An uncharted beach and a prominent tourist spot situated near Kundapur with only a few picnickers. It is flanked by Arabian Sea on one side and the Sauparnika River on the other making it one of the best places to visit in Mangalore.
Maravanthe is 30 kilometers from the Spa.
ST. MARY'S ISLAND - One of the must see hotspots in Karnataka
ST. Mary’s Island or Coconut Island is one of the many Karnataka tourist places consisting of 4 small islands off the Arabian sea coast. These islands can be reached from Malpe beach through a boat.
The Isles are one of the unique because of their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. They look like scattered projections of rock rising out of the Arabian Sea around Malpe. St. Mary’s famous basalt rocks have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.
This may be the only spot in India where basaltic rocks show up in such peculiar formations. While swimming is not allowed here, visitors can recline in a palm lined park to watch the sun go down over clear blue seas.
St. Mary's Isles are approximately 90 kilometres away from the Spa.
St. Mary's Isles are approximately 90 kilometers away from the Spa.
KOLLUR MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE
Mookambika temple sits on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika that runs close to the foot hills of the Western Ghats. The ancient Mookambika Temple at Kollur, is an important Mangalore tourist attraction, 135 kilometres away from the city of Mangalore.The Mookambika temple is renowned for its beauty and aesthetics, all over the world. The perennial Souparnika river’s pure water is used for theertham and puja. The Kollur Mookambika temple wears a festive look during Navrathri which is celebrated with pomp, show and gaiety.
Kollur is approximately 40 kilometres away from the Spa.
Kollur is approximately 40 kilometers away from the Spa.
Another popular hotspot is Kodachadri. It is a densely forested mountain peak in the Western Ghats, 1343 meters above sea level.
Kodachadri forms a background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. Situated in the middle of the Mookambika National Park, it is home to several endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. The peak is barren due to strong winds but the climb affords a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. The forest spreads all around, over several smaller peaks and hills. The forest's residents include Malabar Langur, King Cobra, Malabar Pied Horn-bill, Great Pied Horn-bill, Paradise Flycatcher, Emerald Pigeon, Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Bison, Python and many more. Several of these species are endangered.
Mount Kodachadri is approximately 70 kilometres away from the Spa.
Mount Kodachadri is approximately 70 kilometers away from the Spa.
Murudeshwar Temple is in Bhatkal taluk, Uttara Kannada district, approximately 40 km from the wild woods spa on the National Highway. Bound by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, this picturesque place between Honnavara and Bhatkal attracts devotees and tourists alike.
The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar, it surrounds the temple on three sides while the temple towers on a small hill called Kanduka Giri. Two life-size concrete elephants guard the steps leading to the temple. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse.
There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by King Tippu Sultan of Mysore. An evening visit to see sunset at sun set point is real fulfilling experience. View of small boats and fishermen coming back to their houses from quite distances and different sides in the sea make every body feel the mesmerizing evening.
Murudeshwera is a mere 40 kilometers from the Spa.
The main attraction of Murudeshwar is the Shiva temple. This sacred place has some beautiful carvings and statues with a history that dates back to a few centuries (Threthayuga).
A recent attraction of Murudeshwara is the Lord Shiva idol erected beside the temple. The idol towers 123 feet into the sky and is viewable from a very long distance from the Arabian sea. It is the tallest Shiva idol in the world.
Rock Climbing at Yana
Yana is approximately 90 kilometers away from the Spa.
Yana is 25 km from Kumta and 40km from Sirsi. Yana or Bhairavakshetra is an important pilgrimage center that has also become a popular rock climbing destination in Shimoga district, Karnataka. It is situated in the beautiful evergreen forests of the Sahyadri range. A variety of limestone rock formations, rugged mountains, gurgling streams and lush green forest give this hill station a natural appeal.
Cave Temple at Yana
The Shrine of Bhairaveshvara is a cave temple at Yana. A 3 kilometer walk into the dense forest leads to spectacular, jagged black limestone rock formations known as Bhariraveswara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara. The cave temple lies below these peaks and a shivlinga and a bronze idol of Chandika are enshrined inside the large cave.
Gokarna is a coastal temple town with a long tradition mentioned in numerous historical texts. It is a town of contrasts, post-hippies and pilgrims mingle.
Gokarna Beach is close to Gokarna town and is reachable by road. The winding path up to Gokarna, is a scenic walk with the rocky Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the other.
Om beach is panoramic and a favorite among folks looking for an idyllic beach to wile time away. It is a beach for those who like to rough it out and don't mind the absence of modern luxuries. Om beach offers only the sun, the waves and the seagulls for company. This quiet beach is a popular attraction among many frequent travelers, a happy paradise with drums, hammocks and guitars.
Devotees flock to Gokarna for its numerous temples, the most important of which is dedicated to Lord Mahabhaleshwara, a form of the Hindu god Shiva. The idol in this temple is over 1500 years old. All the temples including the ancient Mahaganapathi Temple, Uma Maheshwari Temple and Bhadrakali Temple are built around a traditional Kotitheertha, a pond for ritual bathing and idol immersion.
