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January to December

Mangalore International Airport
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Dharmasthala Tourism

A Pilgrim destination in Karnataka which is famous amongst Vaishnava, Shaiva and Jaina communities, Dharmasthala is known for its Dharamsthala Temple.  It houses various shrines such as Shiva, Manjunatha, Dharma Daivas etc. Dharmasthala literally means the Land of Charity and has a scenic beauty that keeps you mesmerized. The temple is quite unusual as it is run by a Jain administration and the poojas are done by a Hindu priest of the Madhva order. November-December, this place is lit because of Lakshadweepa, the festival of lights. 

A place of spirituality, Dharmasthala is also known to represent a religious tolerance. There is a local legend that goes about this place that tells us that the Shiva Linga brought to this place was by a local person with exquisite powers. This local person was named Annappa. It is said that once the Heggade family wanted a Shiva Linga to worship and Annappa promised them one as he was learnt to work there. The next morning, neither the linga nor Annappa were sighted around but the linga was already placed at Dharmasthala, a little away from the Heggade family. There are many other tourist attractions such as Manjusha Museum, Shiva Temple, Manjunatha temple etc. A big attraction is the Bahubali statue that is thirty-nine feet high and is carved out of only one stone.

The Land Of Charity

A place of spirituality, Dharmasthala is also known to represent a religious tolerance. There is a local legend that goes about this place that tells us that the Shiva Linga brought to this place was by a local person with exquisite powers. This local person was named Annappa. It is said that once the Heggade family wanted a Shiva Linga to worship and Annappa promised them one as he was learnt to work there. The next morning, neither the linga nor Annappa were sighted around but the linga was already placed at Dharmasthala, a little away from the Heggade family. It houses various shrines such as Shiva, Manjunatha, Dharma Daivas etc. Dharmasthala literally means the Land of Charity and has a scenic beauty that keeps you mesmerized. The temple is quite unusual as it is run by a Jain administration and the poojas are done by a Hindu priest of the Madhva order. 

Top things do in Dharmasthala

1. Ram Mandir

1724 kilometres from city centre

2. Manjunatha Temple

0 kilometres from city centre

3. Manjusha Museum

0 kilometres from city centre

4. Chandranath Swamy Temple

0 kilometres from city centre

5. Annappa Betta

1 kilometres from city centre

6. Bahubali Statue

1 kilometres from city centre

7. Netravathi River Barrage

26 kilometres from city centre

8. City Shopping

232 kilometres from city centre

How to reach

Dharmasthala is very well connected both by railways and airways. About 50 km away from the city of Dharmasthala is the closest Domestic and International based in Mangalore. The nearest railway is in Yedamangala that provides commute from various other major cities across the country. From the airport or the railway station, one can take either bus or a car to reach Dharmasthala. 

How to Reach by Flight

Bajpe Airport in Mangalore is the nearest airport that connects to all other major towns of the country. This airport is about 50 km away from the city of Dharmasthala and can take cars or buses to the city. 

How to Reach by Train

The nearest railway is in Yedamangala. It is connected to major towns in Karnataka and provides easy commute for tourists to reach Dharmasthala. 

How to Reach by Bus

Dharmasthala is connected both by private and state tourism buses by the state of Karnataka. There are buses available outside the city as well and can be used to reach the required destination. 

How to Reach by Road

One can drive the distance to Dharmasthala if it is convenient. Dharmasthala is well connected by roads.  These roads can be taken from any other city in Karnataka and can be used to travel to Dharmasthala.

How to travel within

Tourists can take their own car to travel within the area or even take the buses to go from one place to another. Travelling in this town is very easy as the local transport is easily available.

Food in Dharmasthala

There are a lot of authentic cuisine available in Dharmasthala and a few multi-cuisine restaurants available. The authentic cuisine includes Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti etc. There are many traditional sweets like Mysore Pak and Obattu are also available in and around Dharmasthala. Other South-Indian delicacies such as Idli, Sambhar, Kesari Bath etc are also available. Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath are some other delicacies that you must try.

Dharmasthala Itinerary

DAY 1:

- Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala

-Manjusha Museum

-Shri Bhagwan Bahubali Digambar Jain Statue

-Shri Rama Kshethra