Srirangapatna: Destination Guide

Important Map of Srirangapatna
Dariya Daulat Bagh:
Dariya-Daulat, The wealth of the sea", referred to as the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, was built in the year 1784 A. D. The palace is square in plan, built on a raised stone plinth, with teak pillars running along the outer edge, enclosing a corridor. There are two recessed bays on the northern and southern sides overlooking two large halls, through canopied balconies. The living spaces on the two floors of the palace are accessible by four staircases.
Dariya Daulat bagh Srirangapatna
                                         
Dariya Daulat bagh Srirangapatna
All the walls and ceilings of the entire palace are painted. The paintings depict the victories of Hyder All and Tipu over the British led by Colonel Bailee, the Nizam of Hyderabad arriving at the battlefield, and the durbar scenes of Tipu's contemporaries like the Rani of Chitoor, the Raja of Tanjore, the Raja of Banaras, the Peshwa Balaji Rao II, Magadi Kempegowda, Madakari Nayaka of Chitradurga and Krishnaraja Wodeyar 3rd.After the death of Tipu Sultan In 1799, this palace was occupied by Colonel Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington).
 

It is some 2-3 km from the city. You can either reach there by KSRTC bus (313) or hire an auto (30 Rs). The museum is really an impressive site showcasing history of Karnataka in detail. It’s an enticing destination for history lovers and offers valuable insight of various historical Wars fought. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum complex.

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Everyday)
Entrance fee: 5 INR (Indian), 100 (Foreigner)
Gumbaz Srirangapatna

                                          Gumbaz Srirangapatna
Gumbaz: This tomb and mosque was built by Tipu Sultan as a tribute to his illustrious father, Hyder AN (1722-1784) AD), after his death. The Gumbaz is situated at the eastern extreme of Srirangapatna. It enshrines the cenotaphs of Hyder Ali, his wife Fakr-Un-Nisa and Tipu Sultan, after his death in 1799 AD. It is built on a stone plinth, with polished blade granite pillars that run along the corridor around the inner chamber. A magnificent dome crowns the building. The chamber is painted with the tiger stripes that were associated with Tipu.

The structure, laid out amidst a garden, typical of Islamic architecture, also houses the Masjid-E-Aksa.

At the eastern entrance of the Mausoleum is a tablet in Persian script that speaks of the martyrdom of Tipu Sultan in 1799 A.D. There are also numerous other cenotaphs of the relatives of Tipu's family.

There are direct KSRTC busses (313) those go till the Gumbaz.
Temple at Sangam Srirangapatna
                                      
Temple at Sangam Srirangapatna

Sangam: Sangam is confluence of three rivers (Kaveri River, Kabini River, Hemavati River) which lies some 1-2 km away from Gumbaz. It’s on walkable distance from Gumbaz. During monsoon, you can see heavy water flow in the rivers those sometimes floods the neighboring villages. There is also a temple on the confluence which is also a hosting site of religious rituals.
Jamia Masjid Srirangapatna
                                           Jamia Masjid Srirangapatna

Jamia Masjid: Built by Tipu Sultan, near the Bangalore Gate In the eastern part of the fort, in 1787 AD, this mosque was used regularly for worship by him.The mosque is of magnificent proportions with two majestic minarets adorned with exquisite floral cornices and parapets. The panoramic view of the area from the top is splendid, accessible by staircases in the two shafts.

A mehrab on the Western wall of the main hall symbolizes the Light: Allah. The stone tablets, fixed in the hall are inscribed with Koranic verses, including the one, which mentions the date of construction of this building. The building is an interesting example of the combination of Hindu and Islamic architecture.

It lies in the heart of the Srirangapatna town at walkable distance from bus stand.
Thomas Inman's Dungeon
                                            
Thomas Inman's Dungeon

Thomas Inman's Dungeon: Discovered in 1895 AD in the North Eastern comer of the tort, by an engineer called Thomas Inman this dungeon is named after him. It was used to hold captive the Maratha invaders and other Indian prisoners during Haider Ali and Tlpu Sultan's rule.

Similar in structure to Colonel Bailey's dungeon, it measures 13.75 Mts. X 9.75 Mts., with low arches built in brick and mortar, and cleverly concealed in the undulating topography of the area.
 

