Mantralayam is a small village in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village is close to the border with the recently formed state of Telangana. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bellary, across the border in Karnataka, at a distance of 183 km south-west. Those interested in South Indian temples, cuisine and landscape should visit this place.
Places to Stay
Hotel options in the town are not great, which is why one will have to travel to Bellary and try out these budget options – Bala Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Ashoka Comforts (Tariff – Rs. 600), Pawan Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Manasa Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 950) and others
The official language of the area is Telugu. Kannada is also spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The most important places to visit in the are the Raghavendra Temple and the grave of Raghavendra . A tourism enthusiast will have to venture into Bellary again to experience tourist spots. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Bellary Fort, Kuntegadda Park, Bellary Zoo, temples such as the Bellary Durgamma Temple, the Malleshwara temple in the Fort area and others.
How to Get There
The closest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at a distance of 240 km from the village.
Bellary BG Cantonment Railway Station is the major railway station at a distance of 136 km.
Mostly state-run buses cater to the needs of travelers in the town. Among the private operators who are active in the area are Sea Bird Travels, SRS Travels and Varalakshmi Travels. Buses for the area are available from Bellary. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.