A trip to the Sree Mookambika Temple at Kollur is almost an annual feature for our family. We experience a sort of bliss after making our prayers here. Both our grandchildren were given their Vidyarambha Kanika functions at this temple.
The temple is situated on the small village named Kollur on the slopes of the Western Ghats and the river Souparnika flows by the temple with its fresh, clean waters. Although the temple is well maintained, there are not much good staying places around there.. Hotel Beena Residency near the temple is a neat place to stay. There are many vegetarian hotels nearby and the Adiga Coffee Shop is really good place to have breakfast , lunch and dinner.
You can have a view of the Western Ghat foot hills from here and if you can spare a day, can also pay a visit to the nearby Kudajadri Hills where the original Mookambika temple was set up. It is reported that Sri Sankaracharya brought the deity to Kollur later so that devotees can have darshan here . There are different types of offerings available at the temple, the details can be had from the temple counters where offerings can be booked. The Laddu Prasadam is very famous.
Please be on the guard against pickpockets especially during temple visit on peak holidays and weekends where there is rush of people.
You can reach Kollur from the nearest Railway Station ( Mookambika Road / Baindoor) on the
Konkan Railway between Mangalore and Karwar. From Baindoor, there are taxi cabs available from the Railway Station to the Mookambika temple. Please check the rates, normally the taxi union at the Railway station follows a sort of taxi queue system there when the trains arrive and charges are normally not very high. You don't have much scope for bargaining the fares as they follow uniform rates. Baindoor or Mookambika Road is a very small Railway Station, there is a small waiting room only and no restaurants, cafeteria etc. Only three four trains stop here. Check to see whether your train have a stop here before you book your ticket. There are also private buses to Mookambika from Baindoor, but you will have to wait for some time as trips are limited. Taxis are available throughout.
Kollur is a nice place to visit during the monsoon, expect rains frequently during monsoon time, so keep an umbrella when you go there during monsoon times. Climate is moderate and there is no need for any special dresses. For going inside the temple, males have to remove their shirts, so better keep a large towel ready to cover your torso .
A very nice experience visiting the temple and its surroundings, far away from the bustles of a city. Mookambika has also a wildlife sanctuary and you travel through part of reserve forests on your journey from Byndoor to the Kollur temple.
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