Mangalore is a great place to start for people planning to visit temples. Mangalore and its nearby towns have many temples dedicated to the many Hindu gods and goddesses. Many of these towns have temples that are centuries old and attract a lot of history lovers as well.
Let’s look at some of the famous temple towns around Mangalore:
Kollur is a small temple town located in the Udupi district of Karnataka.
Sri Mookambika Temple is the most famous temple which is located on the Kodachadri peak. Dedicated to Goddess Parvati or Mookambika Devi, this temple has the Jyotir-Linga idol that combines both Parvati and Shiva. Take a dip in the water flowing which is considered to be holy and pure early in the morning before praying to the goddess. There is also a wildlife sanctuary nearby that you can visit.
Some of the other temples that you can visit in Kollur are the Saraswati Mantap, Balamuri Ganapati Temple, Subramanya Swamy Temple, and the Chowdeshwari Temple. The distance between Kollur and Mangalore is around 130 km. Mangalore to Kollur cabs are available and the journey takes a little more than 2 hours.
One of the most famous religious towns in South India is Dharmasthala. The town is more than 800 years old and is the spiritual abode of Lord Manjunatheshwara, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
Apart from Lord Shiva, many other gods are worshipped in the Dharmasthala temple and they are Chandraprabha, the eighth Jain Tirthankara, Ammanavaru, along with Jain protective gods, Kanyakumari, Kalarkayi, Kalarahu, and Kumarasvami. Belonging to the Shaiva sect, this temple is considered to be unique. The administration of the temple is run by the Jains while the priests are Vaishnavas. There is also a massive statue of Lord Bahubali here.
Rent Mangalore to Dharmasthala cabs for a hassle-free journey to this temple town. The distance between the two places is around 75 km.
Subramanya is a village near Mangalore which is famous for its Kukke Subramanya temple. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Kartikeya, the serpent lord. Located in the beautiful Western Ghats, this temple has the mountain Kumara Parvatha as its backdrop. The temple is surrounded by dense forests and has a beautiful surrounding. You will have to cross the Kumaradhara River before going to the temple.
The distance between Mangalore to Subramanya is around 105 km and the best mode of traveling is Mangalore to Kukke Subramanya taxi.
A small town in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, Kateel is considered to be one of the holiest places in the country. It is located about 26 km from Mangalore and lies on the way to Udupi. So, you can visit this place before Kollur.
The Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple is the most famous temple here which is located in the middle of river Nandini, a sacred river and is surrounded by dense greenery. It is visited by followers all around the year.
These are some of the temple towns around Mangalore that you can visit. Rent a car and start planning your trip today.