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Monday, May 07, 2012

Karnataka Temples Pilgrimage

We undertook a pilgrimage to Karnataka temples. After some careful evaluation, we selected KSTDC tour, as it covered lot of places, and takes care of all the logistics. Here's a link to the Karnataka Temples Tour on Karnataka Tourism Website.
The detailed itinerary is listed here -
09.00 pm Departure from Badami House, Bangalore*
05.00 am Arrive at Horanadu and fresh-up
05.00 am - 08.00 am Darshan of Goddess of Annapurneshwari & breakfast
08.20 am - 08.40 am Visit Kalaseshwara Temple, Kalasa
11.40 am - 01.40 pm Darshan of Goddess Sharadambe, Vidya Shankara Temple & Lunch
06.00 pm - 07.00 pm Darshan of Goddess Mookambika, Kollur & halt
06.00 am Depart from Kollur
07.00 am - 07.30 am Breakfast
07.45 am - 09.15 am Darshan of Lord Murudeshwara & Visit Murudeshwara beach, park
11.15 am - 11.45 am Darshan of Lord Ganesha, Anegudde
12.30 pm - 03.00 pm Darshan of Lord Krishna & Lunch
03.00 pm - 04.00 pm Visit Malpe Beach
04.45 pm - 06.15 pm Relax at Panambur beach
05.00 pm Arrive at Katil,Darshan of Goddess Durga Parameshwari and Halt
05.30 am Departure to Kadri Manjunath Swamy Temple
06.30 am - 08.00 am Goddess Mangaladevi and breakfast
10.30 am - 01.30 pm Darshan of Lord Manjunatheshwara at Dharmasthala
04.00 pm - 09.00 pm Darshan of Aadhi Subramanya & Kukke Subramanya
09.00 pm Depart to Bangalore
05.30 am Tour ends at Badami House, Bangalore

Places Visited:
Horanadu (Annapoorneshwari Temple)
Kalasa (Kalaseshwara Temple)
Sringeri (Sharada temple)
Kollur (Mookambika Temple)
Murudeshwara (Murudeshwara Temple)
Anegudda (Vinayaka Temple)
Udupi (Krishna Temple)
Malpe (Beach)
Kateel (Durgaparameshwari Temple)
Mangalore (Sri Gokarnatheswara temple, Kadri Manjunath Temple and Mangaladevi Temple)
Dharmasthala (Manjunath Temple)
Kukke Subramanya (Subramanya Temple).

A tentative Route Map, of the journey...

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This is the final route map, that we ended upon -
View Larger Map Trip Review: We enjoyed the trip thoroughly. The driver and the Guide were very accomodative and co-operative. The cleaner too did his job of cleaning up the interiors of the bus thoroughly everyday. The accomodation provided at Kollur (Annapoorni Guest House) was OK, but the one at Kateel (Soundarya Palace) was very good indeed. The time provided for the temple darshan was sufficient, and with the breadth of places covered, this tour was very memorable to us. The visit to the scenic Murudeshwara temple just stays on in your memories forever.