Set in the Kodachari Hills, Mookambika Temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in South India. Dedicated to the goddess Devi Mookambika, devotees flock to Kollur to petition her for increased learning, wealth, good health and business growth.
When to Go
The busiest times in Kollur are during religious festivals, the largest of which take place in October and March. During times of high pilgrim influx, room rates can skyrocket and Kollur can get very crowded. If you want to take part in the throng, go during a festival. If you are looking for a more quiet retreat, make sure to avoid going during Hindu religious holidays.
How to Get There
You can take a bus or train to Udupi, and then grab a taxi or local bus from Udupi to Kollur. Mangalore, 50 km from Udupi, is the nearest large city.
What to Do
Visit the temple and stroll in the scenic Kodachari Hills.
Things to Know
Hotels may have very early check-out times, as early at 4 a.m., during pilgrim season. Before checking in to a hotel make sure that you won't have to leave at the crack of dawn! Also, many devotees wake up early, and if you are a light sleeper you will likely be woken up by a chorus of throat clearing as pilgrims ready themselves for early morning prayers. As most hotels in the area cater to pilgrims, there are only a few mid-range options and even those may not have 24-hour running hot water.
Two mid-range places to stay with fixed rates can be booked here:
List of other places to stay: