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Mandya is about 100Kms from Bangalore and 40 Kms from Mysore, on Bangalore-Mysore State Highway - 17. Mandya district came into existence on 1st July 1939 (earlier Mandya was part of Mysore district). According to Hindu legend, Sage Mandavya had performed penance in this land. Since then, this place is called as "Mandya".

The district is home to the famous Brindavan Gardens, at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir, The Shivana Samudram waterfalls with their hydroelectricity generation plant, Srirangapatna (capital city of Tipu Sultan), and the Melukote temple. Shivanasamudra hydro power station, started in 1901 is said to be the first Hydro Electric Power Station in Asia.

District has five important rivers, river Cauvery & its four tributories Hemavathi, Shimsha, Lokapavani, Veeravaishnavi.The main water resource is river Cauvery, supplied to the district through Krishna Raja Sagar dam (dam located in Srirangapatna Taluk), designed by renowned architect Sir. M. Vishweshwaraiah in 1932 during the regime of Sri. Krishnaraja Wodeyar - IV. The length of the dam is 2621 meters & height 39 meters. The reservoir itself is spread over an area of 130 Sq. Kms.

Rice and sugarcane are the main crops.

The Mandya district consists of seven taluks namely Mandya, Maddur, Malavalli, Srirangapatna, Nagamangala, Pandavapura, K.R.pet.

Places to Visit: Srirangapatna, Sriranganatha Temple, Daria Daulat Bagh, Nimishamba Temple at Ganjam, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Brindavan Gardens, Shivanasamudra falls (Gaganachukki and Bharachukki), Kokkrebellur, Melkote Cheluvanarayanaswamy temple and Yoganarasimhaswamy temple on the hill overlooking Melkote.

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