Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Mangalore

Nearest City to Mangalore: Mangalore

Best Time to Visit Mangalore: October to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Karnataka | District: Dakshina Kannada

Mangalore Weather: Maximum - 34°C
Minimum - 22°C

At a distance of 345 km from Bangalore, 275 km from Karwar, 251 km from Mysore, 132 km from Coorg, 372 km from Goa, 413 km from Coimbatore, 420 km from Kochi and 682 km from Chennai, Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is an important port city on the west coast and the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka State. It is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka, located in the confluence of Nethravathi and Gurupura Rivers.

Lying between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore is one of the major ports of India. The city derives its name from the local Hindu goddess Mangaladevi. The sultans of Mangalore built the city as a strategic ship building base. Today, the city is one of the major ports involved in coffee and cashew export.

Mangalore was occupied by a number of rulers such as the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar dynasties as well as the Portuguese in the mid16th century. The region was later occupied by Hyder Ali in the year 1763 and then came under the rule of British from 1768 to 1794. Tipu Sultan again took control of this area in 1794. After the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799, the city was re-conquered by the British and it remained under British administration till India's independence in 1947.

Mangalore is a scenic place dotted with coconut palms, hills and streams, and is known for its temples and beaches. The Mangaladevi temple, Kadri Manjunatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, the Rosario Cathedral and the Jama Masjid are the important pilgrimage sights in Mangalore. It also boasts an array of clean, serene beaches, some of which are Mukka, Someshwara, Tannirbavi and Panambur beaches surrounded by palm and coconut trees. It is also famous for its seafood and Udupi-style dishes. Dharmasthala, Subramanya, Kollur, Udupi, Karkala, Venoor and Moodabidri are the nearby places of interest.

Yakshagana is the most famous folk dance of the city and it is quite spectacular. This is a night long drama and dance concert that serves as the perfect representation of the cultural heritage of Mangalore.

Mangalore airport, 15 km from Managalore city, is well connected by flight with the cities like Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kochi, Trivandrum, Pondicherry, Goa, Kolkata, Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore.

There are two important railway stations in Mangalore one is Mangalore Central and the other is Mangalore Junction. Mangalore Central is the hub for trains with Mangalore as final destination while Mangalore Junction is the halt for long distance trains passing through Mangalore. Mangalore has train connectivity with Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagarcoil, Trivandrum, Kochi, Karwar, Cannanore, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, New Delhi and Madgoan.

There are two main bus stations in Mangalore - KSRTC Bus Station with connectivity to Bangalore, Goa, Mysore, Hubli and Mumbai. The other bus station is called State Bank Bus Stand with buses to nearby town in Kerala and Karnataka.

Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0824
Languages Spoken: Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
Aati festival is the major and popular festival in Mangalore which is celebrated with huge enthusiasm. Dusshera, Ganesh puja, Janmashtmi and Diwali are other festivals celebrated in Mangalore.

The best time to visit Mangalore would be between the months of October and January when the climate is pleasant. Usually it takes 2 full days to visit major tourist destinations in Mangalore.


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (18 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mangalore Central Railway Station (0 Kms)
Mangalore Junction (5 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Mangalore KSRTC Bus Station (3.5 Kms)
Mangalore Service Bus Station (1.5 Kms)



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.

Timings: 8:30 - 10 AM & 3:30 - 6 PM


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 3 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Mangaladevi Temple is situated in Bolar. The word Mangalore is derived from Goddess Mangaladevi, the main deity of the temple. The temple was built in the memory of Princess of Malabar Mangale in 9th century. It is one of the top places to visit in Mangalore.

Mangaladevi temple has rich heritage and historical significance. The temple has a special significance for unmarried girls as it is believed that those who worship here and perform a special pooja will have their wish of finding a suitable groom fulfilled.

The Navarathri is the famous annual festival of this temple. On the ninth day (known as Mahanavami) a large number of devotees participate in the Rathothsava.

Timings: 6 AM - 1 PM & 4 - 8:30 PM


At a distance of 4 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Kadri Temple is one of the famous & beautiful temples in Mangaluru. The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Manjunatha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore.

