36 km North from Mandya is Melukote, a pilgrim centreknown for its Vairamudi festival held in March- April. More than one lakh devotees congregate here for this festival. Melukote used to be known for its handlooms. The great Saint Ramanujacharya walked this land a thousand years ago. The Chaluvanarayan Swamy and Yaganarasimha Swamy temples of Melukote boast of a history of more than 1000 years. Melukote is also home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research.