5 Temples in Coastal Karnataka You Cannot Miss

21 December  |  Listicles

Karnataka has an abundance of natural and cultural getaways. The long coastline is home to many historic towns and villages, religious nerve centres flanked by green mountains and the ocean. The temples of Karnataka also speak of glorious ages that live on in their ornate architecture and grand engineering. It is always recommended that you visit these famous temples in Karnataka, whenever you get the chance.

  1. Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple

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Gokarna’s beaches are famed as a bohemian destination – a favourite for backpackers and city slickers on a weekend break. The ancient temple town is also home to the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple, a 4th century structure dedicated to Shiva. The Gokarna temple is one of the most important shrines in Karnataka and is a place where many perform death rites for loved ones. The granite complex is an ideal example of Dravidian architecture.

  1. Kollur Mookambika Temple

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Head over to Kollur to visit another iconic place of worship in coastal Karnataka. Striking features of the Mookambika Temple include the ornate pillars on both levels and the open courtyard, along with the golden crest. The architecture of the temple is associated with styles more prevalent in the neighbouring state of Kerala. The temple’s location on the banks of the river Sauparni is another visual highlight.

  1. Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy Temple

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An 800-year-old structure, the Dharmasthala temple is dedicated to Manjunatha or Shiva. The unique aspect of this temple, which is located close to the banks of the Nethravathi River, is that it is dedicated to the Shaiva sect of Hinduism, the priests are Vaishnava and the administration is Jain. Some of the main features of this temple include the main gateway and the large Baahubali statue.

  1. Guddattu Mahaganapathi Temple

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The Guddattu Mahaganapathi Temple is located at the foot of a large granite rock and it is dedicated to Lord Ganapathi, whose deity is submerged in water in a cave-like structure. This temple is only 35 kms from Udupi.

  1. Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple

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Located in Dakshina Kannada district, Kateel is an old temple town which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The most famous attraction here is the Durgaparameshwari Temple, built on an islet of the river Nandini. One can also enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and hills from this vantage point on the river.

  1. Visit Maravanthe Beach

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A pristine and picturesque seaside experience is in store for those who choose Maravanthe as their destination. The village is located just 55 kms from Udupi and the Suparnika River that flows through the place adds another dimension to the stunning landscape. The main cultural attraction near Maravanthe beach is the Maraswamy temple. Of the three deities worshipped at the temple, one is a unique wild boar incarnation.

Apart from the coastal scenery and the famous Karnataka temples, there are many getaways close to Bangalore. Browse through some Kabini river resorts for a nice weekend in the pristine wilderness. You can also find a resort in Masinagudi and enjoy safaris and other activities in the Mudumalai National Park. In case you are not looking to stray too far from the city limits, there are many resorts near Bangalore to choose from.

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