The kings of the Wodeyar dynasty set the bar high for the southern cultural capital of Mysore. Ornate palaces and the Gothic St. Philomena's Church with its 175-foot spires pack a visual punch; local institutions keep Carnatic classical music and dance in the public eye. A prominent 11th-century temple sits atop 1,000 steps on the city's outskirts. Dress to the nines and party like a rock star in celebration of Mysore heritage during the lively Dussehra festival, held for 10 days in October/November.
Mandya is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Mandya district and is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Mysore and 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Bangalore. Sugar factories contribute majorly to the economy of the city. It is also called Sakkare Nadu (which in Kannada means city of sugar) because sugarcane is a major crop.
Karnataka is a state in the south western region of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act. Originally known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The state corresponds to the Carnatic region. The capital and largest city is Bangalore (Bengaluru).
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