22 BEST PILGRIMAGE SITES IN KARNATAKA

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Pilgrimage | Beach

Udupi is one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly for its pilgrimage importance and beautiful beaches. Located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty. It is about 403 km from the city of Bangalore.

Udupi is famous for Sri Krishna Temple which attracts pilgrims from all over India. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. Another attraction of Sri Krishna Temple is the Kanakana Kindi, a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his devotee, Kanakadasa. Apart from the temple, Malpe Beach, Kaup Beach & St Mary's Island are the top places to visit as part of Udupi tour packages.

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Pilgrimage | Beach

Murudeshwar is one of the most famous places to visit in Karnataka and among the popular places of pilgrimage in South India. It is about 162 km from Mangalore & 497 km from Bangalore. With the shimmering Arabian Sea on three sides and the magnificent Western Ghats imposing their presence on this town, it is a favorite picnic spot for the folks from Kerala and Karnataka.

Murudeshwar is the abode of Lord Shiva. The temple town is famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue (123 ft) & tallest temple tower (249 feet). The sea on three sides surrounds the Murudeshwar Temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri. This is a great place to watch the sunset. Murudeshwar Fort, Murdeshwar Beach are the must visit places as part of Murudeshwar tour packages. Nearby Netrani Island is also a very popular spot .....


Pilgrimage | Beach

Gokarna is a famous pilgrimage center and also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism because of its beautiful beaches. It is about 514 km from the city of Bangalore. Gokarna is one of the must visit places in Goa packages.

The prime attraction of the Gokarna is Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga. The Atmalinga was given to Ravana by Lord Shiva himself. Besides Mahabaleshwara temple,Maha Ganapathi temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Varadaraja temple and Venkataramana temple are the other prominent temples that can be visited as part of Gokarna tour packages. Gokarna is considered to be the Mukti Stala, where Hindus perform funeral rites.

Apart from being a religious town, Gokarna is also known for its beaches. The Om Beach, Kudle .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18 km from Mysore, 26 km from Mandya and 124 km from Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Srirangapattana is a historical town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka owing to its cultural, religious and historic importance and also one of the top places to visit in Mysore. The entire town is surrounded by the river Kaveri to form a river island.

According to history, Srirangapatna was founded by the rulers of Ganga dynasty in 9th century. However, the destination came into the limelight during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The rise of the Wodeyar kings marked the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire. During the reign of the Wodeyar kings, Raja Wodeyar conquered Rangaraya in 1610, who was then the viceroy .....


Pilgrimage | Historical & Heritage

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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Pilgrimage | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 140 Kms from Bangalore, 50 Kms from Hassan & 83 Kms from Mysore, Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage center in South India. This place is named after the pond in middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). This is one of the popular 2 day trip from Bangalore and a major heritage / historical site not to miss in a Karnataka tour packages.

Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). About 620 steps provide access to this .....


Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 km from Kemmanagundi & 36 km from Chikmagalur, Baba Budangiri (also known as Dattagiri & Chandra Drona Parvatha) is a mountain in the Baba Budan range in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. At an altitude of 1895 m, this is one of the top places for trekking in Karnataka and among the best places to visit as part of 2 day trip from Bangalore. It is also one of the prime place to visit during Chikmagalur Trip.

Baba Budangiri is named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan who used to reside here. Baba Budan was a 17th century Sufi saint who came to India in from Saudi to spread the message of Islam and peace. According to legend, he introduced coffee to India by bringing beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen in 1670 AD. This place is also important .....


Pilgrimage | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 9 km from Bhagamandala & 44 km from Madikeri, Talacauvery is the origin of the Cauvery River in Karnataka. It is situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain ranges near Bhagamandala at an altitude of 1276 m. It is one of the best places to visit in Coorg and is among prime place to visit on a Coorg trip.

At Talacauvery, there is a square tank called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is considered to be the birth place of River Cauvery. Here, River Cauvery emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. River Cauvery again emerges at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangam. Bhagamandala is the meeting of three rivers and is also referred to as Triveni Sangam.

According to legend, Cauvery was held captive by sage Agasthya .....


