The word Dungeon is morbid and imagination conjures up of prisoners suffering in the dark dungeons. To see it for real, travel to Srirangapatna and visit the Dungeon built during the rule of Tipu Sultan. He used the dungeons to confine the British officers. It is named after a British prisoner Colonel Bailey who died in this dungeon in 1780.
There are shoulder height stone slabs fixed on the East, North and West walls with holes. The captives would be chained at the wrists and tied to the slab with waist deep cold water.
Captain Baird and Rulay, Colonel Brithwhite Sampson, Frazer and Lindsay were all imprisoned in Colonel Baileys Dungeon.
Colonel Baileys Dungeon as you imagined is below ground level and you will have to climb down few steps to enter the dungeon. The arches of the dungeon greet you and when you enter the arch and explore the clean dungeon, you again get illusions of prisoners being held here. I have noticed that hyper children stop chattering and stay still with eyes transfixed and absorbing the surrounding, maybe thanking that the dungeon is history gone by.
There is a Cannon in the center of the dungeon and there are many theories explaining its presence here. One being, that the cannon fell through the roof, while Tipu was waging a war with the British.
From the top of the dungeon, the view of Cauvery River and the bridge cutting across is worth taking a picture.
Type of place: Dungeon
Transport: Well connected by road, you can hire autorikshaws or tongas to reach the place
Distance: 15 Km from Mysore, 125 Km from Bangalore
Transport: Well connected by road and rail
Facilities: Many hotels and resorts are available
My Great Grandmother was Henrietta Bailey, she was the Great- Great-Great Grandaughter of Colonel Bailey so the story goes. Unless you have other information. I would like to know.
Hi Henry Mole,
Greetings! It is wonderful to meet someone who is part of the history in my hometown Mysore. I only know information that is displayed on the placard near the dungeon and from some information from the history text books.
Sorry, I am not much of help to you 🙁
hi Shantha ,,
after watchin the series of tipu sultan i was completely blown away ,, and now i would like to buy some booklet which has some authentic and detailed stuff on tipu and mysore and srirangapatna and all the events tat took place ,,,can u recommend somethin
You can visit Geetha book house in Mysore or Sapna and Ganagaram’s at Bangalore to buy books on the subjects mentioned.
I am a native of mysore and I may be of great help to tipu enthusiasts and can be in touch with me to know about tipu sultan, tiger of mysore and i can even share a lot of pictures of tipus fort. Can contact me on my email id firstname.lastname@example.org
SYED RAQHEEB UR REHMAN