Mandya is an administrative district located in southern part of Karnataka, nearby the Deccan Plateau. Mandya, commonly referred to as the Land of Sugar or the Sugar City, is a popular tourist destination in the South.
As per folklore, Mandya, formerly known by the names of Vedaranya and Vishnupura, was later named after the Sage Mandavya, who had performed penance on the land. Mandya was ruled by many dynasties like Gangas, Cholas and the Hoysalas. Formed in the year 1939, Mandya was an integral part of Mysore District in its initial years.
Mandya is primarily an agrarian district. Sugarcane and Paddy are the major crops that are grown here. The Sugar Mills, Jaggery making units and Rice Mills are the other prominent industries at Mandya. Kannada, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Marathi are the languages used by the people of Mandya.
Mandya District is bound by Mysore District on the South, Tumkur District on the North, Hassan District on the West and Ramanagara District on the East. Mandya has a varied topography that comprise of plains interspersed with hilly regions, rocky ridges, rivers and an extension of the Biligirirangana range of mountains in the south-east. The district is watered by River Cauvery and its tributaries - Hemavathi, Shimsha, Lokapavani and Veeravaishnavi. Water from River Cauvery is supplied through Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Dam for both domestic & irrigation purposes.
Mandya is a land deeply rooted in art and culture. Mythological Dramas are regularly staged in most of the villages. Folk theatre, dance and songs are also a vital part of rural life of Mandya. The rich and colorful traditions inherited by the people of Mandya are reflected in the vibrant celebrations of temple festivals and village festivals.
Krishna Raja Sagara Dam and Brindavan Gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, the historical town of Srirangapatna, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary, Shivanasamudra Falls, Kaveri Fishing Camp and Chaluvanarayana Swamy and Yaganarasimha Swamy temples of Melkote are the prime attractions of Mandya Tourism. Mandya also offers Mallikarjuna Temple at Basaralu, Brahmeshwara Temple at Kikkeri and Hosa Holalu Temple at Krishnaraj Pete, which are fine examples of Hoysala temple architecture.
Mandya city is the headquarters of Mandya District. Mandya city, well connected by road and rail, is located at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore and 40 km from Mysore, on the Bangalore Mysore State Highway - 17. The nearest airport is at Bangalore, which can be reached by a two hours drive.