Due to poor maintenance, it’s difficult to locate the exact dungeon now which is somewhere beneath the boulder under the bushes.
Place where Tipu Sultan's Body was found
                                     Place where Tipu Sultan's Body was found

Tipu’s Place of Death: This is the site where Tipu Sultan’s body was found. In the forth Mysore war the British laid slege to Srirangapatna on 4th May 1779 A.D and effectively breached the fort at Watergate. On hearing of this storming of the enemy, Tipu moved in posthaste to the spot, and in the fight, fell to the bullet of a British soldier. It was here the body of Tipu sultan was identified and recovered amidst heaps of the dead soldiers. In recognition of the valiant Tipu, Colonel Wellesley set a stone tablet to mark the spot.
Colonel Bailey's Dungeon
                                            Colonel Bailey's Dungeon

Colonel Bailey's Dungeon: This dungeon lies North of Ranganatha Swamy temple and close to Lal Mahal Palace. The oblong bastion referred to as Sultan Bateri, Conceals the vaulted dungeon measuring 30.5 mts x 12.2 mts. built in brick and mortar. The prisoners were chained to the stone slabs fixed on the East, North and West walls.

 

Named after Colonel Bailey who died here in 1782 AD, this dungeon was used to imprison British prisoners like Captain Baird and Rulay, Colonel Brithwhite Sampson, Frazer and Lindsay by Tipu Sultan.
 

Commemorative Obelisk: War memorial built in 1799 which is just behind the railway station. Obelisk is related to the last war Tipu Sultan fought and some legends.
A view of Lal Mahal Palace Srirangapatna
                                   A view of Lal Mahal Palace Srirangapatna

Tipu’s Palace Site (Lal Mahal Palace): The ruins of Tipu's palace, situated about 150mts. North East from the Ranganatha Swamy temple was known as the Lal Mahal Palace. The glowing accounts of Francis Buchhanan, who visited in 1800 AD and other British historians and travelers mentions if to be of splendid design.

Built of magnificent proportions, It contained a huge Audience Hall measuring 40 x 20 mts. the Zenana (Women's quarters) and a library with a collection of great importance. The rare manuscripts and books housed in the library were taken to England after Tipu Sultan's death.

The excavations reveal an advanced system of underground drains and concealed earthenware piping in the walls. There were many other rooms and large halls at two levels in the building flanking the audience hall. Cannon balls of iron and stone were found in the ruins. The palace was dismantled between 1807-1809 AD during Colonel Wellesley's rule.

This palace is not anymore open for tourists.
Ranganatha Swamy Temple Srirangapatna
                                        
Ranganatha Swamy Temple

Ranganatha Swamy Temple: Built by a Ganga chieftain, Tirumalaraya in 894 AD, this east facing temple was later expanded by the Hoysalas, Vijayanagara monarchs, Mysore Wodeyars and Hyder Ali, The Presiding deity is a colossal statue of Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha, reclining on the huge coils of the serpent Sesha, with multiple hoods. This is the largest image of a reclining Vishnu in Karnataka.

 

The Navaranga doorway is guarded on either side by two large Dvarapalakas. Most of the pillars in the courtyard are in the Hoysala style. The main entrance has four pillars of the Vijayanagara period sculpted with the 24 forms of Vishnu.

 

There are many other shrines like Ranganayaki, Naraslmha, Sudarshana, Gopalkrtshna, Srinivasa, Rama Group and Ramanuja Desika in the Complex. The large granite, pillared collonade in front of the main shrine has a monolithic garudastambha of the late vijayanagara Period.

Visiting hours: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
                                        
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary: Rangantittu is a small national park which is very close to Srirangapatna town (3 km).  The Sanctuary comprises of many small islands on river Cauvery and its tributaries.  With dominance of Bamboo groves, eucalyptus, pandanus trees represents the flora of the sanctuary.  Rangantittu is temporary home to many migratory birds from Siberia, Australia and a breeding ground for many local bird species such as Painted Stork,Stork-billed Kingfisher,Woolly-necked Stork,White Ibis,Black-headed Ibis. River is also a rich habitat of Magar crocodile and marsh crocodile those you need to be careful while taking a boat ride in the river. If you are a bird watcher then boat ride is your best chance to sight and photograph flock of birds nesting on the small islands.  
Layout of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
                                    Layout of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Boundaries of the sanctuary are not properly demarcated hence you may reach to some nearby village if walking aimlessly. There are many isolated spots under the bushes suitable for love couple’s intimacy. Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary is a major tourist attraction of the region where tourists outnumber the birds on weekends.
Entrance Fee at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
                                   Entrance Fee at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Visiting hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

KSRTC busses (No 307) going towards Mysore will drop you at the main road near a canal from where you need to walk some 1 km to reach to the entrance of the Sanctuary.
Birthplace of Srikrishnaraja vodeyar 3rd
                                    Birthplace of Srikrishnaraja vodeyar 3rd
Birthplace of Sri Krishnaraja Vodeyar 3rd: Just in front of Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple: Near Tipu’s Place of Death, not much traveled.

Download Important Tourist Map of Mysore
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Information Courtesy: Archeological Survey of India

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