Known as the Land of Sugar and Rice due to its vast production of the same, Mandya in Karnataka offers a healthy mix of scenic locales and historic monuments for tourists traveling to this region. The history of Mandya is closely related to that of Mysore, and the city has been ruled by powerful dynasties including the Cholas, the kings of the Vijayanagar Empire and the Wodeyars of Mysore
Located on the banks of the River Cauvery, Mandya has some beautiful locales, waterfalls and agricultural land that will appeal greatly to the nature lover. Unsurprisingly, Mandya also has a number of temples that flaunt age-old, intricate architecture, attracting visitors from all over the country. A rich local cultural ethos coupled with abundant natural wonders makes Mandya an interesting tourist destination.The temples in Mandya follow the traditional and ancient South Indian forms of architecture. Some of the temples where you can witness this, along with deep religious fervor, are the Adichunchanagiri cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Basaral temple displaying architecture characteristic to the Hoysala era, and the 13th century Panchalingeshwara temple, which, as its name suggests, was constructed as a quintuple structure.The Brindavan Gardens is another must-visit when you’re in Mandya. This popular tourist spot, built at the base of the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir on the River Cauvery, includes a beautiful botanical garden with myriad flora and fauna, small man-made waterfalls and fountains, and exciting boat rides. Take your family and friends, and spend an entire day relaxing amidst nature.The Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir itself is a famous landmark and tourist spot in Mandya, and should be visited. Balmuri is another well-known picnic spot near the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir. The flow of the river here is such that it is like a waterfall, which is of great interest to all visitors to the region.Auto-rickshaws are the most common and easily available mode of transportation on Mandya. The other convenient way to get around the city would be to hire a private car or taxi from a local car rental dealership.Always fix the rate with the auto-rickshaw driver before starting your journey. They tend to inflate the prices so practice some bargaining to avoid getting fleeced.Look out for safety and caution signs at the dam and waterfalls
Mandya is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Mysore at a distance of 36kms.
Airports: Mysore Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Mandya from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Mandya