SrirangapatnaSrirangapatna is located in Karnataka around 15kms from Mysore and 125kms from Bengaluru. Housed as a river island in the Kaveri river, the place holds the celebrated Vaishnavite temple of Ranganathaswamy and ofcourse Tipu Sultan's resting place. Although we could not make it to the temple, we made it a point to see the other points of interest.
This welcome board.
The Kaveri river
Colonel Baileys DungeonWe head to the Colonel Baileys Dungeon. There was nothing much to see in the dungeon. It was a big hall with pillars. There are some stones fixed to the dungeon wall. The prisoners were supposed to be tied and beaten. Captain Bailey's Dungeon was used to imprison British officers. Tipu Sultan used to keep British Senior Officers here and torture them.
Place of Martyrdom or The ObeliskA fenced area with a stone marks the area where his body was found. It is the spot where Tippu Sultan breathed his last in the legendary battle of Srirangapatna against the British in 1799. He was killed due to the betrayal of his own men who passes the info of the water gate to the British through which they breached the fort. His body lay there for two days before it was noticed by the locals. The commemorative Obelisk is located in a small envelopment nearby where no one is not allowed to enter.
Jama Masjid or masjid-i-Ala
It was built during the regime of Tipu Sultan during 1786-87. There is a madarsa inside the mosque. An elegant one with two pillars that resemble a bit of Hindu architecture. There is a large prayer hall, the Mihrab, on the western side. There is an inscription that mentions all the ninety-nine names of Allah. The monument has a flight of about 200 steps leading to the top of the minarets from where one can have a splendid view of the surrounding area. Persian scriptures in fine calligraphy and intricate ornamentation decorate the walls and ceilings of this Jama Masjid.
The madarsa is still functional
Daria Daulat BaghIt was built by Tipu Sultan in commemoration of his victory against the British in A.D1784. The museum is on the ground floor of the palace and has the historical oil painting of Tipu Sultan, coins, medals, costumes, manuscripts, daggers, pistols etc. Some pics
GumbazThe tomb and mosque was built by Tipu Sultan as a tribute to his father Hyder Ali after his death. It enshrines the cenotaphs of Hyder Ali, his wife Fakrunbisa and Tipu Sultan. The captivating part is the dome that crowns the top.
Ranganathittu Bird sanctury5kms sway from Srirangapatana. It is called Pakshi Kashi, six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river. The mugger crocodile or marsh crocodile is easily seen here. The birds have a impressive list, stork-billed kingfisher, egret, cormorant, Oriental darter, spot-billed pelican, painted stork etc
SangamaIt is the confluence of 3 holy rivers Kaveri River, Lokapavani River & Hemavati River.
Though a lot was left back to be seen, being in short of time we had to continue our journey back, to promise a revisit the places let unseen.