The land of sugar and rice, Mandya is a prominent agricultural district, formed in the year 1939. Blessed with the irrigation waters of river Cauvery and Hemavathi, half of the district countryside is lush in various hues of green throughout the year. About half of the agricultural land in the district receives assured irrigation from the Krishna Raj Sagar (KRS) and the Hemavathi reservoirs..
The other half is dependent on the South-West Monsoons. Paddy and Sugarcane are the main crops of the irrigated region. Ragi, Horsegram are the major crops of dry land agriculture. Agriculture is the main occupation of people in the district. Most of the industries that are run in the district depend on agriculture for their raw material. Sugar Mills, Jaggery making units, Rice Mills are the prominent industries of this district.
Mandya is the land of art, and culture. Drama is a passion of most people of this district. Mythological dramas are staged in many villages on regular basis. Folk theatre, dance and songs are an integral part of the rural life. Temple festivals and village festivals, called Jatras are performed with great enthusiasm and gaiety. These performances are marked by colorful traditions and fanfare.
Mandya district comprises of 7 taluks. The total geographical area of the district is 4,98,244 Hectares, out of which 2,53,067 Hectares forms the sown area. More than half of the total land area in the district is put to agricultural use. 94,779 Hectares of land is irrigated. With a total population of 19.25 lakhs, around 5 lakh people are employed in the Agriculture Sector.
The district headquarters is Mandya city, which is located on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. Mandya city is around 100 Kilometres away from Bangalore City and Mysore city is around 40 Kilometres away from Mandya city. The other towns of the district are Maddur, Malavalli, Srirangapatna, Nagamangala, Krishnaraj Pete and Pandavapura. Mandya city is well connected by road and rail. All trains between Bangalore and Mysore pass through Maddur, Mandya, Pandavapura and Srirangapatna. The nearest airport is Bangalore city, which is around two hours drive by road.
Mandya district is host to several places of Tourism interest. The Brindavan Gardens at the Krishna Raj Sagar, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary, the historical town of Srirangapatna, the Shivanasamudra falls, Kaveri Fishing Camp, temple town of Melkote, and the Tonnur lake are the prominent tourism places in the district.