnataka has a rich history of culture and heritage.
Srirangapatna is a river island as it is enclosed by the river Kaveri. Because of the presence of the river kaveri, this town is considered to be auspicious and sanctifying.
This town was once the capital of Mysore and remained a part of mysore kingdom till the independence of India. srirangapatna was under Tipu Sultan for quite a long time and so you can see a lot of remains from the time of Tipu sultan’s administration.
This town is very near to Mysore and is also well connected to the other parts of the State. Srirangapatna is very popular for a day’s tour and can be visited from Bangalore as well. Check out the popular spots in the town.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is the most popular tourist spot in the city. The town of Srirangapatna was named after Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and is one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams ( 5 Pilgrimage sites along the river Kaveri). Because this is the first temple starting from upstream, this deity is also known as Adi Ranga ( First). It is one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in south India. The locals say, the sanctum of Sri Ranganatha was built by Ambi, a dancer and is a blend of Hoyasala and Vijayanagara architecture. The best time to visit Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is between July to September. Outside the temple you can find many local shops selling wooden toys and hand carved wooden idols of various deities.
Temple Timings: 8 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM
Dariya Daulat Baag
Dariya Daulat, referred to as the summer palace of Tipu sultan was built in the year 1784 A.D. This palace has a main living area where the large painting of tipu sultan is kept on display and all the walls and ceilings of the palace are painted beautifully. The paintings depict the victories of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan over the British led by Col. Bailey, the nizam of Hyderabad arriving at the battlefield, and the durbar scenes of Tipu Sultan’s contemporaries like the Rani of Chitoor, the Raja of Tanjore, the Raja of Banaras, the Peshwa Balaji Rao II, Magadi Kempegowda, Madakari Nayaka of Chitradurga and Krishnaraja Wadeyar III. If you visit here, spend a little more time here to notice the details of the paintings.
Tipu sultan Gumbaz
The Gumbaz and mosque was built by Tipu Sultan as a tribute to his illustrious father, Hyder Ali after his death. It enshrines the cenotaphs of Hyder Ali, his wife Fakr-Un-Nisa and Tipu Sultan. The stucture, laid out amidst the garden, typical of islamic architecture, also houses the Masjid-E-Aksa. At the eastern entrance of the mausoleum is a tablet in persian script that speaks of the martyrdom of Tipu Sultan. There are other numerous Cenatophs of the relatives of Tipu Sultan’s family. The perfectly manicured gardens and the hand crafted doors makes it famous among the tourists here.
Timings: 8 AM – 6:30 PM
Built on the banks of river Lokapavani, the Nimishambha temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. According to the popular belief, the goddess vanishes the problems of the devotees in a minute (nimisha in Kannada), hence the name. The ghat near the Nimishambha temple is the perfect place to spend your mornings watching the kids play in the river and also to offer worship to the Goddess.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 6PM
Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon
Named after Colonel Bailey who died here in 1782 AD this dungeon was used to imprison British prisoners like Captain Baird and Rulay, Colonel Birthwhite Sampson, Frazer and Lindsay by Tipu Sultan. The dungeon lies north of Ranganathaswamy Temple and close to Lal Mahal Palace. The oblong bastion referred to as Sultan Bateri, conceals the vaulted dungeon built in brick and mortar. The prisoners were chained to the stone slabs fixed on the East, North and West walls.
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
It’s a fortress situated on the west of the island. The fortress had double walls to protect the main palace from the enemies. The fort area includes the Lal Mahal- It was the Zenana quarters, the mosque, Tipu Sultan’s death place and also the Dungeon. It is said that when the british attacked the fortress and broke the outer wall, they were surprised by soldiers in between the walls.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Home to 170 species, this is the largest bird sanctuary in the state and one of the major places to visit in srirangapatna. This sanctuary consists of 6 islets on the banks of river Kaveri. Out of the 170 species of bird that reside here, the most notable are the black-headed ibis, painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, and woolly-necked stork. You can take a boat ride to the six islets crowded with a number of species of birds. Plenty of crocodiles can be easily spotted here.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
One thing that caught my eye here, other than the rich historical sites were the local market scenes. Here you can find typical market setups selling fresh vegetables, fruits and local produces. You can also find local crafts made out of sandal wood being sold here. Hopping around stalls and shopping local items can be totally fun and fascinating.
A place like Srirangapatna with such rich historical and mythological importance is a real bliss to visit to. And the natural beauty away from the concrete jungle is the cherry on the cake. So, if you are a person who likes to explore places with a history attached to it, this is a must visit for you.
How to Reach Srirangapatna
By Bus: The bus connectivity to this place is quite good. As this is only 15 kms away from Mysore, You can travel to this place from any part of the state. You will also find many local buses from Bangalore to srirangapatna
By Train: Srirangapatna is just one train station stop away from Mysore so by rain it hardly takes 10 minutes to reach this place from Mysore.
By Car: The most popular way to visit Srirangapatna is as a day tour. This place is a 2 hour drive from Bangalore.
By Air: The nearest airport to Srirangapatna is in Bangalore and from Bangalore you can use any of the other means to travel to Srirangapatna