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Bantwal is one of the important town and taluk headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. Though Bantwal is a town, the neighboring township BC Road (Bantwal Cross Road) serves as the commercial center.
At an earlier time, the Bantwal town was known for trade. But, due to flooding caused by the river Netravathi during the monsoon season (June to September), forced traders to move to the adjacent township of BC Road because BC Road was situated at higher altitude when compared to Bantwal. Gradually, most of the Government departments shifted to the BC Road. The Bantwal town is still considered an main trade center for groceries, tobacco, hardware and most importantly gold.
Places to see in and around Bantwal:
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple: Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bantwal.
Shri Tirumala Venkatramana Swamy: one of the famous temples of Bantwal. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara has come here from Tirupati.
Nandavara: Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba temple at Nandavara is one of the historical temples situated on the banks of river Nethravathi.
Sri Gopalakrishna Devasthana, Kairangala
Sri Chandikeswari Temple, BC Road
Sri Somanatheshwara temple, Near BC Road
Sri Mahamaya Temple
Sri Narahari Temple at Kalladka
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kadeshivalaya
Sri Panchalingeswara Temple, Vittla: Sri Panchalingeshwara temple is the largest as well as oldest temples of Dakshina Kannada district. The Panchalingeshwara temple is famous for its unique ancient artifact and rare artistic magnificence.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple at Karinja: Sri Karinjeshwara temple is situated at a place called Karinja of Kavalamudur village in Bantwal taluk. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
Sri Rajarajeswari Temple at Polali: The Temple is located at Polali in Kariyangala Village of Bantwal Taluk. King Suratha got constructed this temple, installed the image of Goddess Rajarajeshwari.
Nara Hari Parvatha: Narahari Parvatha is one of the oldest temples and it is located on the top of the hill. It is believed that Nara and Hari, incarnations of Lord Vishnu were supposed to have performed the penance at this place.
Sri Pancha Durgaparameshwari Temple at Kakyabeedu
Sri Vanadurga Temple at Denthadka: Vanadurga Temple is located in Kedila Village in Bantwal Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vanadurga.
Distance from Bantwal:
Bangalore: 331 Km
Mysore: 232 Km
Mangalore: 30 Km
Udupi: 79 Km
Shimoga: 185 Km
Chikmagalur: 124 Km
Madikeri: 114 Km
Mulki: 47 Km
Belthangady: 34 Km
Puttur: 28 Km
Sulya: 64 Km
Dharmasthala: 49 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe
Nearest Railway Station: Bantwal
Road: Bantwal is well connected with road network.
Route map to reach Bantwal: (Driving Directions)
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Uppinangady
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur
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