The original structure of the temple dates back to 10th century. However, the temple was convered to a stone structure in 14th century. The 1.6m tall statue of Lord Shiva made of bronze is placed in seated position with three faces and six arms.

There is a natural spring on the backside of the temple, called as Gomukha. The water from this spring flows into 7 ponds of different sizes. Devotees come here and wash themselves before entering the main temple. The strange feature of this temple is that the temple tanks are placed at higher ground level compared to the central sanctum itself.

The temple has separate shrines for Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha & Lord Ayyappa. Lakshadeepotsava celebrated in Kartheekamasa (Nov/Dec) .....


At a distance of 10 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Someshwar Beach located near Ullal Railway Station is a well known beach near Mangalore. This beach is famous for clean & white sands. It is one of the popular Mangalore places to visit. It is also known for the large rocks called 'Rudra Shile' situated near the beach. Someshwara Beach is a natural, safe and clean beach. The beach offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and is an ideal spot for nature lovers and swimmers.

The other attraction of Someshwar beach is the historical Somanath Temple constructed during the rule of the famous Queen Abbakka Devi (16th century) is situated towards north. Presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and the temple is adorned with beautiful sculptures. In the temple premises there is the statue of great sage Parusharama. As per mythology, the coastal region of Karnataka (along with Kerala) was the creation of Parusharama.


At a distance of 10 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Ullal Beach is a beautiful beach located to the south of the Nethravati River on the shores of Arabian Sea. This is one of the best & developed beaches of Karnataka and among the top tourist places in Mangalore.

Ullal Beach is also the most serene and calm beach in Karnataka. This silver sands beach also offers breathtaking views of the sunset, especially when viewed through the casuarina groves. Sunbathing and swimming are the two common activities on the beach. There are several water sports available at the Ullal Beach. The Summer Sands Beach Resort near Ullal is also a popular picnic spot.

The beach is very close to Ullal Bus Station, which can be reached from Thokkottu on Kerala Road.


At a distance of 11 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Panambur Beach located near the Mangalore Port is one of the most frequently visited Mangalore beach and also one of the famous Mangalore tourist places.

The beach offers very good views of the sunset. The beach attracts good number of visitors due to its close proximity to the city. The ships anchored out in the sea waiting for berth in the harbor can be seen from the Beach which presents an attractive picture. Camel ride is an added attraction at this beach. This beach is a safe place for swimming.

The beach offers boating and water sports facilities to the visitors. Panambur beach is famous for International Kite Festival conducted during the last week of April.


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.


At a distance of 25 Kms from Mangalore, Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple located near Permude (on SH 66A) is a holy temple situated in the middle of the sacred Nandini River. Goddess Durga is the presiding deity of this temple. It is one of the famous temples near Mangalore and among the best places to visit in Mangalore.

The Devi is seen in a seated posture with four arms. Since the temple is located in the middle (Katee) of the River, the place is called Kateel. Other deities in the temple are Rakteswari, Mahaaganapati, Ayyappan, Kshetrabalas & Nagas. It is believed that Goddess Durga Parameshwari is fond of music & dance, and a play team is dedicated completely for the cultural activity of Yakshagana illustrating the miracles of the Goddess Durga Parameshwari.

Annual festival is celebrated for 8 days in the month of April. Navaratri and Laksha Deepotsava in Kartika Masa are the other major festivals celebrated in this temple.

Timings: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM


At a distance of 33 Kms from Mangalore, 50 Kms from Udupi & 17 kms from Karkala, Moodabidri, popularly known as Jain Kashi, is one of the major centers of Jainism in South India. It's located between Mangalore & Karkala.

Moodabidri has 18 Jain basadis, the most famous being the 1000 Pillared Temple dedicated to Chandranatha. The temple is also known as Savirakambha Basadi & Hosa Basadi. The uniqueness of this temple is that no two pillars are identical. This temple was built in 1430 AD under the ruler Devaraja Wodeyar of Nagamangala. The temple has a valuable collection of metal, jewel carved images of Jain tirthankars. The 2 meter high panchaloha image of Chandranatha is a special attraction. A 15 meter tall single stone pillar called Manastambha stands in front of the Basadi.

