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Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Srirangapatna, Mysore (18 Kms)

Nearest City to Srirangapatna: Mysore (18 Kms), Bangalore (124 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Srirangapatna: September to May

Peak Season: April to May & September to October

State: Karnataka | District: Mandya

Srirangapatna Weather: Summer: Maximum-34°C & Minimum-20°C
Winter: Maximum-30°C & Minimum-13°C

At a distance of 18 km from Mysore, 26 km from Mandya and 124 km from Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Srirangapattana is a historical town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka owing to its cultural, religious and historic importance. The entire town is surrounded by the river Kaveri to form a river island.

According to history, Srirangapatna was founded by the rulers of Ganga dynasty in 9th century. However, the destination came into the limelight during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The rise of the Wodeyar kings marked the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire. During the reign of the Wodeyar kings, Raja Wodeyar conquered Rangaraya in 1610, who was then the viceroy of Srirangapatna. From 1610, the town of Srirangapattana was the capital of Mysore state. Hyder Ali defeated the Wodeyar King and made Srirangapatna their capital for a brief period. In the Battle of Srirangapatna in 1799, Tipu Sultan was killed inside the fort by the combined armies of Nizam of Hyderabad and the British. In addition, this battle also marked the last engagement of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.

The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town, making Srirangapatna one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in South India. The Srirangapatna temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest temples in Karnataka. This is the prime attraction in Srirangapatna and one of the top tourist places to visit near Mysore.

Srirangapatna has several tourist attractions like Daria Daulat (Palace of Tipu Sultan) and Gumbaz (Mausoleum of Tipu Sultan) & Sangama. Hindus come from far and wide to Srirangapatna to immerse the ashes of their dead relatives.

Bangalore airport is the nearest airport, which is about 168 km away. Srirangapatna has a railway station, which is well connected with Bangalore, Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Tirupati. The town is easily accessible from Bangalore, Mandya and Mysore by road as it is situated on Bangalore-Mysore highway.

Laksha Deepotsava, Ratha Sapthami, Brahmotsavams, Kotarothsava, Holi, Dusshera and Buddha Purnima are the famous festivals celebrated with much fanfare at Srirangapatna.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 08236
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Dusshera (Sep/Oct), Makara Sankranthi (Jan)
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HOW TO REACH SRIRANGAPATNA


By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (164 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Srirangapatna Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Srirangapana Bus Station (2 Kms)

12 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN SRIRANGAPATNA


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 500 m from Srirangapatna Railway Station, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple situated in Srirangapatna is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha. Located inside the Srirangapatna fort on the banks of Kaveri River, it is one of the largest temples in Karnataka. This is the prime attraction in Srirangapatna & one of the top tourist places to visit near Mysore. The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.

Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in South India. The temple is one of the Pancharanga Kshetras, other four being Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam, Sarangapani Temple of Kumbakonam, Appakudathan Temple of Trichy and the Parimala Ranganathaswamy Temple of Mayiladuthurai. Srirangapatna is also known as Aadi Rangam, Srirangam as Anthya Rangam and Sivasamudram in Karnataka as Madhyarangam.

According .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station & 16 Kms from Mysore Railway Station, Srirangapatna Fort is situated in the town of Srirangapatna which was the capital of the Mysore state under the legendary king Tipu Sultan. It is a small island formed by the river Cauvery and its tributaries. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit from Mysore & Bangalore and an important historical site in Karnataka.

The fort was originally built in the year 1537 by Kempe Gowda. This Fort has four main entrances and has a double wall defense system, which is what makes it one of the toughest forts. Most of the fort was demolished by British during Fourth Mysore War in 1799.

There is a monument in the fort in the place where Tipu Sultan was killed. The architectural style of the fort is supposed to be Indo-Islamic and there is a Persian inscription on the gateway that announces its date of construction. There are two .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station & 16 Kms from Mysore, Daria Daulat Bagh also known as Tipu's Summer Palace is located in Srirangapatna. Hyder Ali commenced its construction in 1778 and his son Tippu Sultan completed it in 1784 AD. The palace is surrounded by a large garden on the southern bank of the river.

The palace was made with teakwood in Indo-Saracenic style. The pillars, walls, canopies, arches and the corridors are graced with several murals. They depict scenes of warfare by Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan, the Nizams of Hyderabad, the British and French soldiers. The eastern wall has paintings representing the scenes of Darbars of different contemporaries of Tippu Sultan including the Hindu Rani of Chittor, the Raja of Tanjore, the Raja of Benares, Peshwas, etc.

The Daria Daulat Bagh palace is now converted in a museum housing several of Tippu's memorabilia. First floor of the palace houses .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 16 Kms from Mysore & 3 Kms from Srirangapatna, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small sanctuary spread across 67 sq.kms.

The sanctuary comprises of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. It was declared in 1940 as a result of many requests from Dr Salim Ali who surveyed the birds in this area. Since then, the sanctuary has become a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world. It is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc.

A boat ride takes you to the six islets crowded with a number of species of birds. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between June & October.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station, Gumbaz is the Mausoleum of Tipu Sultan, his father Hider Ali and mother Fakr-Un-Nisa, situated at Srirangapatna. The Gumbaz was built by Tipu Sultan in 1782-1784 AD as the final resting place for his parents. Tipu was allowed to be buried here by the British, after his death in the Siege of Srirangapatna in 1799.