Gokarna is approximately 140 kilometers away from the Spa.
SIDDIS VILLAGE IN YELLAPUR
The Siddis of Karnataka are a tribe of African descent that has made Karnataka their home for the last 400 years. There is a 50,000 strong Siddhi population across India, of which more than a third live in Karnataka. In Karnataka, they are concentrated around Yellapur, Haliyal, Ankola, Joida, Mundagod and Sirsi taluks of Uttara Kannada and in Khanapur of Belgaum and Kalagatgi of Dharwad district. Their language is a mixture of Konkani and Marathi. They also speak Kannada. Visitors can make a trip to the Siddis village in Yellapur to see the ancient African tribe's unique blend of Afro-Indian culture. Yellapur is approximately 150 kilometers away from the Spa.
Honnavar is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea, on the banks of the River Kali where it forms an estuary with the sea.
Honavar port was one of the most important ports on the west coast of India during Marco Polo's time. It is also home to many temples and ashrams like Veeranjaneya temple Gerusoppa, Subramanya Kshetra Mugva and Rama theerta.
Honnavar is approximately 60 kilometers away from the Spa.
Apsarakonda or (Pond of the Celestial Nymphs) is a rural hamlet set on the lower slopes of the Western Ghats, outside Honavar. Visit the Pandava Cave Temples before you climb downhill towards the waterfall. The waterfall flows into a lovely natural pool with polished stones that reflect colours on the waters surface. A short stroll away, the tropical vegetation gives away to coconut grooves and a fine sandy beach, a perfect sunset location.
Jog Falls is a popular tourist places in Karnataka that one must not miss. This waterfall is one of the famous tourist places with a spectacular natural waterfall located 100 kilometers from the Wild Woods Spa. At 829 feet, Jog Falls or Gersoppa Falls are India's highest un-tiered waterfall with the maximum volume of water. It is a single, steep drop, a rushing onslaught that plunges headfirst into a gorge that is 920 feet deep. The River Sharavati breaks into four columns before it thunders down the Cliffside to arrive at the sea, past Honnavar. The water fall can be seen in all its ephemeral glory during the monsoons.
Beautiful mountains cloaked with evergreen forests surround Kamalashile, a temple beside the serene River Kubja. Located 7 km from Siddhapur on the Kundapur - Shimoga Highway, Kamalashile is noted for the Brahmi-Durga Parameshwari Temple and a small cave called Suparshwa Muni Guhe. The cave ends at a well called Naga teertha, where you can see a Subramanya idol. The idol of Brahmi Durga Parameshwari attracts a throng of devotees.
Kamalashile is approximately 60 kilometers away from the Spa.
The temple's unique feature is the puja to the Goddess, performed by the Balegaras or bangle sellers. The annual festival is conducted on Chaitra Bahula Moolanakshatra. A grand 18 feet high silver chariot is used during this festival.
KAMBLA, THE BUFFALO RACE
December and January is Kambla season in Udupi and around Mangalore. It is a unique because For over a 1000 years, Kambla or buffalo racing has been among the region's most beloved sports. Each team consist of two well-trained buffaloes and their minder who runs alongside or rides on a wooden plank tied around them. Two teams of beasts and men race down two water filled tracks spraying mud on their way, while the crowd cheers wildly. The winner is the team whose mud spray reaches the highest point on an overhead flag.
Kambla is an adrenalin filled event that is celebrated with much fanfare and goodwill before the start of the planting season, before the largely agrarian community gets down to hard work. It is a time for great festivity as different villages compete and participate in these celebrations.
YAKSHAGANA - AN INTRINSIC PART OF SOUTH CANARA CULTURE
Yakshagana is essentially a stage art form, which entertains and educates the rural folk in masses. It is a many-splendoured performing art and is a combination of colour, glitter, vibrancy, music, sahitya and percussion. Primarily Yakshagana is for the people and its robustness combined with mother nature makes this truly a people's art form incorporating music, dance and theatre. Usually it is performed in open fields, vast expanses and temple premises especially during night times.
NAGA MANDALA, DAKSHINA KANNADA
Nagamandala Is A Quaint Ritual Prevalent Mainly In Coastal Karnataka Region (Dakshina Kannada District And Udupi District). It Is An All-Night Ritual Performed As A Worship To The Serpent God. Observed Mostly By The Brahmins, Nagamandala Is Performed During December To April, Before The Monsoon. There Are Two Groups Of Performers In Nagamandala – The First Being 'Paatri' (A Brahmin) Who After Inhaling The Areca Flowers Gets Possessed By The Cobra God, And The Second Group Is Known As 'Naagakannika' Identified As 'Ardhanari' Who Dances And Sings Around An Elaborate Serpent Design Drawn With Natural Colors On The Sacred Ground.
Bhoota Kola or Holy Spirit Worship is an ancient ritual form of worship prevalent among the Tulu-speaking community in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka and Kasaragod taluk in Kerala alternatively known as Tulu Nadu.