March 22, 2010

Tipu Sultan's body was found here - Tipu Sultan's Memorial, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

When you visit Mysore, you should not stop just by visiting places such as Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, and Brindavan Gardens. You should also visit nearby historical towns such as Srirangapatna, Somnathpur and Talakad. The most famous travel destination in Srirangapatna town is Ranganathaswamy temple. However, there are other sites related to Tipu Sultan found in this town. The memorial of Tipu Sultan, which was built on the site where he was killed, is one such historical site in Srirangapatna.

Hyder Ali, a son of Naik aka Chief Constable, rose to become a ruler due to his talent. He replaced Wodayar kings and started ruling the region of Mysore. During his time, the town Srirangapatna started regaining its lost glory and importance. Tipu Sultan was the first son of Hyder Ali, who became the king of Mysore after Hyder Ali. He helped his father to win British in the second Mysore war.

Even though Tipu Sultan ruled for a brief period, he became very popular. He was proficient in many languages; he got into alliance with French army to fight British; he was the one who laid the foundation for the famous Krishna Raja Sagara dam. He built various roads, public buildings and ports. It is believed that he was the first to use war rockets not only in India, but in the entire world. It is believed that he started new coinage, new banking system, a new calendar, and a new measurement for weights. There are even some controversies in the history against him. However, we need to have a separate historical blog to write more about Tipu Sultan. He was defeated by the British in the third Mysore war and killed on 4th May 1799 in Srirangapatna.

The British army was searching for the body of Tipu Sultan and found the same on the site, which has been later converted to a memorial. The memorial is a homage to the great warrior Tipu Sultan. The place has just a tomb like structure with a board stating that this was the site where Tipu Sultan's body was found.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Tipu Sultan's Memorial
Site Type: Memorial
Highlights: The site where Tipu's body was found
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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