While travelling to Srirangapatna, tourists 'must visit' Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, which was constructed in the 9th century by the Gangas. It is counted among the largest temples that were later improved by the kings of Vijayanagar and Hoysala dynasties.
Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a form of Lord Vishnu, the temple is known as one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams. This temple enshrines the statue of the smiling Lord, which is engraved out of black stone. The idol, located in the garbhagriha, shows the deity sleeping on Anantha, the snake.
Beautiful pillars showing 24 forms of Lord Vishnu are lined up around the temple, which adds to the appeal of the monument. The inner walls of this temple have been adorned with various images of Lord Srinivasa as well as Panchmukha Anjaneya.
Counted among the largest temples of Karnataka, this shrine has a ‘mahadwara’ with a massive tower and pillared hall, which was constructed in three or four stages. Tourists can visit this temple on the auspicious Sankranthi, when one lac lamps are lit that is known as Lakhadweepotsava. The temple is open throughout the year and puja timings are 8 to 9.30 am and 7 to 8 pm.
Located in proximity to Srirangapatna on the bank of Cauvery River, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is one of the 'must visit' attractions of the area. Made by a group of six islands, this sanctuary sprawls over an area of 67 sq km.
Declared as a bird sanctuary in the year 1940, this site is at its best between June to October. The sanctuary is the abode of some popular migratory birds like stork and pelican. Some other birds can also be seen at this sanctuary, such as white ibis, spoonbill, egret, little cormorant, snake bird, and partridge.
Tourists can observe herons, dantes and open-billed stork by embarking on a boat ride on the islands. Tourists can visit the sanctuary from 9 am to 6 pm; the entry ticket of Rs. 50 is charged for Indians while foreigners have to pay Rs. 300. Visitors can also enjoy boat ride at this sanctuary with the nominal entry fee of Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs. 300 for foreigners.
Travellers must visit Balmuri Falls, one of the most beautiful picnic spots of the town, on the way to Srirangapatna. This man-made reservoir is built across the River Cauvery and is the most suitable place for tourists who wish to lounge around in the water. The ideal time to visit this waterfall is during the winter season as the water level is comparatively high then and tourists can enjoy bathing and playing in the open air.
Though not a huge waterfall, it is still thronged by many tourists coming from Mysore, which is just 15 km away. It is the preferred site of many South Indian directors as many Kannada movies have been filmed here.
Erected in 1784, Daria Daulat Bagh is popularly known as the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Haider Ali started the construction of this structure, though it was completed by his son Tipu Sultan. Counted among the 'must visit' sites of the region, the palace was given the status of a National Monument in 1959.
All travellers passing by Srirangapatna must visit this site. Daria Daulat Bagh exhibits architecture style of Indo-Saracenic, along with beautiful frescoes and ornate. Tourists can see different types of drawings and paintings, block prints, line sketches and clothes of Tipu Sultan on the first floor of the structure.
Along with that, mural paintings portraying his military movement against the British can also be witnessed on the ground floor of the palace.
On a trip to Srirangapatna, tourists should visit Gumbaz, famously known as Tipu's Fort. Tipu Sultan built it as a mausoleum for his father and mother. Many nobles and relatives of Tipu Sultan have also been laid to rest here. This mausoleum has granite on the ceiling, beautifully carved walls and 36 elegant granite pillars that show Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruling Mysore.
This 220 years old fort, which is constructed on a raised platform, exhibits Indo-Islamic architectural style. The beautiful ebony doors of Gumbaz are adorned with ivory that was given by Lord Dalhousie. The three entrances made of gold and silver were taken to London by British when they occupied Srirangapatna. These are presently on display at Albert Museum of London.
Lacquer Tiger stripes can be seen on the inside walls along with black amphibole pillars in the corridor. Both Ranganathaswamy temple and Juma Mosque are located inside the premises of monument this. This site is located amidst a beautiful garden, adjacent to a mosque called Masjid-e-aksa.
A trip to Karighatta Temple, situated at 2697 m above sea level on Karighatta Hill, is recommended to all tourists. The temple is devoted to Lord Vaikunta Srinivasa or Lord Vishnu and has a 6 ft tall black idol of the god; it is said that the statue was installed by Sage Birgu.
