The town of Mantralayam lies in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is around 340 km from Bangalore and it takes about 6 and half hours to reach the town by road if one takes the Bangalore - Hyderabad Hwy/Srinagar - Kanyakumari Hwy. It might take up to 8-9 hours if one chooses to go via other routes. Bangalore bike rentals allow tourists to get bikes on rent in Bangalore or to hire scooters of their choice to visit the neighboring places of interest. People willing to go by roads can approach these bike rentals in Bangalore and get a two-wheeler on rent.
Mantralayam is famous for its pilgrimage site Samadhi Temple. It is the place where Raghavendra Swamy entered alive into Jeeva Samadhi (tomb). It is also called Brindavan. It is a great pilgrimage site for the devotees of Raghavendra Swamy who is said to have attained Samadhi in 1671 AD. Many pilgrims believe that the saint is still alive in the Samadhi form and will continue to do so for another 700 years. Male devotees who wish to worship the tomb have to abide by the strict dress code and perform the pooja in a white dhoti and shawl.
The Venkateswara Swamy Temple is situated at a distance of 500 meters from Brundavan Temple is another important temple of the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and the black stone idol inside the sanctum is said to have been worshiped by Raghavendra Swamy himself. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Karnataka is only 20 km from Mantralayam. People believe that Raghavendra Swamy meditated here for 12 years before moving to Mantralayam. This famous five headed idol of Hanuman at Anjaneya Temple is believed to be self-incarnated on a huge rock. The temple is flooded with devotees during Hanuman Jayanti.
The beautiful banks of the river Tungabhadra called Bichali offer a picturesque view and is said to be the spot of Appannachararya, the closest disciple of Raghavendra Swamy.
The city is also known for its heritage buildings. The Adoni Fort which lies 52 km from Mantralayam boasts of its links with history. Adoni fort is one of the largest forts in India with the fortification walls running beyond 50 km in length. It was the fort of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 15th century and was overtaken by the Bijapur sultans after the downfall of the empire. Siddi Masud, the governor of Adoni made several additions to the fort including the construction of Jamia Masjid. The fort was later overtaken by the Mughals, then by the Nizams of Hyderabad, then to Tipu Sultan and finally went into the hands of the British.
The fort has been built atop seven granite hills and has several entrance gates. It is, in fact, a collection of 12 forts built by the different rulers who occupied the fort. The grand fort is an exhibition of different styles of architectures as well as of different cultures with Nawab Darbar Hall, Jamia Masjid, Venu Gopala Temple, Malik Rahman Dargah, Shiva Temple, Amba Bhavani Temple and several water bodies located inside. It is believed that the fort has secret tunnels that connect to Bellary and Hampi forts and it takes about half a day to explore all the wonderful places inside the fort.
All in all, Mantralayam is not only a pilgrimage site but is also an important link to history. People visiting South India must visit this little town and see all that it has to offer. They can hire bikes or get scooters on rent in Bangalore to visit Mantralayam. Bike hiring in Bangalore has made it convenient and affordable to visit many places of South India which were not too accessible by public transport or rails.