Pandavapura is a beautiful historical town with lakes and rocky hills in Karnataka’s Mandya district. Its district headquarters is only 15 km away from here. This town got its name from the Pandavas, who stayed here for sometime during their exile. The two rocky hills in its vicinity was earlier called the French Rocks, as the French army had camped in the area and helped Tipu Sultan wage war against the British. Post-Independence, the hills came to be known as Kunti Beta, as Kunti the mother of the Pandavas, used to frequent these hillocks. Mysore is 25 km away from here.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Pandavapura. Tourists can opt to stay in Mandya, which is 15 km away. Some of the budget hotels include Amaravathi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.750), Hotel Vishranth (Tariff – Rs.400) and Hotel Maurya (Tariff – Rs.800).
Kannada is the official language of Pandavapura.
Some of the major festivals celebrated here are Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi and Holi in March-April, Dushera in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Pandavapura is an offbeat tourist attraction with several lakes and temples worth visiting. Some of the major attractions are Visweswarayya Canal, Kunti Beta, Krishnaraja Sagar and Kere Thonnur, all of them are located within the town.
How to Get There
Mysore airport, which is 37 km away, is the closest to the town.
Pandavapura has its own railway station, which is located 4 km away.
Buses are available from Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya. Besides state-run buses, SRS Travels is one of the top operators on this route. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.