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"A Historical River-Island in Karnataka"

Srirangapatna Tourism

Srirangapatna is a small island town in the Cauvery river in Karnataka. Located 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles evident in its monuments. One of the most important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage- the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the major attraction of the town which draws thousands of tourists every year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest of its kind. 

Once the capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, this city is home to multiple sites of historical relevance. The monuments on the island town have been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. In addition to this, Srirangapatna gloats in astounding scenic beauty, owing to several spectacular waterfalls. Srirangapatna has immense historical as well as religious importance with its rather interesting mix of tourist attractions like temples, tombs, military warehouses and palaces. The monuments on the island town have been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. 

This town is also notorious for being the site of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, which consolidated the British Empire in India and the martyrdom of a valiant warrior king, Tipu Sultan here. Apart from the above, Srirangapatna is also famous for the Ranaganthittu Bird Sanctuary, which houses some of the exquisite bird species.

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History

Srirangapatna was founded in the 9th century by the Ganga dynasty. However, it became royally famous during the Vijaynagar Empire when the rulers used it as a seat to oversee the neighbouring kingdoms. Sometime later, the Wodeyar kings rose to power, marking the downfall of the Vijaynagar Empire. From 1610, the town became the capital of Mysore state. Later Hyder Ali defeated the Wodeyar kings and claimed the throne. It also remained the de facto capital for a brief period under the kingship of Tipu Sultan. In the infamous Battle of Srirangapatna in 1799, Tipu Sultan was killed inside the fort. That place is marked as a memorial and is a well-known tourist spot, even now.

Restaurants and Local Food 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 and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc in the area.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Once you've reached Srirangapatna, you can take some rest, or if you prefer else, go for a city side stroll in the evening, where you can do some shopping, especially the local handicrafts.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the Ranaganathswamy Temple. Thereon, you can proceed to Srirangapatna Fort, for some sightseeing.
Day 3 - The final day can be reserved for the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, which houses some of the rarest species of the birds.

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What is famous about Srirangapatna?

A tourist cum historical hotspot in Karnataka.

What is the local food 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 and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc in the area.
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What are the places near Srirangapatna?

The top places near to Srirangapatna are Mysore which is 14 km from Srirangapatna, Ooty which is located 111 km from Srirangapatna, Coorg which is located 103 km from Srirangapatna, Kabini which is located 32 km from Srirangapatna, Wayanad which is located 102 km from Srirangapatna

What is the best time to visit Srirangapatna?

Winter season is the best season for a visit to Srirangapatna. The months when Srirangapatna is ideal for a trip is for the months of October - March. While summers are the least advisable, heavy rainfall ruins most of your plans in the monsoon season.  
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What are the things to do in Srirangapatna?

The top things to do in Srirangapatna are Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Nimishambha Temple, Dariya Daulat Baug, Gumbaz, Balmuri Falls, Sangam. You can see all the places to visit in Srirangapatna here

What is the best way to reach Srirangapatna?

Srirangapatnam is well connected to the rest of India by rail and road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the city of Srirangapatnam to all major cities in Karnataka; buses being operated both by private and government owners. There is no direct flight connectivity from Srirangapatnam. Almost 32 km away is the Mysuru airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Srirangapatnam to many major cities in India.
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What is not so good about Srirangapatna?

Ideal only for a day's trip as not much to explore here. The food available is very basic.

Who should visit Srirangapatna?

Ideal for tourists from all walks of life. It is perfect for a day's trip from places like Bengaluru, Mysore etc.

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Rahul Ray 2 years ago
Srirangapatna is a city of both historical and cultural importance. The Tipu Sultan Summer Palace, the Gombuz, the Ranganathaswamy Temple are marvellous monuments to India's rich history and tradition.
Sravya Vemuri 2 years ago
This place appeals to both history enthusiasts and the piligrims. The Ranganatha swamy temple is a beautiful place with intricate carvings. This ancient temple is also near to River Cauvery. The government currency printing press is also a not-to-miss touirist attraction. The retail outlet of mysore sandal soap is also present in the same place. The place is also good to buy mysore silk sarees. There will be a number of retail stores. I found the prices a little hiked, but they are worth it. Tipu sultan’s museum is a best place for history enthusiasts. The grave and the body where Tipu’s was found dead also take you back to the history.
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