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Water Gate

Water Gate

The ‘Water Gate’ is located in the northern fort wall, next to the Gangadharshwera Temple.

The gateway opens to the shallower portion of the river. The residents of the fort used this gate for fetching water for the daily needs, hence the name. This is a shallow archway with guard houses on either sides. You can reach the riverside by passing through this gate.

Though this area appears quite laid-back, it was the location of a deadly battle in 1799. In all probability it is through this gateway on that fateful day of 4 May 1799 the English troops charged into the fort. The body of Tippu Sultan was found (see Tipu Sultan’s Death Place ) a little eastward along the fort wall.

From the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, take the road that goes along the ruined Lal Mahal Palace . A little ahead the road turns eastward and traces the fort wall. You’ll see the Water Gate on your left and the Gangadharshwera Temple on your right. Further ahead on the road Tipu Sultan’s Death Place.

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