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Srirangapatna Fort

The historical Fort of Srirangapatna in Karnataka marks the fort where Tipu Sultan was killed. The fort was originally built in the year 1537 by Kempe Gowda. With four main entrances, the fort has a double wall defense system, which makes it one of the toughest forts. The fort also houses a monument, which marks the place where Tipu Sultan was killed. The fort boasts of an Indo Islamic style of architecture, with a Persian inscription on the gateway that announces its date of construction.

About the Fort
An interesting factor about this double-walled Fort is that it features four gates - Bangalore, Mysore, Delhi and Water and Elephant gates. The fort has two dungeons, where prisoners were held captive. There is a simple structure within the Fort with about 40 feet high walls on three sides.

Tipu’s residence, Lalmahal was also housed within the Fort. It was completely demolished by the British and the spot is today marked by a mound, with a notice board on top of it.
Another must visit attraction here is the Gumbaz - Tipu's marvelous tomb, renowned for its architecture and craftsmanship. Ranganathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu as 'Ranganatha' is also a popular attraction of the fort. The Daria Daulat Palace or the Palace of Tipu Sultan is also a must-visit site, built of teakwood and adorned by colorful wall-frescoes. The Masji-e-Ala or the Juma Masjid at Srirangapatna is famous for its towering minarets.

Srirangapatna Fort Significance
 It was in this fort that Tipu Sultan breathed his last while fighting the British forces in Mysore during the 18th century. Tipu Sultan was known as the Mysore Tiger since he fought the Brtitish with true courage and valor. The credit of keeping the British away from southern India truly goes to Tipu Sultan and his father who was another courageous leader, Hyder Ali. The landscape surrounding the fort is serene and beautiful and is a must visit if you are traveling to Karnataka.



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