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Srirangapatna Tourism

Srirangapatna is an egg-shaped island town amidst the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka. Situated at a distance of 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. One of the most important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage- the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the major attraction of the town which draws thousands of tourists. 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

Besides the rich architecture, the town also boasts of historical importance. It was once the capital of Mysore under Tipu Sultan. In addition to this, Srirangapatna gloats in astounding scenic beauty, owing to several spectacular waterfalls. The entire city has an aura of serenity and a spiritual vibe going on. So much so, the monuments on the island town have been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Srirangapatna has immense historical as well as religious importance with its rather interesting mix of tourist attractions like temples, tombs, military warehouses and palaces. 

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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.

A Historical Abode in Karnataka

Srirangapatnam is a significant town in the Mandya district in the state of Karnataka. Apart from being famous religiously for the famous Ranganathswamy Temple, from which this town derives its name, 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. 

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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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A tourist cum historical hotspot in Karnataka.

What's Not So Great?

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

For Whom?

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

How 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; buses being operated both by private and government owners. There is no direct flight connectivity, however, to Srirangapatnam. Almost 32 away is the Mysuru airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Srirangapatnam to the rest of India via airways.

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Rahul Ray 1 year 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 1 year 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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