Srirangapatna is an island town on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway and is encircled by the river Cauvery. The town obtained its name from a 1000 year old temple of Lord Sriranganatha which dominates the town, making Srirangapatna one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in south India was built by the Chieftain Thirumalaiah in 894 AD. This was once the capital of Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, "The Tiger of Mysore". Every stone, every Temple, every Palace and every Mosque in here has a story to tell.
The river Cauvery is said to be auspicious and sanctifying. The Pashchima Vahini section of the Cauvery at Srirangapatna is considered especially sacred.
Tourist Attractions at Srirangapatna are:
Ancient temple dedicated to Sri Ranganathaswamy - it is the form of Lord Vishnu . It is a beautiful example for both Vijayanagara and Hoysala Styles of Architecture.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace- The summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, built fully by wood is today a museum devoted to Tipu Sultan.
The Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary - near Srirangapatna, it is the breeding site for several bird species, including the Painted Stork , Open-billed Stork , Black-headed Ibis , River Tern
Gumbaz- it is an imposing structure where the mortal remains of Hyder Ali, his wife and Tipu Sultan were confined.
Nimishambha temple - the famous temple is located in the near by district of Ganjam
Temple of Lord Srinivasa - it is situated a few kilometres from the town at Karighatta (Black Hill)
Sivasamudram Falls -it is the second biggest waterfall in India and the sixteenth largest in the world.
Other attractions are the Jumma Masjid (a Mosque ) and the Daria Daulat Gardens .
The town is easily accessed by Train from Bangalore and Mysore and is also well-connected by Road, lying as it does just off the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The highway passes through this town and special care was taken to minimize any impact on the monuments here. By Air, flights from Bangalore are available.
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