Things to See
At one end of Manipal in the state of Karnataka, is the End Point, which is basically a cliff overlooking the Swarna River. Visitors from end point can see the captivating stretch of Arabian Sea towards the west and Western Ghats towards the east. End Point is basically a deserted tract of land that has been converted into a hangout spot for its commanding views.
Trekking is a great option over here. Adventure enthusiasts can engage in trekking and spend some quality time at End Point. Travellers should note that, End Point remains open to public round the year, it is great to be there during sunset, as the sun disappears to give the azure water of Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal a yellowish- orange haze, and End Point can also be considered ideal for jogging or morning walk.
'Manna Palla' or Manipal Lake is all set to attract tourists with boating facilities. The boating service will begin from Sunday with 12 boats. There are plans to add 12 more boats to accommodate more tourists. The boating facility will be available for 12 hours from 7am throughout the week.
The 100-acre Manipal lake has a water spread of 60-acres. Even during summer, there is plenty of water in it. Last year, the district administration carried out the lake bed excavation work to increase the water storage capacity here. There is a walking track surrounding the lake, stainless steel garbage bins, solar lamps, granite benches around the lake, and a medicinal plant garden.
Sri Krishna Temple Udupi is first among the seven places of pilgrimages. The unique feature of Sri Krishna Mutt temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver - plated. It has been a tradition in this temple to worship the Lord only through this window.
The Krishna Mutt was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. It is believed that Madhwacharya found the idol of Sri Krishna in a large ball of gopichanda. Legend has it that once Kanakadasa, a pious worshiper and devotee of Lord Krishna, was not allowed into the temple. It didn't upset him; instead it made him pray with intense devotion. Lord Krishna was so pleased that the statue turned back to where Kanakadasa was praying, and the wall before Kanakadasa broke up to allow the disciple to gaze upon his heavenly form at the back of the mutt (monastery). It is known as Kanakanakindi.
Approximately six kilometres to the West of Udupi is the town of Malpe - a well renowned port and fishing Harbour. Malpe beach is a famous tourist attraction. Every tourist who visits the beach swears by its beauty. One can enjoy the peace and quietude while taking a leisurely stroll on the silvery stretch of sand, flanked by the calm tides on one side and gracefully swaying palm trees on the other.
While on most days the beach is sparsely populated, weekends see a rise of tourists and locals thronging the place for an enjoyable evening. In recent times, evening entertainment has added to the glory. One can rent seabikes, or take a camel ride in the cool breeze. There is also paragliding for those interested.
St. Mary's Islands, also known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar, are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka, India. They are known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava.
Scientific studies indicate that the basalt of the St. Mary's Islands was formed by sub-aerial subvolcanic activity, because at that time Madagascar was attached to India. The rifting of Madagascar took place around 88 million years ago.
The islands form one of the four geological monuments in Karnataka state, one of the 26 Geological Monuments of India declared by the Geological Survey of India in 2001. The monument is considered an important site for "Geo Tourism".
The small town of Kapu or Kaup is located very close to Udupi on the NH 17 highway of Konkan Karnataka. Inter-city buses and local buses to & from Udupi/Mangalore – inexpensive ones as well as AC volvos pass by Kapu.
One of the popular Mariamma temples in this town is right opposite the bus stop. I tried asking which deity this ‘Mariamma’ is but didn’t get a proper response. A quick google search tells me that she is the rain goddess in south India. A form of Durga/Kali which makes sense as I think all goddesses in Hinduism come from Shakti – energy.
Now the star attraction – Kapu Lighthouse was pretty amazing.
Agumbe is a hill station which can be reached by bikes or cars. The way to this place is a diversion from Parkala (The diversion is just a few kms from DT) . The best part of going to agumbe is the ride. Beautiful sceneries will surround you all through the way. This place is around 45 kms from Manipal. Welcome to scenic beauty personified! Yes you must be in Agumbe! Agumbe is one of the highest peaks of the western ghats located about 60KM's from Udupi.Situated at a height of 830 meters from see level, it overlooks the Arabian see.Agumbe is part of Shimoga district which is a neighboring district of Udupi.
Plenty of waterfalls can be seen once you enter the forests.Onaki Abbi, Barkana falls, and Jogigundi falls are the more popular ones. Trekking on Nisha Gundi & Barkana falls could be a thrilling experience of lifetime! Agumbe receives the highest rainfall in the Karnataka state.
KOODLU THEERTHA FALLS, HEBRI
Koodlu Theertha Falls is a mesmerizing waterfall located near Hebri on Udupi-Agumbe Road in Karnataka. Nestled amidst the dense forest of the Western Ghats and adjacent to the Agumbe ranges the waterfall is the first fall of the River Sita. It is also known as Sita Falls.The waterfall is known to be one of the most beautiful and most pristine falls in Karnataka by all standards.
The Koodlu Theertha is a spectacular waterfall that descends from a height of about 300 feet. It plunges straight into a pond. Legend has it that thousands of years ago sages used to meditate near the place where the pond exists today. As such, the local people consider the water of the pond to be very holy.
