The Kadri Hill is famous for the 11th century Kadri Manjunatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be the oldest Shiva Temple in Mangaluru. The temple also has tanks with natural springs and laterite caves also known as the Pandava Caves. The bronze image of Lokeshawara and Guatama Buddha in the Dhyani posture point to its Buddhist origins.
History: Buddhist monks of North India are said to have made Kadri their base in the 11th century. Historic monuments refer to Kadri as ‘Kadarika Vihara’. The temple was built with help from local landlords and rulers. Temple complex was enhanced in the 14th century.
- Car Festival: Annual car festival of Manjunatha Temple is held during Makar Sankranti, which falls during mid-January every year.
- Deepotsava: Light festival is held during Karthika Masa (usually month of October)
- Kambala: Kadri Kambala (buffalo race) is a popular rural sport.
Places to visit near Kadri Manjunatha Temple: Kadri Park and Musical Fountain and Pandava Caves are next door to Manjunatha Temple. Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Tannirbhavi Beach, Panambur Beach are other attractions to visit within a few kms from Manjunatha temple.
How to reach Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Manjunatha Temple is located in the heart of Mangaluru city. Bengaluru is 350 kms away. Mangaluru is well connected by air, rail and road to rest of Karnataka. Once in Mangaluru, Manjunatha Temple can be reached using auto or taxi as it is just close to 5 kms away.
Places to stay near Manjunatha Temple: Mangaluru city has multiple hotel options suitable to all categories.