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Puttur is one of the towns and taluk headquarters in Dakshina Kannada district. Puttur is located at a distance of 53 Km from Mangalore city in a hilly region between the coast and Western Ghats. Puttur is the second biggest town of the Dakshina Kannada district and also rewarded as the rich town of the district.
Stories behind the name Puttur
There is a story behind the name Puttur. It is believed that Puttur got its name after "Mutthu" (Pearl in kannada language), means "Mutthur", a place of pearls. Slowly Muttur was renamed itself to Puttur.
As per the mythology, because of draught at this place, priests were performing rituals offering rice as prasadam in the Holy pond of Mahalingeshwara temple, suddenly the water started coming from all the corners and those rice turned into the pearls.
Places to see in and around Puttur:
Mahalingeshwara Temple: Lord Mahalingeshwara Temple is one of the main attractions of Puttur. This is very old temple and it is believed that the temple has been constructed in 11th century. Lord Shiva is the main deity of this temple.
Beeramale Hill: Beeramale Hill is another attractive Tourism location in Puttur. The hill is situated around 1000 feet above the Sea Level. The Dooradarshan TV Relay Centre is recently setup on this Hill. An open Auditorium, a library is open to the public. A temple dedicated to Sri Vishwakarma is located on one side of this hill.
Bendru Theertha: Located at a distance of 15 Km from Puttur in a scenic spot by the side of river Seerehole which flows west ward and merges with Arabian Sea, Bendru Theertha is a natural hot water spring (in the local language Tulu dialect known as Bendru Theertha). It is believed that the water is said to be more sacred and a holy dip in this water drives away all skin diseases like eczema, allergic rashes and many more ailments.
Dr. Shivarama Karanth Balavana: one of the seven Jnanpeeth awardees of Kannada lierature, Dr Shivarama Karanth stayed here for about 40 years. Most of his literary contributions were published at this place. Those books earned great name and fame for himself and Puttur. Now, a committee appointed by Govt. of Karnataka manages the Balavana.
Mai De Deus Church: Mai De Deus Church is one of the oldest churches in Dakshina Kannada district built in the year 1830 by the Roman Catholic missionaries from Goa in Gothic style.
Sahasralingeshwara Temple: is one of the oldest temples of Dakshina Kannada district and it is also referred as Dakshina Kashi. The Sahasralingeshwara Temple is located in Uppinangady where the two sacred rivers of Dakshina Kannada River Netravathi and River Kumaradhara confluence.
Distance from Puttur:
Bangalore: 314 Km
Mysore: 204 Km
Mangalore: 53 Km
Kushalanagar: 116 Km
Madikeri: 87 Km
Sullia: 36 Km
Bantwal: 28 Km
Uppinangadi: 14 Km
Mulki: 72 Km
Bajpe: 54 Km
Belthangady: 37 Km
Dharmasthala: 54 Km
Vittla: 15 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe
Nearest Railway Station: Puttur railway station is just 1 Km away from Puttur.
Road: Puttur is well connected by road network. It lies on Mangalore-Mysore state highway SH-88. Puttur is connected to National Highway NH-48 (Bangalore-Mangalore) via Uppinangadi.
Route map to reach Puttur: (Driving Directions)
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Uppinangadi
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya
From Mangalore: via BC Road - Mani
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