Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna is a beautiful river island with the River Kaverito enclosing it and is situated very close to Mysore. An important part of tourism here are the numerous temples that exist here. Accessible by road from the nearest railhead and airport at Mysore and from Bangalore this town is visited by tourists for SriRanganathaswamy Temple, Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple, the Jyothi Mahaswara Temple among many, Jumma Masjid, the Daria Daulat Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary .

Best time to visit: September to March
Languages spoken: Kannada
Climate: Warm summers and pleasant winters
Holy places: SriRanganathaswamy Temple, Jumma Masjid, Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple, the Jyothi Mahaswara Temple, the Bidhcotta Ganesha Temple, the Panduranga Swamy Temple, the Sathyanarayana Swamy Temple, the Anjunaya Swamy Temple, the Ayyapa Temple, the Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple, and the Raganatha Nagara Ganesha Temple
Natural wonders: Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary, Shivanasamudra Falls
Places to visit: Daria Daulat Gardens

Very Well Unplanned – A trip to Ooty

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During our sound sleep around 4am in between our journey to Pune we heard a loud bang and suddenly got out of our sleeps. We realised that our bus met with an accident with another bus and the other bus went into divider and got the front damaged causing human casualties. Sight of an old lady lying on road with blood dripping on the road from her head and many other injured people at 4am in the morning was a horrifying and depressing sight. The driver had few arguments with the people outside and took us to the bus stand where we realised that we have reached Nasik. The driver decided to end the journey there only due to damaged windshield of the bus and refunded us our remaining amount. Then we took another Maharashtra roadways bus to Pune and reached Pune after a long , tiring , scary and adventurous  journey of  almost forty hours.

We decided to get freshen up at a friend’s flat in Pune and got the tickets booked for the volvo in evening to Bangalore from where we will have to take another bus to Ooty. After taking rest in Pune we boarded the volvo to Bangalore in the evening.

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COORGI DELIGHTS-SRIRANGAPATNA

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Pet puja done, we moved on past Channapatna(famous for its toys), Mandya and at 10.30 AM reached SriRangapatna, a place of great religious, cultural and historical importance. Located 20 kms from Mysore City, the entire town is an Island enclosed by the River Cauvery. The town gets its name from the famous Sri Ranganathasamy Temple. The temple, one of the important Vaishnavite pilgrimage centres was built in the 9th Century and is a mix of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles of Architecture(Thanks:Wikipedia).

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Srirangapatna – Mysore Trip Part 1

Srirangapatna – Mysore Trip Part 1

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Mysore, known as the cultural capital of Karnataka, is a must-visit if you come up-to Bangalore for even a week. As for Srirangapatna, made famous by Tippu Sultan and more so by the TV series “the Sword of Tipu Sultan” aired on Doordarshan :), it lies on the way to Mysore from Bangalore. So, visits from in-laws and my parents resulted in two trips to Srirangapatna and Mysore. Here is my travelogue based on the two visits – first part about Srirangapatna and second part on Mysore.

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