About 50 kms from Tumkur, Sira was founded by Rangappa Naik. Later, Sira was Conquered by Ranadullah Khan, a general in Bijapur army. After the conquest, Malik Hussain was appointed Sira’s Governor.
After the Bijapur kingdom fell to Aurangzeb, Dilawar Khan was appointed governor of Sira. He then built a fine palace here which is said to have inspired the palaces of Bangalore and Srirangapatna. He also laid out a beautiful garden that is said to have been the model for the Lalbagh Garden at Bangalore. Located in Sira is the Juma Masjid and the tomb of Malik Rihan Made from hewn stone, both these structures are fine examples of Saracenic architecture. Another monument worth seeng is the Ibrahim Rauza that contains many tombs. Built in the Hindu style of architecture, except for its minarets, this building has cornices and doorways with hindu motifs.
How to Reach?
Sira is well connected by buses from Tumkur and Bangalore.