The holy town of Gokarna is just 60kms away through a evergreen forest road. Gokarna is known not only for Atmlinga of Mahabaleshwara (which is one of the ancient sites of Shiva worship), the town is known for Sanskrit and Vedic scholars. There are number of temples belonging to various sects and panths.
(Distance mentioned in the brackets is from the Homestay)
Places of interests
Shri Marikamba Temple, Sirsi (23km)
One of the Jagrata Peetas of Devi, Shri Marikamba, the temple is a place worth visiting. The wooden idol of Devi is very beautiful. The ornaments worn by Devi are excellent specimen of local craftsmanship. The very front structure of the temple is very imposing. The entire walls of the temple complex are covered with Kavikala.
The little holy place is known for the shrine of Shri Sigandooreshwri. The launch ride to the place is refreshing.
Once the capital of Swadi kings, the Sonda is a small town of pilgrimage. Swarn Valli math established by Shri Shankaracharya, Jain math and Vadiraj math of Vaishnav panth, attract a large number of devotees.
Manjaguni temple (6km)
Known as Tirupati of Karnataka, the holy temple of Lord Venkatraman is worth a visit. The temple car (Rath) is a piece of art in wood.
The small town is known for Shridhar Swami’s Ashrama and holy Samadi. The place is surrounded by lush greenery and is refreshingly beautiful.
Idagunji Temple (60km)
One of the ancient places of pilgrimage, Idagunji is known for Mahaganapathi Temple. The idol of the Lord is in standing posture, a unique piece of iconography.
Tibetian Colony (73km)
Mundgod, The Mini Tibet of India is called Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. Dharamshala could be the little Lhasa in India but Mundgod is the mini Tibet in Exile, although place does not have the head quarters of His Highness, the Honorable Dalai Lama
This seaside temple is on the national highway No.NH17. It is not only a temple town of pilgrimage, but also known for its beach sports. Viewing of sunset is an unforgettable experience.