The 17th century Chowta Palace is also worth visiting for its beautifully carved wooden pillars & ceilings.

Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 65 km from Mangalore, 102 km from Murudeshwar, 147 km from Shimoga, 309 km from Mysore and 403 km from Bangalore, Udupi is a famous temple town and headquarters of the Udupi District. It is also the source of Udupi cuisine which is famous across the world. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly for it's pilgrimage importance and beautiful beaches.

The name of this city was originated from Odipu. According to local legend, the 27 stars of the Hindu astrology were married to the Moon and soon after, the Moon lost its luster. As Lord Shiva is the last resort for everyone, the Moon and the stars created a Lingam and offered puja. Udu means Lord and Pa means Stars in Sanskrit.

Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty, located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and .....

Distance (From Mangalore): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mangalore - Including Travel): 2-3 Days


At a distance of 70 Kms from Mangalore, Dharmasthala is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in Karnataka and it is situated on the banks of Nethravathi River. The main attraction of Dharmasthala is famous Manjunatha Temple. This place is also known as Sri Kshetra.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Manjunatha or Lokeshwara, this temple dates back to 16th Century. It is said that the Shiva Linga worshipped at this temple was procured from Kadri Temple in Mangalore. This place was known as Kuduma and later renamed to Dharmasthala in 16th century by Vadiraja Swami of Udupi.

The shrines of four Dharma Daivas (Kalarahu, Kalarkaayi, Kanyakumari and Kumaraswamy) are built well before Manjunatha Temple in Dharmasthala. Lakshadeepotsava celebrated in Kartheekamasa (Nov/Dec) is the main attraction of the temple.

This temple is involved in several social activities, especially, educational institutes for poor.

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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 167 Kms from Kozhikode, 72 Kms from Mangalore & 27 Kms from Kasaragod, Bekal Fort is the biggest and best preserved fort in Kerala. The fort is built on 35 acre headland on the shores of Arabian Sea, rising to a height 130 feet. Bekal Fort is among the top visited Kerala tourist places.

This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty in1650. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and later captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali in 1763 AD and later by British.

The important features of this fort are the Tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the Observation Tower. There is also a mosque built by Tipu Sultan just outside the Bekal Fort. The Bekal Fort Beach adjacent to the Fort is added attraction.

Bekal Fort is about 6 Kms from NH47 between Kasaragod & Kozhikode .....

Distance (From Mangalore): 72 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mangalore - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day


At a distance of 100 Kms from Mangalore, Kukke Subrahmanya Temple located in Subrahmanya (or Kukke Subramanya) is one of the most famous temples in Karnataka and one of the important temples of Lord Subrahmanya (Lord Murugan).

This temple is famous for Sarpa Dosha. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the protector of all serpents. The epics mention that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refugee under Lord Subrahmanya when attacked by Garuda.

Pilgrims visiting the Temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River and take a holy dip in it before entering the temple. According to Mythology, Lord Kumaraswamy killed the demon rulers Taraka, Shoorapadmasura in a war; and washed his Shakti Ayudha in this river (hence the river is named Kumaradhara).

Sarpa Samskara/Sarpa Dosha is one of the poojas performed at this temple by devotees to get rid of the sarpa dosha. Kukke subramanya can be reached by road from Mangalore and Bangalore.

Timings: 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM .....

Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 15 km from Kukke Subramanya, 30 km from Somwarpet, 65 km from Madikeri, 115 km from Mangalore, 260 km from Bangalore, Kumara Parvatha, also known as Pushpagiri, is a beautiful mountain peak located in Pushpagiri reserve forest near Kukke Subramanya town in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 1712 m above sea level, Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the toughest treks and most popular trekking destinations in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. The trek distance is around 25 km (with return) and usually done in 2 days.

Kumara Parvatha is the third tallest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri in Chikmagalur being the tallest and Thadiyandamol in Coorg being the second tallest. Kumara Parvatha trek is one among the most popular trekking trails in Karnataka. This peak has numerous white stones that are known as 'Saligramams'. The Shivalingas with six faces, also known as the 'Kumaralingas', can also be seen here.