The Gumbaz is designed in Islamic style, with a large rectangle shaped garden, having a path leading to the mausoleum. In the middle of the garden, the Gumbaz stands on an elevated platform, consists of a dome placed on a cubical structure with ornamental railings and turrets. The dome is supported by large black granite pillars.

The importance of Gumbaz lies in its well-shaped large dome with ivory inlaid doors and carved stone windows of fine work and inscriptions. The doors of the tomb are beautifully carved and engraved with ivory works. The interior .....


Historical & Heritage | Park

At a distance of 16 kms from Srirangapatna & 19 Kms from Mysore, Brindavan Gardens is a famous & beautiful garden laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The construction work of the garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. This is one of the best tourist places to visit in & around Mysore.

The garden was designed by Sir Mirza Ismail, Diwan of Mysore based on Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style. Spread over an area of 150 acres, the Brindavan Gardens is considered as one of the best gardens in India. The garden is enriched with fountains, terraces, parterres, running and cascading water channels, lush green lawns & flower beds.

The Musical and dancing fountain, located in the North Brindavan Garden, is the main attraction of the garden. The best time to visit the gardens is after sunset when all the bright colourful fountains come alive. The garden also has a wonderful palace in southern .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station & 16 Kms from Mysore, Jumma Masjid or Masjid-e-Ala is situated near the Bangalore Gate of the Srirangapatna Fort. It was constructed by Tipu Sultan in 1784.

It is a grand structure with two large octagonal minarets. The minarets stand on a high platform with an open court in the front. On the walls of the prayer hall, 99 names of Allah are inscribed. There are about 200 steps leading to the top of the minarets from where one can have a splendid view of the surrounding. The walls and ceilings of Masjid are well decorated with Persian scriptures and ornamentation.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station & 18 Kms from Mysore, Sri Nimishamba Temple is located at Ganzaam on the banks of river Cauvery. There is a belief that Goddess Parvathi clears off all the troubles of her devotees within a minute here and that is why the goddess is called Nimishamba (Nimisha means one minute).

According to legend, the Suryavamsha king Muktaraja had performed his penance in this place. Muktaraja got Srichakra carved on a stone and started performing poojas. It is currently kept in front of Nimishamba deity inside the temple. Mummadi Krishanaraja Wodeyar, king of Mysore, built the temple around 400 years ago.

Varamahalakshmi festival and Durgashtami during Dussera are important festivals celebrated here.

Timings: 6 AM - 8:30 PM


Waterfall

At a distance of 12 km from Srirangapatna Railway Station & 15 Kms from Mysore near Brindavan Gardens, Balmuri Falls & Edumuri Falls are man-made waterfalls on the way to KRS dam. Edumuri falls is about 1 km from Balmuri Falls.

Balmuri falls is the famous of the two and is a favorite film shooting spot. Balmuri Falls are actually small falls created by a check-dam constructed on river Cauvery. The water flow is not heavy during the dry season and it is safe to enjoy & play in the water here. It is a good picnic spot and typically visited in the winter.

Edumuri falls is about 500 feet east of Balmuri falls and is a good spot to swim and play in the water. There is also an ancient Ganesha temple in the vicinity.

About 8 Km before KRS dam, take right turn at Belagola and the Balmuri falls is 3 Km from here.


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 7 km from Pandavapura, 14 km from Srirangapatana, 30 km from Mysore and 122 km from Bangalore, Kunti Betta is a picturesque hill situated in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka. This place Pandavapura was named after the Pandavas who had been here during their exile days. Kunti Betta is one of the best sites for trekking near Bangalore for one day trip.

Kunti Betta is marked by the two rocky hills at an altitude of 2,882 feet. These rocky hills are surrounded by sugarcane, paddy fields & coconut trees. The Kunti Betta trail is a short but fairly challenging one. It includes steep ascents and descents. There is a temple with a pond at the foot of the hill which serves as a popular destination for pilgrims. There are rooms which are used by the pilgrimage for an overnight stay at the temple. The temple is situated between the two hills of Kunti Betta.

The Kunti Betta trek starts from the right side of the pond. The initial inclination for few meters .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 16 km from Srirangapatna & 19 Kms from Mysore, Krishnaraja Sagar Dam or KRS Dam is a superb example of excellent engineering and is a major tourist attraction in Mysore. It is situated near Brindavan Gardens.

The dam was built in 1924 by Sir M.Vishveswaraiah, using surkhi, a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. The dam was among the first in the world to have automatic sluice gates. The dam is 3 kms long and is located at the confluence of the rivers Cauvery, Hemavati and Lakshmanathritha. The reservoir is spread over an area of 130 Sq.Kms. The lake that is formed by the dam is one of the largest in India.

The dam is a multipurpose project for supplying water to the agricultural lands of Mandya and Mysore districts and for ensuring power supply to the Shivanasamudra project. Brindavan gardens are laid out below the KRS dam.

Timings: .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 Kms from Mysore & 6 kms from Srirangapatna, Karighatta Hill is situated at an altitude of 2,697 feet. Atop the hill is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The black idol is beautiful and more than 6 feet tall, which was installed by sage Brigu. It is believed that if troubled people perform pooja/rituals here it brings about a positive change in their lives.

There are lots of long and sharp grasses known as Darbe around the temple. Legend says that Vishnu during Varaha avatar landed on this hill and shook his body and some of his hair fell and grew into these sharp Darbe. The confluence of Cauvery and Lokapavani rivers is an attractive sight.

The annual car festival is held in the month of Feb / Mar.

Timings: 10 AM to 2 PM on weekday and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends and Holidays.

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