Melkote CheluvaNarayana Swamy Temple
36 Kms North from Mandya is Melkote, a sacred pilgrim centre, known for its Vairamudi festival in March- April. More than one lakh devotees congregate here for this festival. Melkote used to be known for its Handlooms. The great saint Ramanujacharya walked this land a thousand years ago. The Chaluvanarayan Swamy and Yaganarasimha swamy temples of Melkote boast of a history of more than 1000 years. Melkote is also home to theAcademy of Sanskrit Research.
How to reach there: By road from Bangalore (135 K.M.s), Mysore (50 K.M.s) and Mandya (50 K.M.s)
Where to Stay at Melkote: The Forest Department and the Public Works Department have a guest house each. The Academy of Sanskrit Research has lovely cottages surrounded by lush green gardens.