From this fort, built on a long island in the Cauvery River only 16km from Mysore, Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan ruled much of southern India during the 18th century. In ruins since the British came through like a whirlwind in 1799, the ramparts, battlements and some of the gates of the fort still stand.
Close to the bus station is a handsome twin tower mosque built by Tipu Sultan, and within the fort walls you can also find the dungeon where Tipu held British officers captive, and the handsome Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (
Srirangapatnam’s star attraction is Tipu’s summer palace, the Daria Daulat Bagh (
About 2km further east the remains of Hyder Ali, his wife and Tipu are housed in the impressive onion-domed Gumbaz (
Head 500m east of Gumbaz for the river banks. A short coracle ride runs for Rs 25 per person. Resist dangling your hand in the water; a crocodile could have it for lunch.
Three kilometres upstream from Srirangapatnam, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (
Srirangapatnam destination guides
Private Tour: Mysore Palace and Srirangapatna Day Trip from Bangalore
Discover the old-world charm of Mysore on a private day trip from Bangalore! Stop along the way in Srirangapatna, an ancient city of great religious and cultural importance, and visit Tipu Sultan's Dariya Daulat Palace. You’ll learn about the heritage and history of Karnataka's palace-strewn cities as you explore palace art and architecture with your knowledgeable guide.
Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore
See the breathtaking palaces of Bangalore on a private half-day tour! Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle to the spectacular Bangalore Fort (Kempegowda’s Fort) and learn about the historical significance of this 16th-century defense, originally made of mud brick. Visit the nearby Tipu Sultan's Palace; it's a replica of the Daria Daulat Palace of Srirangapatnam.