Lying on the western side of Mysore District
, Piriyapatna is a taluk
headquarters town at about 61 km west of Mysore
and 50 km east of Madikeri
. This prominent but tiny town is on the strategic trunk road from Srirangapatna
to Madikeri and Kannur
. (It is also spelt Periapatam and Periyapatam.)
Piriyapatna derived its name from a king named Periya. During the reign of Tipu Sultan
the place witnessed constant wars between Tipu Sultan and Kodagu rulers. Famous for tobacco, Piriyapatna has a tobacco processing center. Yellow granite found in this region is well suited for wall paneling and table tops. The Jain temple dedicated to Bhagawan Sheethalanatha and temples of Periyapattanadamma, Kannambadiamma and Kote Maramma are the major attaractions.
Anivalu is a Jain heritage center at about 20 km from Piriyapatna. The commercial town of Kushalnagar
is 20 km north-west. The Tibetan colony of Bylakuppe
lies close to this town.
and Mysore Junction Railway Station
are the nearest access points. State Highway 21 and State Highway 88 pass through Piriyapatna.