Kollur Tourism

Kollur Tourism

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Kollur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Udupi
Situated about 37 km from Kundapur Town and 133 km from Mangalore, Kollur is a small village located in the state of Karnataka. Kollur is famous for the Mookambika Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage centre, and is also easily accessible from Tamil Nadu. The destination majorly attracts the worshippers of Shakti which is rich in Puranic Lore.

The Mookambika Temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati which is believed to be created by Parashuram. In Tamil, Goddess Parvati is known as Thai Mookambika. The temple is situated on the banks of the River Sauparnika. The river is known as Sauparnika, as it is also believed that an eagle called Suparna attained salvation when she did penance on the bank.

Kollur is steeped in mythology. According to legend, Maharishi Kolan, enchanted with natureís beauty, decided to perform penance on the rock called Agnitheertham. Lord Shiva was delighted with Kolanís dedication and granted his wish that a Swayambu Lingam would appear for daily worship.

There is another story behind the temple. Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Mookambika Devi and had the deity installed here. As he was meditating on the Kodachadri Hills, the Devi appeared before him in the form of an incarnation and asked him his wish, whence he replied that he wanted to install her deity in a place in Kerala. The Devi agreed to his wish but told him that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back till he reached the destination. In order to test him, the Devi deliberately stopped the sound of her anklets near Kollur and Shankar looked back. At this, she asked him to install her vigraha immediately at the place.

Kollur is also amongst one of the seven most sacred coastal regions in India. The destination also attracts adventure lovers for rock climbing and trekking. Apart from the mythological importance, it is also known for having the oldest and the deepest gold mines in the country.

The best time to visit Kollur is between the months of October and March. Kollur can be easily reached by bus from Udupi. The nearest rail station is also at Udupi, which is a part of the Konkan Railway. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, from where buses and taxis are available to Kollur.

Kollur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Machilipatnam and Vijayawada.

Best time to visit Kollur in the next six months

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Kollur Traveller Reviews

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Venkatesh prasad

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  • Venkatesh prasad
  • 6 Reviews
  •  133 readers

"Spiritual heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2017
A wonderful destination for those who are spiritually inclined. The location of the temple and the journey itself is very rejuvenating and refreshing. Kollur is a small hamlet centered around Mookambika Temple. There are good options to stay and dine at this destination and it is reachable from various cities and towns of Karnataka.
The location is such that it is nestled deep in the mountains and amidst lush green forests. The journey to Kollur prepares you for the tryst with the Goddess Mookambika and it is very rarely that a pilgrim will return back disappointed. The serene settings of the temple enables one to tune into the strong spiritual vibes. The temple has shrines for various deities like Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman etc .. But the main sanctum sanctorum is presided by Goddess Mookambika and there is a shrine for Sri Adi Sankracharya just behind it. This is not to be missed while going round the sanctum sanctorum. In my case I had stayed overnight at Udipi and chose to drive to this place in the evening by 4pm and it was a journey of self discovery. While there are options to stay at Kollur, once an also chose to be based at either Udupi, Mani pal or Mangalore and reach this place. The roads are good and it winds its way through a thick green foliage of the Western Ghats.
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Unnikrishnan K p

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  • Unnikrishnan K p
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2 Reviews
  •  190 readers

"Good place for pilgrimage"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2017
We 9 people started from Trivandrum on 03/04/2017 at 03:30 PM by VERAVAL and got down at Mookambika Road Railway : Stn :at 07:50AM. Taxi & Buses are available to go to Mookambika from there to cover 28 KM.
Pre arranged Taxi, took Us to Temple with in 25. Fare was Rs 800.
2 days stay was comfortable and had good Darshan.
Priests, local shoppers & hoteliers are opportunists.
From Mookambika we went to Udupi & DHARMASTHALA by Taxi.
PAID Rs 4500 to cover 200 KM. Stayed 1 day at : & Had good Darshan. We enjoyed famous MAHA ANNADANAM & became part of it by Donation. Returned To Trivandrum on 07/04/2017 by MAVELI EXPRESS Departed at 05:45 PM.
Mr. SANDEEP [Mob-9448761056] helped me to arrange Taxi to cover the Sites.
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Akhil c s

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  • Akhil c s
  • 5 Reviews
  •  235 readers

"Akhil CS"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
A very great spiritual environment. The blessings of mookambika devi. Sowparnnika river will give an extra blessings in Kollur. Kudagadhriyil is a wonderful experience for every devotees. The blessings of Kollur mookambika devi will give you an extra strength to each and every one who believe in good life around the world.
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Devotional Store

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  • Devotional Store
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 1 Review
  •  321 readers

