Dharmasthala and Mookambika are located at a distance of 165Kms from each other. Mookambika can be reached in about 2hrs 45min.Bus travel is a popular travel option between these two cities, and many buses ply between Dharmasthala and Mookambika. VRL Travels is a major operator along this route. The first VRL Travels bus starts at 04:45 AM, and you can easily access buses till 04:45 AM. The lowest fare for these buses starts from Rs.500, and the maximum fare is around Rs.550.
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Dharmasthala is situated along the banks of the River Nethravathi surrounded by hillocks and the forest of Malnad in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Dharmasthala is famous for the temple of Sri Manjunathaswamy, wherein a golden lingam depicting Lord Shiva is preserved. The temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world, irrespective of their caste and creed. The distinguishing trait of Dharmasthala is Charity, which is offered to everyone. Situated in the Beltangady Taluk of South Kanara district of Karnataka and at a distance of 75 km from Mangalore, Dharmasthala is one of the major pilgrim centres of the region. The major temples of Dharmasthala include the Shri Manjunatheshwara, Shri Ammanavaru, Four Dharma Daivas and Shrine of Shri Chandranatha Swamy. Some other popular pilgrim destinations are Nrusimha Saligrama, Manjusha vastu sangrahalaya (museum), Vasantha Mahal, Pushpa vatika and Vintage car museum among others. A must visit pilgrim centre, Dharmasthala is well connected with other parts of the state by road. Several bus services are available to and from Dharmasthala on a regular basis. Other religious attractions near Dharmasthala like the Kukke Subrahmanya, Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple, Udupi Sri Krishna Temple and the Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari Temple are also easily accessible through bus.