March 20, 2010

A historical town of India - Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, located at a distance of around 18 kms from Mysore, the heritage city of India, is a true historical town. Srirangapatna, a small island town, is located on the banks of the river Cauvery (aka Kaveri). Those who visit to Mysore city also visit Srirangapatna. Similar to Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, and Chamundi Hills, Srirangapatna also remains as an important travel destination of Mysore.

Srirangapatna town got its name due to the huge ancient temple of Ranganathaswamy temple located in this town. Ranganathaswamy temple of Srirangapatna is the best tourist attraction of Srirangapatna town. This 9th century temple, built orginally by the Ganga kings, renovated later by Vijayanagara, Hoysala, and Wodayar kings, stands as a fine example of blended architectural beauty of Karnataka state of India.

Srirangapatna was a major city during Vijayanagara period. After the decline of the Vijayanagara kings, when the Wodayar kings came to power, the importance was given to Mysore, and hence Srirangapatna lost its political importance. However, when Tipu Sultan came to power for a brief period, he made Srirangapatna as his capital and it regained his glory and historical importance. Tipu Sultan fought bravely against British and was killed in Srirangapatna. Apart from Ranganathaswamy temple, all other sites that are related to tourism in Srirangapatna are somewhat related to Tipu Sultan. Tipu's Summer Palace aka Daria Daulat Palace, Juma Masjid, Tipu's tomb, Tipu's fort, and the site where Tipu was killed are some of the important tourist spots of Srirangapatna.

When you get a chance to visit Mysore or Bangalore, ensure that you visit Srirangapatna without fail.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Srirangapatna
Site Type: Historical monuments, Ancient temple
Location: 18 kms from Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Srirangapatna
Nearest Airport: Bangalore (around 170 kms)
Local Transport: Easily reachable from Mysore; there are lot of private and government buses
Hotel: There are few good hotels at Srirangapatna; If you are looking for good cheap and budget hotels, it is better to go with hotels of Mysore or hotels of Bangalore
Restaurants: There are few good restaurants available in Srirangapatna; better options are available in Bangalore or Mysore

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  1. Is there any connection between Sri Rangam Ranganathar Temple of Tamilnadu and Sri Rangapatna Ranganathaswamy Temple?

  2. wow wish I could visit that someday :D