Kateel, a temple town in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, is famous for its Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, where devotees throng daily to seek blessing of Goddess Durga Parameshwari. The town’s name Kateel, originated from the word Kati, meaning center (the origin of River Nandhini) and Ila, which means land. There is a historical story behind this town, where good prevailed over evil.
Places to Stay
There are hotels and homestays available for devotees and travellers to Kateel at affordable prices. Some of these hotels are Hotel Soundarya Palace (Tariff – Rs.948), Hotel Maharaja International (Tariff – Rs.568), Nandhini Lodge (Tariff – Rs.795) and Hotel Kavitha Residency (Tariff – Rs.683).
The official languages spoken in Kateel are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
The festivals celebrated in Kateel are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kateel has many popular tourist attractions in and around the town. Some of these are Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple, (50 m), Surathkal (17 km), River Shambavi and Pavanje Estuary (21 km), Suratkal Beach (19 km), Hosabettu (18 km) and Mookambika Temple (13 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, located 15 km away from Kateel.
The nearest railway station is the Surathkal Railway Station, which is 19 km away.
There are daily state-run and private buses that connect the town of Kateel to nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as Ganesh Tours & Travels and SRS Travels offer regular bus trips to Kateel from Bangalore. Opt for online bus ticket reservation through Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.