Melukote is a sacred place in Karnataka. This is situated in the distict of Pandavpur taluk, in Mandya. This is built on Yadugiri, rocky hills that overlook the valley of Cauvery.
Melukote is where you find the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. Melukote is 133 kms from Bangalore and only 51km from Mysore. Melukote is also home to the Sanskrit Research Academy. This place has collected thousands of Sanskrit and Vedic manuscripts.
Sri Ramanujaacharya, the Srivaishnava saint, stayed here in Malukote for 12 years. This has, since then, become an important center for the Srivaishnava sect.
The temple here is marked by a Gopuram and you find pilgrims ascending 500 steps to reach the top of the hill. You have the option of driving up to the parking pace and then climbing only 170 steps.
The Cheluvanarayana Swamy teple here is more than 1000 years old.
You can also plan a trip to the Wild Life Sanctuary located in the district of Mandya.