Koteshwar, a coastal village in Karnataka’s Udupi district, is well known for its Kotilingeshwara Temple. Some of the nearby cities include Udupi, Karkala, Mudbidri and Kota. This area is famous for its beaches and wildlife reserves. Tourists coming to this village will not run short of places to visit. It receives a lot of rain during the monsoon. If you love the season, you can be in this village to experience the monsoon.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Koteshwar. Tourists to this village can find good budget hotels in Udupi which is 34 km away. A few of the hotels here are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Hotel Pancharatna Paradise (Tariff – Rs.526), Hotel Swadesh Heritage (Tariff – Rs.586) and Hotel Sharada International (Tariff – Rs.607).
The languages spoken in Koteshwar are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
The important festivals here are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Koteshwar. These places include Kotilingeshwara Temple (950 m), Beejadi (2 km), Kodi Beach (6 km), Kote Kere (6 km), Gangolii Estuary (8 km), Kundapur Backwater (5 km) and Beejadi Beach (5 km) away from this village.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport, which is situated 91 km away from Koteshwar.
There is no railway station in Koteshwar. Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest railway station being 6 km away from Koteshwar.
Koteshwar is bustling with buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as VRL Travels and Ganesh Tourists run buses daily from Bangalore and Mysore to Koteshwar. Booking a bus ticket in advance will save you a lot of hassle.
Situated on the banks of the River Nethravathi, Dharmasthala is a temple town of Karnataka. The place is famous for its temple by the same name. Apart from the Dharmasthala Temple, Lord Manjunatha Temple, Manjusha Museum, Bahubali, Netravathi River Barrage, Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi and Badinede Betta are some of the major attractions in and around the town. The festival of Lakshadeepa held in November attracts a lot of devotees from all across the country. The capital city of Hyderabad is 854 km away from here.
Budget Hotels in Dharmasthala
Hotel Nethravathi Lodge Rajathadri Guest House, Saketha Guest House, Kamath Resort where you can enjoy ultimate hospitality coupled with fine cuisine.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Dharmasthala
Annual Jathre held in April and Deepotsava celebrated in November are the important festivals of Dharmasthala. Common festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Navratri (October) and Diwali (November) are also celebrated with great festivity.
Places to See in Dharmasthala
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Ammanavaru, Chandranath and Chandranath. The festival of “Dharma Daivas” was celebrated in April 2013. Chaitra Masa, Ashwayuja Masa and Karthika Masa are the other festivals that will be celebrated in the month of November, 2013.Shri Kshetra Manjunath Temple: This temple which is a kilometer from the Dharmasthala Bus stand is another important temple of the village.Manjusha Museum: The Dharmasthala Bus Stand is a kilometer from this museum which houses rare collection of scripts, religious instruments and objects like silver jewellery, bells.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport connecting Dharmasthala to important cities across India.
The Mangalore Railway Station is the closest railway junction to Dharmasthala.
Both state buses and private buses offer services in this region. Top private operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travels cater to this area. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.