A question usually asked by people is "what are the attractions of Kollur Mookambika?"
The obvious answer is "Mookambika". The radiant grace of the omnipotent Mother Goddess Mookambika is the prime attraction of Kollur that draws people in droves. But the appeal of Kollur does not stop at that. It is a place nestled in the evergreen forest of Western Ghats. While the grace of Mookambika soothes the soul, the enchanting beauty of the landscape rejuvenates the mind. Relating one self to the nature that too at an acknowledged sacred place like Kollur Mookambika is the best way of invigorating the inner being.
Coastal District of Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) and Udupi (where Mookambika Temple is situated) have everything that a nature enthusiast craves for. Unpolluted sea with vast stretches of uncrowded pristine beaches, uncontaminated rivulets, cascading water falls, precipitous rocks, exquisite hillocks covered with enticing grass and extensive expanse of greenery invite nature lovers here. Those who want to blend pilgrimage with excursion this is an ideal place.
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Murudeshwara Shiva Temple, Shringeri Sharada Temple, Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple, Gokarna Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kukke Subrahmanya Temple, Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple, Mangalore Mangaladevi Temple etc are some of the renowned shrines one can add to the travel itinerary to Kollur Mookambika Temple.
Kodachadri Hills, Jog Falls, Arashina Gundi, Govinda Theertha, Hidlumane Falls, Jomlu Theertha, Maravanthe Beach, Ottinene etc are some important spots for sight seeing and trekking.
Ikkeri Aghoreshwara Temple, Keladi Rameshwara Temple, Karkala Gomateshwara, Moodubidri Tribhuvana Tilaka Choodamani (Thousand Pillars)Basadi, Manipal Hastha Shilpa, Heritage Village etc are places of historical importance and well known for sculptures and carvings.
Do stay at Kollur; offer your obeisance to the Supreme Mother Mookambika. Get a vehicle to Nagodi. Trek through the grass carpeted breezy hills for about 10 kilo meters and you are on top of the trekker's paradise "Kodachadri". The sight from the top of the Kodachadri hill is awesome. Look at the west and you see the blue sky fuse into the Arabian Sea at the horizon. Look at north and you see the back waters of Linganamakki like a gigantic lake spread over hundreds of square kilometers. Catch the clouds hovering around you. Listen to the symphony of nature. Breathe the fresh fragrance of the jungle. Walk around under the canopy of lofty tree branches you will feel the exhilaration of being identified with nature.
If you are looking for an exclusive spot for trekking while on pilgrimage to Kollur Mookambika Temple, Hidlumane Falls below Kodachadri Hill is an ideal location. Adventurous and enduring trekkers can climb to Kodachadri from Hidlumane Falls.
If you want to enjoy the excitement of a trekking expedition in deep forest, Arashina gundi is the perfect place for you. It is a small water fall with a natural pool below it at about eight kilometers from Mookambika Temple.
Govinda Theertha also known as Belkal Theertha gives you the thrill of bathing under a huge natural shower.
The advantages of choosing Kollur for forest expedition are many. The climate here is not extreme in any season. The vagaries of nature may inconvenience you but not imperil you. There are no dangerous wild animals. It is really an inexplicable phenomenon that no one had ever been attacked by wild animals in this forest. Faithfuls attribute this aspect to the grace of Mookambika. The jungle trails are not treacherous. It is highly improbable that one would get lost in the jungle. Hills are not unwieldy.