At a distance of 18 km from Mysore, 26 km from Mandya and 124 km from Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Srirangapattana is a historical town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka owing to its cultural, religious and historic importance and also one of the top places to visit in Mysore. The entire town is surrounded by the river Kaveri to form a river island.
According to history, Srirangapatna was founded by the rulers of Ganga dynasty in 9th century. However, the destination came into the limelight during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The rise of the Wodeyar kings marked the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire. During the reign of the Wodeyar kings, Raja Wodeyar conquered Rangaraya in 1610, who was then the viceroy of Srirangapatna. From 1610, the town of Srirangapattana was the capital of Mysore state. Hyder Ali defeated the Wodeyar King and made Srirangapatna their capital for a brief period. In the Battle of Srirangapatna in 1799, Tipu Sultan was killed inside the fort by the combined armies of Nizam of Hyderabad and the British. In addition, this battle also marked the last engagement of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.
The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town, making Srirangapatna one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in South India. The Srirangapatna temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest temples in Karnataka. This is the prime attraction in Srirangapatna and one of the top tourist places to visit near Mysore.
Srirangapatna has several tourist attractions like Daria Daulat (Palace of Tipu Sultan) and Gumbaz (Mausoleum of Tipu Sultan) & Sangama. Hindus come from far and wide to Srirangapatna to immerse the ashes of their dead relatives.
Bangalore airport is the nearest airport, which is about 168 km away. Srirangapatna has a railway station, which is well connected with Bangalore, Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Tirupati. The town is easily accessible from Bangalore, Mandya and Mysore by road as it is situated on Bangalore-Mysore highway.
Laksha Deepotsava, Ratha Sapthami, Brahmotsavams, Kotarothsava, Holi, Dusshera and Buddha Purnima are the famous festivals celebrated with much fanfare at Srirangapatna.