Hill Station | Beach | City | Pilgrimage
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 16 km from Gorur Dam, 25 km from Hassan and 45 km from Sakleshpur, Shettihalli Rosary Church is an ancient church situated at Shettihalli village in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the popular places to visit in Hassan and among the best places to visit near Sakleshpur.
Popularly called as Floating Church, Shettihalli Church was built in 1860 by the French missionaries for the wealthy British estate owners. After the construction of the Hemavati Dam and Reservoir in 1960 the church was abandoned. Since then the church submerges in water every year during monsoon season.
The church was built magnificently in the Gothic Architectural style. The uniqueness of the church lies in the fact that the church remains submerged in the backwaters of the Hemavathi River at all times of the year except summer. Even when the church is half under the water, tourists can go near it on a coracle. During the summer season the water recedes and visitors can pay a visit .....
At a distance of 1.5 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand, Sakleshwara Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Sakleshpura town in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka and among the top Places to visit in Sakleshpur.
Situated on the banks of River Hemavathi, Sakleshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed between the 11th and 14th century, Sakleshwara Temple is a great remnant of the time when the Hoysala Empire was at its peak in South India. It is a beautiful temple that stands as a testimony to the excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture.
Located at the entrance of the town, the temple is a very renowned place for pilgrims in the region and the town got its name due to this temple. The temple has a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva that captures the eye of everyone. The temple is famous for ratha yatra that takes place every year in the month of February (on Purnima).
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 6 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand, Manjarabad Fort is an ancient fort situated in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the historical forts in Karnataka and among the best places to visit in Sakleshpur.
Situated at an altitude of 3, 240 feet, Manjarabad Fort is a star shaped fort built in 1792 by Tippu Sultan, the then ruler of Mysore. Built as a frontier to store ammunition, Manjarabad Fort was used as a protection for Tippu Sultan's army against the British. The fort, when built, was inspected by Tippu Sultan who then found it enveloped in fog and hence named it as Manjarabad fort. The name Manjara is the corrupted version of 'manju' which mean 'fog or mist' in Kannada.
This star shaped fort was built on the pattern of the military forts developed by the French architect Sebastian Le Prestre de Vauban. It boasts of an interesting octagonal design with eight walls. Built using large granite blocks and mud and surrounded by a deep moat, the fort has a parapet, .....
At a distance of 5 km from Hanbal and 21 km from Sakleshpur, Magajahalli Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated at Magajahalli Village in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the picturesque waterfalls in Sakleshpur and among the best Sakleshpur Tourist Places.
Also known as Hanbal Falls and Abbi Gundi Falls, the waterfall falling from a height of about 20 feet and is a popular picnic spot in Sakleshpura region. Wrapped up under the lush greeneries, the whole place is filled with serenity and tranquility. Visitors can even get into the waters and enjoy themselves but need to be more cautious about the slippery rocks. Visitor can get a breathtaking view of the Pushpagiri Mountain range from the waterfall as it is situated just at the foothills of the mountain.
The best time to visit Magajahalli waterfalls is post monsoons and is dried up during summer and winter months.
Timings: 7 AM - 5.30 PM
At a distance of 3 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in India.
The Krishna temple was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th century. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels & a famous golden chariot. The unique feature of this temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The daily sevas and administration of the Mutt are managed by the Ashta Mathas.
Saptotsava or the Seven Utsavas celebrated in mid of Jan are considered as the annual festival of Sri Krishna Temple. During the Paryaya festival, held every two years, the temple management is handed over to the next Matha. Krishnashtami, Raamanavami, Hanumajjayanthi, & Deepavali are other important festival here.
Chandamouleeswara and Anantheshwara Temples adjacent to Sri Krishna Temple .....
Beach | Nature & Scenic
At a distance of 15 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, 65 Kms from Mangalore & 100 Kms from Murudeshwar, St. Mary's Island is a group of small beautiful islands to the north of Malpe Beach near Udupi. It is said that Vasco da Gama first reached this Island before reaching the Kappad Beach (near Calicut) while finding sea route to India.