The idol of Lord Vishnu is enshrined in the middle of the temple while Goddess Padmavathi's statue can be seen on the western side inside the sanctum. Tourists can also see an idol of Garuda and Lord Vishnu's footprint near this temple.
Additionally, a vast marriage hall is situated in the courtyard and it is believed that marrying here is auspicious for the couple. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful views of Srirangapatna and Mysore, along with the union of Kaveri and Lokapavani Rivers from the hilltop. The ideal time to visit this temple is during the traditional Car Festival that is held in the months of February and March.
Travellers on a journey to Srirangapatnam must visit Srirangapatnam Fort. This fort, situated amidst Cauvery River on an island, is also known as Tipu Sultan's Fort and showcases Indo-Islamic architecture style.
There are four entry gates of the fort, called Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore & Water and Elephant. The double wall security system was built in the fort in order to maintain safety. The major highlight of the fort is the gateway, where the establishment date on the fort is carved in Persian.
Beautiful and elegant paintings by Sir Robert Ker, such as The Storming of Srirangapatnama, can also be seen on the walls of the fort. This structure also comprises Chaturvimsati Pillars, where tourists can see 24 different incarnations of Vishnu engraved. The lower chamber of the fort has dungeons that were used as jails of British officers.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and a mosque are also present inside the fort and can be visited by tourists.
It is recommended that travellers should visit Mahadevapura while heading to Srirangapatna. It is a beautiful village and picnic spot, where the Cauvery River flows from the middle of the dense forest.
Tourists can visit Gende Hosalli Bird Sanctuary, one of the prime attractions of the village. The 600 years old Shiva Temple is also located in the village. Tourists from nearby areas like Mysore, Bangalore and Mandya come to this village on weekends for picnics.
Jama Masjid, popularly known as Masjid-e-Ala, is a 'must visit' site in Srirangapatna. This mosque was constructed by Tipu Sultan in the year 1784, after he claimed Mysore. It is also believed that Tipu Sultan performed the first imamath himself in this mosque. This monument is considered as one of the favourite spots of Tipu Sultan.
A two-storied masjid, it has a rare small dome of white colour, along with predominant towers and two minarets. The masjid also has a clock that is said to be 97 years old and still working. On the western side, the verandah covers the prayer hall of this mosque with a 'Mihrab'.
With an open court in the front, the masjid stands upon an elevated basement. Domes are placed on the two octagonal minarets that are lined with pigeon-holes. A spectacular aerial view of the surrounding areas can be enjoyed from the top of the minarets, which can be reached after a climb of 200 steps.
It is said that Late Abdul Hafeez Junaidi was the only imam at the masjid and had been praying for 50 years. Tourists can see an inscription that has ninety-nine names of Allah imprinted. A madrasa, a religious institution, is located within the premises of the mosque.
Tourists are recommended to visit Kere Thonnur, a small village located 14 km from Srirangapatna. It is best known for a beautiful lake situated in the middle of tall trees that add to the beauty of this site. This lake was initially named Moti Talab by Tipu Sultan, while it is also called as Blue Lagoon nowadays.
Tourists can enjoy various activities, such as swimming and boating in theppas, while going for a picnic at this lake. Other tourist attractions located in the village of Kere Thonnur are the temples, which were built under the reign of the Cholas.
A visit to Pandavpura is 'recommended' to all tourists travelling to Srirangapatna. Situated amid two hills made of rocks, this town got its name because the Pandavas, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata, stayed here for a while.
As per the legends, it is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas halted at this town and their mother Kunti liked the place. The town got itself the name 'French Rocks' during the pre-independence era because the Frenchmen who came to aid Tipu Sultan against the British used it as a camping ground.
Pandavpura is bound with beautiful paddy and sugar cane fields, which add to the charm of the place. As agriculture is the main occupation of the people of this town, tourists can see various agricultural products, ayurvedic products and handiworks while passing through Pandavpura.
A visit to Tipu Sultan's Death Place is recommended to all tourists headed towards Srirangapatna. The body of the deceased Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore, was recovered at this place.
A stone tablet was installed at the spot by Colonel Wellesley in order to demarcate the area where the illustrious ruler's body was found. The site where Tipu Sultan's body was found in the fort, Water Gate, is still in good condition.