Mantralayam, also known as Manchale, is a famous pilgrimage
site located near the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is a religious
site for Hindus where the Moola Brindavanam of Sri Guru Raghavedra Swamy, a
famous saint, is located. Thousands of
pilgrims from all over India will come to visit this legendary site and receive
blessings from the mystical statue. Whether a follower of this religious sect
or not, it is a fantastic place to visit with friends and family to learn about
the unique history of a specific portion of India.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at Mantralayam with ease! The best way to get there is via the Bangalore-Hyderabad Hwy. Continue along this road until you reach Gooty-Adoni Road to SH75. Then follow this road until you reach your destination. The entire trip is just under 400KM and should take just about 6 hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Mantralayam however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Mantralayam in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore Mantralayam
as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Here are some things to do while exploring Mantralayam:
Raghavendra Swamy Temple: Easily the largest tourist attraction in Mantralayam, this temple attracts thousands of religious devotees as well. If you time your trip well and visit in the evening, one can see three chariots made of gold, silver, and sandalwood carrying around deities with elephants. It is quite the spectacular sight!
Coracle Ride on the Tungabhadra River: After finishing your tour of the temple, make sure to take a boat ride on the Tungabhadra River. Jump in a small coracle boat and enjoy the soothing sounds of the water as you glide along effortlessly.
Insiders Tip: Stay at the temple till after 8pm for a meal that costs only Rs. 2!
The best time to visit Mantralayam is October to February.