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At a distance of 60 km from Murudeshwar, 73 km from Udupi, 90 km from Jog Falls and 133 km from Mangalore, Sri Mookambika Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is located in the valley of Kodachadri Mountain Peak on the banks of Souparnika River. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Mukti Stalas created by Parashurama and the other places are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. It is a famous site of pilgrimage in Karnataka and one of the top places to visit near Murudeshwar.

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. According to Legend, Goddess Parvathi killed a demon called Kamsasuran who lived here and attempted to become powerful through his penance. Devi along with the help of Veerabadra, .....


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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.

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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 | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Magadi Bus station and 44.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, The Ranganatha Swamy Temple located in Magadi is an ancient temple and a protected monument. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Bangalore.

The Ranganathaswamy temple is situated on a hill called Tirumale. There is a vast Prakara with a gateway having tall Rajagopura. The sanctum of the Ranganatha temple was first consecrated in early 12th century by the Chola ruler and the temple has undergone renovations and expansion since. The beautiful gopuras were built by Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya in the 16th century and later renovated by King Jayachamaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. There are structures inside the sanctum which were also built by the Cholas and later renovated.

The temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha is actually a standing image of Narayana about 3 ft tall in Vijayanagara style with Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Abhaya attributes in four hands. The main deity .....


Pilgrimage | Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 54 km from Mysore, Chikkadevvamma Hill is a sacred place situated at Kundur Village in the Mysore district of Karnataka State. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage near Mysore and among the prominent trekking places in Karnataka.

There is a temple on the hilltop and is dedicated to Goddess Chikka Devamma, believed to be the sister of goddess Chamundeshwari. This old temple was constructed by Mysore Wodeyars. The hill derived its name from the goddess Chikka Devamma, who came from Kerala and settled in Chikkabetta. Devotees have a strong belief that the Goddess has fulfilled all their genuine demands.

Besides, Chikka Devammana Hill is well known for its mesmerizing surroundings. From the top, one can have a panoramic view of agricultural fields, villages & Nugu Reservoir. The hill is also surrounded by forest so one can find elephants, leopards deers and other animals here.

The journey to the hilltop is also a wonderful experience as there are .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 50 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore, Melkote / Melukote is a historical town located in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka. Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, it is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit as part of Mysore Tour.

The town is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley. The town derives its name from two words, Melu means top and Kote means fort. According to the history, the great Vaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya lived here for about 14 years in 12th century AD and thus it became a prominent center of the Srivaishnava sect of Brahmins.

There are two popular temples reside in this town, one is Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple and the other one is Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple. These temples existed even before Sri Ramanujacharya came to this place. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Thirunarayana or Cheluvaraya installed .....


Hill Station | Wildlife | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 85 km from Mysore, 40 km from Chamarajanagar and 170 km from Bangalore, the Biligiri Ranga Hills popularly known as the BR Hills is a lofty hill range in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It is considered to be the wildlife corridor that connects Eastern Ghats to Western Ghats. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Mysore and is one of the top attractions you must include in Mysore packages.

BR Hills is famous for BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 5091 feet and is spread across an area of 540 km. It was declared a tiger reserve in 2010 by the Karnataka State Government. The highest peak within the sanctuary is the Kattari Betta. The wildlife sanctuary is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other .....


Adventure / Trekking | Hill Station | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 135 km from Mysore, 89 km from Hogenakkal, 72 km from Kollegal & 209 km from Bangalore, Male Mahadeshwara Betta, also known as MM Hills is a sacred place situated in the eastern parts of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It is situated at an altitude of 3000 feet. This is one of the top attractions you must include in Mysore packages.

Male Mahadeshwara Hills is surrounded by dense forest and is famous for Malai Mahadeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a very popular Shaiva pilgrim center and one of the most powerful Shiva temples in the region. The temple is surrounded by 77 hills of the Eastern Ghats. The temple draws large number of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The Mahadeshwara Temple was built by Junje Gowda Rich Kuruba Gowda Landlord. .....


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At a distance of 35 km from Sakleshpur, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is ancient temple situated near Mekanagadde in Sakleshpur Taluk of Hassan district, Karnataka. Surrounded by serenity, it is one of the top places to visit in Sakleshpur.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is located atop Pandavar Gudda Hill and is considered approximately 600 years old. The temple is nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats and offers a panoramic view of the landscape. According to the mythology, the Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed here for a short while during their exile. Also known as Bettada Bhairaveshwara Prasanna Temple, this is an excellent tourist spot for those who like the calm and beauty of nature. One can see some big grinding stones at the temple.

