Located 55 km from Mysore, Melukote ranks among the most important religious destinations of the state of Karnataka. Oft referred to as Thirunarayanapuram, this holy place of worship stands tall on a on a rocky hill overlooking the Cauvery River. Dotted with many religious sites, Melukote is best visited for its two main shrines : Yoga Narasimha and Tirunarayana Temple. While the former boasts of a square structure and presided by Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy, the latter is dedicated to Yoga Narasimha, an important Hindu deity.
Melukote is also visited for its Academy of Sanskrit Research that boasts of many ancient and rare documents and manuscripts. The vast collection of rare manuscripts at this center has proved invaluable to many researchers. It is believed that a popular Shrivaishnava saint, Sri Ramanujacharya had spent 12 years of his life in this place, making it a noted center of Srivaishnava sect as well.
The other sightseeing location worth visiting in the area is the picturesque lake Pushkarni. With mandapas studding its periphery and numerous steps going down into the pond below, it attracts many tourists and devotees alike. Vairamundi is the main festival celebrated here and draws millions of travelers to Melukote--during the summer months of March and April.