Situated up in the Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka, is south India's ancient temple town, Melukote or Melkote. A popular pilgrimage city overlooking the Cauvery valley, Melukote is situated on the bouldered hills of Yadavagiri or Yadugiri. Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, the sacred place abounds in history and heritage, and is sure to transport you 4000 years back to its inception. The simplicity, the calmness, the ancestral relic and the spiritual legacy in the air along with some excellent sculptures, carvings and architecture are the highlights of this town, also referred by some as South India's Badrinath.
Deriving its name from two words, Melu meaning top and Kote meaning fort, Melukote is also the birthplace of late Tamil Naidu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Jayalalitha. The irony also lies in the fact that despite being one of the most religious destinations of the country, people in this town don't celebrate Diwali as it was the date when Tipu Sultan slaughtered in many cruel ways more than 800 Mandyam Iyengars of this town.