Thursday saw us head south to Serengapatem and Mysore. Just over two hours by car on a very good road/motorway. Much warmer in Mysore than Bangalore but not unbearably so - mid to high 30sC so very pleasant if somewhat airless and humid. The fortress was stormed in 1799 by the British and their allies from Hyderabad after a siege lasting from 4 April to 5 May, which is one of the hottest times of the year. Tipu was killed and that marked the end of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. The fortress was pretty much demolished during the siege and the central area now houses a small town along with local police married quarters. Enough is still standing to get an excellent idea of what it must have looked like.
|Dungeons where Tipu kept his captive English officers.|
|A depiction of the death of Tipu Sultan during the storming of Serengapatem.|
|The Water Gate where Tipu was killed. ( see photo above)|