Karnataka: Srirangapatna


About 15 km towards the north-east side of Mysore, the Island Srirangapatna, on the Mysore- Bangalore highway, covering 5*1 km of land, is encircled by two tributaries of the River Kaveri. Tipu Sultan, the renowned king of Srirangapatna, was the chief planner of the egg-shaped Island. It is due to his wise and apt thinking, the city is blessed with plenty of fortifications and water bodies. Building these fortifications and excavating the water bodies had turned out to be very purposeful decisions for the safety and security of the entire city and city dwellers.
When the forceful British troop invaded the city of Srirangapatna, they were offered a tough fight by local leader, Tipu Sultan. The tough combat was the reason which for plenty of historical monuments of Srirangapatna was demolished. Some parts of the fort of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, however, are still showcasing its stylish grace. Ruins of the north- west side of the fort still silently are recalling the old glory days. Rampart, Daria Daulat, dome, Zuma mosque, underground jail, museum, Ranganathaswamy, Gangadhareshwara (16th century) and Narasingha (17th century) temples wordlessly tell the old history of the fort to the hordes of tourists. Holiday makers gather at the northern gateway of the fort where the great Tipu Sultan had taken his last breath. Many tourists still pay tributes to the intrepid leader Tipu Sultan here, at the right hand side of the Northern doorway of the fort.

The sanctified Sriranganathaswamy temple, built in 894 by Thirumalayar, the Governor of Gangaraja dynasty, had been revamped and reconstructed numerous times by Hoysala and Vijayanagar kings. Later on, the name of the city had also been derived from the name of the deity, residing in this hallowed temple. The temple houses a huge idol of the deity, Vishnu. The holy idol was carved out of black stone. The seven faced umbrella-shaped idol of Vasuki is shielding the peak of the main idol, Vishnu. Don’t forget to watch the holy site of the beguiling RadhaKrishna idol which is placed at the entrance of the temple to give a warm welcome to the devotees and temple lovers. The five storied Gopuram of the temple creatively show the excellent South Indian architectures and stylish creation of the skillful artists. Different forms of the deity, Vishnu, are also portrayed on the temple walls. These artistic creations show remarkable artistic touches of South India. The refined and distinguished chariot, placed right in front of the temple, was a treasured gift of the brave king, Hyder Ali, to the temple authority. The architectural value of the chariot is immense. The famous fighter, Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali, was a devotee of the Hindu deity, Ranganath. Devotees gather on the premise of the consecrated temple during Rath- Saptami to witness the site of the Rath Yatra festival and the fair.

Another righteous Shiva temple which is an additional attraction for the tourists and pilgrims is located in the close propinquity.

Besides Hindu and Muslim monuments, the city of Srirangapatna also houses some impressive enticements for the Christians. 165 feet tall St Philomena Church, built by the king of Mysore in 1933, located adjacent to the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the third largest Church of India.

Apart from the historical commemoratives and holy places around, tourists who want to go to a site where they can stay close to the nature at least for some time, should take a walk to the astounding and charming grove namely Daria Daulat, lies 1 km away from the historical fort.  The prominent and illustrious Persian arts and cultures are clearly visible here. The majestic and grandiose summer palace of Tipu Sultan, built in 1784, was there amidst the gripping greeneries of the Daria Daulat previously. The Summer Palace depicts elegant and graceful Indo- Sarasenic architectures and is acting as a significant commemorative of honorable leaders, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The skills of directing and controlling the troop of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were portrayed on the western wall of the summer palace where as the eastern wall of the palace showcases the sober and kind nature of Tipu Sultan towards his neighboring kings.

The imposing anthology of personal items are maintained and showcased in the museum which is there on the ground floor of the summer palace. The sword of Tipu Sultan and the bloodstained attire of the leader along with many personal items of Tipu Sultan are included in the list of the collection of this astonishing museum. The Persian fresco pictures are colorless now but these have huge historical values.

