Srirangapatnam in a glance :
Srirangapatnam is a town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, it is of religious, cultural and historic importance. Here are a few places to visit in Srirangapatnam.
Balmuri Falls :
Balmuri Falls are actually a man made reservoir constructed across River Kaveri. It is an ideal picnic spot and also the favorite spot for south Indian filmmakers to shoot scenes.
Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon :
A brick and mortar fortress built for the imprisonment of Tipu’s prisoners of war, it is named after Colonel Bailey who passed away in 1780 AD. A cannon that had backfired and fallen into the dungeon during the military blockade and can be still seen here.
Dariya Daulat Baug :
The Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, was built in 1784. A wooden palace set amongst splendid gardens and flower beds, it also features exquisite paintings along the interiors of the palace.
Dodda Ghosai Ghat :
This place is a popular picnic spot on the way to the Nimishanbha Temple. Boating can also be enjoyed here.
The Gumbaz, or the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan and his parents is one of the most prominent structures of the city, with doors crafted from ivory, sprawling corridors and walls with tiger stripes, said to be a favorite of Mysore’s very own tiger. It also house a mosque and a beautiful garden.
Jama Masjid :
Tipu Sultan’s favorite mosque, this was built by him as a two storied building with two minarets and a small dome. It features a clock which has been functional for the past 97 years.
Karighatta Temple :
A temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, atop a hill, offering a view of the hills, valleys, cities and monument s all around with strands of River Cauvery brushing on one of its sides.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary :
Spread over an area of 57 acres, this sanctuary is home to vivid bird species like herons, egrets, dantes, whites ibis, little cormorants etc. Being a center for nesting as well as breeding for the birds, this one is truly a bird lover’s paradise. This is also called as the Srirangapatna bird sanctuary.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple :
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is lined with beautiful pillars. The Lord lies on the back of a snake, having been carved on black stone. He has a philanthropic smile on his face in this temple.
Srirangapatnam Fort :
Displaying an Indo-Islamic style of architecture, this monument was constructed in 1537. The residence of Tipu Sultan was situated inside this fort.
The Obelisk :
This monument is a commemoration of the place where Tipu Sultan breathed his last, killed in encounter due to the betrayal of his own men.
What to Eat in Srirangapatna : The cuisine of the town isn’t exactly elaborate or has dishes that standout. However, one can find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food here as well as South-Indian, North-Indian and Chinese cuisine. You can also find a number of snacks at local places here. One can relish local delicacies such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath to name a few. One can also taste the traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc in the area.