Trasi Maravanthe beach is one of the most strikingly beautiful, mesmerising places on the earth. There are quite a lot of beaches in this world which boast of clear and colourful waters, but Trasi beach holds no comparison to them. The reason why this beach strikes out all of its competitors is because, not only is the water and the sand clean and crisp, but also the surrounding scene is so alluring that one just cannot take their eyes off!.
The distinctive feature of this place is where you see the national highway separating the two water bodies. On the western side of the highway is the Trasi Maravanthe beach, while on the eastern side you can see the elegantly flowing river Sowparnika!. All this among gently swaying green palm trees rustling in the sea breeze to make their presence felt.
Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Mookambika temple is an ancient temple located at Kollur in Karnataka. Kollur is about 135 away from Mangalore. And is easily accessed from Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka by train and road.
It is the only temple that is dedicated to goddess Parvathi and believed to be created by Parashurama. This temple is very well known among the people of Tamilnadu and the goddess Parvathi is called in Tamil as Thai Mookambika. Parvathi temple is located exactly on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika that runs close to the foot hills of the Western Ghats. River Sauparnika has its attribute to the eagle called Suparna that did penance in this bank and attained salvation.
Sringeri Sharadamba Temple
The Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri (Shringa giri in Sanskrit) is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It housed a sandalwood statue of Shardamba in a standing posture, which was installed by Adi Shankarachaya until the Vijayanagara rulers and Sri Vidyaranya (12th Jagadguru) installed a seated gold statue of Sri Shardamba in the 14th century.
The Shringeri Sharada Suprabhatha was adopted by the Shringeri matha in the late 1970s by his holiness Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha swamiji. The very famous Sree Sharada Suprabhata Stotram was composed by Veda Brahma. Turuvekere Subrahmanya Vishweshwara Dikshith (also known as Sri. T. S. Vishweshwara Dikshith) for the divine Shringeri Sharada maata (God Mother).
Some 30 kms from Karkala, Kudremukh is again a pleasure ride. There is a Dam that you can visit but the best thing about the trip is again the ride.Kudremukh literally mean Horse face. It is so called, for its mountain ranges look like the face of a horse. This is the largest reserve of a tropical wet evergreen forest in Karnataka. A hilly region, situated 1894 m above sea level, it overlooks the Arabian Sea. The pristine green forests beckon you to a paradise unspoiled.
A holiday here can be truly rewarding. The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company set up the entire township of Kudremukh. Built on lines of American towns this place is worth a visit. Owning to the dense forests sighting animal life can get tedious and worthless at times. But otherwise is rich in fauna Nonetheless the drive through the forest ranges can be intriguing and exhilarating.
MANJUNATHA SWAMY TEMPLE, Dharmasthala
800 years ago, Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi, then a village in Belthangady. Here lived the Jain Bunt chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballalthi in a house called Nelliadi Beedu. According to the legend, the guardian angels of Dharma assumed human forms and arrived at Pergade's abode in search of a place where Dharma was being practised and could be continued and propagated. As was their habit, the couple hosted these illustrious visitors with all their wherewithal and great respect. Pleased by their sincerity and generosity, that night the Dharma Daivas appeared in the dreams of Pergade. They explained the purpose of their visit to him and instructed him to vacate his house for the worship of the Daivas and dedicate his life to the propagation of Dharma. Asking no questions, the Pergade built himself another house and began worshiping the Daivas at Nelliadi Beedu.
Murdeshwar, a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. Murdeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murdeshwar Temple. Murdeshwar has a railway station on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route.
Sandwiched between the sea and a river, Murudeshwar beach is home to the giant Shiva statue. Although water sports are not available here, tourists indulge in swimming, and a calm walk on the beach.
Kerela border is just 75 kms from Manipal. The 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key-hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. Surrounded by a splendid beach, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed. Today, the Bekal Fort and its surroundings - there are backwaters and hill destinations and water sport facilities nearby - is a favourite shooting locale for film-makers. Nearby places like Bekal Fort can be visited by bike.
This fort was made by Tipu Sultan and is built right next to the sea. The popular song 'Tu Hi Re' was picturised with this fort being the backdrop. The roads are nice and fort is covered in greens around the monsoon.
This is India's highest falls and it sits not too far from Manipal. It can be reached by car or bike. Preferable time to visit is during the monsoons as the water flow is restricted by the Dam for the rest of the year. Yet another magnificent place set in the scenic surroundings of the Western Ghats.Jog falls is not meant to be a nice place for jogging(In fact it could be!),but the poor translation of "Joga" in Kannada led to "Jog" in English. Roaring Sharavati river jumps from a height of 875 ft forming a glorious waterfall.While doing so Sharavati is split into 4 different tracks namely "Raja","Rani","Roarer" and "Rocket".
During summer when the water levels are low one can actually walk down to the bottom of the water fall.But due to poor maintenance and some notorious visitors you might get to see lot of junk stuff at the bottom. Jog falls is the fifth highest waterfall in Asia.