Best Travel Places To Visit In Mandya For A Traveller In You
Mandya district is known for the “Gowda” community of people from the “Vokkaliga” Hindu religion. It holds both religious importance and scenic beauty because of its five rivers like Kaveri, Hemavathi, Shimsha, Lokapavani, Veeravaishnavi.
The city has also gained importance because of the Mandya sugar factory, which is one of the biggest manufacturing regions in India. And, here are some of the major travel places to visit in Mandya.
AdiChunchanagiri is located at a distance of 66 km from Mandya. The place, Sri Adichunchanagiri Kshetra, is believed to be one of the most blessed places of Lord Shiva. The Chunchanagiri hill has two natural cave temples dedicated to Siddeshvara and Someshvara.
Balamuri is a favourite picnic spot on the way to Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), the river Cauvery flows like a natural waterfall here.
Basaralu is about 20 km from Mandya. The main attraction of Basaralu is the famous Mallikarjuna temple of Hoysala architecture. Hari Hara Dandanayaka built it in the 13th century.
The main attractions of Belur are The Madhavaraya Temple carved of soapstone at around 1248 AD, the Mule-Singeshwara temple, and few Jain Basadis.
The Brindavan Gardens is located at a distance of 43 km from Mandya. The Brindavan Gardens is situated at the base of Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir built across the river Kaveri. The Brindavan Garden has a beautiful botanical park, full of beautiful fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam.
Nimishamba Temple, Ganjam
Ganjam, a sacred place is at a distance of 3 km from Srirangapattana on the road leading to Sangam. The temple dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba is located on the banks of river Cauvery. Nimishamba is considered as the incarnation of Goddess Parvathi, the wife of Lord Shiva.
It is believed that Goddess Parvathi will clear off all the problems and trouble of her devotees within a minute. Hence, she is called as “Nimishamba”. (“Nimisha” means “Minute” in Kannada.)
A beautiful and huge fresh water lake surrounded by hillocks is found here. Tannur lake is an artificial lake made water barrage across Yadavanadi connecting two rocky hills and built from the times of Ramanujacharya around 1000 years ago. It was called as Tirumala Sagara (lake of the sacred hills). Tipu Sultan called it “Moti Talab” (lake of pearls).
Melukote is located at a distance of 30 km from Mandya. The name Melukote means “high fort” in the Kannada language. It is one of the important religious centres in Karnataka. Melukote is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Kaveri valley. Sri Ramanujacharya, a great South Indian philosopher, and teacher lived in this town for twelve years.
Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary
Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary created on 17th June 1974 mainly to protect the wolf. Other mammals found in this sanctuary are jungle cat, leopard, bonnet macaque, langur, and pangolin.
This sacred spot on the Kaveri near Srirangapatna. River Lokapavani joins Cauvery here. It is a picnic spot. From here the river flows towards Tamil Nadu’s Mettur Dam.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is about 35 km from Mandya and 4 km from Srirangapattana. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is an excellent place for nature lovers. The Kaveri river is studded with small islets here. Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary is home to exotic birds coming all the way from Siberia, Australia, and North America. Crocodiles basking in the sun are also a familiar sight here. The best season to visit this bird sanctuary is between May and November.
The river Shimsha, a tributary of the Cauvery, has its fall in Malavalli taluk in Mandya district. Sivasamudram is an island town dividing the Kaveri River into twin waterfalls, the Gaganachukki and the Barachukki, dropping 90 m. Gaganachukki on the left is a giant horsetail waterfall, and Bharachukki on the right is a jagged crashing cascading waterfall. On one of the waterfalls, the state of Karnataka build its first hydroelectric power in 1902. Gaganachukki and Bharachukki are best viewed during the monsoon, from July to mid-November.
Kambadahalli (means “Village of the Pillar”) was previously called as Kambapuri. Kambadahalli is one of the oldest and important Jain religious centres in Karnataka. The Western Ganga Dynasty built the monuments here in the 9th – 10th century. The place gets the name from the 50 ft. Tall Brahmadeva pillar, existing in the famous Panchakuta Basadi monument. The other attractions of Kambadahalli are the seven shrines built in the Dravidian style of architecture.
The main attraction of Kikkeri is the Brahmeshvara temple, built during the reign of the Hoysala King Narasimha I, is an excellent example of the Hoysala style of architecture.
Kokkarebellur (Kokrebellur) Bird Sanctuary
Kokkarebellur or Kokrebellur bird sanctuary attracts cranes, painted storks, pelicans and other large bird visitors from as far away as Australia, Africa, and Europe. During October or November every year, the village turns home to migratory birds.
Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir
Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir is also popularly known as KRS Dam. The dam is built across Kaveri River. The lake, 2.4 km long and forming a 130 Sq. Km lake is one of the biggest reservoirs in India. It has been built in stone without cement and comprises of parapets and a grotto for the river Goddess Kaveri. Sir M Visvesvaraiah served as the chief engineer. The dam is named for the then ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
Maddur is about 20 km from Mandya. It lies on the banks of the river Shimsha. Maddur was formerly known as “Arjunapuri Agrahara”, after the Pandava prince who is believed to have come here on pilgrimage. Madduramma is the village goddess of the place. Few famous temples of Maddur are the Narasimha temple of the Hoysala period, built of black stone, and the Varadaraja temple built in Chola structure with a 12 feet tall Varadaraja image.
The main attraction of Govindanahalli is Panchalingeshwara temple constructed by the famous sculptor Ruvari Mallitamma in the 13th century. The Panchalingeshwara temple belongs to the Doddagadava class of architecture and is the only example of a “quintuple” construction in the Hoysala style.
The main attraction of Hosaholalu is Lakshminarayana temple built in the 13th century. The temple is a fine example of Hoysala architecture. The Angada Habba, an annual fair held here.
Other sites to explore in Mandya are The Shivana Samudram waterfalls, Srirangapatna and the Melukote Cheluva Narayana Swami temple.