Mangalore the headquaters of Dakshina Kannada has many beautiful beaches. One should see the Yakshagana performance here. The best season to visit Mangalore is between September and February. Mangalore with narrow winding streets, coconut trees, beaches houses with terracotta tiled roofs, temples and churches is an excellent tourist destination. Mangala Devi Temple, an ancient 10th century, from which the town derived it name, is located just 2 kms from the city. Kadri Manjunatha Temple and Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple are very close to the city.
The prasiddha saptama piligirm sites can be visited from Mangalore.
The sites are: Dakshina Kannada: Udupi ; Kollur; Sringeri, Horanadu – Mata Annapurneswari, Mulki, Dharmasthala, Subhramanya
How to reach
Rail: Mangalore, Kankanady
Road: Well Connected to major cities like, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi and other towns.
Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple
About 75 kms from Mangalore on the slopes of the Western Ghats is the Manjunatha Temple. The temple is administered by the Heggades, a Jain family.
Therefore, the 39 feet statue of Bahubali on the hill near the temple spells the amalgamation of Vaishanvaites and Jains. The Laksha Deepotsava held in November-December is worth watching.Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
The Kukke Subrahmanya temple surrounded by rivers, forests and mountains is 104 kms from Mangalore. God Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake here.
The village of Subramanya, in which the temple is located, lies in the Sullia Taluk in south Kanara. Subramanya used to be called as Kukke Pattana in the past. Adi Shankaracharya camped here for a few days. He referred to this place as 'Bhaje Kukke Lingam' in his 'Subrahmanya Bhujangaprayata Stotram'.
Udupi is the headquarters of the Udupi District. It is 50 kms from Mangalore. It is well known for the Krishna temple and Kannada vegetarian cuisine. The best time to visit is in September – October.
Udupi is famous for the Shri Krishna temple. It is the birthplace of Madhvacharya, the founder and teacher of ‘Suddha Dvaitha’ philosophy who set up Ashta Mathas.
Kollur is the home of Mookambika temple. Kollur is 135 kms from Mangalore and 80 kms from Udupi. Located in the valley of Kodachadri peak of Western Ghats, the temple is on the bank of river Sauparnika the Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotirlinga depicting both Shiva and Shakthi. Adi Shankaracharya consecrated the Panchaloha of the Goddess.
Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Karwar, Goa. & Mumbai.
Sringeri is a picturesque town on the foot of the Western Ghats in Chikmaglur district. It is on the banks of river Thunga. A drive to Sringeri through the ghat section is enchanting. Sringeri, one of the foremost Shakthi Sthalas of India, is 150 kms from Mangalore and 336 km from Bangalore.
There are many shrines and temples in and around Sringeri. Adi Sankaracharya established the Sree Sharada temple here. Sringeri is one of the four Advaitha Mutts that Shankaracharya set up in India. The Mutt in Sringeri is called the Sree Saradha Peetam.
The best time to visit Sringeri is between October and March.
How To Reach
Air: The nearest airport is at Mangalore.
Rail : The nearest railhead is Birur on the Bangalore - Pune railroad.
Road:Sringeri is well-connected by a network of roads.
Horanadu also in Western Ghats is 100 kms from Chikmagalur and 75 kms from Sringeri. It is located in the midst of thick forests and valleys.
The ancient temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari is here. Pilgrims are provided with food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and place to sleep in the temple premises.
How to reach
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Shimoga
Road: Horanadu is well connected by roads. Various buses ply daily to Horanadu from various places.
The temple in Mulki is situated on the bank of Shambhavi River. Mulki is 29 kms from Mangalore. The main deity of this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari.
How to reach
Road: Mulki is well connected with a network of roads. Buses are available from Mangalore City.