There are two routes to trek .....


At a distance of 0.5 Km from Mangalore Railway Station, Milagres Church also known as the Church of Our Lady of Miracles is the most popular church in Mangalore.

This church was first built in 1680 by Bishop Thomas de Castro and it's famous for its beautiful architecture. The church has a wonderful altar with a French painting of St Monica and St Augustine. Mounted on pedestals are six statues of apostles and the facade with the statues similar to the St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. The main altar with the statue of Our Lady contains the superscription 'Altare Previlegiatum'. It is a magnificent monolithic marble altar, the gift of the late Mr. Nicholas Britto.


At a distance of 1 Km from Mangalore Railway Station, Sri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is situated in the heart of the Mangalore city. It is an ancient temple with 800 years of history.

The word Sharavu means an arrow. According to legend, Maharaja Veerabahu of Tuluva region killed a cow with an arrow by mistake. In order to erase the sin, the king installed a Shivlinga which is now worshipped as Sharabeshwara. It is also believed that the divine image of Sri Dhashabhuja Mahaganapathy appeared on the southern wall of this sacred temple.

The temple complex houses many shrines dedicated to the deities Sharavu, Kadri, Mangaladevi and Kudroli. There is a temple tank called 'Sharatheertha'. Vinayaka Chaturthi, Rathosthava & Deeposthava are important festivals of the temple. It is also a renowned center for cultural activities such as dance, drama, and Yakshagana.

Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM


At a distance of 1 Km from Mangalore Railway Station, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple is located at Car Street in the heart of the city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkata Ramana (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). It is believed to have been founded during 17th century. It is also said that Sri Mahla Pai from a noble family of Mangalore belonging to Gowd Saraswatha Brahmin Community of Kaushika lineage erected bronze idols of Lord Sri Veera Vittala and Lord Sri Gopalakrishna.

Along with the main deity, Goddess Sri Devi, Goddess Bhoodevi, Garuda Vahana, Shri Gopalakrishna and Shri Veera Vittala are also worshipped at this temple.

Mangalore Rathotsava (Car Festival) is the famous festival of the temple celebrated for 6 days in January.

Timings: 6 AM - 12:30 PM & 6 - 8 PM


At a distance of 1 Km from Mangalore Railway Station, Tagore Park also known as Light House Hill Garden was built in the 18th century by Haider Ali & Tipu Sultan.

The Light House Hill garden has a garden besides the light house, from where the tourists can enjoy a marvelous view of the sea with moving boats and ships adding on to its serene beauty. One can see the beautiful sea view, sunset view and also the sailing ships and boats on the sea.

This beautiful garden is newly renovated.There is also a small artificial stream that flows down a rock strewn channel. There is a public library at the base of the light house with a reading room named after Karnad Sadashiv Rao, a renowned freedom fighter. This garden is very close to St. Aloysius Chapel and can be visited together.

Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM & 4 - 9 PM.


At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Rosario Cathedral situated near Mangaladevi Temple is an ancient church built by Portuguese in the year 1568. The Church was reconstructed in 1910.

The church has impressive architecture, designed in the pattern of St Peters Basilica of Rome and resembling the Roman architectural style. The dome is the most beautiful part and is a crowning work of the architectural magnificence. It also has a tall & magnificent bell tower in front of the church. In Tulu, Rosario Church is called -Poyyeda Ingreji-, meaning Sand Church.

The Feast of Our Lady Rosary is celebrated on 7th October every year with great glory.

Timings: 6:30 AM to 7 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.

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Sultan Battery is a watchtower built by Tipu Sultan to watch the entry of warships into the Gurpur River. Situated at Boloor, it was built in 1784.

The structure is built with black stones and looks like a mini fortress with arrangements for deploying cannons. The watch tower is beautifully made and provides panoramic view of the surroundings of Gurpur River & Arabian Sea. The structure is well adorned with equipments for shooting canons.

This tower is recently renovated by Archeological Survey of India.


At a distance of 9 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Ullal is famous for Durgah of the Saint Syed Mohammad Sherifulla Madani. The Ullal Jamma Masjid is a famous pilgrim centre for the Muslims.

