Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple This Temple is situated about 75 Kms away from Mangalore and is one of the important pilgrim centers of Karnataka. About 3 Kms from the temple flows the holy river Nethravathi in which most of the pilgrims take a holy dip. Thousands of devotees visit this temple town every day to offer prayer to the presiding deity, Lord Manjunatha Swamy, seeking blessings for their well-being and prosperity. Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala symbolizes the unity of faiths in an unusual manner. A Shiva shrine where the archakas are Vaishnavites and the Dharmadhikari Heggade a Jain, makes a unique combination signifying harmony of all the religions. Dharmasthala is a religious, charitable and cultural centre. All the 4 types of charities (Chaturvidha Dana- Anna Dana, Aushdha Dana, Vidya Dana and Abhaya Dana) are carried out from this town. Here dharma has acquired a multidimensional meaning, apart from its traditional connotation like religious belifs, rituals, righteousness, duty, alms etc.
Other attractions of Dharmasthala:
Gomateshwara : 39 ft. high Bahubali statue was erected in 1980, on a hill near the temple.
Manjusha Museum: Rare and tasteful collection of antiques and modern exhibits. A car museum which exhitibs 50 classic and vintage cars.
Annapoorna: A place where thousands of devotees are fed everyday free of cost, an act which by itself is a marvel of charity, displaying organizational excecllence.
Other places: A unique rural development programme is undertaken to benefit more than a lakh families. SIRI is a production unit consisting of village women who also benefit from this programme. Other places like Yakshagana training centre, Educational Institutions, Hospitals Aquarium & Park, Lalithodyana etc. can also be visited in the town.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple: This temple is situated about 115 Kms from Mangalore. The place is surrounded by evergreen forests, beautiful mountains, rivulets and streams. Convenient route to Subrahmanya from Mangalore is via Uppinangady. The temple is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya the ‘Serpent God’. The place was originally called ‘Kukke’ because of the Kukkelinga Idol which had been covered by a ‘Kukke’ that is a basket, by the priest who was scared that the linga could be stolen if not protected. Nagamandala, a ritual dance, is performed during the worship. The chariot of the temple is 150 years old.
Sowthedka Mahaganesh Temple: This temple is situated about 82 Kms away from Mangalore. It is an open air temple of Sowthedka village. In this temple, devotees themselves offer Pooja to Ganesha . This ancient practice and the temple therefore attract large number of devotees.
Venoor: This place is situated at a distance of 50 Kms from Mangalore and 19 Kms from Belthangady. The main attraction of this place is a 38 feet monolithic Gomateshwara statue located on the south bank of Gurpur river. This statue was erected in 1604 by Thimanna Ajila IV. Here you can also see eight Jain basadis and the ruins of a Mahadeva Temple.
Thousand Pillars Basadi: Situated at a distance of 35kms from Manglaore, in the township of Moodabidre, this Basadi also known as Thilaka Basadi, which was built in 1430. It is an excelent example of Vijayanagara Architecture. It contains 1000 pillars and i one of the largest Basadi in India. It has a 6.5 ft. statue of Chandranatha and hence it is also known as Chandranatha Basadi. Other basadis which can be visited in Moodubidre are Badaga Basadi, Shettra basadi, Hiri basadi, Koti basadi.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple: This temple is situated 35 Kms. from Mangalore. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is perched on a granite hillock, rising to 1200 ft. from sea level. Near the foot of the hill there is a pond called Gadha Theertha. The history of this temple goes back to the era of Pandavas of Mahabharatha. Interstingly this place where the ‘Naivedya’ served to the lord shiva is first offered to Monkeys.
Polali Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple: About 30 Kms. from Mangalore, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Sri Rajarajeshwari. The deity is a blazing red coloured Devi. Statue of the main deity is made of clay. It is the biggest clay idol in India and it is of 10 ft high. During jatra at the temple, held during March/ April every year, a folkgame called ‘Polali Chendu’ (a kind of Football) is played on the last 5 days. ‘Chendu’ is made of leather stuffed with dry grass.
Sri Sadashiva Temple at Narahari Betta: About 30 Kms from Mangalore, this temple is situated on a hill called Narahari Betta. This temple attracts many devotees. This hilltop temple is also known for its ponds, which are in the shape of Shankha, Chakra, Gadha and Padma, the weapons of lord Vishnu. A dip in this pond on the Karthik Somavar is considered holy.
Uppinangadi: Situated at 48kms away from Mangalore at the confluence of the rivers Netravati and kumaradhara is the Sahasra Linga temple, the thousand Linga temple. A fair is held here called “Makhi”, when thousands of devotes visit this place to offerings to their departed ancestors.This place is also know as Southern Kashi.
Mulki: The ruined fort and palace of Venkatappa Nayaka Savanth of Bidanur, built in 1608 is situated 29 Kms of Mangalore. The Durga Parameshwari temple, Venkataramana Temple are also worth visiting in this township.
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple Puttur: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This ancient temple is build during the time of Vijayanagara King in the shaka year 1353.
Annapoorneshwari Temple – Kodyadka : Nearly 7Kms. away from Moodubidri, this temple is situated in a place called Kodyadka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneshwari. One more attraction of this place is its Zoo.
Udupi The Temple City: Udupi is known for the Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna). The Krishna Mutt was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th century. According to history, there was a storm in the sea at Malpe. Shri Madhvacharya was on the shore at the time and saw a ship which was in trouble. He helped the ship reach the shore to safety. The sailors were very grateful to him and gave him idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama. He did the pratishte (installation ceremony) of Lord Balarama idol near Malpe. This temple is known as Vadabhandeshwara. He brought the idol of Lord Krishna and did its pratishte at Udupi. This temple is known as Krishna Mutt. National Highway 17 passes through Udupi.
St Mary's Island: St. Mary's Island is a set of small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in the Udupi district. It is believed that the portugese sea farer Vasco Da Gama landed on one of these islands in 1498. The unique feature of the St. Mary's Island is that these beaches are not available for swimming or strolling rather they offer you an unusual experience of watching the formation of volcanic rocks. St. Mary's Island is easily reachable from Mangalore as it is at a distance of only 60 kilometers. You can travel by bus or a hired cab. Do not miss to watch the sunset at St. Mary's Island as you cannot experience the same crimson sky anywhere else.
Kollur Mookambika Temple: About 135 Kms from Mangalore, Kollur has the famous Mookambika Temple at the foot of the Western Ghats. This attractive temple has gold plated crest and copper roof, which attracts thousands of devotees. The idol was installed by Adi Shankara acharya. This is temple is visited by pilgrims from all over India. There are a few places worth visiting in the vicinity of the temple. One of them is Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall. There is Kutachadri range, a beautiful place and attracts a large number of mountaineers and trekkers. Kollur is also well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.
Anegudde Temple at Kumbhashi: Anegudde is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka, situated at Kumbhashi, Udupi district. Anegudde literally means elephant hill in Kannada, rightfully the abode of the elephant God Ganesha. Kumbhasi (Anegudde) is located on the NH 17 at a distance of 90 km from Mangalore, 9 km from Kundapur, and 30 km from Udupi.
Hattiangadi: It is a village in Kundapura taluk of Udupi district. The village is famous for Siddivinayaka temple. Travellers can visit Agumbe which is a 2 hours journey from Hattiangadi. People should reach Agumbe sun set point before 5.00pm to enjoy the spectacular sun set from this vantange point. People can then continue towards Sringeri which is famous for Sharadamba temple. This temple is situated on the banks of river Tunga.