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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.  

Why You Should Visit Mandya

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 spots 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, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. 

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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. 

Places to visit in and Around Mandya

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.

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 water fall from here is simply amazing to witness. Read More

Things to do in and Around Mandya

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. 

Visit 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? 

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. 

Events and festivals in & around Mandya

Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated throughout our country with immense enthusiasm and devotion towards Lord Ganesha. This festival is celebrated over a period of 10 days beginning on the 4th day of the waxing moon period. It is believed that Lord Ganesha takes away all the negativity from a person's life. Read More

Gowri Festival. It is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This festival is celebrated to pay tribute to the goddess Gowri, also known as Gauri, who was the mother of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that on the third day of Bhadra month, Maa Gowri visits her home like any regular bride. And on the next day, Lord Ganesha himself comes to take her away. 

Karaga. The function Karaga is typically performed on a full moon day. The performance mainly consists of a folk dance which is performed as a ritual dedicated to Draupadi. What makes it really interesting is that this festival is also one of the oldest celebrated events locally. 

Best time to visit Mandya

If you are planning to visit Mandya then the best time would be the month of January. The temperature in Mandya is lowest in Jan and is quite pleasant for visiting this place with your loved ones.

How to reach Mandya

By Air. There are no direct flights to Mandya. However, you can take a flight to Mysore and then after deboarding your flight, you would need to take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach here as you would need to further cover a distance of around 140-150 km. 

By Train. There are many trains connecting Mandya with other major cities such as Bengaluru, Mysore, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai. Some good options to reach Mandya via train are Andaman Express, Basava Express, Gol Gumbaz Express, Solapur-Hassan Express and many others. 

By Road. This place is also very well connected with other cities via bus transportation. Travelling to Mandya by road is also a good option. From places like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh you will need to cover a distance of 2,282 km, 880 km, 1,023 km, 100-150 km, 2,532 km. 

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