The Piryapatna town is situated on Bantwal-Mysore-Bangalore highway at a distance of 70 km from Mysore, the Malnad region will gradually start from Piriyapatna as moved towards Kushalanagara.
There are few good tourist spots near the town; one can also travel towards the Kerala border via Gonikoppal or Siddapura. The major and nearest spot is Bylakuppe (established in 1969), Tibetan refugee settlement, there are ample Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
Bettadapura is another town near, The name of the town is derived from two Kannada words, ""Betta"" and ""pura"". Betta means hill/mountain and pura means a town. This town has a big mountain and on the top of it is a temple of Shri Sidlu Mallikarjuna Swamy.
Tobacco is cultivated annually or seasonally here. Nowadays ginger is also widely cultivated and especially with the commercial values and modern irrigation facility has been replacing age old maize and tobacco as the major crop.
K Venkatesh from Congress is the current MLA and he defeated K.Mahadev of JDS.