Travel, especially the pilgrimage are the great pleasure for Sunil Kunnoth. He loves to wander with his spiritual sojourns.
Travel, especially pilgrimage, is always a passion for me. I had done a number of pilgrimages to various destinations and recently made one to the famous Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka state. My cousin Sandeep, who was on leave from UAE was my companion.
We started our journey with a divine mission- to meet the "Goddess of Knowledge" (Vidya) better known as "Mookambika". We boarded the train from Kozhikode (Calicut). The train Chennai-Mangalore Mail left the station at 8.10 am and reached Mangalore Central at 12.25 pm. Our next train was "Matsyaganda Express" (No.12620) which is scheduled to depart at 12.50. This train starts from Mangalore Central and goes to Lokamanya Tilak (Mumbai).
At 12.50 the Super Fast Express started its journey through the Konkan route. The journey provides you wonderful scenery like lavish greenery, rivers, ponds, tunnels, hills, and sleepy villages, etc. You may even misunderstand that you are passing through Kerala for the scenery are similar to what we enjoy while traveling in Kerala. Even the houses seen along the tracks seem a replica of what we see in Kerala. But here it is not as congested as in Kerala. We can enjoy nature's beauty at its best while passing through the Konkan area.
Finally, at 15.25 we reached Byndhoor Mookambika Temple Road, (now known as Mookambika Temple Road Byndoor), a newly constructed railway station. In the earlier days, devotees stopped their journey at Mangalore or Kundapura and proceeded to the temple by bus. Now with the sanction of a stop at Byndhoor, visitors can reach the temple comfortably and easily. In one hour , we reached the temple from here (just 28 km away). The Byndhoor bus stop is just 500 meters away from the railway station and requires only 5 minutes walk. The bus will drop you at Mookambika bus stand. After getting down, just walk as it is mere 250 meters away and within 3 minutes you can reach the temple area.
Let me give you some more details. Mangalore by rail is 221 km away from Calicut and Mangalore-Byndhoor distance is 179 km. It means Calicut to Byndhoor, what it takes is 400 km. From Byndhoor to the temple, there is no railway connectivity and only by road you can reach Kollur. The distance from Byndhoor railway station to Kollur Mookambika is 28 km which can be covered in 40 minutes to one hour easily. The train rates are cheaper while comparing with the road transport. Even if you travel in daytime please reserve in Sleeper class so as to ensure a comfortable journey.
For A Spectacular Journey
I will advise train on a couple of advantages like economy, time-saving, comfort & convenience. My second advice is plan a day journey. I will tell you why. Kollur is now easily accessible by train upto Byndhoor. What it takes for a journey from Byndhoor to Kollur is just 28 km which can be covered in 40 minutes to one hour by road. The Konkan route is so panoramic and spectacular. But to enjoy and absorb that unique beauty, you need to travel daytime. Hence I always suggest daytime travel.
From Mangalore to Byndhoor, the travel time by train is just 2.40 hrs. Trains run so fast through Konkan route. You pass plenty of tunnels during the journey.
If you reach Mangalore by train, you can resume the journey by any of the trains, I listed below, to Byndhoor. Please note there is a confusion about Mangalore generally among the travellers. There are two railway stations in Mangalore. One is Mangalore Central (Station code MAQ) and the other one is Mangalore Junction (Station code MAJN), better known as Kankanadi. My recommendation is if you can't catch a direct train from Kerala, you reach Mangalore Central station and resume journey in any of the following trains.
1. Madgaon Passenger (No. 56640) departs MAQ at 05.40 am and reaches Byndhoor at 09.17 am. Journey time 3 hrs 37 mnts.
2. Madgaon Exp (22636)
Departure 08.15 and arrives Byndhoor at 10.54 am (2.39 hrs)
3. Matsyagandha Exp (12620)
12.50 noon - 15.25
4. Mumbai Exp (12134)
16.45 - 18.45 (just 2 hrs)
5. Netravati Exp (16346)
23.20 - 02.06 (2.46 hrs)
All the above trains run daily. The most suitable one is Sl.No. 3 and 4. Most trains cover the distance in 2 hrs and 40 minutes. After alighting at Byndhoor, you can hire a taxi or go by bus to the temple. It is a ghat road and mostly deserted.
