Melukote is one of the famous Hindu religious destinations in Karnataka. It is said that the saint Ramanujacharya lived in Melukote for 12 years. Thus, Melukote became a centre of Sri Vaishnava tradition.
Melukote is known for Sri Cheluva Narayana Temple which is located on a hilltop. This ancient town is situated in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya. Melukote also has an Academy of Sanskrit Research, which consists of thousands of ancient manuscripts. According to the legend, this town had different names like Yadavadri, Tirunarayanapura, Narayanadri and Vedadri. Melukote is also the birthplace of Jayalalitha, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
Today, Melukote is one of the popular tourist destinations near Mysore.
Tourist Attractions In And Around Melukote
Melukote is known for various Hindu temples. Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Raya Gopura, ISCKON Temple, Melukote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushkarani and Thondanur Lake are some of the main tourist attractions in Melukote. The city of Mysore is around 100 km from Melukote.
Fairs & Festivals
Vairamudi Brahmotsavam is the annual festival celebrated in the premises of Melukote Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. Thousands of devotees participate in this grand temple festival. A procession of Cheluvanarayana Swamy is one of the major events of this festival.
How To Reach
Melukote is around 150 km from Bangalore. By road, tourists have to take Bangalore-Mysore State Highway to reach Melukote. KSRTC buses are available from Bangalore to Melukote but they are not frequent. So, it is better to take buses to Mandya and then go to Melukote from there. Melukote is 40 km from Mandya.