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Mandya, a small town, located to the southeast of Karnataka, makes for an unusual tourist spot with its one of a kind religious, cultural and historical ethics. This little town of Mandya, came into existence in the year of 1939 and is located about 90 kilometers away from Bangalore. The beautiful district shares its boundaries with Hassan, Mysore, Bangalore and Tumkur, and is named after the great sage Mandavya.
The soothing lush landscapes are spangled with verdant valleys and has the river Cauvery and its four tributaries meandering through the place. The breathtaking backdrop of Mandya is dotted by tall coconut trees on the fringes of the river banks and vibrant green forests thrive with diverse flora and fauna. It is a popular place for tourism with several attractions that boast of the city's heritage and unadulterated beauty of nature. Don't miss out on these incredible places and explore the less explored.
Places To Explore In Mandya-
Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) Dam
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Named after Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV of Mysore, the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) Dam is built over the river Kaveri, near the confluence of the three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavathi & Lakshmana Thirtha. The dam is a major source to ensure power supply to the Shivanasamudra hydroelectric power station. It is also known by the name of ‘Kannambadi Katte' by the locals, owing to the location of the dam. What sets this dam apart from the other dams is its striking milieu bestowed with stunning, illuminated gardens, musical fountains and water bodies. Built during the rule of Wodeyars in 1932, the KRS Dam still giveaway the glimpses of the spellbinding vintage architecture of that time.
Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple
Bringing to view the brilliance of the classic Dravidian architecture, Mandya has a number of ancient temples, out of which the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is the most notable one. The Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, also popular by the name of Thirunarayanapura, is built on the rocky slopes of the Yadugiri hills, overlooking the Kaveri valley.
The temple is of remarkable religious significance and is dedicated to the Hindu deity of Lord Vishnu. Legend has it, that the mythological figures of Lord Rama and his two sons Luv and Kush visited this temple, the chronicles of which has been mentioned in the ancient texts and are found in the manuscripts kept in the temple. The engravings etched on the walls of the temple talks about of its more than a 1000-year-old history and heritage. This sacred temple is one of the most spiritual sites and a revered pilgrimage for devotees all round the globe.
Spend hours upon hours just contemplating the beauty of the Thonnur lake in the Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district. Dotting the lake there are three stellar temples of Sri Nambinarayana, Sri Parthasarathy and Sri Narasimha. History has it, that it was once referred to as "Moti Talab" by the mighty ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, for its pristine water, so much so that, each and every pebble in the lake was visible from above. Sprawling over 2000 acres in area, the lake is also used as a tank to collect rainwater for irrigation.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
The largest bird sanctuary located in the state of Karnataka is the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Mandya, also popular by the name of Pakshi Kashi. With 40 acres of lush green land, the sanctuary also comprises of six little islets on the banks of the river Kaveri. With riverine reed beds covering the banks of the islets, the islands themselves are shrouded in broadleaf forests forming an important nesting ground for the birds.
The presence of thousands of birds, from a variety of breeds, flocking around in an array of bright hues and shades, makes one magnificent sight to behold. The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a treat to the soul for watching some colorful and chirpy birds amidst the impressive varieties of flora and fauna dotting the land.
Daria Daulat Bagh
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Daria Daulat Bagh is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in the year of 1784 AD. Haider Ali commenced its construction in the year of 1778 and his son Tipu Sultan finished it in 1784 AD. With its rich cultural background and Mughal architecture and heritage, the place is widely known as Tipu's Summer Palace. The palace is decked up in teakwood, graced with several murals and paintings, dotting the pillars, walls, canopies, arches and the colossal corridors. The Daria Daulat Bagh palace is now transformed into a museum, that houses several of Tipu's memorabilia.
How to Get There
By Air: The nearest airport to Mandya is the Bangalore International Airport. It's located about 140 km away from the Mandya town. The airport always remains busy and operates several flights that connect it to many national and international destinations as well. From the airport, frequent cab services are available to take you to Mandya.
By Rail: The Mandya railway station is located at the heart of the town. The station is well connected by trains with the nearby towns and cities.
By Bus: Mandya's bus terminal is well connected to the nearby cities and towns. There are several state transport (KSTDC) buses that operate to Bangalore and other places of Karnataka from here.
Best Time To Visit Mandya
A perfect season to visit Mandya would be in the winter months that extends from November to March, when the temperature and humidity of the place is average, with a spell of pleasant weather.