Sightseeing Places in Coastal Karnataka
GOKARNA: This is a pilgrimage place in coastal region of Karnataka and is a place known for Sanskrit learning. This place is situated 55Kms from Karwar and there is a huge chariot which will be annually taken for procession in the month of February. Gokarna’s Om beach is a well known tourist destination.
UDUPI: This place is located 58Kms from Mangalore and is known for temple of Krishna. This temple was founded by Acharya Madhwa during 14th Century. Then he had founded 8 mathas to conduct services for lord Krishna.
KARKALA: Karkala is one of the important jain centre in Karnataka and is located 50 Kms from Mangalore and 20 Kms from Moodabidre. There are several temples and a 17 metre tall statue of Bahubali (Gomateshwara) which is situated on a small hill.
MALPE BEACH: Malpe beach is located 66Kms from Mangalore and is close to place called as Manipal. The St. Mary’s Island is accessible by boat from this place and has a beach and there are also basalt pillars into the sea.
DHARMASTALA: If you travel 75Kms from Mangalore you will find this pilgrimage place called as Dharmasthala. The place is located amidst the thick forest, hills and on the bank of Netravati River. There are also a small museum close to the temple.
KOLLUR: Kolluru is well known for Mookambika temple and is located on the hill top of Kodachadri. This is one of the amazing places for people who love trekking and adventure. This place is visited by lots of travellers and pilgrims.
MOODABIDRE: You have to travel 35Kms from Mangalore to reach this place. Jain temples and Bastis in Moodabidre are famous and there are also important manuscripts.
MURUDESHWAR: The tallest Shiva idol is quite popular and there are Hindu temple Gopuram which is tallest in the world. If Gopuram can be considered as a unique ornate structure associated with Hindu Temples, then the Gopura of Murudeshwar Temple should be the tallest in the world.
KAUP BEACH: This is one of the most populated beaches in Karnataka. Kaup beach is located 12 Kms from Udupi. Lot of visitors to Kaup beach call the Light House, the Beach and the ambience a perfect place for solace and serenity.