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Dakshina Kannada or South Canara
Dakshina Kannada is a coastal district in Karnataka state with Mangalore as district Headquarters. Dakshina Kannada was earlier known as South Canara (South Kanara). Dakshina Kannada can be said as land of culture, tradition and rituals. The people of Dakshina Kannada worship Lord subrahmanya, serpent god and they perform rituals like Nagaradhane. According to Legend, The district was reclaimed by Parashurama from sea. Dakshina Kannada is well known for popular folk art 'Yakshagana' (a fabulous costumed dance drama form). The languages spoken in Dakshina Kannada are Tulu, Kannada and Konkani.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN DAKSHINA KANNADA DISTRICT
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Kadri Manjunatheshwara Temple is located on Kadri hills, in Mangalore. This popular and beautiful temple is surrounded by tanks with natural springs and and laterite caves. These caves are also called as Pandava Caves. It is believed that the Pandavas came to this cave & stayed there. There is a natural spring at an elevated location on the backside of the temple. It is called as Gomukha. There are statues of Machendranath, Gorakanath, Shringinath, Lokeshwara, Manjushri and Budha in the temple. Kadri Manjunatha temple is just 4 Km away from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand.
Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple
Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple is located just 2 km from city center. The temple at Kudroli is dedicated to Lord Gokarnanatheshwara. Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra was started by his holiness Narayana Guru. Navarathri celebrated here with much grandeur. The idols of Sharadamba, Ganapathi and Navadurgas are installed here during Navarathri. The dasara celebrations here are also called as Mangalore Dasara.
Mangaladevi temple is just 3 km from Mangalore city. The city Mangalore was named after goddess Mangaladevi. The temple was built in memory of the princess of Malabar Mangale in the 10th century.
Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is a famous ancient temple located in Hampanakatte, Mangalore. Sharabeshwara and Mahaganapathy are the principal deities in the temple. There is a temple tank called 'Sharatheertha'.
The Sultan Bathery
The Sultan Bathery situated in Boloor, 6 Kms away from Mangalore city bus stand, this watchtower, built of rough blocks of laterite, is the last remaining bastion of Tipu Sultan's fort. It was built to prevent warships to enter Gurupur river.
Ullal Beach (12 km)
Ullal beach is about 12 km from Mangalore. Ullal beach is one of the most famous beaches of Mangalore. Summer Sands Beach Resort is situated at Ullal Beach, with well furnished cottages and makes a pleasant getaway from the city.
Someshwar beach is about 9 km south of Mangalore. Someshwar beach is houses 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.
Surathkal beach, a picturesque beach is known for its clean surrounding and its light house.
Tannirbavi Beach is about 12 Km away from Mangalore. This is one of the best beaches of Dakshina Kannada. One can enjoy the sunset view here.
Dharmastala (75 km)
Shree Khetra Dharmasthala is about 75 km east of Mangalore located among sylvan surroundings on the lower slopes of the Western Ghats. Dharmasthala is a popular pilgrim centre situated on the banks of river Nethravathi in Belthangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada District. It is a sacred place, as the name suggests is a place of Truth, Faith, Communal harmony, Cultural Tolerance and spiritual experience in the Holy Land. Dharmathala has 700 years of history. Here deity is Lord Shiva worshipped as Manjunatha swamy.
Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a present Dharmadhikari of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala. The 39 ft statue of Bahubali was erected in 1980 on a hill called Rathnagiri in Dharmasthala. The Manjusha Vasthu sangrahaalaya (museum) nearby houses a large range of objects including ancient scripts on palm leaves, silver jewellery and religious statuary. The annual festival of Laksha Deepotsava is held here in Karthika masa (November/December) every year.
Kukke Subrahmanya (105 km)
Kukke Subrahmanya is regarded as one of the seven Mukti places of Karnataka. Kukke Subrahmanya is situated on the banks of river Kumara Dhara, which originates in the Kumara Parvatha and proceeds towards western sea. The water here is believed to have the power to cure all skin disease. Kukke Subrahmanya temple is dedicated to lord Subrahmanya, who had manifested with Vasuki (the king of serpents).
The other important shrine to visit here are Kukke Linga, Vedavyasa Samputa Narasimha, Sri Bhairava Devaru, Sri Uma Maheshwara Devaru, Ballalaraya Vigraha, Sringeri Mutt, Hosaligammana Gudi, Adi Subrahmanya, Kashikatte Ganapathi Temple, Biladwara. A fair held here on Champa Shasthi (Skanda Shashti) every year attracts thousands of visitors.
Jamalabad is a place in Belthangady Taluk. The fort here is said to be built by Tipu ultan in 1974, to honour his mother Jamalbee. A good place for trekkers.
Kateel (25 km)
Kateel is located 25 Km North of Mangalore. Kateel is a famous pilgrimage center is situated on the banks of River Nandini, amidst beautiful surroundings. The temple at Kateel is dedicated to Goddess Durgaparameshwari. The other important shrine to visit here are Rakteshwari, Mahaganapathi, Shasthara, Kshetrapala, Chamundi and Abode of the Naga Devata. This annual festival held in the month of April and celebrated for 8 days. A fair, Laksha Deepotsava celebrated on the day of Kartika Bahula Panchami. There are plenty of private busses ply from Mangalore to Kateel.