The Kollur Mookambika temple attracts a large crowd during Dasara festival and on vacation holidays like Onam, Christmas, April, and May. The Annual Festival in the month of March is a great occasion and time for celebration. If you plan your journey skipping weekends, there won't be any problem in finding accommodation Still I must say that lodging facility at Kollur is limited since the place is not as commercialized as other pilgrims' centers like Guruvayoor or Palani. For Pooja and Festival details, you are at liberty to contact the temple administration. Their contact Numbers are 08254-258-221/521/488 & 489. Mail address: Sri Mookambika Temple, Kollur-576 220.
The favorite joint of Artists/Writers
The famous playback singer from South India, K.J. Yesudas is a regular visitor here since last 40 years. He started this practice in 1972. He reaches Kollur every year without a break. Wherever on this earth (mostly he is in the USA), he makes it sure to visit with his family on his birthday which falls on 10th January. So if you visit the temple that day, you can see him and watch his live concert. In case you are lucky enough, he would even write "Hari Shree" on your child's tongue ("Vidhyarambam", the Hindu ritual of initiating children into the world of letters). Needless to say, your child is blessed!
Though it is a Kannada spoken region, people here speak Hindi too well. In fact, it is a relief to tourists from other states. Also, since most of the visitors are from Kerala, Malayalam too widely used and as such communication is not a big issue here.
Sandeep was quick to find a lodge opposite to the temple with a reasonable rent too. After refreshing, we moved to the temple and had a good 'Darshan'. Again the next morning we 'met' our beloved Goddess and prayed well. It was a wonderful experience to spend a few hours there. It is even more wonderful if you take a bath in the crystal clear waters of "Souparnika River ", near the temple. It rejuvenates your whole body and mind. So don't forget to take a dip in the water.
At 12.58's Okha -Ernakulam Weekly train we returned to Calicut. (Almost every day there is at least one Special train to Kerala. Most of them depart Byndhoor at 12.58 noon. For exact railway time table, you may check the Railway website at http://indiarailinfo.com/arrivals/1780 Phone No. of the station is 099864 33740) since Konkan Railway follows two-time schedules for summer and rain season..
To make our journey more comfortable, we changed our earlier plan of catching a train from Mangalore and instead boarded it from Byndhoor itself. Three to four hours of bus journey especially through such Ghat area (Kollur-Mangalore) is tiring and troublesome. When the railways provide comfort, safety, and fascinating scenery, we had no choice either!
Some Useful Information
- For rail journey, there is a special train every day towards Madgaon/Mumbai side and back to Mangalore/Kerala side.
- These trains usually leave at 12.58 noon (will change after Monsoon; check for exact railway timings).
- The general compartments of these trains are almost empty. Hence no need of booking sleeper class. In fact, the sleeper classes are even tighter!
- The bus from Byndoor to Mookambika temple takes a journey time of nearly 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- The bus from Mookambika bus stand to Byndoor railway station also takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. The distance from Byndoor Railway station to the temple is just 28 km.
- Taxis will take just 40 or 45 minutes.
- Fix the taxi charge before hiring, the charge may vary depending on the number of passengers. But you can bargain.
- For a worry less back journey to your destination (towards Mangalore/Kerala side), reach Byndoor railway station preferably by 12 or 12.30 noon.
- The road from Byndoor to Kollur is through the Ghat section and almost deserted. So try to avoid night journey as far as possible. The road is almost empty even during daytime. No shops/petrol bunks/phone booth/ATMs, etc., along the way. Hence this advice to avoid or limit night journey. But the condition of the road is excellent.
- From Byndoor railway station to the Byndoor bus stand, the distance is too short and walkable. After getting down from the train, walk straight through the Exit and walk 5 minutes to reach bus stand, 500 meters away. Plenty of autos/taxis available if you prefer no walking.
