Srirangapatna Shivanasamudra Srirangam

The three beautiful locations Srirangapatna, Shivanasamudra and Srirangam are popular tourist destinations (mainly temple tourism). There are so many things to see and explore but what is common among these three is the presence of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple on the banks of River Cauvery

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temples are present in several locations in India but what is special in these three towns is the temples located at the banks of River Cauvery.

Many devotees embark on a journey starting at Srirangapatna, then visiting the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Shivanasamudra (also known as Shimsha) and finally visiting the Srirangam temple in Tamil Nadu on the same day, if possible before dark.

Visiting these three temples is a bit of challenge if not properly planned. It is possible to visit all three temples in a day if you plan to be in Srirangapatna before 7 am. Within two hours, you can reach the temple at Shivanasamudra and in less than seven hours you can be in Srirangam Temple. I say this out of my experience, driving to these temples in a self-driven car.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna (Karnataka)

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Shivanasamudra (Shimsha)

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Shimsha
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Shimsha

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam
Sri Ranganathar Temple, Srirangam
The three Ranganathaswamy Temples are located in two southern States of India. Srirangapatna and Shimsha (Shivanasamudra) is located in Karnataka and Srirangam is in Tamil Nadu. While the distance between Srirangapatna and Shimsha is about 75 kms, from Shimsha to Srirangam is about 285 kms. 

You will come across several temples on the way that you may ignore in order to cover these three temples in a day. Be mindful on how much time you spend for your breakfast and lunch.

During our journey to these three Sri Ranganathaswamy temples, we had our breakfast in Srirangapatna in a small eatery. You may find and chose a better restaurant on the Bangalore Mysore highway. However, once you deviate from the highway, good restaurants are rare.

The google map will show you two routes, one via B R Hills and the other via Dhimbam Ghats. We chose Dhimbam Ghats as the priest in Shimsha temple suggested us and I was quite familiar with this route.

You will certainly enjoy the journey whichever routes you choose, thanks to the greeneries everywhere and occasional sight of wild animals. We saw wild boars and elephants in the Dhimbam Ghats. Unfortunately, I could not photograph them as it was too dark and dangerous to stop.

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