On a lazy Friday morning, soon after our breakfast, my husband suggested that we should pay a visit to Dharmasthala and Kukke Subramanya over the weekend.
Considering that it had been a while since we visited these places, I happily agreed.
Below is a two-day itinerary to explore these two temple towns. There are few lesser-
We started our journey on Friday evening from Bengaluru and reached Dharmasthala by late at night. Roads were quite bad and our journey was pretty challenging.
After a good sleep, we started our day as early as 6 am and visited Shree Manjunatha Swamy temple.
This is a small town on the banks of river Nethravati in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.
The unique element about this temple is, the administration is taken care of by Jain family, pooja is offered by Madhva
On average there are 10,000 pilgrims visiting the temple every day.
Free meal served at the temple is very delicious and flavourful. The scale at which the entire process is handled is astonishing, that National Geographic channel covered it under “Mega Kitchens”. I would highly recommend not missing a meal here.
Since it was early morning, we did not get to enjoy the meal at the temple this time 🙁
2. Bahubali Statue
Once you are done with the temple visit, you can visit the Bahubali statue at a small hilltop on your way back to the town entrance.
3. Spend some time at the banks of river Nethravati
You will enjoy it only based on the season in which you are visiting. Rainy seasons are exceptionally good on the contrary I would suggest you skip this if you are traveling during summer or winter.
4. Shree Rama kshetra Ujire
Though I had visited Dharmasthala many times before, I had somehow missed visiting this temple until recently.
This is located on the main road that leads to Ujire. Must say though this is not an ancient temple, I was impressed with the architecture.
The white marble idols are a treat to the eyes. I even met a few photogenic monks 😛
5. Shree Sadashiva Rudra temple, Surya
If I ever write a blog post about the unique temples of India, this will definitely make it to the list.
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The legend goes that, all your prayers are answered at this temple. And as a vote of thanks, you have to offer a small mud idol of your wish to the pond at the temple. Eg: You prayed for a car and your wish is granted, you will offer a small mud car back to the pond.
6. Udupi Dose Camp
Located at about 5 kms from Dharmasthala on Dharmasthala-Kukke Subramanya road, this is one of the best places to have breakfast. Masala dose and Neer dose are one of its kind.
There are a couple of hotels with the same name, I would insist you refer to the below picture.
7. Shishila Temple
After having a
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What I loved the most about the temple is the tranquility surrounding it. There is Shishila parvatha on the background. Kapila river with Mahashir fish constantly creating white noise.
8. Sowthadka Mahaganapathi temple
This temple again was a great find and a hidden gem. After soaking in the beauty of Shishila we headed to Sowthadka Shree mahaganapathi temple.
This is about 16 kms from Dharmasthala.
We were surprised to see that there was no temple built around the Lord Ganesh idol. You can see a lot of bells being tied all over the place as an offering to the god.
The legend goes that as cucumbers (Sowthekayi in native Kannada language) were offered in large numbers to the god, this temple gets the name Sowthadka.
As it was
9. Kukke Subramanya Temple
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Since we reached here by around 4 pm, the temple was closed. We could figure out the temple would be really crowded for the evening based on the vehicles parked all over the place.
Hence we decided to skip the temple visit this evening. We had our accommodation booked for the night and we called it a day.
Based on the previous day’s crowd, we were very keen on starting our day as early as possible. As a result, we were at the temple by 6 am.
Beautiful Sri Subramanya temple on the banks of river Kumaradhara with mighty Kumaraparvatha at the background is a treat to the eyes. The positive energy around the temple is immense.
Have you ever wondered, what it feels like to sit simply and do nothing on the banks of a river? After the temple visit, we just sat by the river to soak in the calmness of the surrounding. For a city dweller like me, this is heaven.
Adhi Subramanya temple is another temple at a walkable distance. Which was kind of getting crowded by the time we reached there at around 9 am.
After having hot idly and a cup of filter coffee, we were all set for our return journey to Bengaluru.
How to reach Dharmasthala
- Mangalore International airport is the nearest airport. You have to hire a cab or take a bus from there to reach either Dharmasthala or Kukke.
- Subramanya Road station is the nearest railway station to Kukke Subramanya. You can take an auto or a bus to reach Kukke.
- From Bengaluru, there are many buses to both destinations.
- Last but not least you can always drive down or hire a cab. You will be up for some super exciting journey. From Sakleshpura you can either take Shiradi ghat or Bisile ghat.
I hope you have some new places added to your list next time you visit Dharmasthala or Kukke.
I would be happy to know if you have any offbeat places to recommend.
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