You need to take a right from the highway to enter Tipu's fort, Srirangapatna. The fort area is small. And most of the original structures are broken. But settlements are thriving and the place is a busy with the people staying there as well as tourists.
|Entering Tipu Sultan's fort, Srirangapatna.|
|The Jami Masjid.|
|Tipu Sultan fell here.|
There is the famous Ranganathswamytemple ... which we gave a miss.
|Beautiful green inside the fort.|
|Another exit from the fort.|
After going around the fort, we left for Tipu's summer palace or the Dariya Daulat Bagh.
Well maintained and gets a big number of tourist visits. You will have to stand in line and buy tickets ... Rs.5/- per person.
The design of this summer palace is exactly the same as the one in Bangalore. This one has been converted into a museum and no photography is allowed inside the premises.
There are some very good frescoes on the walls and the ceilings and woodwork from that era.
The way to Sangam comes before the Gumbaj, but we decided to see the Gumbaj first and then spend some time at the Sangam.
|Boat ride in the sangam|
|Deities in the center of the confluence|
The Sangam is full of priests and people conducting rituals and shraddh and other pujas. While the ghaat is beautiful, it is extremely dirty due to the littering and pujas done there. Also, too many shops crowd the place and it is difficult to find a parking place for your vehicle.
We went ahead to the actual Cauvery river's ghaat that had a small temple too.
This ghaat was clean and so were the waters. A popular picnic spot, there were hordes of families enjoying playing in the shallow waters.
You won't find any food all this while ... but there are numerous shops selling biscuits, chips and cold drinks.
We started our return journey by 4:00 pm. On the highway, there are many shops selling the very famous Maddur vada. Do stop and try some.