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Dharmasthala - The Land Of Religious Tolerance


A temple village nestled in the midst of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Nethravathi river, Dharmasthala has both historical as well as religious significance. The village is home to the magnificent Manjunatheshwara Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is famed for its gold lingam.

Of Temples And Basadis: Tourist Places In And Around Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala has become an example of religious co-existence. The temple is famous not just for its ancient structure, but also for the fact that it is run by Jains, while the daily worship is done by Hindu priests. Other attractions include the eight Jain basadis as well as the towering 11-metre-high statue of Bahubali. The statue was carved out of a single rock and weighs 175 tons.

The village is also the repository of several ancient manuscripts. These were retrieved from an archaeological site at Dharmasthala and have been preserved at a museum here. There is also a unique car museum that attracts several vintage car lovers.

How To Reach Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala lies 300 kilometres away from Bangalore but is easily accessible. The town is 100 kilometres from Udupi and 76 kilometres from Mangalore. There are several buses that ferry pilgrims on a daily basis to the village. The journey by road from Bangalore can take up to 6 hours.

Best Time To Visit Dharmasthala

October to March is the ideal time to visit Dharmasthala.

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How to Reach Dharmasthala

  • By Road
    Tourists can avail KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses to reach Dharmasthala from all over the state. Private buses like non air-conditioned sleeper/seater also ply from nearby cities to Dharmasthala
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  • By Train
    Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to Dharmasthala, situated at a distance of about 74 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis and cabs or take buses to reach Dharmasthala from here.
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  • By Air
    Mangalore Airport serves as the nearest domestic and international airport for tourists coming to Dharmasthala. Earlier known as the Bajpe Airport, it is situated at a distance of about 75 km from Dharmasthala. The flights connect to major Middle East destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha, Kuwait and Bahrain, apart from other parts of the world. Besides, it is also ideal for travellers coming from Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi, Calicut and other Indian destinations.
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