For More Information on the Temple
- Kollur Mookambika Temple in South India-A Holy Place for Excellence in Educational and Creative Purs
Kollur Mookambika temple in South India is a resort for writers, singers and artists for it is believed that a visit to the temple will help you improve your artistic and creative pursuits. Read on..
(STD CODE : 08254)
- Amma Guest House - 258212
- Ashwathi Tourist Home – 258334, 258372
- Beena Residency - 258258
- Bhageerathi Tourist Home – 258290, 094492 69420
- Chandra Tourist Home – 258232, 094493 66936
- Chinmayi Tourist Home – 094487 90482
- Chithramoola Tourist Home – 094499 36097
- Devi Kripa – 258274, 258374
- Kairala Residency – 094483 27447
- Mayura Guest House - 258455
- Mookambika Palace – 258560/61/62
- Sree Varadha – 258454, 094974 96236
Kollur Mookambika (Karnataka)
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© 2012 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on December 17, 2017:
Hi Sudhirji, glad to see your encouraging comments. I had written several articles to help the pilgrims to have a pleasant journey and darshan. Hope you will find the same and share among your friends' circle. Thank you for your comments.
Sudhir Tharayil on December 16, 2017:
I had referred to this page more than 2 years back for my last trip. This page is still very helpful. Thanks!
Arun on January 16, 2017:
That's lot, for u r valuable information. God bless u.
ji on January 13, 2017:
very informative. thx
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on October 07, 2016:
Hi, Sooraj, So glad to know that you are a regular reader of my hubs n FB. Like you I also love train journeys. Regarding the distance issue, I have checked the details from SR Time Table and Konkan website. Anyhow, this is a new information for me. Yet I would like to get some clarification and to that extent I may do my own research. Thank you for following me and leaving valuable comments. Your comments are really an inspiration for me to write further. Also, I request you to share my travel write ups among your friendship circle.
sooraj on October 06, 2016:
Hi Sunil, I'm regular reader of your hubpages and facebook also I'm hardcore RAILfan. I agree that Road distance between Mangalore and byndoor 125km to 130km. But issue was on railway distance. Actual railway distance between Mangalore central(MAQ) and byndoor(BYNR) is exactly 127 km only. But passengers are charged for 179 km. I think you have collected distance chart from konkan railway/indian railway wesite which was 40% more than actual rail distance.
For example actual railway distance between Mubai (CSTM) and Madgaon (MAO) is 540 km only. But in konkan railway infates this distance by 40% and passengers are charged for this inflated distance 742 km. If you check railway wesite , its shows 742km not 540km.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on September 30, 2016:
Hi Sooraj, thanks for reading my blog and leaving comments here. Please note that I have written this hub to help travellers reach comfortably and preferably by train, which is more convenient and budget option too. Hence the distance I wrote is right that is rail distance and not by road. The rail distance between Mangalore central and Byndhoor Mookambika temple road is 179 km. But the road distance is around 125 to 130 km. Regarding konkan railway features I didn't mention that here since the purpose of the article is different. For yr info, I had done an exclusive blog giving the readers the wonderful features of the route, which u can find by googling. I have done several blogs on the pilgrimage routes of india. Some links are given just below this article. Please find the same and read and share to help the needy. Thank u once again for your kind words.
SOORAJ on September 28, 2016:
Excellent . You have mentioned that distance between Mangalore central(MAQ) and byndoor railway station(BYNR) is 179km. This wrong information. Real distance is 127km only.
Koran railway corporation(KRC Ltd) is a separate company which is not under indian railway.