Syed Mohammed Shareefulla Madani Darga is the tomb of the soofi who came from Medina in 1569. The saint helped the poor through prayers and spiritual powers. The land for the darga was gifted by Vittarasa Vodeya. A tomb was raised over the Saint's grave after his death and the miracles continued.

Thousands of people from various states visit the mosque to participate in the Urus festival which is celebrated once in every 5 years.


At a distance of 9 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple situated in Kudupu is a popular pilgrimage centers in Mangalore. It is located Mercara Hill Road.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it's famous for serpent worship. Naga Bana (hundreds of serpent idols) situated in eastern part of the temple. The temple also houses a holy pond 'Bhadra Saraswathi Thirtha' which is situated towards left side of the temple. Goddess Sri Devi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya, Jaya and Vijaya are main sub-deities of the temple.

Annual festival Shashti is a famous religious ceremony celebrated in December. Also Nagapanchami, a worship of sacrificing the milk to Lord Naga is celebrated with great devotion.

Timings: 6.30 AM -7.30 PM


At a distance of 12 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Pilikula Nisargadhama is an eco-tourism destination with integrated Park, Zoo, Botanical Garden & Boating facilities.

Established in 1990, the park is spread over 350 acres of land. The Zoo houses variety of animals like deer, wild boars, tigers, leopard, lion, and snakes both poisonous and non poisonous, porcupines and few birds.

Botanical Garden had about 15,000 different types of plants and flowers on display including orchids that are indigenous to Western Ghats area. Adjacent to this, there is a Manasa Water Park.

Timings: Summer - 10 AM to 6 PM & Winter - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.


At a distance of 19 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Surathkal Beach on the shores of Arabian Sea is a clean beach with tremendous scenic beauty. The beach offers wonderful views of the sunset and it's usually crowded during evenings. It is one of the popular beaches near Mangalore.

The historical Sadashiva Temple near the beach is an added attraction. According to mythology, when Lord Ganesha kept Ravana's shivalinga on the ground, Ravana tried to pick it up with force and some pieces are scattered. One such piece from the linga is said to have fallen in Suratkal.

There is a light house near the Sadashiva Temple, located on a small hillock. Suratkal houses the famed National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK).

Suratkal is connected by frequent bus service with Mangaluru.


At a distance of 19 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Polali Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple is a popular place of worship in Dakshina Kannada. This temple is believed to be 2000 years old has great historic importance. In Sanskrit the place is called Puliapura and called Polali in Kannada.

The deity was called Porala Devi in ancient days. River Phalguni flows around the temple. The 10 feet icon in the temple is the tallest clay idol in India. Sri Subrahmanya, Sri Ganesha and others are also worshipped alongside.

The annual festival is celebrated for 7 days in the month of Feb/Mar. On the final day of annual festival, 5 day long football matches are conducted which are very popular. This ritual is called Polali Chendu.

Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM


At a distance of 23 Kms from Mangalore Railway Station, Sasihitlu Beach situated towards Udupi is a clean beach & stretches about 2 km in length.

This place is also famous for a beautiful island called Munda surrounded by Shambhave and Nandini Rivers on one side and Arabian Sea on the other side.


At a distance of 28 Kms from Mangalore & 30 Kms from Udupi, Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple is located on the banks of River Shambavi in Bappanadu village near Mulki.

The main deity of this temple is Goddess Durga, worshipped in the form of Linga. This temple is one of the important temples of Shakti in Dakshina Kannada. This temple was constructed in the 14th century. There is a large drum in the temple famously known as Bappanadu Dolu.

Annual festival is celebrated in the month of April.

Timings: 6 AM to 9:30 PM


At a distance of 29 Kms from Mangalore & 29 Kms from Udupi, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple located in Mulki is a 12th century temple dedicated to Sri Venkateswara (another form of Lord Vishnu). Mulki is situated on the banks of River Shambavi on NH 17 between Mangalore & Udupi. Sri Venkataramana, Bindu Madhava, Lord Vittala and Ugra Narasimha are worshipped in this temple.

