Srirangapatna, (also spelled Srirangapattana or Shrirangapattana and anglicized to Seringapatam during the British Raj) (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀರಂಗಪಟ್ಟಣ) is a town in Mandya District of Karnataka State in India. It is of great religious, cultural and historic importance.
On an island in the Cauvery River, the town of Srirangapatna was once the fortress capital of the region controlled by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.
Srirangapatna is 19 km from Mysore. Bus are available from Mysore from 7AM to 8PM. The last bus returns to Mysore by 9PM. Look for bus No. 313 which takes 30 minutes or bus No. 307 which takes 40 minutes. Air-conditioned Volvo buses charges ₹32. Most of the trains that ply from Bangalore to Mysore stop here. However it is recommended that you take an early morning train, as this gives an ample window to explore the place.
Autos can be hired from near the bus stand, taxis are available too. Most of them understand Hindi or English, get hold of someone who does. For a predetermined price, they will take you to most of the places of interest. Price, as almost always in India, is negotiable, so ask 3-4 persons before deciding.
Walking is another good option, maps and signposts abound, so getting around should not be difficult.
- 1 Summer Palace of Tipu Sulthan (Daria Daulat Bagh). This is the biggest attraction. Entrance from 9AM to 4PM. It was constructed in 1784 and is made of teak. Today it is a museum devoted to Tipu Sulthan. The palace is surrounded by a big garden and a green lawn.
- 2 Tippu Tomb (Gumbaz). This tomb and mosque was built by Tipu Sultan as a tribute to his illustrious father Hyder Ali (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. Very beautiful tomb, mosque and many gardens. Closes by 6PM.
- Sangama. Confluence of holy rivers. Coracle riding facility. Very green surroundings. Salted fruits available.
- 3 Ranganathaswamy Temple. Temple of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture on the great snake Anantha, is one of the largest temples in the state.
- 4 Tipu's Death Place. This is marked and well maintained with the sign The body of Tipu Sultan was found here. This is near the Giddy Gate close to Srirangapatna Fort. The Tipu Sultan was buried at Gumaz.
- Karighatta Viewpoint, 5 km on Bannu Road. Beautiful viewpoint and ancient temple 2,697 feet above sea level.
- Nimishamba Bridge, 5 km on Gumbaz Road. Beautiful surroundings with ancient temple. Cute cafe in the middle of sugarcane fields.
- Abbe Dubois Church (St.Mary's School), Gumbaz Road. Beautiful church built in 1802.
- Juma Masjidh (One km). Juma Masjidh is on the right side of the bus station. You are allowed to wear the footwear inside the Moque compound but you have to remove it when enter the steps leading to the upper mosque. The inner sanctum sanctorum of the upper floor is usually closed. You can find it open during prayer times: 2PM, 5PM, 7PM, and 9PM. Visit the mosque immediately after the muezzin's call so that you can see the spectacular inner hall of Tipu's original ancient mosque.
- Picnic @ Summer Palace lawns. The lawns of the summer palace are extremely spacious and peaceful. Ideal for a picnic. There are many big trees giving a lot of shade. Many visitors to Mysore have described this lawn as the best experience in Mysore because of the peaceful atmosphere and the pretty picture postcard-like surroundings.
- Riverside Park near Hale Sethway. Take the third left street on the right side of the KSRTC bus station. The road goes to Wellesley Bridge and there is a cute little seating place just before the bridge. The seats are arranged before the Anjaneya Swamy Temple. Very peaceful place to watch the river and the traffic on the new bridge on the Bangalore Road. You can comfortably spend one or two hours here. Not very sunny even in the afternoons.
- Trekking on Railway Station Road. The front and back sides of the railway station are suitable for silent walking as they are not touristy places. The railway station itself is very silent as it is not used by the tourists.
- Sitting ̊̊ at Juma Masjidh Junction (one km). The Juma Masjidh Junction has beautiful stone seats which is suitable for sitting and enjoying the lifestyle of the local people. This junction also has two temples. Being not part of the major trail, you will get some peace of mind here.
- Quad Bike Rides, Gumbaz area. ₹150 for one round. The track on the opposite of the first parking lot.
- Coracle Rides, At Sangamam 1 km from Gumbaz.
- Souvenirs. There are some small stalls selling souvenirs and cheap antique gifts. The best shops are seen near the Rangaswamy Temple
- Juma Masjidh area. Juma Masjidh Main Street is not frequented by tourists and you will get some peace of mind here. This road is also called Srirangapatna Main Road. Most of the wares on display are meant for the local consumption and so the prices are also very reasonable. The side streets are so narrow that you can have a Morocco like souq-experience here.
- Bhuvaneshwari Restaurant, Two km on Bangalore Road.
- Vilaasi Grand Restaurant, Two km on Bangalore Road.
- Orchid Cafe, On the left side of the Bus Station, ☏ . Economy restaurant.
- Mayura Restauant and Coolbar, on the left side of the bus station. High prices, poor service, no ambience. Big enough to seat 100 people.
- Annapoorna Restaurant, on the left side of KSRTC.
- Gowda Mane Cafe, On the left side of KSRTC. Near Orchid Cafe.. Economy restaurant that opens by six am.
- Bhuvaneshwari Restaurant, Baburayanakopala, Bangalore Road.
- Vilaasi Grand, Baburayanakopala, Bangalore Road.
Alcohol is easily available and carries no stigma in spite of the fact that Srirangapatna is a Muslim-dominated area.
- SPR Bar and Restaurant, 1 km on the Bangalore Road. Good garden with no ambience. Food is OK.
- 1 Hotel Mayura River View, Srirangapatna, Mandya.
- New Amblee Holiday Resort, 17, Srirangapatna, Mandya-571438, ☏ .
- Tourist Lodge, Near Railway Station, ☏ , . Mr.Kiran ₹500.
- Manu Lodge, Northeast of the Bridge (2 km on Bangalore Road).
- Orchid Residency, On the left side of the bus station, ☏ . Basic rooms with hot water only for one hour. Traffic sound is a nuisance. ₹600.
- Venketeshwara Lodge, Behind Orchid Cafe, on the left side of KSRTC bus station.. Traffic noise is muffled as the property is 200 meters from the highway. The rooms are big but the toilets are old style. The terrace has good views and enough space for a party of 25 people. ₹400.
- Manu Lodge, Baburayanakopala, Bangalore Road.
- 1 Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is about 4 km from Srirangapatna. Is home for a wide variety of migratory birds from as far as Siberia, Australia and even North America. Birds like Pond Heron, Spoon bills, White Ibis, Cormorant, Wild duck, Darter, Open Bill Stork, Cattle Egret, partridge, river tern, stone plougher and other exotic bird species that fly to the sanctuary in large flocks can be seen.
- Krishnarajanagara Paddy field paradise