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Somnathpur and Srirangapatnam

Somnathpur and Srirangapatnam

India Holidays - The temple at Somnathpur

Outside the city of Mysore, to the east, can be found the exquisite Somnathpur Temple, one of the best preserved of the many Hoysala-style temples in this region. The stone-carved friezes on the temple's exterior, including stories from the Hindu epics, are particularly impressive. Continue through attractive scenery to the summer palace (below right) of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam. Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger of Mysore' was a local ruler who challenged the authority of the British in the late 18th century and inflicted two defeats on the armies of the East India Company before being defeated and killed in 1799, in a battle that established the reputation of the British colonel Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington.  Also visit the white marble Mausoleum of Haider Ali at Srirangapatnam (below left), which is also the resting place of Tipu Sultan himself.