An annual Abhisheka will be held once in a year in January month where all the people from surrounding places come here to take the blessings of Lord Bhairava. There are also many popular hills of Sakleshpur which are located .....


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At a distance of 35 kms from Aihole, Kudalasangama is a popular pilgrimage site in Bagalkot district at the confluence of Krishna and Malaprabha Rivers.

Kudalasangama is famous for 850 years old Sangameswara temple, known as Kudala Sangameswara dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in 12th century, the temple is situated on the banks of Krishna River and it was renovated several times. The temple is constructed in Dravidian style with large temple tower at the entrance, followed by main temple with a porch, navaranga and sanctum. The door frame of the garbhagriha is richly carved with floral designs and animal figures.

In front of the temple, in the midst of the river, is a small stone mandapa with a Shivalinga in it, and lofty cement concrete dry well has been built around it to protect it from submersion. The sikhara of the temple is a typical South Indian style structure. The temple has inscriptions dating back to 1160 AD and 1213 .....


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At a distance of 1 km from Horanadu Bus Stand, 42 km from Sringeri, 70 km from Chikmagalur & 29 km from Kudremukh, Horanadu Annapoorneswari Temple is a famous temple situated in the thick forests of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka.

Sri Annapoorneswari Temple is situated on the banks of River Bhadra and is also known as Sri Kshethra Horanadu. It is believed that this temple was established by Agasthya Maharishi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneswari, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. A new idol of the main deity was installed at the temple in 1973. The idol, made of gold, is beautifully made. The temple is now known as Adi Shaktyatmaka Sri Annapoorneswari Temple. The recently renovated sanctum of the temple is surrounded by Adi Sesha while the Padma Peetha is formed by Ashtagaja, Koorma and others.

The main idol of goddess is made .....


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At a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, 35 kms from Kolar and 14 kms from Bangarapet, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple is a wonderful temple situated at Kammasandra village between Bangarapet and Bethamangala. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit as part of Bangalore tour and also one of the ideal one day trip near Bangalore.

Kotilingeshwara, meaning 10 million lingas, is one of the famous pilgrimage sites around Bangalore with great religious significance. This temple is famous for huge 108 feet Shivalinga, which is one of the largest in the world and 35 feet tall Nandi in front of it. There are lakhs of shivalingas all over the temple. The temple was built in 1980 over an area of 13 acres.

There are several other shrines inside the temple complex and they are usually visited while moving towards the main shivalinga. Apart from the main shrine .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 80 kms from Bangalore, Kolar is a small town which was once famous for gold mines. Kolar has several tourist attractions like Someshwara Temple & Kolaramma Temple. Anthargange is about 4 kms from Kolar. Kolar is one of the popular tourist places to visit around Bangalore.

Someshwara Temple is a beautiful temple built in 14th century during Vijayanagara rule. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Someshwara Temple is famous for large temple tower built on a stone carved mahadwara. The temple has nice carvings on the pillars and large mahamandapa. There is also a stepped temple tank adjacent to the temple. The temple is located near Fort Area in Kolar.

Kolaramma Temple, situated at a distance of 100 meters from Someshwara Temple is another interesting place to visit in Kolar with lot of history. It is believed that the temple was constructed in 5th century during Ganga dynasty. The temple has several carvings from Chola rule .....


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At a distance of 58 km from Bangalore City Junction, Ghati Subramanya is a popular pilgrim center located near Doddaballapur. This is one of the popular sites pilgrimage near Bangalore and among the well known Bangalore places of interest.

The Ghati Subramanya temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Lord Subramanya is elder son of Shiva and Parvati. Subramanya is considered as lord of Snakes. It is believed that the idol of Shri Subramanya is self originated. The uniqueness of the temple is Sri Subramanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west in a single idol. The devotees can view Laxmi Narasimha through a strategically placed mirror.

According to legend, Ghati is the place where Lord Subramanya performed penance in the guise of a serpent inside the caves in the mountain ranges of this area before going to kill the demon Tharakasura. Ghati is also the .....

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