Mandarthi is 25 km away from Udupi in Karnataka. Mandarthi owes its name to the Kannada word ‘Manda-Aarathi' which means ‘the holy light.’ The Sri Durgaparameshwari temple is in Mandarthi. Durga holds a prominent place in the hearts of the people of Mandarthi. There are many folk traditions such as walking on fire and animal sacrifices take place here during festivals. From June to September, Mandarthi gets average to heavy rainfall.
Places to Stay
Mandarthi does not have many hotels. However local homestays are available here. Udupi has several hotels such as Hotel Udupi (Tariff - Rs. 1470) and Sharada International (Tariff – Rs. 1100.)
The widely spoken official language in Mandarthi is Kannada.
Navaratri is among one of the more popular festivals of Mandarthi. It is celebrated on a grand scale for a nine-day period every year in October.
Places of Interest
Though Sri Durgaparameshwari temple happens to be the main tourist attraction in Mandarthi, the Jogi Gundi Falls (40 km) and the Marvanthe beach (34 km) are also good tourist spots.
How to Get There
Mandarthi does not have its own airport. The Mangalore airport is 85 km away.
Mandarthi has no train station, the Udupi railway station is 25 km away, Kundapura is 35 km away. Barkur is the nearest station (8 km) but there are a limited number of trains stopping there.
Private bus operators prove to be a good choice for road travel from Mandarthi to Bangalore. Mandarthi is the nearest bus stop to Durgaparameshwari temple. Some of the major private bus operators plying to Mandarthi from Bangalore are Durgamba Motors, Sugama Tourist and Pragathi Tourist Corporation. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.