Tuesday, April 22, 2014


The name 'Pandavapura' means "Town of Pandavas". Mythology states that the Pandavas during their period of exile stayed here for sometime, and Kunti, mother of the Pandavas, liked the hillock so much that it became one of her favorite haunts. The town is also named after the Pandavas because of their brief stay in this region. The name "French Rock" dates back to India's Pre-Independence days, the place was used as the camping ground by the French army, which came to help Tippu Sultan in his war against the British. It is believed that French named the small town as "French Rocks", as the town is in the vicinity of two rocky hills. After Indian Independence these rocky hills called as "Kunti Betta" by locals.Pandavapura is approximately 130 km from Bangalore and 25 km from Mysore.
Pandavapur is well connected by trains and buses. Most of the trains which run between Bangalore and Mysore stop in Pandavapur. The Pandavapur railway station is 4 km away from the Pandavapur town, and auto rickshaws and buses are available for Pandavapur town. There are very few direct buses runs from Bangalore to Pandavapur. However travelers from Bangalore, can reach Mandya town by bus, and change for a Pandavpura bus in the Mandya KSRTC bus stand. Train is the best and easiest mode of transportation for Pandavapur from Bangalore. The current MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) is K S Puttannaiah from Karnataka Sarvodaya Paksha.

 Pandavapur town is surrounded by well-known tourist spots. Following are tourist spots: 1. Kere Thonnur 2. Melkote 3. Krishnaraja Sagar 4. Kunti Betta

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