India is home to diverse cultures, traditions, wildlife and nature. It is the country where one can easily frame the places of historical and cultural importance. If you are looking forward to knowing a little bit about the history of India, then Srirangapatna is a must-visit destination for you and for all the history lovers. Exploring this place would certainly lead you through the paths of history.
Also famous for Sangam, Srirangapatna is a river island formed by Kaveri in Mandya district of Karnataka. It was the capital of Mysore under the rule of Tipu Sultan. This beautiful place not only holds the charm of nature but also boasts of great religious, cultural and historic importance.
This renowned place has also been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the sheer presence of appealing and prestigious attractions surrounding it. With a distance of a mere 15 km from Mysore, Srirangapatna is easily accessible by train and bus from Bangalore and other towns.
There are innumerable places of interest including temples, gardens and historical monuments in Srirangapatna. The major attractions throughout the year are:
1) Daria Daulat Palace
It is built amidst marvellous gardens and serene nature. In Indo-Saracenic style, this palace was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784 on a raised rectangular platform. An exemplary replica of this palace, also known as Summer Place, can be seen at Bengaluru, which was also built by Tipu Sultan in the year 1791.
2) Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
It is an ancient temple of southern India which is dedicated to Ranganath, a form of Lord Vishnu and was built by Ganga dynasty rulers in the 9th century. This prehistoric temple is one of the five important pilgrimage sites along the river Kaveri, collectively known as Pancharanga Kshetram.
It is a conflux of three holy rivers, Kaveri, Lokapavani and Hemavati. The serenity and tranquillity embaying the confluence of the holy rivers and chronicles over the remains of Tipu's kingdom capture most of the visitors' attention.
4) Tipu Sultan Gumbaz
Flawlessly built, this mausoleum is surrounded by magnificent gardens which add elegance to its charm and artistry. It is holding the remains of Tipu Sultan, his father, Hyder Ali, and his mother, Fatima Begum. Handcrafted door frames and columns of the mausoleum widen the glamour of the surroundings.
5) Srirangapatna Fort
This is a small fort on the west side of the town which showcases the caution and security taken into consideration while raising this masterpiece. This fort is surrounded by double walls through which the breach can be seen, which was done by British soldiers.
This fortress also houses the death place and a dungeon where British soldiers were imprisoned. Turning back the pages of history, its degree of importance and valour can be framed.
So, these are the major places to visit in Srirangapatna; however, Bailey's Dungeon, Lord Harris's house, Scott's Bungalow, Garrison Cemetery, etc. are other historic places of interest to know about. And if you are looking to enjoy a bit more of nature and wildlife in midst of history, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is situated just 3 km from Srirangapatna.
The best time to visit Srirangapatna is from October to March, when the temperature is optimum and the weather is pleasant and favourable. Avoid visiting the place during the months of April to September as the weather conditions are not suitable due to increase in temperature and rainfall.