Manglore ( Karnataka , South India)
Mangalore, a famous tourist destination of Karnataka, is the most prominent city of coastal Karnataka. Coastal Karnataka is 320 kms long sea coast and is popularly called as Karavali. The coastal Karnataka is a rich tapestry of azure waters, lapping palm fringed beaches, dense green forests and valleys. There are many places of tourist interest in this area. Visit of Dakshina Kannada region is incomplete without witnessing Yakshagana dance performance. It is an all-night event, with gorgeous costumes, elaborate make-up quick movements, beating drums, narration sung with feelings by the Bhagavathar-the total effect is spell binding.
Manglore is the main centre of Dakshina Kannada and a modern major port. It has a long history of maritime trade. Although it has developed as a business and commercial centre, it still retains its old charms. Abbakka ruled and defeated the Portuguese here way back in 1680. Someshwar temple and Dargah of the Sufi Saint Syed Malani are also worth a visit. Places of interest are Kadiri hills. Manjunatha temple, Mangalamba temple and Gokarnanath temple.Magalore can be made as the base to visit many interesting places around.
Bendre Hot Springs: The natural hot water spring situated in a scenic spot the side of river Sreehole, are considered to have curative properties. Situated amidst natural surroundings, it is also famous as a health resort.
Dharmastala: Situated about 70 kms from Manglore, Dharmastala of Karnataka is an outstanding example of religious and cultural activities. Originally known as Kuduma, it is surrounded on all the four sides by river Netravati. Great sanctity is attached to the Manjuatha shrine of this place which attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. Although it is a Shiva temple, it is managed by a Jain Heggade by tradition. On a nearby hillock, a statue of Gomateshwara has been recently installed which has developed as a Jain pilgrim place. The interesting feature of this place is that all the visitors and pilgrims are fed both times of the day and provided accommodation for overnight stay.
Honnavar: 90 kms from Karwar, it is a typical tourist's paradise with a laterite fort of Portuguese times. Basavaraja Durga Island, as it is called, amidst the sea can be reached by launch. It is an excellent place for picnic.
Karkala: Situated 50 kms from Manglore, Karkala is a place considered sacred by the Jains. The statue of Gomateswara, 14 metres high is carved out of solid rock and installed on the top of a nearby hillock, which has finely cut steps to climb up to the shrine. Nearby is a lake called Ramasamudra and an ancient Jain Basadi.
Kateel: Situated on the outskirts of Magalore, the place is a famous religious centre having a temple dedicated to Durga Parameshwari. The shrine is in the middle of the river between Kamalagiri, Paranjape and Illa. At the temple, images carved by the famous sculptor Ranjal Gopal Shenoy adorn the pillars of the hall.
Kollur: The ancient temple of Devi Mookambika (140 kms from Manglore) is situated here amidst thick green forest by the side of river Sowparnika. It is said that the Devi is a self manifested Jyotirlinga on half Srichakra consecrated by Shankaracharya. The temple with gold plated crest and copper roofs has a peculiar style of architecture and attracts thousands of devotees. Those interested may trek to the beautiful Kodachadri peak 16 kms from here. Arasina Mukki waterfall nearby is a popular picnic spot.
Moodabidri: Often referred to as the Jain Kashi of South India, Moodabidri is situated 35 kms away from Manglore, amidst lovely natural setting. While it is sacred to the Jains, the monuments here present an architectural treasure. The chief Basadi is Tribhuvana Tilaka Choodamani, popularly known as the Basadi of Thousand Pillars, has exquisite works of art. In the shrine are the idols of Tirthankaras carved out of precious stones.
Murudeshwar: Situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal, a little off the National Highway is this scenic holy place, believed to have been sanctified by a piece of the Prana Linga of Mahabaleshwara of Gokarna thrown down by the demon Ravanasura. The ancient temple has been constructed recently in modern style and has some beautiful carvings and statues. With the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east and the coconut and areca groves nearby, the temple attracts hundreds of visitors and devotees. The pigeon island is off the coast.
Subramanya: Popularly known as Kukke Subramanya, it has an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Subramanya, on the banks of river Kumaradhara. Subramanya is 130 kms from Manglore. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple to fulfil their vows. Snake worship is a popular cult in this temple and hundreds of Naga Stones can be seen here. Kartikeya is worshipped here in the form of a cobra. A great festival takes place during Subramanya Shashti. Nearby is the Kumaradri hill which is an excellent place for mountain climbing and trekking though a hazardous task.
Ullal: Very near to Mangalore, Ullal is a famous Jain pilgrim centre having the statue off Gomateshwara built in 1605 by an Ajila prince.
How to reach Manglore:
Mangalore is connected by rail, air and road with Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Besides excellent road service is available to this place from all sides of the western ghats. Taxis and autorickshaws can be hired for local travel. There are excellent lodging places along with Government guest houses and rest houses for visitors. Most of the places in the interior also provide suitable accommodation to visitors.