Top Ten Places to Visit

1. Mudabidri(34 km)- It is also referred as Jain Varanasi and has 18 Jain bastis or monasteries. The most famous being the 1000 pillared chandranatha Basti built in 1429. Basadis are Jain monasteries or temples where an image of one of the twenty-four tirthankaras (saints) is installed and worshipped.

2. Karkala- Located about 20 km from Mudabidri has a number of important temples and a 13m high statue of Lord Bahubai, which was completed in 1432.

3. Dharmasthala (69 km) - It is an important pilgrim centre and a shining example of communal harmony and cultural tolerance. Dharmasthala is a temple village on the banks of Nethravathi River in Belthangadi taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The main attractions here are Manjunatha Temple and a 14 mtrs, high Gomateshwara statue. The temple is devoted to Shiva and houses a linga of gold.

4. Sringeri (100 km) - The beautiful town on the banks of river Tungabhadra, amidst the lush hills of Chikmagalur is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Karnataka. The Sringeri Mutt here was founded in 9th century by saint Sri Adi Shankara. Sringeri also has an old Jain Basadi (Monastery).

5. Udupi (58 km) - This important Vaishnavite pilgrim and cultural centre is also famous for delicious south Indian cuisine. The Udupi Krishna Temple here is famous for Paryaya festival held once in two years.

6. Malpe (66 km) – This beach is located 66 kms north of Mangalore, near Manipal. The quiet environments, makes this beach a famous tourist destination. The natural St. Mary's Island, just a boat ride away has a beach and an inspiring geological structure of basalt rock pillars into the sea.

7. Venur (50 km) - The sacred site is well known for an 11 metres high statue of Lord Bahubali, which was erected in 1604, on the southern banks of Gurupur river. It is a pilgrimage centre, located 50 kms northeast of Mangalore. It has eight Bastis and remains of a Mahadeva temple. The Kalli Basti 17 C major of them is devoted to Shantinatha. In this place also a Gommanteswara Monolith, has 11 metres high structure dating back to 1604C.

8. Katil- River Nandini flows round the beautiful shrine, dedicated to Devi Durga Parameswari. Devi Durga is a Swayambu Lingam. An image of the Devi in sitting posture holding Shanku and Chakra is also installed. Devotees throng the temple on Fridays and during Navaratri festival

9. Kudremukh(130 Km)- Kuduremukha is a mountain range in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. Owing to the dense forests, sighting wildlife can be challenging, though the area is rich in wildlife. Nonetheless the drive through the forest ranges can be enchanting and exhilarating. Three important rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi are said to have their origin here. And a holiday here can be truly delightful. Lush green forests interspersed with rivers, grassy slopes, captivating cascades and rare orchids providing an idyllic background for trekking.

Prime attractions of Kudremukh:

Jamalabad Fort- Is famous for its fort built by Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore in 1794. The fort was renamed after his mother Jamalbee.

The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest declared Wildlife Protected Area of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats.

10. Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls-Located 32 km from the Kalasa, the water fall has water falling onto Natural rock formations from a height of more than 100 feet (30 m). Getting into falls involves some trekking. The best time to visit this place is between October and May.