Well connected from buses and trains, from bangalore, mysore and other major cities. KSRTC buses run for every 5 min from bangalore and mysore. Nearest airport mysore airport (40KM) and bangalore airport (130KM).
Public transport is mainly restricted to auto-rickshaw. Initial prices quoted are hugely exaggerated, so you are up for heavy bargaining. Enquire from some local about the prevailing prices from one point of the city to the other.
Frequent train runs both towards Bangalore and Mysore.
Some Places to see around mandya are
Srirangapatana - Historical city, which is ruled by tippu sultan. Now this is a taluk in mandya distric, 25 kilo meter towards mysore from mandya.
Melukote - (Kannada: ಮೇಲುಕೋಟೆ) in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley. It is about 51 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore. This is 40 kilo meter away from Mandya.
Kunti beta - Near pandavapura - A Good place for trekking.
Maddur Vada in Maddur Tiffinys is a well known vada.
Apporva Darshini in VV Road, Mandya.Famous for good food.
Vishranth Hotel in VV Road, Mandya.Famous for good food..
Hari Priya Hotel in Mysore-Bangalore High way near Bandigowda Layout, Mandya.
Sugar Cane Juice sold on the road side and also in some hotels.