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Kollur – A Heavenly Abode

by akshaylike 7 year, 26 days ago

Kollur is a good place for history buffs with good temples. These temples, especially the Mookambika Temple are said to be very powerful.

A beautiful Hamlet suggests the best get away for 3 – 4 days from the stressful work scenarios present today. The fact that this place is rich in spirituality only deepens one’s desire to be there on their holidays in Karnataka. Such a place is Kollur. Situated about 37 Km from the Taluk Headquarters, Kundapur, and Kollur can be easily accessed from Byndoor, Hemmady or Kundapur. You can head to Kollur anytime during the summer season i.e. during the months of March – July. Even otherwise, this place can be visited during any time of the year. The main festival that is celebrated here in Kollur is the Car Festival that is held in the temple during the month of April. Navaratri is grandly celebrated for 9 days.

Reaching There

The nearest railway station is at Kundapur where certain long distance trains make a stop. If one were on their way to Udupi for a week’s trip, then Kollur is definitely to be included for a 3 day trip since its just 2hrs from Udupi and various activities like trekking will prove both a change and a challenge. Alternatively if road travel is preferred, then taxis are available at our beck and call and the National Highway 17 would provide a suitable and smooth tours from Bangalore.

Staying There

Hotel rooms for prices ranging from Rs 500 a day to Rs 1500 are available. All the hotels are maintained to standards. A few suggestions will include ‘Sri Ratna Guest House’ and ‘Beena Residency.’ A very simple and logical way to handle a trip to Kollur is to cherish the religious and spiritual places at a stretch and make time to marvel at the scenic beauty that is Kollur. Keeping this in mind, the first day’s journey would be to ‘Shri Mookambikai Devi Temple’ which was gifted by Parashurama to the Goddess Parvathi. It is said that Kollur is one of the seven pilgrim centres created by Parashurama.

Must See Attractions

The next place to visit should be Sigandu, close to 45 Km away from Kollur. It is famous for the Temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari. Known mainly for the sacrifice of goats and chickens for the fulfillment of wishes, the temple priest gives a brass tag for an adequate fee. There is a belief that upon wearing this tag, the concerned person’s Home and Health are secure. It would be prudent to take a walk around this beautiful and pleasant village to look at the different temples, big and small constructed for various Devis. A light meal and a good night’s sleep will be required as the next day is to be meant for trekking and checking out the Wild life sanctuary on Kollur holidays in South India.

Other Attractions

The Arishna (turmeric/yellow) Gundi waterfalls are named so because of a special effect of the Sun’s rays falling on the water droplets around the waterfall thus rendering them yellow in color. It is situated in the deep jungle and trekking is the only approachable way to enjoy the wonder that is Arishna. To all those people who are interested in seeing a lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered species, a visit to the Mookambika Wild-life sanctuary is suggested. The third day can be used to go to the Kodachari Mountain in the Western Ghats. The Adi Shri Shakthi Mookambika Temple situated at the top is said to be the real abode of Devi. This spectacle having envisioned a little bit of shopping to ease the heart and relax the day with a stroll would make the entire trip perfect. Religious articles like prayer beads and small linga statues are what Kollur is famous for. Inside the village autos are available for ease of transport. Food is the same as the rest of Karnataka.
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