Places of Interest

Temples in Dakshina Kannada
Mangala Devi Temple,Mangaluru
Mangaladevi Temple

Mangaladevi Temple

Mangaluru has the ancient 10th century Mangala Devi temple that has given the town its name. Situated Just 2 Kms from the heart of the city.

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangaluru
Kadri Temple

Kadri Temple

The Kadri Hill is famous for the 11th century Kadri Manjunatha Temple, with the surrounding tanks with natural springs and laterite caves, also knows as the Pandava Caves. The bronze image of Lokeshawara and Guatama Buddha in the Dhyani posture point to its Buddhist origins. The Kadri Kambala(Buffalo race) takes place here in December. Situated Just 2 Kms from the heart of the city.

Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple, Mangaluru
Kudroli Temple

Kudroli Temple

Situated Just 2 Km from the heart of the city, Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple is built by Shri Narayana Guru, the great Philosopher, Saint and social reformer from Kerala. The

temple is built in the Chola Gopuram Style. The main deity of this temple is Shiva. Navarathri and Shivarathri are the two big festivals celebrated at this temple. The celebrations at the temple during Dasara is popularly called as Mangaluru Dasara.

Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple
Dharmasthala Temple

Dharmasthala Temple

Situated 75 Kms. East of Mangaluru, set in sylvan surroundings on the lower slopes of the Western Ghats, this well known pilgrimage center is an interesting amalgam of faiths. The Manjunatha Temple is a prominent Shaivaite Center, that has Madhwa Vaishnavaite priests and is administered by a hereditary Jain family, the Heggades. The Jain influence can be seen in the 39 ft. statue of Bahubali, erected in 1980 on the hill near the temple. Opposite the temple is the Manjusha Museum which houses a wide rage of objects, including ancient scripts on palm leaves, silver jewellery and religious statuary. Charity is a way of life here and pilgrims that throng the temple are given free food in the temple. During the annual festival, Laksha Deepotsava held in November-December, one lakh lamps are lit and literary and religious discourses are held.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Kukke Temple

Kukke Temple

Nestled between hills, this pilgrim center, 104 Kms. from Mangaluru is famous for the temple of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya. The epics narrate how the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under God Subrahmanya, in the caves. Here God Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake, which is the god’s divine power. A ritual dance called Nagamandala is performed during the worship, where the dancer wears the attire of Ardhanarishwara(half man, half woman), symbolising the concept of female(prakruthi) and male(purusha) forces being one.

Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple
Kateel Temple

Kateel Temple

Situated 20 Kms East of Mangaluru is the Durga Parameshwari Temple, located on an island in Nandini river. The chief deity is in the form of an udhbhava moorthi(naturally formed). The pillars of the temple bear beautiful sculptures.

Southadka Sri Ganapathy Temple
Sowthadka Temple

Sowthadka Temple

Southadka is a pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannda district. The uniqueness of the place is Lord Maha Ganapathi is out in the open field without a ‘Garbha gudi’ and temple structure. It is surrounded by fascinating greeneries and open round the clock for offering prayers.

Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Bappanadu, Mulki
Bappanadu Temple

Bappanadu Temple

Located at 29 KMs away from north of Mangaluru and 29 Kms away from south of Udupi near NH 17. Placed at south coast of Shambhavi river.The main deity of this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari. Bappanadu Dolu (musical drum) is well known and beating of the drums during annual festival of the temple is an important part of celebration

Sri Rajarajeswari Temple, Polali, Bantval Taluk
Polali Temple

Polali Temple

Located at 20 Kms away from Bantval city and 20 Kms away from Mangaluru city and 10 Kms away from Mangaluru Airport(Bajpe Airport), the temple is situated on the banks of the river Phalguni in Kariyangala village of Bantwal taluk.

Annual ‘Polali Chendu’ festival is an important festive event where football is played to represent the fight of good over evil. The annual festival held in March-April lasts for a month and is attended by people from all over the world.

Sri Mahalingeswara Temple, Puttur
Puttur Temple

Puttur Temple

Located at main city of Puttur near police station. It is one of the well known temples of Dakshina Kannda.

Sri Karinjeshwara Temple, Karinje, Bantval Taluk
Karinja Temple

Karinja Temple

Situated at a place called Karinja in Kavalamudur village of Bantval taluk. 38 Kms away from Mangaluru and 14 Kms away from Bantval. Could be reached from(2 KMS) a place called VAGGA on Mangaluru-Belthangady route.The Karinjeshwara is a Shiva-Parvati temple stands high on the hill amidst beautiful surroundings.

