Tourist places near Mysore
There are several spectacular destinations in and around Mysore. Some of such places near Mysore are listed below :
Srirangapatnam is an island fortress town on river Cauvery that housed the summer palace of Tipu Sultan – a place he ruled from till his fall in 1799. Most of the place is in ruins especially his fort but evocative of the rich history and brief glory of Tipu sultan and his father Hyder Ali’s rule. The palace Dariya Daulat is a rich conservatory of historic scenes as etched on this teakwood structure in Indo Sarcecian Style similar to the Mysore palace. The most stunning feature of the palace is that all the space available on the walls, pillars, canopies and arches have colorful frescoes. The outer walls of the palace have frescoes of the battle scenes and portraits. The inner walls are decorated with scrolls of thin foliage and floral patterns. The wooden ceilings of the palace are pasted with canvas painted with floral patterns. On the top floor of the Daria Daulat Palace is the Tipu Sultan Museum. It has a collection of Tippu memorabilia, European paintings and Persian manuscripts. The museum has the famous painting “Storming of Srirangapatanam” an oil painting by Sir Robert Ker Porter made in 1800. This historical painting depicts the final fall of Srirangapatanam on 4th May 1799.
The City is a treasure chest for the students of history. The 15th century triangular mud fort was completely reengineered by French military engineers to align with Tipu’s strategic defense tactic. The fort with a its vary many gates and passageways paints a vivid picture. There are a large number of military, religious and civic structures inside Srirangapatanam Fort.
‘Col Bailey Dungeons’’ housed the prisoners of wars especially British. The place got its name from the famous colonel death here in 1780.There is a stone placed in the fort at the place where Tipu sultan died, after being betrayed by his own men. Inside the fort there is a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple and outside the fort is the tomb of Tipu, the Gumbaz.
All of 67 km, it’s the largest bird sanctuary in this part of India. Ranganthittu is a beautiful picnic spot with lush greenery and clear waters located below KRS reservoirs. It is made of five islets formed due to the dam building process. The place is a true haven for birds and aptly called Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka.
The sanctuary witnesses a large number of migratory birds all year long. They court, mate, build nests, lay eggs, incubate and enlarge their families here. Spoonbills arrive from Antarctica migrate for breeding. Bill Storks from North America are seen in winter. The orange colored Painted Storks from Siberia and White Ibis from Nigeria are regular migratory birds here.
The other birds that are commonly observed are: Snake bird , Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Pond heron, Night Heron, River Tern, and Indian Whiskered Tern. Boating is allowed with a nominal fee and maintained by the forest department here. Many amateurs and professional wildlife photographers are regular visitors here.
An enchanting nature setting of a natural wonder makes it a must see view. Shivanasamundram or Bluff or Shimsha is one of the many islands that river Cauvery makes in its journey from Talacauvery at Coorg to the Bay of Bengal. Its here that river Cauvery splits as two falls Gaganachukki and bharachukki.320 ft deep and 890 m wide, this falls is counted as top 100 waterfall in the world. The watch tower offer a great view of the Gaganachukki falls and one more view point to the fall could be the Dargah of Hazrat Mardane Garib a mere 1 km away from Bharachukki falls. Monsoon obviously is the best season to visit this place.
The falls also has a fully functional Hydro electric power station started way back in 1902, The first of its kind in the whole of Asia. Kolar Gold fields was the first place to get electricity from this power station and hence became the first city in Asia to get Hydro electric power.
Nagarhole or the Rajiv Gandhi national park is spread over 645 sq kms of thick forest cover comprising seven forest ranges, this National Park is considered as the one of the best maintained wild life habitats in India. It is a part of the Nilgiri bio-sphere with the Bandipur National Park and the Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary to its South and the Wyanad Wild Life Sanctuary in Kerala to it’s west.
The undulating terrain of the Park is crisscrossed by many rivers a prime source of fresh water in the region. The Kabini river, a tributary of the Cauvery, which has been dammed, to create a large irrigation reservoir is the best known.
The vegetation varies according to the elevation and rainfall and therefore the eastern parts of the park support a dry deciduous forest cover. The central and western portions of the park receive more rainfall and here the forests are moist deciduous to semi-evergreen.
This National Park is home to a wide range of mammals, birds and reptiles. Amongst herbivores the Asiatic elephant, Gaur, Sambar deer and spotted deer are commonly sighted. Predators like the Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dog are less easily sighted. There are almost 250 species of birds in these forests. Beautiful Iruppu waterfalls and Tibetans settlements & monasteries within driving distance from the sanctuary make for added attractions.
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