Mandya is known as the land of sugar and rice within Karnataka. It is a predominantly agricultural district with industries that run on the raw materials provided by agriculture. Sugar and rice mills, and jaggery making outfits are the prominent industries within Mandya.
The main city in the district is Mandya. The city is located 100 km from Bangalore and 40 km from Mysore. The history of the district is closely allied with that of Mysore, since it was part of the princely state of Mysore. It became a separate district in 1939, before the Independence of India.
Tourist places in Mandya
There are a number of tourist places in and around Mandya, especially because of the rivers that flows through it – Kaveri, Shimsa, Hemavathi, Veeravaishnavi, Lokapavani. The presence of the rivers and the reservoirs on them makes the land fertile, has made many locations religiously important and provides some spectacular sightseeing spots.
Places worth visiting in Mandya are:
- Maddur – a couple of temples, historical sites and Maddur vadai, a speciality of the region
- Shimsa falls
- Sivasamudram – Gaganachukki and Barachukki falls, twin waterfalls on the Cauvery
- Hosa Holalu, Kikkeri, Krishnarajapet – a number of temples built during the Hoysala period
- Srirangapatna – 27 km from Mandya, known for monuments from the time of Tipu Sultan, and a sangam (confluence of three rivers)
- Ranganathittu bird sanctuary – a paradise for migratory birds
- Krishnarajasagar Dam – the dam and Brindavan gardens, the best-illuminated garden in India
- Melukote Wild Life Sanctuary
- Tonnur – important pilgrimage centre
- Adichunchunagiri – important pilgrimage centre and Peacock sanctuary
- Kambadahalli – Jain holy place, and beautiful basadi
- Kokkare Belluru – migratory route of pelicans
- Kaveri Fishing Camp
Agriculture, industries and education
The major agricultural products of Mandya are rice and sugar. The district also grows ragi, horse gram, coconut, and mulberry. The last is grown by sericulturists.
There are around 173 major and minor industries in Mandya. The major industries are those dependent on the agricultural raw materials as mentioned before. Therefore, one of the biggest and most well-known industries in Mandya is the Mysore Sugar Co. Ltd which manufactures sugar. There is also an acetate factory. Other than these, there are major plants that manufacture edible oils and drugs, paper mills, fertilizers, textiles, etc. The district also houses a power generation plant.
The literacy levels in the district are lower than the state average. Mandya does have a few higher educational institutions – around 22 first grade colleges, 1 engineering college and 3 polytechnics, 13 industrial training centres, 1 agricultural college, 2 medical colleges, 1 pharmacy college and so on.
Mandya enjoys good weather as does its neighbouring districts, Bangalore and Mysore. From December to February the skies are clear, with dry weather. From March to May is the hot summer season. From June to September, the district enjoys the rainy season like the rest of south-west India. October to November is post rainy season, with occasional heavy rains and a slight chill in the air.
The nearest airport is the Bangalore International airport. Mandya also has rail connectivity to Bangalore and Mysore. There are four railway stations within the district. A visitor can always rent taxis to get to Mandya from either Bangalore or Mysore.
Hotels and resorts at Mandya
There are a number of good hotels available for stay at Mandya. Here are two of them
Hotel Mayura Cauvery,
Phone: +91 8236 257252
Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.
Cauvery Fishing Camp
Phone: +91 8040 554055