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Venur - A Centre For Pilgrims And Tourists Alike


Venur is an important pilgrimage centre for Jains. The little town on the banks of the river Gurupur might seem small and nondescript today, but back in history, it was a flourishing city and was as an important seat of Jainism as well as the capital of the Ajila dynasty.

A Popular Jain Stronghold

Thus, Venur has great religious as well as historical significance. The town's biggest attraction is the 35-feet-high statue of Lord Gomateshwara. It was erected in the year 1604 by the Jain king Timmanna Ajila and is one of the four such monolithic structures of Lord Gomateshwara found in Karnataka.

Tourist Places In And Around Venur

Venur also has several old Jain basadis that are worth exploring. There are also seven ancient temples that dot the countryside. The temples are architectural marvels and give a glimpse of the arts and culture of the era. Two of the temples are located on either side of the Gomateshwara statue. The area is worth exploring for its natural beauty; the Sahyadri hills forms a beautiful backdrop to the town. Venur is close to other important Jain centres like Dharmasthala and Karkala.

How To Reach Venur

It is located in the Dakshina Kannada district and well connected by road to Mangalore. Udupi can be reached via state transport buses as well as taxis.

Best Time To Visit Venur

Winters are the best time to visit Venur.

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How to Reach Venur

  • By Road
    Tourists can avail government buses to reach Venur from Mangalore and other nearby cities. Several private vehicles are also available for reaching Venur from Mangalore. Travellers can also choose from private taxis and SUVs like Toyota Qualis, according to their budget.
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  • By Train
    Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to the village of Venur. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Tourists can avail taxis and cabs or take buses to reach the destination from here.
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  • By Air
    Mangalore International Airport, located at a distance of about 50 km from Venur, is the nearest domestic airport. Travellers can hire taxis and cabs or take buses to reach the village from here. Tourists coming from other countries can come to Devanahalli Airport at Bangalore, which is the nearest international airport to Venur, situated 290 km from the destination.
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