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Neelavara is a beautiful place located at a distance of 18 Km from Udupi near Brahmavara in Udupi district.
Neelavara lies between Kunjal village in the south and River Sita in the north. This place is a holy place for devotees worshiping Goddess Mahishamardini, Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subrahmanya, and Lord Veerabhabra.
Important tourist places to visit in and around Neelavara:
Mahishamardini Temple: Neelavara is famous for the ancient temple dedicated to goddess Mahishamardhini, located on the banks of river Sita. The annual festival held at this temple four days after Chaitra Pournami attracts huge number of devotees from Karnataka.
Panchami Kanana: This is another important place to visit in Neelavara. The Panchami Kanana is associated with the Lord Subrahmanya (Snake God), this place is situated next to river Sita towards the east of the temple. Theertha Snana (holy bath) is the important event held here during Vrischika masa (November).
Mahalingeshwara Temple: The temple dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara is located on the banks of Rivere Sita at Yallampalli. Yallampalli is located at a distance of 3 Km towards east from Neelavara. It is believed that Lord Mahalingeshwara installed by Galava Maharshi. Yallampalli is also known as Yajnampalli, the village where Yajna performed. It is also believed that devotees who visit Lord Mahalingeshwara after taking bath in the river Sita will get peace of mind and their wishes will be fulfilled without fail.
Neelavara Goshale: Goshale literally means Home for Cows. A Goshale has been started at Neelavara by Pejavara Mutt. The main objective of Neelavara Goshale is to provide shelter and food for the Homeless cows.
Neelavara Dam: In the western parts of Neelavara, a check dam (Salt Water Exclusion Dam) has been built across the River Sita, The main purpose of this dam is to stop the sea water coming inland and for irrigation during the summer season.
Bavali Kudru: The Bavali Kudru (Island of Bats) is a beautiful place situated in the middle of river Sita, The Bavali Kudru is famous for the large number of bats that live on the trees in the island. Some Christian population of the village also resides in this island. This place can be reached using the local boats operated by people living on the island.
Distance from Neelavara:
Bangalore: 421 Km
Mysore: 324 Km
Mangalore: 71 Km
Shimoga: 137 Km
Chikmagalur: 64 Km
Karwar: 208 Km
Udupi: 18 Km
Kundapur: 30 Km
Karkala: 42 Km
Sringeri: 72 Km
Brahmavar: 6 Km
Hebri: 25 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Barkur or Udupi
Road: Neelavara well connected by road network. Direct buses are available to Neelavara from Udupi and Brahmavar. Taxi and Auto service is available from Brahmavar and Kunjal at all hours.
Route map to reach Neelavara:
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Mangalore - Udupi
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur - Mangalore - Udupi
From Mangalore: via Surathkal - Mulki - Udupi (NH-17)
From Udupi: on NH17 before Brahmavar take right towards Hebri. Neelavara lies between Brahmavar and Kunjal that lies on the road from Brahmavar to Hebri.
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