Friday, 12 August 2011

Srirangapatna, Karnataka

Located in the Mandya district of the Indian state of Karnataka, Srirangapatna or Srirangapatnam, as it is popularly known as, is one of the amazing destinations to spend a fantastic weekend. This small township is located exztremely close to the city of Mysore, which is known for its religious, cultural and historic importance. The town of Srirangapatna is enclosed by River Kaveri to form an island. The topography of the place is such that while River Kaveri flows on the eastern side of the island, Paschima Vaahini segment of the same river flows on the western side.

The presence of River Kaveri and Paschima Vaahini is considered extremely auspicious and sacred, making Srirangapatnam a sanctifying place on the whole. People from far come to Srirangapatnam to immerse the ashes of the departed in River Kaveri and Paschima Vaahini. Talking about the accessibility of Srirangapatnam, it is easily accessible by all the modes of transport. While the best bet would be to undertake a road or rail journey to this small township, people coming from far away areas can also go for airways. Bangalore airport is the nearest aerodrome to Srirangapatnam. After de-boarding from the trains, one can take bus or train to reach this beautiful and enriched town. 

Coming to the tourist attraction places, there are a lot of places to see in Srirangapatnam. The best feature about this place is that though it is a small town; it caters to the interest of one and all. The place forwards various artistic and magnificent monuments and forts. Apart from this, there are also temples and picnic spots. So whether it is reveling in the past or having a good time outside or being in unison with the Almighty, the place has something for everyone. The presence of Ranganathaswamy temple further invigorates the importance of Srirangapatnam, making it one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in South India.

Places to See:

Ranganathaswamy Temple

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Srirangapatna, the Ranganathaswamy temple enshrines the deity of Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha. As per history, Ganag ruler Tirumalaiya is believed to have built this temple in the 9th century. Intricately carved, the temple extends tourist finest architecture that is a blend of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. Apart from this striking place of worship, there are other temples as well in the complex dedicated to Gowtama muni and the River Cauvery. 


Picnics are something most urbanites miss on, due to lack of time or place. One of the great ways to rekindle love amongst family members and explore Srirangapatnam at the same time would be to head towards Sangam. A popular picnic spot, it marks the point wherein River Loakpavani joins with River Cauvery. A gorgeous location, tourist can thoroughly revel in the natural beauty. In addition to this, the place is easily accessible by Srirangapatnam.

Colonel Bailey Dungeon

One of the most dreaded yet historically important places, it is where Tipu Sultan’s prisoners of war were jailed. The place is so called because Colonel Bailey died in these dungeons in 1780 AD. Turning the pages of history, it is said that Captain Baird, Captain Rulay, Colonel Brithwite, Samson, Frazer and Lindsay were imprisoned in these dungeons. During the confiscation of Srirangapatna, it is argued that one cannon rolled back and fell into the dungeon, piercing the ceiling. Even today the cannon is lying therein. 

Darya Daulat Baug

Built by Tipu Sultan in 1784, Darya Daulat Baug, or Summer Palace as it is popularly called, was an alternative place wherein he received his visitors and conducted durbars. The palace extends as a magnificent sightseeing place. Set amidst manicured lawns and flower­beds, the palace is a must-visit site. The interior of the palace is as captivating as its exterior, what with a wealth of paintings hanging on the wall and intricate designing.

Srirangpatna Fort...........

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