Melukote is situated in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka. This is considered as one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. overlooking the Cauvery valley,It is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa.. Melukote is about 51 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore.
The Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is situated in Melukote, It has a collection of crowns and jewels which are brought to the temple for the annual celebration. On the top of the hill is the temple of Yoganarasimha. Many more shrines and ponds are located in the town. Melukote is home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research, which has collected thousands of manuscripts.From here visitors can also visit Tondanur a nearby temple town, the location of the famous Nambi Narayana, Parthasarathi, Yoganarasimha and Ramanuja temples. This is approximately 20 km from Melukote.Melkote is also the location of the Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. This Sanctuary was created in 1974 primarily to house wolves. It is also an ornithologist’s paradise.Other mammals found in this sanctuary include the Jungle Cat, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Langur and Pangolin.With around 200 species of birds indigenous to the area.