The village of Kollur lies 130km from Mangalore, amid the green canopy of the Western Ghats. Here, the Mookambika Temple, one of the seven most sacred spots of the coastal region, is dedicated to the Goddess of emotional power and strength. The temple has a gold plated crest and copper roofs. Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher, is said to have visited this temple to perform penance. The Goddess Mookambika is represented in the form of ‘Jyotir-Linga’ incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. Mookambika is said to have appeared before Adi Shankaracharya and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on ‘Shree Chakra’ is also stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is also an exquisite sculpture of PanchamukhaGanesha.