Kaup Beach (48 Km from Mangalore)(12 Km from Udupi)
South of Udupi on the coastal belt that passes through the West Coast National Highway, Kaup has a lovely beach, a ruined fort & 100 ft high lighthouse.
Ullal (13 Km)
A lovely beach just outside Mangalore, Ullal is famous for its silvery sands.
Surathkal (20 Km)
It is famous for the Sadashiva temple on top of a rocky hill on the sea shore, and also has a fine beach. An annual car festival for the deity of the temple is held in December.
Bajpe (25 Km)
The Mangalore airport is located at Bajpe, which also has a waterfall.
Kompadavu (25 Km)
This small village is famous for the Nelli Theertha Somanatha Temple.
Mulki (29 Km)
Famous for the Narasimha Temple. The deity of the Janardhana Temple in Sinantur, 5 Km from Mulki, was the family deity of the Savantas. The ruins of the palace of the Savantas and the fort built by Venkatappa Nayaka of Bedmir can also be seen here.
Katil (30 Km)
On the banks of river Nandini, Katil has a temple dedicated to Durga Parameswari. The main deity of the temple is in the form of a linga.
Mudabidri (36 Km)
Mudabidri is known as the Jaina Kashi of the south. Situated in the midst of hills, there are 18 Jaina bastis here. The Jaina Matha here has rare manuscripts of 'Dhavala' and 'Jayadhavala' two great Jain texts.
Karanje (37 Km)
The holy place of Karanje, well known for it's Shiva temple, is situated on a hill 1,500 feet high and commands a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Dharmasthala (75 Km): This popular pilgrim centre is an outstanding example of religious and cultural tolerance. Dharmasthala derives its sanctity from its temple dedicated to Manjunatha. The striking feature of this Shiva temple is that the priests are Madhwa Vaishnavites and the family of the Heggade who is the Dharmadikari of the place, are followers of Jainism. There is also a huge monolithic statue of Lord Gommateswara, a Jain saint here, which was installed in 1973. The Manjunatha Temple authority has boarding and lodging facilities for visitors and thousands of devotees thronging the temple are fed free of charge, irrespective of caste and creed.
Kollur (146 Km)
88 Km from Udupi and 42 Km from Kundapur, Kollur is famous for the temple dedicated to Goddess Mookambiga. The image of the goddess was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.
Venur (55 Km)
Venur was once the capital of the Ajilas and is famous for the 9 metre high statue of Gomateswara built in 1605 and the Shantinatha Basadi.
Karinthe (35 Km)
This rock temple situated on top of a small hillock is dedicated to Shiva as Karintheswara.
Pilikula Nisarga Dham (12 Km)
An integrated theme park with a wide variety of features, Pilikula has many attractions of cultural, educational and scientific interest. The park is spread over an area of 370 acres comprising of a tropical forest and the enchanting Pilikula Lake. The project presently includes a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course.
Udupi (60 Km
Considered as one of the seven sacred spots of the region, Udupi is famous for the Krishna Temple. The Krishna idol was installed by Madhwacharya, the propounder of the Dwaitha philosophy and all the eight 'mathas' founded by him, have their headquarters within the temple square. The Parayaya festival which is the most important festival of the temple is held once in two years usually in January when there is a ceremonial change of title of the head priest of the Madhwa matha.
Belthangady (60 Km)
There is an old Somanatha temple made of granite, a Venkatarama temple, a Jain Basadi with an inscription of the 15th century and a ruined fort in Belthangady;
Manipal (61 Km)
Manipal is a progressive educational and industrial centre with well known medical and engineering colleges. There is a modern Venugopalakrishna temple built in 1973 and a museum in memory of Dr. T.M.A. Pai, the architect of the township.
Karkala (62 Km)
A Jain pilgrim centre, it has a huge 42 feet tall monolithic Gomateswara statue, which was installed in 1432 AD. The beautiful granite Chaturmukha Basti, the temples of Anantasayana and Venkataramana, the old palace of the Bhairarasa Wodeyars are the other notable monuments here.
Malpe (63 Km)
Malpe has a lovely beach ideal for sun and sea bathing and boating. It is on the mouth of the Malpe or Udyavara River and has an old fort and a few temples.
Saint Mary's Island (68 Km
A group of small islands lying north of Malpe port are noted for their basalt rocks which have crystalised into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. In 1498, Vasco-da-Gama landed on these islands and called them Padron De Sante Maria. Boats are available from Malpe to St. Mary's Island.
Kudremukh (102 Km)
Known for India's largest iron ore project, Kudremukh is also famous for its splendid scenic beauty. The iron ore is run down through a pipeline in liquid form from Kudremukh to Mangalore harbour.
Maravanthe (103 Km)
16 Km north of Kundapur, this beautiful place has a lovely beach.
Kundapur (104 Km)
The name of the town can be traced to the Kundeswara temple built by Kundavarma, close to the Panchagangavali river. There is another temple dedicated to Mahalingeswara. The Portuguese built a fort here in the 16th century and called it Barcelore.
Kukke Subramanya (104 Km)
One of the seven sacred places in the region, Subramanya is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya worshipped in the form of Naga (serpent). Other shrines of this temple are those of Lakshminarasimha and Umamaheswara. An annual templefestival is held in November-December.
Sringeri (152 Km)Sringeri is famous for the 'math' of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy. The Sharadamba Temple here was founded by the Shankaracharya himself. The other places of interest in Sringeri are a Jain basadi dedicated to Parsvanatha and the beautiful Vidyashankara temple. Kigga, 8 Km from Sringeri has a temple dedicated to Rishyashringa and an old ruined fort.
Jog Falls (225 Km)
The famous Jog Falls are about 16 Km from Talguppa, the railway terminus on the Birur line. Jog is 104 Km from Shimoga, 256 Km from Belgaum, 348 Km from Mysore and 378 Km from Bangalore. Bus services connect the Jog Falls with Bangalore, Mangalore, Bhatkal, Karwar, Hubli and Shimoga. The Gerusoppa Falls, commonly referred to as the Jog Falls are one of the highest and most beautiful in India. The falls are formed by the descent of the river Sharavathi down a chasm 256 metres deep. The water falls in four cascades namely the Raja or Monarch, Roarer, Rocket and Rani, presenting a scene of grandeur and sublimity. The Mysore Power Corporation releases water to the Jog Falls on every second sunday of the month.
Gokarna (227 Km)
Gokarna, a pilgrim centre 56 Km from Karwar is famous for the temple of Mahaballeshwara which for devotees is next in sanctity only to the Varanasi Vishwanath temple
Karwar (261 Km): Karwar, the district headquarters and port town, situated in Uttara Kannada, traces it's history to the time of Arab traders. With a chain of five islands protecting it from storms, Karwar is famous for its beautiful stretch of sandy beaches. Places of interest in Karwar are the Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga temple, the Dargah of Peer Shah Shamsuddin Kharobat-a Baghdadi saint and the Octagonal Church at Sunkeri. A visit by launch to the Kurmagad Island which has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine is an added attraction. Accommodation in Karwar is available at an Inspection Bungalow, Tourist Bungalow and Circuit House.