Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple at Mangalore is the only temple in Karnataka set by Shri Narayana Guru, the great Philosopher, saint and social reformer from Kerala. The main deity of this temple is Shiva. The Shiva Linga is carved out of Amruthasile meaning ‘marble’ brought by Shri Narayana Guru from a place called Gokarna where he got it under water.
The Kadri Temple dating back to about 1068 A.D. with its nine tanks, its square temple, nestling at the foot of the highest hill, draws to Mangalore hundreds of visitors annually. The Lokeshwara bronze statue of the Kadri Manjunatha Temple is tipped to be the best bronze statue in India. The salient feature of this temple is the ever flowing water from the "Gomukha" meaning "from the mouth of cow's idol".
Other sightseeing options include the St. Aloysius Chapel, Someshwar Temple & beach and Panambur Beach. Return and stay overnight at Mangalore.
Pilikula Nisargadhama is an integrated nature park that will offer a delightful variety of attractions. Pilikula - with nature resort, water resort, sanctuary, Snake Park, Pilikula is a loved spot for travel freaks. An Ayurveda centre is also being planned.
The Park presently consists of a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course. Boating facilities are available in the lake.
Pilikula has a fully operational golf course covering an area of 35 acres of picturesque land near the Pilikula Lake. It offers 9-hole golf course with a total yardage of about 2800 yards. A golf hut is located in the middle of the course.
Mangalore - Moodbidri - Karkala
Visit the 1000 Pillar Jain Temple, built over 500 years ago, where no two pillars look alike. Proceed on to visit the Soans farm, which is an agro based farm cultivating various tropical fruits.
Continue on to Karkala and visit the Gomateshwara Statue, a 42 foot monolith statute, at a hillock, involving a climb of 200+ steps.
Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple, (95 kms / 2.5 hrs) and Sri Kukke Subramanya Temple Subramanya (75 kms).
Dharmastala is perhaps the most highly revered and best known Temple town in Karnataka. This holy place is the home of the Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple, where devotees of all caste and creed. The Jain tirthankara and Lord Manjunatha (Shiva) are worshipped on the same consecrated ground.
Kukke Subramanya is one of the beautiful and religiously auspicious place, located amidst hills of western ghats. Lord Subramanya is the deity worshiped in the form of a Cobra in the temple of Kukke Subramanya.
Kollur (80 kms) visit Sri Mookambika Temple, one of the seven most sacred spots of the coastal region, dedicated to the goddess of emotional power and strength. The temple is located on top of Kodachadri hill at the foot of the Western Ghats.
Later proceed to Murdeshwar (55 kms beyond). Return and stay overnight at the hotel. Murudeshwar Temple, guarded by structures of two full sized elephants in concrete, is one of the main attractions in Murudeshwar town. Lots of devotee visits here to offer prayers. The temple, with central deity as a linga, is believed to have formed when Ravana flung the cloth covering the atmatlinga at Gokarana and swaying it to land on the mount known as ‘Kanduka Parvata'. The temple, presently renovated, has many striking carvings and statues that date back to a few centuries.
Sri Krishna Temple at Udupi famous for the statue of Sri Krishna installed by the great saint Sri Madhvacharya. Another attraction of this temple is the 'Kanakana Kindi' -a small window through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa.
Later proceed to Manipal. Sightseeing options at Manipal include,
Anatomy Museum- A part of the Academic Centre MAHE, it preserves different types of collections related to the human body. The museum holds the highest collection of specimens of normal and diseased human anatomy on display drawing hundreds of school children to visit the place to satisfy their inquisitiveness along with other visitors.
Planetarium - The planetarium in Manipal attracts visitors who want to gaze at the stars at daytime and study them.
End Point - The End Point is a beautiful viewpoint in Manipal which is one of the important tourist attractions in Manipal and gives a panoramic view of the green valleys near the Swarna River. The attraction is a wonderful lush green landscape where the locals love to go for a chat, jog, for the view, romance and/or just for fun. It is one of those quite, scenic places where time comes to a stand-still. End Point has recently been renovated and now has a lovely garden to see. There is a 1.5 km gravel based jogging track all around it.
Later proceed on a tour of Manipal University before returning back to Mangalore.
Kodagu (Coorg) is one of the most picturesque hill district in South India. Kodagu is a coffee country. The coffee estates here produce some of the world's best coffee. The other specialities here are honey, cardamom, pepper and oranges. The land has produced the best of Generals and able men for the armed forces. Kodavas, the beautiful natives of Coorg are known for their hospitality. Madikeri also known as Mercara is the headquarters of Kodagu district. Fresh clean air and serenity abound this scenic eldurado.
Mudduraja Keri was the capital of the Kodagu King Mudduraja in 1681. Later it came to be known as Madikere. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District standing at a height of 1170 meteres above sea level. Makikere is famous for its coffee and oranges.
The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realise that beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination, but reflects the joy of the infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves into it." Rabindranath Tagore,1916
Devbagh is an Island located in North of Karnataka just a 2 hour drive from South of Goa. Devbagh is accessible from Karwar known as a land of converging landscapes. Karwar lies on a thin strip of tropical sand that is bound by the Western Ghats on its eastern side and embraced by the Arabian Sea on the west. On entering Karwar, one immediately comes face to face with the sea dotted with several small islands on the horizon. Distinct amongst them, about 3 kms. away, is Devbagh. Devbagh is also a centre for diving and snorekelling. Visitors to Devbagh typically also visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary at 175 Kms eastwards.
Wayanand : The name Waynad is derived from the expression 'Wayanadu' which means land of paddy fields. Wayanad offers a climate of the hill station similar to that of Oottacamand, offers a panorama of undulating hills and dales. The hills which might have been thick forest once, are now plantations of coffee, tea and cardamom. There is luxuriant greenery all around.
On a clear day from the river border of Kabini, Waynad will seem to be a fairy land with the deep blue mountains juxtaposed with the less blue sky and white vagrant speaks of clouds amidst them.
The most characteristic aspect about Waynad is a large tribal population. Waynad has a small Jain Community consisting of the Gounders who came from Karnataka. They have built beautiful temples all over the district. The Kurichiyar of Waynad have a great martial tradition. They constituted the army of Pazhassi Veera Kerala Varma Raja who fought against the British forces in several battles. The descendants of those warriors are still expert archers.
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