Mandya is also known as the land of five rivers due to the presence of the rivers Cauvery, Hemavathi, Shimsha, Veeravaishnavi and Lokapavani. These rivers give Mandya both religious importance and scenic beauty. In terms of tourist attractions, Mandya is always in the tourist itinerary list as most people visiting Mysuru visit few of the attractions here due to its proximity. KRS Dam and Brindavan Gardens is perhaps the biggest tourist attraction apart from Shivanasumudra Falls, Srirangapatna, Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary among others.
The temple displays hoysala craftsmanship and houses sculptures from the Ganga, Hoysala, and Vijayanagara periods. The Garbhagriha is made of brick and lime. The vaidheeswara linga is highly revered.Vaidyanatheshwara is one of the five Lingams thought to represent Shiva's five faces.
Kotikallina kaadu Basappa temple
The Kotikallina Kaadu Basappa temple is located on the Kiragandur-Bevinahalli road, just 2 kilometres from Mandya on the Mysore-Bangalore National Highway (NH-275). This is one among the most famous shrines around Karnataka. Not only because of being one of the prominent temple sites, but it's architectural magnificence speaks more about its presence in our country as well.