The history of the place indicates that Sri Vijayendra Yathi of Kashi Mutt installed the image of Ugra Narasimha belonging to Vijayanagar here in 1565. Mulki was earlier known as Mulikapur, once ruled by Samantha kings. Now one can see the palace and the old ruins of the fort of Samantha Kings. The Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple and the temples of Somanath and Narayana are the other shrines of the Mulki.

A buffalo race called Arasu Kambala is held here annually. Annual Car Festival is celebrated in December on Pratistha Poornima, the installation day of Lord Narasimha.

Timings: 6:30 AM to 1 PM & 6 .....


At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Chaturmukha Basadi is a Jain temple, situated on a rocky hill near Karkala.

The primary deity of the temple is Chandranatha. This temple got its name due to the four doorways in four directions lead to the Garbhagriha. It is entirely built of stone and stands on a raised stone platform. The flat roof is constructed with large granite slabs and the temple has a total of 108 pillars. This temple was committed by Vir Pandya Deva, the King of Bairarava family in 1432 and completed in 1586.

This is the most celebrated temple in Karkala and is referred to in the inscriptions as Tribhuvana Tilaka Jina Chaityalaya and Ratnaraya Dhama. Photography is prohibited inside without prior permission.

Distance (From Mangalore): 50 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mangalore - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours


At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Gomatheshwara Statue (Lord Bahubali) is located on a rocky hillock called Bahubali Betta in Karkala. It is situated near Chaturmukha Basadi (about 1 Km).

This single stone 42-foot statue of Gomateshwara is the second tallest in Karnataka, after Shravanabelagola.Veera Pandya Deva, the King of Bairarava family built this monolithic statue in his honor and also installed the Brahmadeva Pillar in front of the statue in 1436.

The Maha Masthakaabhisheka festival, sacred bathing of the statue with saffron paste, milk and water, held in every 12 years. During this period thousands of Jain devotees visit this place to carry out the Mahamastakabhisheka.

Distance (From Mangalore): 50 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 30 Mins


At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Neminath Basadi is a Jain temple constructed in 1329. It is located very close to Bahubali Betta / Gomatheshwara Statue (about 0.5 Km).

The presiding deity of this temple is Mulnayak Bhagvan Neminath. There is a 54 feet Manasthambha, carved out of single rock, which is installed in front of the Basadi. The complex also houses Lord Mahavir, Chandranath Swamy, Adinath Swamy, Ananthanath and Padmavathi basadis, and the Bhujabali Brahmacharya Ashram.

Chaturmukha Basadi (1 Km), Gomatheshwara Statue (0.5 Kms) and Ramasamudra Lake (1 Km) are nearby attractions.

Distance (From Mangalore): 50 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 30 Mins


At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple located in Karkala is popularly known as Padu Tirupathi, which means Tirupathi of West. This temple is more than 550 years old and houses the ancient idol of Lord Srinivasa of Tirupathi.

According to legend, a family of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins brought Lord Venkat Ramana's statue from Goa, settled in Karkala and built a temple. When the rulers of Mangalore attacked the temple, the temple was destroyed and idol was lost.

It is said that the devotees had a dream directing them to go back to their place where they were directed to receive an idol of Lord Srinivasa from a saint. Their dreams come true when a Brahmin stranger gave them an idol of Srinivasa which he brought from Tirupati. The Lord is name Tirupati Chappara Srinivasa and all the poojas here are performed as in Tirupati.

The Laksha Deepothsava festival, Annual Chariot festival and Chakrotsava are the major festivals of this .....

Distance (From Mangalore): 50 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 30 Mins


At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Sri Ananthashayana Temple is an ancient temple located in Karkala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ananthapadmanabha (another form of Lord Vishnu). This temple is situated near Sri Venkata Ramana Temple (about 1 Km) & Chaturmukha Basadi (about 1 Km).

This temple was originally a Jain Basadi in 15th century. During that time, Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Narasimha Bharathi Swamiji came to Karkala and the Jain King gave him a warm welcome. But Swamiji said he will stay only if there is a temple with Lord installed in it. The king gave the Jain Basadi to His Holiness Sringeri Swamiji and installed a stone sculptured of Lord Vishnu.

