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.
A panchayat town located in the Shimoga District of of Karnataka, Thirthahalli lies on the bank of the river Tunga. Located amidst the dense deciduous forests of Western Ghats, the town lies on National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road), which provides access to other cities. Legend has it that Sage Parusharama visited the Tunga here, hence Rama Mantapa in Thirthahalli is regarded a holy place where taking a dip will wash away one’s sins. The town is connected to Kuruvalli via the Tunga Bridge.
Places to Stay
Being a highly revered pilgrimage centre, Thirthahalli offers travellers a wide variety of options for accommodation. Places like Hotel Dwaraka and Hotel Mayura near the bus stand offer accommodations from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual five-day festival, Yellu Amavasya Jatre is popular in this town. During the Utsava Moorthi, the main idol of Lord Sri Rameshwara is taken to the river to be consecrated. In the month of December all idols of gods from all the neighbouring regions are gathered together on the banks of River Tunga near Malur
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Sri Rameshwara Temple is in the middle of town. Other places to visit in the neighbouring regions are Ambuthirtha, where the river Sharavathi forms a water falls,, Kavishaila at Kuppalli (18kms) and Kundadri Jain Temple and the Kundadri hills (30kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mangalore (140 km).
The nearest railway station is Shimoga (55 km).
Thirthahalli bus stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and Sri Durgamba Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Check out for bus ticket discounts when you book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com.