The historical city has no dearth of historical monuments. Apart from the fort and palace, the dome-shaped Jamia-E Tipu mosque, located at a distance of 3 km from Daria Daulat, amidst the Lalbagh, is the spot where the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan is kept. The cream colored edifice with dome-shaped walls is based on 36 pillars of black stones. The building is bejeweled with the teeth of elephants. The viewers who visit the place to watch the spectacle would get to see the skin color of tigers on the mosque. This was built as a memorial of the king Hyder Ali by his son, Tipu, long back in 1784. Another small museum, carrying the reminiscent of Tipu Sultan, is also there on the slender block of the 1st floor. This astonishing museum has a collection of items which belonged to the brave king Tipu Sultan.
The fresco pictures which are visible in abundance in the vicinity have shown the combat between Tipu Sultan and British. The lavish lifestyles of the soldiers of the East India Company are also portrayed creatively and artistically on the fresco pictures.

Holiday makers who want to enjoy and watch the ruins of the ancient fort for some more time should climb up Juma Mosque through 200 stairways. A lot of interesting stories of the Muslim epic, Koran, are imprinted on the balcony walls of the hall of the fort. Mihrab, the semicircular niche on the wall of a mosque, indicating the direction of holy Kaaba in Mecca, was built at the west side of fort.

How to reach: Srirangapatna is connected by railway from Mysore. It takes only 15 minutes to reach Srirangapatna from Mysore. Interested tourists can avail bus services from Mysore and Bangalore as well. To watch the adjoining places of Srirangapatna you can hire a Tonga or Auto. Hiring a cab is always an apt decision to complete the tour of Srirangapatna from Mysore or Bangalore very quickly.

Where to stay: Many tourists prefer the neighboring areas of the holy temple of Srirangapatna. A number of hotels are available for them as well. Few names of the notable hotels at Srirangapatna are Hotel Mayura Rover View, Travelers Bungalow and other lodges.
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: This is a tranquil destination for all the nature lovers. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, built in 1975, about 4 km towards south- west side of Srirangapatna, is a green manor which is situated a bit above the plains (Thittu). This is a must visit place for the bird watchers.
Even though the appeal and charm of the sanctuary are outstanding all the through the year but the best time to visit the land of mysteries is during June- November. This is the season which has been chosen by plenty of aboriginal and wandering birds to visit the sanctuary. The green territory of the sanctuary looks even more impressive with the colors spread by the vivacious birds.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, located at an altitude of 750 meters, covering 0.67 square km of awe-inspiring manor, is the homeland of innumerable known and unknown birds. The hidden small nests of the birds on top of the branches of the trees on the Island are small but sweet shelters for the nomadic birds which fly in from far to enjoy the nature in the sanctuary. Nature lovers are dazzled when they watch the grandeur of the sanctuary during the Sunset.
Definitely birds are the prime attractions apart from the compelling greeneries but the splendid sanctuary has plenty more to offer to the nature lovers. Besides the energetic colorful birds, a number of crocodiles can be seen swimming in the Lake, situated in the middle of the Bird Sanctuary. The sight of watching these mammoth swimming animals is fantastic. You can even see them very close to you while boating on the Lake.
Listening to the daily life cycle of the native birds of the sanctuary from a local knowledgeable person is an enticing experience for the nature lovers. The chirping of the birds fills the air of the sanctuary. Egret, Spoonbill, Heron, Open Bill Stork, White ibis and various other iterant birds sing in concert. Various local and native birds fly in and around the sanctuary as well. This is truly a treat to the eyes and to the soul.

How to reach: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary can be accessed from Srirangapatna by hiring an Auto or Tonga or Rickshaw. Tourists who directly want to visit the sanctuary from Mysore have to ride on a bus and get down at the market of Srirangapatna. Then they have to avail an auto from the market to the sanctuary.

Where to stay: If you truly love the nature then you are suggested to stay overnight at the “3 Riverside Cottage”.
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