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“Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is full of history”
Review of Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

I have to confess we didnt go to all the temples in Srirangapatna, but did visit what was once Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. The building is not well maintained, but it is FULL of history being an old wooden building which must have looked amazing in its heyday. It also has the most amazing murals painted on many of the walls depicting scenes of various battles between Tipu Sultan against the British (it took the British a few goes before they eventually defeated the Sultan). The murals were like looking at a photograph of the time and the building later became the residence of the eventual Lord Wellington. As it is not well maintained you need to see these while they are still around. We thought it was worthwhile just to see this - there are other things in Srirangapatna which we didnt go to but overall if you are heading out there anyway make sure you visit this place.

3  Thank AussieroversAmman
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

its good historic place but nothing is maintained here and village has been developed over there.nothing much to see apart from summer palace which is simply superb....
take a trip there only if interested in history else dont go there
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

This place has nothing to offer a tourist . It is a religious place, so avoid it. The town is depressing - badly maintained, squalid - and this temple is full of aggresive hawkers. Like most Hindu temples, you will be asked to remove your shoes - it is filthy so bring socks to wear if indeed you insist on seeing this. We went on a Sunday and there were long lines. You can SKIP this line if you are not a worshipper - it is for worhsippers and unfortunately we were lead to believe it was for tourists. The line snakes through all the way inside, the crowd will drive you nuts because Indians do not actually respect personal space - I was constantly pushed and touched and poked. There were Hindu priests near some idols with a plate asking for donations and I promptly dropped 100 rupees in it but was later told I shouldn't have as the priest will probably pocket it! Ay yay yay - and I thought priests were GOOD people. Apparently if you want to donate, you put your money in a "Hundi" which is a locked donation box. The temple does not look like the picture because they actually painted the top part - it is now gaudy looking. Go to a well kept and well preserved temple instead --- head towards the Kesava temple in Somnathapura. It is a wonderful example of medieval Hindu architecture and devoid of religiousity. The drive is pleasant too - the road is mostly good and you get to see India at its best - rural - rice paddies and small villages.

5  Thank Rhea L
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Srirangapatna referred to in the days of the British Raj as Seringapatnam is famous for its age old temple....sometimes called Adhi Rangan.....and is believed to be even more ancient than Srirangam (biggest Temple in India in Tiruchi) with a third Ranga temple in TamilNadu again.
The deity or idol of Ranganathar is a form of Vishnu in the recumbent posture always facing Sri Lanka where his wife Sita was abducted by the demon king Ravana.....the famous Hindu epic Ramayana. Comparing Ananthapadmanabhaswami lied in the recumbent posture facng the sky as Vishnu is in bliss or Anandham. The temple is clean and nice with little crowd. One can reach Mysore and get a train from Mysore to Srirangapatnam. There are few train services but a lot of buses also shuttle to and fro. Its a small village whose centre piece of activity is the temple, there is the Tipu Sultan's fort nearby which I did not visit. Tipu Sultan was very against British expansion in India and the British sought the help of the Mysore rajah in exile in deposing Tipu who was killed in the Battle of Seringapatnam and is buried in the family mosque.. Tipu's tiger is a large toy which when keyed growled at the throat of a British soldier crying out "help!"....this european toy set Tipu laughing as he kept Brits at bay with his army and ammunition purchased from French. This toy is in in the Nehru art gallery of Victoria and Albert museum in London. Tipu or his family was forced to pay compensation to the British as war reparations and he gave away some of the temple jewellery ....sold by British to the French and by the French to the Imperial Russians ending up in Russia where it is.
The area is lush and green with the Cauvery River nearby. Mysore is well connected to Madras with the well known Shatabdi trains offerring a comfortable journey. In Mysore there a number of hotels including the old Dasaprakash hotel.
Temple pastries are best avoided unless you have the immunity of a local Indian as they do not have an expiry date and their hygiene is questionable. Bottled water is always the done thing in India. In Mysore are various other attractions: the Palace (the last King died 2013),the Cauvery River and the Dam, and the Chamundeswari Temple, the ruins of Belur and Halebid Temple classic beauties destroyed by Tipu Sultan's father Hyder Ali and the General Malik Kafur. Prayers are no longer done at these temples but the carvings left are a sight to behold. Mysore is a more peaceful city than Bangalore and is nice to stay in.

3  Thank Naidu60
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Very serene and calm atmosphere.Cauvery flowing and dip in cauvery is so refreshing and soothing and feel like we stay at this place for long time

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