Dharmasthala is a temple town widely known for its
Dharmasthala Temple, located on the banks of the Nevravathi River in Karnataka.
It is an atypical temple in the sense that it is run by a Jain administration
but Hindu priests perform Poojas. From November-December nearly 10,000 people
visit every day for the annual festival Lakshadeepa. A kitchen filled with
volunteers provides free food for all visitors and there are guesthouses for
those who wish to stay overnight. Regardless of if you are coming for the
festival or not, Dharmasthala is a spectacular place to visit for the weekend.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at Dharmasthala with ease! The best way to get there is via the Mangalore-Bangalore Hwy. Continue along this road until you reach Dharmasthala road. From there simply follow signs until you reach your destination. The entire trip is just over 300KM and should take just about 5 hours but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Dharmasthala however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Dharmasthala in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore Dharmasthala
as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Dharmasthala Temple: This 800 year old temple is easily the most popular tourist destination in Dharmasthala. A temple filled with history and mystery, it is a must see for any true temple lover or history buff. It is one of the only temples in India to mix both Hindu and Jain religions in one, and is an architectural feat as well!
Trekking in the Western Ghats: If you’ve had too much temples and need a break, why not visit some nature along your road-trip? The Western Ghats have some of the best trekking in India! Feel free to inquire about trekking while visiting Dharmasthala and local guides will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Insiders Tip: Mass weddings are offered at the Dharmasthala Temple in protest of the dowry system!
The best time to visit Dharmasthala is November to December for the annual Lakshadeepa Festival!