Kumara Parvatha or Kumara Hills is a mountain located in Subramanya of Sullia taluk. Kumara Hills is on the border between Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu districts. The peak is at a height of about 1350 m, and is about 13 km from the famous Subrahmanya temple. Kumara hills are a trekker's delight, attracting a large number of adventure lovers. Kumara hills has three peaks called 'Shesha Parvatha', 'Siddha Parvatha' and 'Kumara Parvatha'.
Kodyadka (Hosanadu) Annapoorneshwari Temple (40 km)
Kodyadka also called as Hosanadu is just 40 km away from Mangalore. The Hosanadu Kodyadka is situated in Puttige village. It can be approached from Mangalore via Karkala, Moodabidri and Alangar where one would take the Belmannu Road. Kodyadka is one of the important pilgrim centre in Dakshina Kannada district. The temple here is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneshwari, which is similar to one in Horanadu, Chikmagalur district. Kodyadka Jayaram Hegde, founder administrator of the temple. The main shrines in the temple are Shilathirtha Mantapa, Garbhagudi, Prasanna Ganapathi, Naga, Anjaneya, and Navagraha Mandira. The other shrines are Tulasi with Ashta Laksmi, Navadurgas, Jagadguru Adi Shnkaracharya and Madhwacharya. The statue of Shri Sanjivini Hanumanta, which is 71 ft tall, is under construction. The zoo in the temple premises house varieties of animals, birds, peacocks, turkeys, deer, rabbits, monkeys, stags, elephant, bull and horses.
Moodabidri (35 km)
Moodabidri, an important Jain pilgrim center is about 35 km north east of Mangalore. Moodabidri is also known as Jainakashi (the Kashi of Jains) of the south. 18 Jain temples, known as Basadis, were constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries. Guru basadi the earliest of the Jain monuments.
The largest basadi in Moodabidiri is Chandranatha Basadi, which is also known as the thousand pillar basadi (Savira kambada basadi). Thousand pillar basadi is around 560 years old and was build over century. No two pillars in the basadi are alike. The 2.5 metres tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum of this basadi is said to be very sacred. The Basadi is treasure house of art and architecture.
The other basadis of Moodabidiri are Badaga basadi, Betkeri basadi, Shettara basadi, Hire basadi, Deramma Shetti basadi, Kallu basadi, Koti basadi, Vikrama Shetti basadi, Leppada basadi, Baikanatikari basadi, Chola Shetti basadi, Kere basadi, Maday Shetti basadi, Shri Mathada basadi, Padu basadi, Jaina Pathashaleya basadi.
Mulki (29 km)
Mulki is a small town located 29 km from Mangalore Mangalore on National Highway No.17. One of the main attractions of Mulki is Bappanadu Shri Durga Parameshwari temple, situated on the banks of River Shambhavi. The Arasu Kambala (Buffalo Race) takes place in December is also very popular in Mulki. There are plenty of service busses available to Mulki from Mangalore and Udupi.
Sri Panchalingeshwara temple, Vittla (45 Km)
Sri Panchalingeshwara temple is the largest as well as oldest temples of Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is located in Vittla or Vittal region comprising of 16 villages, Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
Pilikula Nisarga Dhama (12 km)
Pilikula Nirasga Dhama, a 350 acre wide park is about 12 km away from Mangalore highway road at Moodushedde. Pilikula means Tiger's lake. In olden days, tigers used to come to this lake to drink water. An integrated park for tourists. It is a very important place with Botanical gardens, Horticultural gardens, Musical fountains, deer park, boating facilities, wildlife safari and mini aquarium.
Shasthavu Bhootanatheshwara Temple (28 Km)
Shasthavu Bhootanatheshwara Temple is one of the most ancient temples of Karnataka. The Shasthavu Bhootanatheshwara Temple is located in a place called Mijar village near Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district.
Shishila is a beautiful temple village located in a picturesque location near Dharmasthala in Belthangady taluk. The main attraction of Shishila is a temple dedicated to Lord Shishileshwara (Shiva). Lord Shishileshwara is worshipped in this rocky temple in the form of 'Udbhava Linga'.
Sowthadka Shree Maha Ganapathi Kshetra
Sowthadka, near Kokkada is located about 82 km from Mangalore. In Kannada language sowthe means cucumber and adka means meadow hence, the name Sowthadka. The main deity is Lord Maha Ganapathi. The uniqueness is the idol is worshipped without temple.
Thodikana (99 Km)
Thodikana is a beautiful village located in Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. The beauty of this village is enhanced because Thodikana is situated in the foothills of Western Ghats. The main attraction of Thodikana is a temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna (Lord Shiva).
Uppinangady (48 km)
Uppinangady is a town in Dakshina Kannada district surrounded by Netravathi and the Kumaradhara rivers. The main attraction here is Thousand Linga Temple.
Vanadurga Temple Denthadka (45 Km)
Vanadurga Temple is located in Kedila Village in Bantwal Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vanadurga.
Venur (55 km)
Venur is a small town situated on the banks of Gurupur River. Once Venur was a great seat of Jainism. The main attraction of Venur is 38 ft high monolithic statue of Bahubali, was erected by the Jain ruler Timmanna IV Ajila in the year 1604. This statue was sculpted by Amarashilpi Janakacharya. Venur also has eight basadis and the ruins of the Mahadeva Temple.
Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple: is located at Sri Kshethra Nandavara in Sajipa Munnur of Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is located at a distance of 31 Km from Mangalore, the district headquarters. This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka Shankara Narayana.
How to reach Mangalore
Mangalore is located 350 km from Bangalore.
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