"A place with most popular pilgrim centers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2017
Mookambika Temple is located at Kollur, Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. It is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in South India. It is located on the banks of river Souparnika. Here the Goddess is in the form of Swayambhu Lingam. The idol of the temple is believed to be installed by Shri Adi Shankara.
1. The temple is known as the center of wisdom and knowledge.
2. The idol of Mookambika Devi is made of Panchaloha(Combination of Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron and lead)
3. It is believed that offering prayers to Devi enhance Knowledge and excellence in academics. Kollur shrine is dedicated to knowledge and art. Goddess is considered as Bhagyadevatha. Goddess of Letters and Speech.
4. It is considered very pleasant and auspicious to keep figurines and Mookambika lamp related to Mookambika Devi.
How to reach?
Mookambika travel
BY AIR: Nearest Airport is at Mangalore, which is around 140kms away from the temple. After reaching Airport, one can reach the temple by bus from Mangalore or by hiring a car to Kollur.
Mookambika temple train
By Train: There are two railway stations Kundapura and the Byndoor railway are situated at the distance of 32 km and 28 Km.
By Bus: Karnataka State Road Transport has bus services from all major centers to Kollur.
Mookambika Temple Darshan timing
Morning: 5 A. M- 1. 30 P. M
Evening: 3 P. M - 9 P. M
Disabled people are allowed direct darshan and need not wait in queues.
Different types of Poojas are performed
5:00 to 6:30 am
Apadravya- Eka Nalikera Ganahoma
6:30 am
Danta Dhavana Pooja, Naivedyam
7:30 to 8:30 am
Morning Pooja with Panchamrutha Abhishekam, Thrimadhuram and Anna Naivedyam, Bali, Nithyothsava, Pallakki Utsava, Distribution of Theertha Prasadam & Thrimadhuram. Pooja to the Parivara Devatas.
11:00 am onwards
Mahapooja with, Maha Naivedyam
12:30 pm (noon)
Mahamangalarthi, Noon Bali Utsavam
2:00 pm
Kavata Bandhanam (Door closure) In Mookambika Temple
12:30 to 2:00 pm
Anna Prasadam- Free lunch for devotees
3:00 pm
Kavatodghatanam, Devidarshanam begins for the afternoon
6:30 pm
Pradosha Kala Pooja begins In the Temple
7:30 pm
Pooja with Panchamirtham and Mahamangalarthi
8:00 to 8:15 pm
Pooja to the Parivara Devatas, Mangalarathi
8:00 to 10:00 pm
Anna Prasadam- Free meals for devotees
8:15 pm
Rathri Pooja, Rathri Bali, Nithyothsava in palanquin Ashtavadhana Seva at Saraswathi Mantapa
9:00 pm
Kalyanotsavam, Kashi Mangalarathi, Distribution of Kashaya Theertham and then closure)
Dress Code:
1. Men are supposed to remove their upper garments like shirts and vests. Coat, Turban, Hat, Lungi and suits are not allowed inside the temple. Women have to preferably wear traditional attire.
Traditional wear
Entry Regulation:
Pregnant Women are not allowed inside the temple after 7th months of pregnancy.
Mother of Newborn are only allowed after 11 days from delivery.
Where to stay?
There are several private hotels near the premises of the temple that provide quality accommodation, moreover Kollur Mookambika Temple Administration has constructed few guest houses.
Where to eat?
Free food for all pilgrims are provided at the temple premises by the temple administration. Food will be served from 12PM to 8PM everyday.
Near Tourist Places
1. Murudeshwara
2. Maravanthe beach
3. Kodachadri Hills
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Navaneeth Krishnan

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  • Navaneeth Krishnan
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1729 readers

"Awesome place with a temple view"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Kollur can be described as a small village with very deep spiritual presence brought about by the Mookambika temple. It is one of the most sought after pilgrim centers of south India. Once the temple visit is done and inner peace attained, it's time to shatter it again by going on a Jeep ride to the Kodachadri peak close by, or by travelling west to meet the shorelines head on. There are many hotels close to the temple, a new 3 star property had opened up just a week before our trip, we had no idea that it had, hence we missed a booking.
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Subramanyam Sreeram

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  • Subramanyam Sreeram
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  4867 readers

"Divine place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
We went from Udupi by bus it was a good experience. We reached there by evening. We checked in the hotel and got refreshed. Around 8 we went for temple. We came back and had dinner and went to sleep. Morning we checked out and left for Kodachadri trek.
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  • 4 votes

Sunil Kunnoth

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  • Sunil Kunnoth
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 43 photos
  • 69 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  28091 readers

"A Divine Destination in Karnataka"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2015
Spiritual sojourn is my great passion and I always make temple trips. After Guruvayur in Kerala, the temple I visited more often is Kollur Mookambika. I love the serene atmosphere and the spectacular scenery around the temple. The Kollur Mookambika Temple is situated in the small town of Kollur in the Udupi district of Karnataka, South India. The temple is an ancient and popular Hindu pilgrimage center with believers coming mainly from Kerala and, to a lesser extent, from other states, namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra.

The temple is often called "Temple of Knowledge and Wisdom" since making a prayer here is believed to boost your knowledge and help you enhance your excellence in educational as well creative pursuits. For the very reason, thousands of devotees visit the temple. The temple attracts thousands of devotees during Puja holidays. If you love temples and the typical divine ambiance a temple offers, Kollur Mookmbika is the best choice.
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Ambica Harithas

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  • Ambica Harithas
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3335 readers

"Drop yourself in divine destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2015
Melt your hassles by taking a deep breath of the fresh air at those lush greens, crank up and sync to the tunes of nature -the jingles of the River Souparnika and the chirping of birds at Kodachadri.

Bring your mind to the right here and now, present yourself before the divine mother of beauty and happiness -Mookambika and seek everlasting peace and happiness by meditating on her to break the cycle of stress!

Connect with others while you hold the rope to pull her divine chariot -The Ratha Seva to get a fresh perspective, support, and tactical help to handle ebbs and flows of life!

Please Drop in to the Divine destination -heaven on earth-Kollur, to feel rejuvenated relaxed and enlightened! Be blessed.
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Sanjeev R

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  • Sanjeev R
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 4 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  8375 readers

"Cool and perfect place to visit which makes our mind fresh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 16, 2015
As went religiously with family. It makes me fresh, the silent ambience also makes us happy and not that expensive too. One should also visit Kodachadri, Souparnika River. Transportation is also there, from Byndoor railway station we took a Tevera to Kollor which cost around 800 Rs only (28 Km).
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  • Mohan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Most favourite pilgrimage centre"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2015
One of the most beautiful pilgrimage centre in nature at its best. This temple has very rare & powerful swayambhu linga with Suvarna Rekha on the linga which is the symbol of shiva Shakthi. The goddesses is the adishakti & she is the power of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi & Mahasaraswati. Temple is built in Kerala style.
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