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Travel- the religious towns of coastal Karnataka


Coastal Karnataka. This is where I was to head, after my desired trip to Sikkim was called off. And as I pen down this blog post, I know that I have absolutely no regrets. I might have missed out on the spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga, but I’m glad I explored the fishy-smelled coastal towns and gasped in awe at the architecture of the temples here.

The train curved along the coastal Kerala on its way to Mangalore. What made the journey so spectacular, were the images like these:

Backwaters are such a common sight

Backwaters are such a common sight

 

Another one

Another one

 

Coastal Karnataka, from Mangalore and extending all the way to Gokarna, is very much Kerala. The images of backwaters cutting cross the mainlands, the fishing boats and Chinese fishing nets, took me to Allepey and Cochin. I wonder why the backwater beauties of Karnataka continue to remain untapped. There is just so much for the backpackers, to blog about. The serene surroundings are still untouched.  Wake up Karnataka Tourism !!

Temple visits dominated the trip. That’s what happens with pious parents. Anyway, the temple town of Udupi is so pleasing to stay. From the temples all around to the famous Udupi and Pai restaurants, one will instantly feel at home. A ten-minute drive from the town, will take you to the impressive Manipal campus- the Alma mater of the CEO of Microsoft. It is a town in itself. It has got its multiplexes and malls. A string of International brands too have their outlets here. Udupi lies on the way of the NH17 which connects Mangalore and Goa. The journey northwards from Udupi along NH17 is a driver’s delight. Smooth curved highways and a scenic view on either side, never makes you feel tired. There are numerous temples on the way, the Kollur Mookambiga Temple, Shiva Temple of Murudeshwar and then, of course Gokarna. And I was spellbound by the landscape in Murudeshwar….

 

 

Kollur Mookambiga Temple

Kollur Mookambiga Temple

 

Udupi Krishna Temple

Udupi Krishna Temple

 

The Magnificent Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar

The Magnificent Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar

 

The Towering Gopuram of the Murdeshwar Shiva Temple

The Towering Gopuram of the Murdeshwar Shiva Temple

 

The shot from Bhagavad Geetha, Murudeshwar

The shot from Bhagavad Geetha, Murudeshwar

 

One of the cleanest beaches in India, Murudeshwar

One of the cleanest beaches in India, Murudeshwar