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Melkote Overview

Ranked 26 of 147 sightseeing in Mysore

Melukote, the town most famous for its Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple at the top of a hill, boasts of a history that has been recorded since as early as the 12th century. The temple is surrounded by a fort that just adds to the historical charm of the place. Visitors climb tree-lined stairs set into the hillock to reach the temple.

Enter through the two huge bronze gates and you’ll see the ancient temple in all its glory, made entirely of stone – a temple that was one of the favourites among the Mysore Kings. The temple has a serene vibe, something you would happily welcome after the climb up the stairs. Walk along the path around the temple and enjoy the view of the town with a cool breeze on your face.

There are other temples in the town below that are worth your time. Have lunch in a local “mess” run by the friendly townspeople and explore other attractions of this historical town.

Besides being home to one of the well-known temples in Karnataka, Melukote has produced a fair share of literary figures. The old institution, Sri Vedavedantha Bodhini Sanskrit College, was established in 1854 here. You can also visit the old library founded in 1935.

Melukote can be reached by road from the major cities around it – it is 51 km from Mysuru and 133 km from Bengaluru.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
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Roshan Ammuji

Roshan Ammuji2.9/5

4 reviews

Melkote temple visit

We visited Cheluvaraya temple on a saturday and o god what a rush and no proper queue system. It was struggle to have darshan also weather was pretty hot. If you are going with kids and elders avoid visiting the temple when it's crowded. Post that took auto to visit other temple in the mountain, my suggestion would be to take auto as its a narrow road, we paid 60rs one side. Post that we have to take some 100 odd steps. Compared to cheluvaraya temple not that crowded but with kids and elders plan accordingly, also heard from one family they got dholi to go to the top. Again check the weather before going and also avoid during weekends and holidays.

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Muthusamy Muthusamy

Muthusamy Muthusamy5.0/5

184 reviews

Must see place

The place speaks of the historic value of the struggle for freedom by the country especially the emperor of India. Say like Tipu Sultan. Even though the place is so ruined now still that is the attraction and value of this place.

Jagadeesh Hs

Jagadeesh Hs5.0/5

3 reviews

Wonderful Temple

It's a very good place and it's near to Bangalore. Enjoy one day trip. Fantastic temple and too good Kalyani, we 6 people did swimming in that main Kalyani. In that place most of the film shooting were taken.

Pawankalyan Gk

Pawankalyan Gk3.9/5

250 reviews

Here is the famous temple of Cheluvanarayana Swamy

It is about 80 km from Mysore. Here Melukote Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple is famous. Several government buses are available from Mysore. Bus fare is Rs. 35 per person. There are small shops selling ladies items such as sarees, bangles and bindis. I advise travellers to go to this place from Mysore and get blessings of god.

Vijaya kumar a t

Vijaya kumar a t5.0/5

8 reviews

Great visit

Wonderful place to get spiritually charged. If they could hand over some booklet about information about the temple and places near the temples to be visited will be great. Especially about the lake done by Swami Ramanuja and temples around it. Try to keep the begging boys away from the hill.

Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n3.9/5

522 reviews

Small and peaceful temple to visit

Melukote temple is located near Srirangapatna. This is a very peaceful and a small place to visit. The temple is located quite far from the city so one must make arrangements for the stay and food in advance.