The island has two beautiful beaches and crystallized basalt rock formations. The unique rock formations scattered through out the island giving a special landscape to the place. The rock formations are one of rarely found in the world. Eastern beach boasts of virgin sands, western beach is entirely made of sea shells. This unspoiled island is a very beautiful place with white sands, coconut trees, blue waters & pleasant atmosphere.
St. Mary's Island can be reached by 30 minutes boat ride from Malpe Beach which is about 10 Kms from Udupi. This .....
At a distance of 10 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Malpe Beach spread between Swarna Nandi River and Malpe Port is one of the finest beaches in Karnataka.
Malpe is one of the most important ports of Karnataka. The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the clean waters of Arabian Sea all set a perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday. Malpe Beach is characterized by silver white sand beach and rocky islands, which is still quite secluded and not visited by a lot of tourists. It is a great place for boating and swimming.
October to January is the best time to visit Malpe. St. Mary's Island can be reached from here.
At a distance of 16 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Kaup Beach is a beautiful beach situated close to NH17 between Udupi & Mangalore. The light house situated on a hillock at the northern end of the beach is a beautiful sight to watch.
The beach is a serene place with nature's beauty in abundance. The 100 feet high light house was built by the British and it's a photographer's paradise. Kaup beach is covered by palm groves all the sides. Kaup is also known for the temple of Goddess Mariamma. There is also an ancient fort located in Kaup which is seen in ruins now. Kaup was once a famous Jain Kshetra and home for several Jain temples.
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Kudroli Temple is a famous temple in the city of Mangalore dedicated to Gokarnanatheswara, another form of Lord Shiva. This is the only temple in Karnataka started by Narayana Guru, the famous social reformer from Kerala. It is one of the top places to visit in Mangalore city.
This temple was built by a devotee called H. Koragappa in the year 1912 under the guidance of Narayana Guru. In 1991, the gopuram of the temple was renovated to Chola Gopuram style. The Shiva Linga is carved out of marble brought by Narayana Guru from Gokarna where he found it under water. The other deities worshipped here are Goddess Annapoorneshwari, Lord Bhairava and Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvathi.
Navarathri is the famous annual festival of this temple. The ninth day celebration is symbolic with a grand procession of Durga similar to Mysore Dasara celebrations.
Timings: 6 AM - .....
At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, St. Aloysius Chapel is located inside St. Aloysius College Ground situated in the heart of Mangalore city. The walls of the chapel are covered with the paintings of the artist Antony Moshaini of Italy. The church was built in the year 1899-1900 by Father Joseph Willy. It is one of the top attractions in Mangalore.
This Chapel is comparable with the Sistine chapel in Rome. The special beauty of the chapel is the wonderful series of paintings. The two types of paintings in the chapel are fresco on plaster and oil on canvas. The sloping portion of the ceiling has paintings of St Peter and the Crowing of the Cock, Saints Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, Philip, Mathew, Bartholomew, Simon and Jude. The central row of paintings on the ceiling depicts the life of St Aloysius Gonzaga to whom the chapel is dedicated.
Monday: 9:30 AM - 12.30 PM & 2 - 4 PM, Tue-Sun: 9.30 AM to 1.30 PM & 3 - 5.30 PM
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 3 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Bejai Museum also known as Shreemanthi Bai Museum is located at Bejai.
The Bejai Museum is the city's only museum and well known as a treasury of many ancient artifacts. The museum houses idols, paintings, metallic icons, statues, lamps and inscriptions made out of copper. One major attraction is the copper inscription containing the verses of Keladi Venkatappa Nayaka dating back to 1624 AD.
Timings: 10 AM - 5:30 PM. Closed on Monday.
At a distance of 12 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Tannirbavi Beach is located towards the southern end of Mangalore Port. The beach is the property of Mangalore port trust. This is one of the best beaches of Mangalore and among the top Mangalore tourist places.
The soft sands of the beach and breezy winds of Arabian Sea offer memorable experience. It is also a favorite spot to watch the sunset. You can see the remains of a ship which sank 15 years ago near the beach. This beach is comparatively deserted and is a great spot for safe swimming.
Due to the poor connectivity, it's important to have your own vehicle to visit this beach in Mangaluru.
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