Mandya District lies between 76° 19′ and 77° 20′ East Longitude and 12° 13′ and 13° 04′ North Latitude. It is bounded on the North by Hassan and Tumkur Districts on the East, by Tumkur and Bangalore Districts on the South by Mysore and on the West by the districts of Hassan and Mysore.
Mandya district comprises of 7 taluks. The total geographical area of the district is 4,98,244 Hectares, out of which 2,53,067 Hectares forms the sown area. More than half of the total land area in the district is put to agricultural use. 94,779 Hectares of land is irrigated. With a total population of 19.25 lakhs, around 5 lakh people are employed in the Agriculture Sector.
The district headquarters is Mandya city, which is located on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. Mandya city is around 100 Kilometres away from Bangalore City and Mysore city is around 40 Kilometres away from Mandya city. The other towns of the district are Maddur, Malavalli, Srirangapatna, Nagamangala, Krishnaraj Pete and Pandavapura.
Mandya is the land of art, and culture. Drama is a passion of most people of this district. Mythological dramas are staged in many villages on regular basis. Folk theatre, dance and songs are an integral part of the rural life. Temple festivals and village festivals, called Jathras are performed with great enthusiasm and gaiety. These performances are marked by colorful traditions and fanfare.
Asper Census 2011, Mandya had population of 1,805,769 of which male and female were 905,085 and 900,684 respectively. In 2001 census, Mandya had a population of 1,763,705 of which males were 888,034 and remaining 875,671 were females.
There was change of 2.38 percent in the population compared to population as per 2001. In the previous census of India 2001, Mandya District recorded increase of 7.26 percent to its population compared to 1991.
|Area Sq. Km||:||4,962|
|Proportion to Karnataka Population||:||2.96%|
Mandya District has five important rivers: Kaveri River and four tributaries main Hemavathi, Shimsha, Lokapavani, Veeravaishnavi
Art & Culture :
Culture of Mandya district in Karnataka as of any other place, is inherent in the traditions that are embraced and passed down by the generations. It is found contained in the art, architecture, history, language and culture of the place, and is sought to be maintained through the ages.
Mandya is the land of art, and culture. Drama is a passion of most people of this district. Mandya District is well known for patronizing dramas and artists. Mythological dramas are staged in many villages on regular basis. Folk theatre, dance and songs are an integral part of the rural life. Temple festivals and village festivals, called Jatra are performed with great enthusiasm and gaiety. These performances are marked by colourful traditions and fanfare. It has state wide reputation for its colourful and luxurious drama sceneries.
When writing about the legends of drama in the Mandya district, the story remains incomplete if the name of Sri H.K. Yoga Narsimha of Hosaholalu is not mentioned. The role of Gelayara Balaga is significant in introducing the modern dramas for the spectators of Mandya. This organisation staged many artistic dramas and also provided a forum to many drama organisations such as Rangayana, Ninasam-Thirugata etc. The contribution of Late Sri. K.V. Shankare Gowda to this field is also unforgettable. He has written a drama Paduka kireeti based on the Ramayana Dharsanam.
The Mandya district is also famous for Ganjifa Art. The Ancient Indian treatise, Citra Sutra, states that of all the Arts, painting is the best. Paintings served not only to decorate the walls of a house but were perceived to be ‘Mangala Vastus’ or objects of auspiciousness. That is, paintings brought happiness and peace to the viewer and also lent beauty and ambience to a home.
Mandya is located on the banks of the river Cauvery, agriculture is the predominant occupation and the single largest contributor to Mandya’s economy . The main crops grown are paddy, sugarcane, jowar, maize, cotton, banana, ragi, coconut, pulses.
Mandya belongs to “South Western Railways” of “Indian Railways”
Mandya city is well connected by road and rail. All trains between Bangalore and Mysore pass through Maddur, Mandya, Pandavapura and Srirangapatna.
Mandya district has an extenstive road network. The National highways and state highways which are passing through mandya district are as fallows.
Mandya district is host to several places of Tourism interest. The Brindavan Gardens at the Krishna Raj Sagar, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary, the historical town of Srirangapatna, the Shivanasamudra falls, Kaveri Fishing Camp, temple town of Melkote, and the Tonnur lake are the prominent tourism places in the district.