The fort town of Srirangapatna is a witness of a lot of bloodshed and wars. Located 16 km from Mysore, it stands on an island in the heart of Cauvery River. Once the seat of power for Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan; Srirangapatna has been the de facto capital of most of the regions in southern India during the 18th century. Srirangapatnam lost its glory and grandeur in 1799 when the British waged an epic war against Tipu Sultan, who was defeated and killed in the same war. The glory ended but the battlements, ramparts, gates and other ruins of fort are still standing to tell the tale of that tall era.
There is an awesome twin-tower mosque in vicinity to the bus station, constructed by the sultan. The fort walls house the dungeon where Tipu Sultan had imprisoned British officers. It also holds within a graceful Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Tipu’s summer palace, Daria Daulat Bagh is the major attraction in Srirangapatna, situated 1 km east of the fort. The palace is appreciated for its splendid decoration that is evident at every inch of its interiors. While the walls flaunts murals presenting courtly life and Tipu’s marches against the British, ceilings are carved with fantastic floral designs. It also houses a small museum displaying several artifacts comprising a portrait of Tipu Sultan when he was 30. European artist John Zoff had painted it in 1780.