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About Saligrama

Saligrama is a small town located in Udupi District of Karnataka State. It is located just in the middle of Udupi and Kundapura and is about 21 KM away from Udupi in its north. This small is famous for its religious shrines and beautiful sea shore. The overall administration of this town is looked after by the Nagar Panchayat. The best time to visit Saligrama is during winter months.  During summers, temperature rises up to 350C and during winter the average temperature becomes 200C.

About Saligrama

Demographics of Saligrama

The total population of Saligrama is 15,138 as per India Census 2011. The percentage of males here is 47% and percentage of females is 53%. The average literacy rate of this town is about 74%. The total area of Saligrama Town is 14.69 sq km. Though the main language spoken here is Kannada but some people of Saligrama also speak Konkani and Tulu Language also.

History of Saligrama

The name of this town has been derived from the sacred Saligrama Stone that is worshipped as Lord Vishnu by the Vaishnava Hindus. Hindus who consider Lord Guru Narshima as the main deity of their community consider Saligrama as the most sacred place for their community. Most of the people residing in Saligrama Town are Kota Brahmins.

Tourist Places in Saligrama

Saligrama offers interesting places for its tourists. Major attractions of Saligrama Town are:

Tourist Places in Saligrama

Guru Narashima and Hanuman Temple

These two temples date back to many centuries ago. Guru Narshima is the main deity of Kota Brahmins. Every year thousands of devotees attend the annual car festival organized at this temple.

The Divine Park

This park is constructed in the memory of Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his disciple Swami Vivekananda. T his park has a place for meditation and a book store. Divine Park is the common platform where people get to know about universal religion. Sri Bhagavathi Temple is located on the opposite of Divine Park. Special puja is offered here during Navarathri.

Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple

This is one of the most ancient temples of Devi Durga. Here Devi Maa is worshipped are Durgaparameshwari , a goddess of strength. Hindu Devotees from all over India come here to worship Devi Maa and seek her blessings. On the occasion Dhekkebali Seva and Navarathri, special pujas are performed at this temple.

Sri Vishnu Murthy Temple

This temple located at Parampalli is more than 8 centuries old and is popular pilgrimage place for the Hindus from India and outside. Saligrama Town is only 2 KM away from the Arabain Sea so tourists get to enjoy the panoramic view of the vast blue ocean from the shore.  Other interesting places in Saligrama are Kadidaada Heddari, a village near Saligrama, Padukere Beach, Haalukote Jadd Cricket Stadium, Kavdi River, and Barkur Bridge.

One Day Trip from Saligrama

Some places around Saligrama are the best tourist destinations to enjoy a day long outing. Read below to know about some of these places.

Saligrama to Kundapura

Saligrama to Kundapura

Located approximately 18 KM away from Saligrama, Kundapura is an ideal place for one day outing from Saligrama. Kundapura is located in the north of Saligrama. This populat tourist destination of Karnataka attracts tourists of all genres with its beautiful beaches and mesmerizing natural beauty. The important places of attractions of Kundapura are Sri Kundeshwara Temple, Basrur, Anegudde Sri Vinayak Temple, Kodi Beach, Maravanthe and Pete Venkateshwara Temple.

Saligrama to Karkala

The road distance between Saligrama and Karkala is about 56 Km. It takes about 2 hours to cover this distance. Known for its nautral beauty and historical monuments, Karkala keeps on attracting tourists from all corners of India. The famous tourist attractions of Karkala are Chaturmukha Basadi, Bahubali, Varanga, Padu Tirupathi, Ananthashayana Temple, St. Lawrence Church, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, and Belmannu.

Weekend Destinations from Saligrama

Saligrama has numerous weekend destinations to visit around it. Places like Chikmaglur, Mangalore, Mandya, Tumkur etc are ideal weekend destinations from Saligrama. Read below to know some of these destinations:

Saligrama to Chikmagalur

Saligrama to Chikmagalur

The road distance between Saligrama and Chikmagalur is about 180 KM. The total time taken to cover this distance is about 4 – 5 hours. Chikmagalur is an ideal holiday retreat for those who are willing to enjoy some days of serenity away from the hustle bustle of city life. The famous attractions of Chikmagalur are Mahatma Gandhi Park, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh, Mullayanagari, Manikyadhara Falls, Kadambi Falls, Kalahasthi Falls, Kalathagiri Falls and Shanthi Falls, and Bhadra Sanctuary.

Salgrama to Mangalore

Located about 81 KM south of Saligrama, Mangalore is a popular tourist place of Karnataka. The various places of attractions in Mangalore City are Sultan Battery, a fort built by Tippu Sulthan; Kadri Manjunath Temple, a temple that dates back to 1068 CE; St. Aloysius Church, a church that was constructed in 1900 AD; Sri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple; and Light House Hill Garden. Other interesting places here are Mangaladevi Temple, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Seemanthi Bai Government Museum, Milagres Church, and Rosario Church.

How to Reach Saligrama

Located on the National Highway No. 17, in between Kundapur and Udupi, Saligrama is well connected to Kundapur and Udupi both by road. Frequent bus services to Saligrama are available from Kundapur and Udupi. Bus services are also available from Mumbai and Bangalore to Saligrama. Within the town, taxi and auto are the common means of transport. Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Saligrama and nearby railway stations to Saligrama are Kundagrama and Udupi.

Fact File of Saligrama

Town: Saligrama
District: Udupi
State: Karnataka
Latitude: 13.50 0N
Longitude: 74.80 0E
Population: 15, 138
Official Language: Kannada

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