From here & there

From here & there

Village by the sea

Hattiyangadi is a tiny village on the northern banks of River Varahi. It was an ancient port town and the capital of the Alupas who ruled this region in the 10th-11th century.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Hattiyangadi, then known as Goshtipura, was a centre of literary and cultural activities. It is now a sleepy little village with fewer distractions for those who want to spend a quiet outing.

A relaxing walk from the village has many scenic views to offer. You can smell the sea from here. A gentle sea breeze soothes frayed nerves. If you are up to it, you can choose to stay overnight at the guesthouse with basic comforts, thus enabling you to explore the unspoilt countryside around the village.

The major attraction is the temple of Siddhi Vinayaka installed between 5th and 6th century AD, and is thus one of the most ancient in the State, having been worshipped continuously for over 1,500 years. The temple is located 2 km to the east of NH17 amidst picturesque surroundings.

Buses ply on the highway and only a few ply up to the temple. It is better to hire a taxi and visit places of interest from Kundapur / Udupi and reach Kollur. Hattiyangadi is 45 km north of Udupi and 8 km northeast of Kundapur.

The temple is a mantapa type one with a square sanctum at the centre.
The shrine has a small Dravidian-style gopura over sanctum.

The main idol is a unique piece of art. It is a two-armed black stone idol, with a broad face and the elephantine ears droop over the shoulders. Flowers offered as worship are removed from the idol and distributed as prasada. The favourite flower is singaru flower, the inflorescence of areca nut plant.
Temple timings: 5.30 am to 8.30 pm

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