The magnificent idol of Lord Vishnu is carved out of a single black stone with Lord Brahma coming out of Vishnu's navel, and Sridevi and Bhudevi at his feet.

This temple is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.

Distance (From Mangalore): 50 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 30 Mins


At a distance of 34 Kms from Udupi & 52 Kms from Mangalore, St. Lawrence Church is located in Attur, which is about 8 kms from Karkala. The church built in 1845 is very popular in this region.

Attur Church situated in the outskirts of Karkala town. Placed amidst placid greenery, the Attur parish has a rich history with its origin tracing back to 1759. Moreover it is known for its miraculous history.the church is a place of worship and belief for all, irrespective of caste and creed. People from all walks of the society come here to offer their prayers to St Lawrence.

The Attur Festival celebrated in January is major festival of the church which attracts several thousand devotees.

Mass Timings : Daily Mass at 6.30 AM,Saturday 4.30 PM, Sunday 7.30 & 10.30 AM

Distance (From Mangalore): 52 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 1 Hour

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 177 Kms from Kozhikode, 56 Kms from Mangalore & 8 Kms from Kasaragod, Chandragiri Fort situated on the banks of Chandragiri River is a 17th century Fort spread across 7 acres, now in ruins.

In earlier days, the Chandragiri River was considered to be the border of two powerful kingdoms Kolathunadu and Thulunadu. When Thulunadu was captured by the Vijayanagara Empire, the Kolathunadu kings lost the Chandragiri region to them. During the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire the area was administratively looked after by the Keladi Nayakas of Ikkeri. When the Vijayanagara Empire fell in the 16th century, Vengappa Nayaka declared independence.

The fort changed hands over the years from Shivappa Nayak to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British. Now it is a protected monument under the State Archaeology Department. The Fort offers a breathtaking view of the River, Arabian Sea & the Sunset from Vintage Point.

House boat cruise through the picturesque chandragiri .....

Distance (From Mangalore): 56 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bekal Fort - Including Travel): 1 Hour

Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 6 km from Belthangady, 61 km from Mangalore, 87 km from Kudremukh and 111 km from Chikmagalur, Jamalabad Fort is an old hilltop fortification in Jamalabad Village near Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka. It is located in the Kudremukh range of hills. The fort lies at an altitude of 1700 ft.

The fort was formerly called Narasimha Ghada, which refers to the granite hill on which the fort is built. It is also referred locally as Jamalagadda or Gadaikallu. Originally a mud fort existed on the hilltop. The fort was reconstructed over the ruins of an older structure by Tipu Sultan in 1794 and named after his mother, Jamal Bee. The fort was captured by the British in 1799 during the 4th Mysore War. As per legend, those who are not favorable to Tipu were hurled down this fort to their death.

The fort is accessible via a narrow path with about 1800 steps cut out of the granite hill. Inside the .....


At a distance of 70 Kms from Mangalore, Bahubali Temple located in Dharmasthala is situated near Manjunatha Temple (about 1 Km) on top of Rathnagiri Betta. This temple enshrines the monolithic statue of Bhagvan Bahubali (Gomatheshwara) which is 39 foot high. Sculpted by the famous Renjala Gopalkrishna Shenoi, it was completed in 1973 and installed in 1982.

Bharata and his younger brother Bahubali, both of royal birth, fought each other in a battle for supremacy. Bharata lost the battle but his life was spared. Bahubali then realized the futility of war and killing to acquire power. He handed over his kingdom to his brother and became a member of the Digambara Jain sect. He began a severe penance, standing naked until he gained enlightenment

The Maha Masthakaabhisheka festival, sacred bathing of the statue with saffron paste, milk and water, held once in every 12 years.

Temple Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM, Pooja Timings: 8-10 AM & 6-7 PM

Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 70 Kms from Mangalore, Manjusha Museum is located near Manjunatha Temple in Dharmasthala. This museum has a unique collection of heritage objects & artifacts of the region.