Anantha Padmanabha Temple Kudupu
Kudupu Temple

Kudupu Temple

Located at 10 KMs away from Mangaluru city in Mangaluru-Karkala highway. This temple is dedicated to Lord Anantha Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) and famous for serpent worship. Annual festival ‘Shashti’ is a famous religious ceremony and ‘Nagarapanchami’ is celebrated with great devotion here.

Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple, Bantval taluk
Narahari Temple

Narahari Temple

Loacted at 28 Kms away from Mangaluru city. Situated near Pane-Mangaluru city of Bantval Taluk. This is one of the oldest temples and it is located on the top of the hill. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One has to climb the hill to reach this temple. There are ponds atop of the hill and devotees take a holy dip in these ponds.

Beaches in Mangaluru

Summer Sands Beach Resort

Summer Sands BeachSummer Sands Beach Resort situated at Ullal Beach is around 10 Kms away from Mangaluru to the South. Set in 14 acres of casuarina groves, has well furnished cottages and makes a pleasant getaway from the city. Restaurant servers good seafood to satiate one’s appetite.

Someshwar Beach

Someshwara Beach13 Kms to the south of Mangaluru, and 1/2 Km from the Someshwara Bus stand, this beach is well known for the large rocks called “Rudra Shile”. The historical Somanath Temple constructed during the regime of the famous queen Abbakka Devi is situated in the north side.

Tannirbavi Beach

Tannir bavi BeachThis is one of the best beaches of Dakshina Kannada. One can enjoy the sunset view here. It is about 12 Kms away from Mangaluru.

Panambur Beach

Panamburu Beach12 Kms from Mangaluru city, to the left of the harbour and about 1 Km from NH-66 Panambur beach is one of the cleanest and well maintained beaches in Mangaluru. Panambur beach has wide range of sport and leisure activities like Jet ski, Boating, Dolphin viewing, Horse riding, Camel riding etc. Just few feet away from the water, cottages are located on the shores of Panambur Beach to relax and spend quality time with family and friends.

Surathkal Beach

Surathkal BeachThis picturesque beach is known for its clean surrounding and it’s light house. This beach is few minutes away from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

 

Other Places Of Interest

Kadri Hill Park

Kadri Park

Kadri Park

Situated 4 Kms away from Hampankatta to the East which is adjacent to NH-66. It is the highest and the largest garden in Mangaluru. It comes under the Govt. Horticulture Department. The park is mainly meant for children. Children Train, and other facilities are present in the park.

Pilikula Nisargadhama

Pilikula Lake

Pilikula Lake

Located at Mudushedde, just 13 Kms from Mangaluru, Pilikula Nisargadhama is an integrated theme park with a wide variety of features, Pilikula has many attractions of cultural, educational and scientific interest. The park is spread over an area of 370 acres comprising of a tropical forest and the enchanting Pilikula Lake. The project presently includes a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course..

St. Aloysius Chapel
Aloysius Chappel

Aloysius Chappel

Situated just 1 Kms from the heart of the city. The walls and ceilings of the church are covered by paintings of Antonio Moscheni of Italy. The church was built in the year1899-1900.

Ullal Darga
Ullala Dargah

Ullala Dargah

The Darga of Sayed Mohammed Shereful Madani, who is said to have come to Ullal from Madina 500 years ago is a famous darga in this region. Thousands of people from various states visit the mosque to participate in the Urus festival which is celebrated once in every 5 years.

1000 Pillar Shrine
Thousand Pillar Basadi

Thousand Pillar Basadi

Located in Moodabidri, 35 Kms North East of Mangaluru, the Holy shrine of the Jains, Thousand Pillar Basadi is dedicated to Shri Chandranath, a Jain saint. The temple is intricately carved and has Nepalese style of architecture. The 1000 pillar temple is around 560 years old and was build over century. The history of the temple is carved on the walls and pillars of the Temple. No two pillars in the temple are alike. The Basadi is treasure house of art and architecture. No where in Karnataka a Basadi of so much grandeur and so much magnificence as this could be found.

Sultan Batheri
Sulthan Batheri

Sulthan Batheri

It is situated in Boloor, 6 Kms away from Mangaluru city bus stand. it was built in Black stones by Tippu sulthan to prevent warships to enter Gurupur river. The construction is bafflingly exquisite. Although it is a watchtower, it gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all round.

Jamalabad Fort

65 kms. from Mangaluru, 8 Kms from Belthangadi, the Jamalabad Fort was built in 1794 by Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, in memory of his mother Jamalabee. A good place for trekkers.

Venoor – Gommateshwara

Venoor is 19 Kms from Belthangady and about 54 Kms from Mangaluru. The chief objects of interest here are the colossal Monolithic statue of Gommata of 38ft in height and a few basadis. This staute sculpted by Janakacharya was set up in 1604 AD by Veera Thimanna Ajila.