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Sriringapatnam City


Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Karnataka
Location: South Karnataka
District: Mandya
Altitude: 679 m
Population: 23,450
Language: Kannada
Known as: Religious site
Nearby Cities: Mysore, Mandya, Bangalore

Located in the southern part of the state in Mandya District of Karnataka, Srirangapatna or Seringapatnam is an historical town. Surprisingly, the small historic place is great religious and cultural centre.

Right from the beginning Srirangapattana is time immemorial urban centre and pilgrimage centre and hence it remained centre of the Kingdom of Mysore particularly from 1610 to 1947. Above all, Srirangapatnam was also remained point of interest for Hyder Ali and his great son Tipu Sultan.

Ranganathaswamy temple is the most popular attraction and it is also source of its name i.e. Srirangapattana. The Vaishnavite centre of pilgrimage in south India, Ranganathaswamy temple was constructed by Ganga dynasty. This temple has been build in the style of Hoysala and Vijayanagar.

Geographically, the entire town is surrounded by Kaveri River and hence it is a Reverine Island. Initially, there were various small and big islands and the largest island consecrated to Sri Ranganathaswamy and subsequently temple had been built during the ancient period itself. Likewise, the largest island and two other bigger islands collectively became the important pilgrimage centre and all these three centres became popular as:

• Adi Ranga: i.e. Srirangapattana
• Madhya Ranga: i.e. Shivanasamudra
• Antya Ranga: i.e. Srirangam

Tourists’ Attraction in Srirangapattana

By virtue of being an historical religious place as well as located in a scenic landscape, it is pretty popular tourists’ point in Karnataka. Along with centuries old temples, there are various other tourists’ sites. However, major tourists’ attractions are:

Religious Place

• Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple: Dedicated to the Sri Ranganathaswamy (one of the faces of Lord Vishnu), it is the most worshiped temple in the region. In the beautifully architected temple, you can see the God resting on the back of a snake.

• Nimishambha Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba, it is built on the bank of Cauvery River.

• Sri Kashi Visweswara Swamy Temple: Located nearby Dodda Ghosai Ghat close to Cauvery River, it is very famous temple.

• Jama Masjid: Built by the great Tipu Sultan, it was his favourite mosque. Built with two storey and two minarets, Jama Masjid is white painted structure which has a remarkable small dome.

Other Temples in Srirangapatna

• Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple
• Jyothi Mahaswara Temple
• Bidhcotta Ganesha Temple
• Panduranga Swamy Temple
• Sathyanarayana Swamy Temple
• Anjunaya Swamy Temple
• Ayyapa Temple
• Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple
• Raganatha Nagara Ganesha Temple

Other Attractions in Srirangapatna

• Captain Bailey's Dungeon: Built of bricks and mortar, Captain Bailey’s Dungeon is a popular fortress in the region; here Tipu Sultan’s prisoners of war had been imprisoned.

• Dariya Daulat Baug: Built in the year 1784 in Indo-Muslim style, it was the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. Interestingly, it is a wooden palace placed beautifully among the lawns and flowerbeds.

• Gumbaz: Designed beautifully with ebony doors and decorated with ivory, it is burial chamber of Tipu Sultan and his parents Haider Ali and Fatima Begum.

• Srirangapatnam Fort: Architected in Indo-Islamic style and adorned beautifully, it is one of the most popular forts of South India where Tipu Sultan lived. Above all, you can also read the history of forts written in Persian on the entrance gate.

• The Obelisk: It is the palace where Tipu Sulatan took his last breath.

• Sangam: It is a meeting point of the Rivers Cauvery and Loakpavani and sacred place where people take dip before going for the worship.

• Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: Located in a wonderful landscape on a Reverine Island, it is a paradise for the bird watchers. Here one can see dozens of varieties of birds, significant of them are Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Indian Shag River Tern, Open-billed Stork and Great Stone Plover.

• Shivanasamudra Falls: Located merely at the distance of about 27 kms from the main town, it is the second biggest waterfall in India and the favourite picnic point in the region.

• Balmuri Falls: Constructed across the Cauvery River, Balmuri Falls is man-made reservoir; in addition, it has been developed as an ideal picnic spot.

How to Reach??

By Road: Located merely at the 19 kms from Mysore City and about 130 kms from Bangalore the state capital Karnataka, Srirangapatna is well connected with the road networks. The State Highway 17 is directly linked with Bangalore as well as Mysore. Above all, the frequency of buses either from Mysore City and Bangalore is pretty high.

By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Mysore, which is well connected with various major and minor cities of India. Hence, you can take train from national capital New Delhi, the largest city of India Mumbai and many others.

By Air: The nearest airport is Bangalore airport, which is not only connected with major cities of India but also connected with various other cities of the world.

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