The museum houses a wide range of objects, including ancient scripts on palm leaves, silver jewellery, religious objects and household goods such as sewing machine, spectacles, typewriters and cameras.

Outside the Manjusha Museum is a collection of stone and wooden chariots used for temple processions. These have been preserved from temples from various districts of the state.

Timings: 10 AM - 1 PM & 4.30 - 9 PM


At a distance of 34 Kms from Udupi, 72 Kms from Mangalore & 22 Kms from Karkala, Kere Basadi located in Varanga is a beautiful Jain Temple located in middle of a lake. The temple is located in beautiful surroundings.

The temple has four idols in four directions facing North, South, East and West. The idols of 4 Tirthankaras are Bhagwan Parsvanatha, Bhagwan Neminath, Bhagwan Ananthanath & Bhagavan Shantinath.

The Kalla Basadi located on the way to Kere Basadi is an ancient stone monument and a worth visiting place.

Distance (From Mangalore): 72 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala - Including Travel): 1-2 Hours


At a distance of 167 Kms from Kozhikode, 73 Kms from Mangalore & 28 Kms from Kasaragod, Bekal Fort Beach is situated near Bekal Fort (about 1 Km). It is one of the best Kerala Beaches situated in Kasaragod district.

It is one of the best maintained beaches in this region. The beach is a vast expanse of white sands dotted with palm trees. Two huge sculptures with beautiful murals have been set up in the beach. The beach is illuminated with electric bulbs during night so that people can enjoy the beach even after dusk.

There is a water park for children on the premises which is an added attraction. The beautiful walkway allows the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the Arabian Sea and panoramic view of the surroundings including Bekal Fort.

Distance (From Mangalore): 73 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bekal Fort - Including Travel): 1 Hour

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 155 Kms from Kozhikode, 86 Kms from Mangalore & 40 Kms from Kasaragod, Hosdurg Fort is an ancient structure located near Kanhangad town (4 Kms). It is at a distance of 13 Kms from Bekal Fort. This Fort is also known as Kanhangad Fort.

This Fort is believed to have been constructed by Somasekhara Nayak of the Ikkery Dynasty. The fort is surrounded by a high brick wall with round bastions. Only the ruins of the fort remain now. The fort premises are now being used for several public offices. Temples like Karpooreshwara Temple dedicated for Lord Shiva & Sri Lakshmi Venkataramana Temple are located within the Fort. The Nityananda Ashram is also located to the south-west of the Fort.

Distance (From Mangalore): 86 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bekal Fort - Including Travel): 1 Hour

Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 100 Kms from Mangalore, 30 Kms from Kukke Subramanya, 65 Kms from Hassan & 80 Kms from Chikmagalur, Yedakumeri is a beautiful place in the Western Ghats & a wonderful trekking destination.

A trekking along the abandoned meter gauge railway line between Donigal and Yedukumeri (17 Kms - 8 Hrs) is a unique experience and is popularly referred to as 'Yedakumeri Railway Trek' or 'Green Route Trek'. This route is nature lovers & photographers paradise.

The trek route has several curves, tunnels and bridges. The mountains stretch with more than 25 waterfalls and several small streams. Trekking usually starts from the Dhonigal (on Bangalore - Mangalore route) and run along the tracks to Yedakumeri. Camping can be done at Dhonigal & Yedakumeri stations. Trek can be extended till Kukke Subramanya (16 Kms extra).

Donigal can be reached by Bus/Cab from Sakleshpura (which is connected by Bus with Bangalore via .....

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 318 km from Bangalore, 104 km from Mangalore, 99 km from Shimoga, 88 km from Chikmagalur, 256 km from Mysore and 79 km from Udupi, Sringeri in Chikmagalur district is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India. Sringeri is well known for Sharada Peetham, the first and foremost of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th century saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly as a pilgrimage destination.

Sringeri is situated at an altitude of 2789 ft on the banks of River Tunga bounded by Western Ghats. The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is named after Sage Rishyashringa. Hyder Ali annexed Ikkeri to the kingdom of Mysore. Tipu Sultan provided financial aid to Sringeri for the reconstruction of temples.

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Distance (From Mangalore): 104 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mangalore - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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