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Popularly known as the Sugar Town, majorly because a good amount of sugarcane is grown here, Mandya is an amazing place which is all about discovering and feeling urban vibes. 

It is interesting to know that the sugar factories contribute a major economic output of Mandya. It is also called Sakkare Nadu (in Kannada it means sugar). And if you want to know more about the culture of Karnataka then giving Mandya a visit is a good option.  

It's a nice blend of cultural, religious and historical ethics. It came into existence in 1939 and since then has been a great tourist spot for people willing to explore the lush nature. There are many tourist destinations which you can explore here. Some good examples would be Cheluvarayana Temple, Thonnur Lake, and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. 

History of Mandya

In 2015, Mandya celebrated its 75th Amrutha Mahostav, thus, we can say that the history of this city goes back 79-80 years in the past. The KRS dam which is also a highlight destination of this place was built by Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV along with M.Visvesvaraya.

And recently in 2016, the Archaeological Survey of India excavated a 13 feet statue of Bahubali who is a very popular figure among the Jains. This particular excavation was completed in the year 2018. Along with this particular statue, the Archaeological Survey of India has also successfully excavated a statue belonging to the 8th century in Arthipura. 

Major Attractions in and Around Mandya

1. Krishna Raja Sagara Dam and Brindavan Gardens

The Krishna Raja Sagara Dam and the Brindavan Gardens are situated on the Kaveri River. Here you will be finding several temples and fountains decorated with beautiful lightning. It is quite interesting to know that the temple was designed and built in the year of 1932. This was during the reign of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.

2. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls is perhaps one of the most beautiful waterfalls to be encountered in one's lifetime. These twin waterfalls named Barachukki Falls and the Gaganchukki Falls had the first Asian Hydroelectric Power Project set up in the early 1900s. The gushing speed at which the waterfall from here is simply amazing to witness. Read More

3. Sri Saumyakeshava Temple

Constructed in the 12th century, the Sri Saumyakeshava Temple was constructed by the rulers of Holsaya dynasty. Being a history buff, the temple is a great place to explore. 

4. St. Joseph Church

If you are a religious person then you will surely like visiting St. Joseph Church. The aura and charm of this place will help you discover yourself and find clarity in life. It is always good to find some good contemplative time for yourself, isn’t it? 

5. Basaralu Temple

This temple was constructed by Harihara Dhannayaka, during the rule of Hoysala Empire King Vira Narsimha II. It is majorly dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. And owing to its incredible significance, it comes under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. 

How to Reach Mandya

Mandya is situated at a distance of about 2,270, 1,023, 1,983 from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata respectively. Here are the details on how you can travel to Mandya via the following means of public transport. 

By Air

There are no direct flights to Mandya. However, you can take a flight to Mysore Airport (MYQ) and from there, take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach Mandya as you would need to further cover a distance of around 140-150 km.

  • From Delhi - Board Air India, IndiGo, TruJet flights from Delhi Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000
  • From Kanpur - Board Vistara, Air India, IndiGo flights from Kanpur Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000

By Train

There are many trains connecting Mandya with other major cities. To travel via train, you will need to deboard at the Mysuru Junction. From the station, continue your journey of about 40-50 km by some means of public transport. 

By Road

This place is also very well connected with other cities via well-connected network of roadways. Thus, travelling to Mandya by road can be a good option. Depending upon your convenience, you can travel via buses (both interstate and private), taxis or your personal vehicle. 

  • From Mysuru - 45-50 km via NH275
  • From Salem - 293 km via NH44
  • From Ooty - 168 km via Mysuru-Ooty Road

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