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|Attractions||: Shri Mookambika Devi Temple, Saraswati Mantap, Mookambika Wildlfe Sanctuary, Arishina Gundi Falls|
|Season||: January to December|
|Weather||: Summer - (30 to 35°C) , Winter - (20 to 25°C)|
Kollur is a small town in Kundapur Taluk in Udupi district of Karnataka state. It is located at the foot of the Western Ghats and is very famous for the Mookambika Temple which is its main attraction. This place attracts thousands of pilgirms from all over the world every day.
It is one of the most visited towns in Karnataka by Hindu pilgrims. It is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centres created by Parashurama, a Hindu mythological figure. The temple is devoted to Hindu goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva. It is also believed that is said to have slain the demon Mookasura here.
The blissful Navaratri (during September-October) celebrations and 9-day annual music held in Kollur are worth attending if you are a religious soul.
Kodachadri, one of the tallest peaks in Karnataka, which is around 30 kms from Kollur (through Ghat sections), is a trekker's paradise. You wouldn't want to miss the glorious sunset and a breath-taking view of Western Ghats with the backwaters of Ariabian sea in the background.
Kollur is mostly humid and dry throughout the year except for rainy seasons where we can expect heavy rains. The average temperature of this place throughout the year is around 25 to 30 degree Celsius. Although, it might reach till 40 (and sometimes more than that!) during summers.
This temple stands on the banks of the river Sowparnika. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. Thousands of devotees from all over the world come here to offer their prayers to the Goddess.
This sanctuary is spread around an area of 247 sq. km. This sanctuary is divided into 3 zones: core zone, buffer zone and tourism zone. Best time to visit Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and April.
It is believed that an eagle named 'Suparna' attained salvation here by performing penance on the banks of the river. Hence the name 'Sowparnika'.
Arishinagundi falls is one of the most spectacular falls of Western Ghats which is hidden deep inside the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary's jungles. The best season to visit Arishinagundi falls would be post monsoon.
Kodachadri is one of the moutain peaks in the Western Ghats. The view of the Western Ghats and the backwaters of Arabian Sea with a splendid sunset is an enchanting experience. One can either opt to reach the top of the mountain via jeep (through an all-rough 9 km jeep road) or trek. The trek is moderately difficult and long.
Kundapura located 40 km away from Kollur is the nearest railway station.
Mangalore is the nearest aiport located 135 km away.
There are direct buses from Bengaluru to Kollur operated by KSRTC and private operators. Approximate journey time is 7 hours 30 minutes.
There are trains from Bengaluru to Kundapura. Kollur is well connected from Kundapura. Train schedules are given below.
YPR KAWR EXPRES ( Train number 16515 ) - This train is available from Bengaluru on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Departure time from Bengaluru is 7:00 am and travel duration is approximately 12 hours 45 minutes.
KARWAR EXP ( Train number 16523 ) - This train is available from Bengaluru on all days of the week. Departure from Bengaluru is 8:30 pm and journey duration is 14 hours 36 minutes.
Bengaluru to Kollur distance is 430 km via National Highway 48. From Bengaluru connect to National Highway 4. Take National Highway 48 to Chennarayanapatna Arsikere road / State Highway 7. From here, connect to National Highway 206. Continue on State Highway 65 to Lingapura. Follow National Highway 13 to Sagara road / State Highway 52 in Thirthahalli. Continue on State Highway to connect to Sampekatte Kollur road to reach Kollur. This route goes through Nelamangala, Yediyur, Chennarayanapatna, Tarikere, Bhadravathi, Thirthahalli to reach Kollur.
There are direct buses from Mysore to Kollur operated by KSRTC. It is approximately a 10 hour journey.
There are trains available till Kundapura. From Kundapura, Kollur is 38 km away.
KARWAR EXP ( Train number 16523 ) - This train is available from Mysore on all days of the week. Departure time from Mysore is 11:30 pm and journey duration is approximately 11 hours 30 minutes.
Mysore to Kollur distance is 357 km via National Highway 257 and Edapally Panvel Highway. From Mysore, connect to Hunsur road to reach Hunsur. Follow National Highway 275, National Highway 48 and Edapally Panvel Highway to Hemmadi. Drive along Kollur Kundapura road to Kollur. This route goes through Hunsur, Kushalnagar, Madikeri, Sullia, Puttur, Mangalore, Kundapur to reach Kollur.