As Kokan railway cut through western Ghats, constructing line through it is considered as engineering marvel and construction cost was so high. Those who travels on Kokan railway need to pay 40% extra money that of actual indian railway charge. KRCL had inflated distance by 40%
BALACHANDRAN on August 15, 2016:
Thanks Friend. Such a useful information. Definitely useful to me. You should continue this for other places as well. Its an Encyclopedia for me.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 05, 2016:
Thank you for your kind words. God bless you.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 05, 2016:
Thanks for reading and commenting here.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on October 20, 2015:
@Anil Kumar, You are wrong that Maveli starts at 7.30 pm from Kollam. It starts (departs) from there at 20.30 (8.30 pm) and arrives Mangalore Central at 08.05 am next day. The options available for you are as follows:
1) Catch Tr.no. 22636 Mandgaon Express at 08.15. The train reaches Byndhoor (Mookambika Temple Road) at 10.54 am or 2) Catch 16523 Karwar Exp, which starts from Maq at 09.00 am and reaches Byndhoor at 11.57 am or option 3) Matsyagandha Exp., which leaves Maq at 12.50 and arrives Byndhoor at 15.25. The 179 km journey from Mangalore Central to Byndhoor may take roughly 2.30 to 3.00 hours only. You can opt either the first or second. Since you need to take ticket (?) from Mangalore, I think the 2nd option will be suitable and comfortable.
anilkumar on October 20, 2015:
Our journey starts on 22/10/15 by train from kollam junction at 7.30pm by maveli express then how can we reach the temle easily
Prathipalsingh on October 08, 2015:
Dear Mr. Sunil, Its a very very useful article. Thank you very much.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 14, 2015:
Thank you for reading and commenting. On your query on Kudajadri, I can say that there are plenty of Tax services available from Mookambika temple. It is on a steap mountain hence you need to hire a four wheel drive jeep. No issue, it is available there. Take care since it is inside a forest and the monsoon may cause some disturbance. God bless you.
DEVI PARVATHY on June 14, 2015:
Thank you very much for the information. It is really useful for all. Please could you help on how to go to Kudajadri from Mookambika... whether taxi or some other means of transportation is available?
Shiva Karthik on June 09, 2015:
Sunil, Thanks for your feedback.. My Bus will be hitting Kundapura first and then Udupi. The route will be Sirsi, KUMTA, Honnavar, BHATKAL, Kundapura, Udupi, Mangalore.. I already booked till Udupi and the return is also from Udupi.. But i can change the boarding point any time.. Its not an issue.. If u feel its better to get down at any of the above place, then i can do accordingly.
Also i would like to know which hotel is best in Mookambika. I shortlisted Mookambika Hotel and Abhimon Residency.. If u feel some other hotel is better, u can mention that too.. It would in fact help me more..
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 29, 2015:
@Shiva, you better get down at Kundapura for easily reaching Kollur. But if you alight at Udupi, you can visit that beautiful and popular Krishna temple and resume your journey from there. You can hire taxi or catch bus /train easily from both Udupi and Kundapura. I like to know which place you touch first while coming down from Pune. I think it must be Kundapura and if it so, no doubt, Kundapura itself is the best option.
Shiva on May 28, 2015:
I will be coming from Pune and my bus will pass through Kundapura and Udupi. I would like to know which is the better place to get down for going to Mookambika temple - Udupi or Kundapura . As far as i know almost all the buses coming from Mangalore will pass through Udupi and Kundapura. Can you throw some light on this and guide me a better option?
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 14, 2015:
@Abhay, thank you for your reading my article and asking some queries. As far as your journey is considered, nothing to worry for a car journey provided you drive in a moderate speed. Where you need to take caution is from Byndhoor to Kollur as the route pass through a ghat section and it is very deserted during nighttime. It will be fine to reach temple early evening. On room booking, normally there is no need of advance booking. But this month being May and summer vacation, it is fine if you make advance booking especially if you reach there on weekends and other holidays. I have given plenty of options for lodging in my article, so you can easily check it out. Have a nice journey! I also invite your attention to my Tirupati articles.
Abhay on May 12, 2015:
Sorry for posting two comments. But we're planning on driving there. Anything we have to be careful about while travelling to Mookambika via NH17? (From calicut?)
Thank you for the great article!
Abhay on May 12, 2015: