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 charge is Rs.30/- per head.
The distance from Byndoor Railway station to the temple is just 28 km.
Taxis will take just 40 or 45 minutes.
The taxi rate for Auto is Rs. 400/- and Omni Van Rs.600/- and other big cars like Innova or Sumo will charge you Rs.800/-
Fix the charge before hiring, the charge may vary depending upon 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 day time. 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 metres away. Plenty of autos/taxis available if you prefer no walking.
Entrance to the Temple, you will find it a few yards before reaching the temple
Entrance to the Temple, you will find it a few yards before reaching the temple | Source
For A Spectacular Day Time Journey
Since the Konkan Coast is so beautiful and really an enjoyable experience, you need to travel during day time. Now, there is some happy news. The newly introduced Mangalore-Madgaon ( up and down) Super Fast Express Trains will give you a good chance to watch the spectacular scenery along the route.
Train No. 22636 Mangalore-Madgaon Super Fast Express
Leaves Mangalore Central at 8.15 am and reaches Byndoor at 10.54 am
Train No. 22635 Madgaon-Mangalore SF Express
Leaves Byndoor at 19.20 (7.20 pm) and reaches Mangalore at 23.00 (11 pm)
These trains can be made use for your journey to Udupi, Murudeshwar and Goa and back.
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..
Travel, as you know has a lot of branches like a visit to Beaches, Hill Stations, Forests, Desserts, Big Cities and Pilgrimage Centers. For me, Travel is always a passion. 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), a major city in the state of Kerala. 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 will 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 travelling in Kerala. Even the houses seen along the tracks are a replica of that 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 Road Byndoor), a newly constructed decent station. In the earlier days, devotees stopped their journey at Mangalore or Kundapura (Ph:08254 237365) and proceeded to the temple by bus. Now with the sanction of a stop at Byndhoor, they can reach the temple comfortably and easily. With one hour journey, we reach the temple from here. It will cost you Rs.30/- only for bus and taxi will cost from Rs.400 to 800/-. Don’t forget to bargain. 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 metres away and within 3 minutes you are at 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, it is 400 km. From Byndhoor to the temple, there is no railway connectivity and only by the road we can travel the 30 km long route which takes a running time of 40 minutes to 1 hour only. The train rates are cheaper while comparing with the road transport. Even if you travel in day time please reserve in Sleeper class so as to ensure a comfortable journey.
The 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 play back singer from South India, K.J. Yesudas is a regular visitor here since last 40 years. He started this practice since 1972. He reaches Kollur every year without a break. Wherever on this earth (mostly he is in the USA), he pays visit with the 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!
Apart from Yesudas, other famous personalities in the South Indian film world like Suresh Gopi, Kavya Madhavan and Kaithaprom Damodaran Namboodiri make frequent trips to this holy temple. MGR and Jayalalitha from Tamil Nadu had visited the temple several times.
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 on the next morning we ‘met’ our beloved Goddess and prayed well. It is a wonderful experience to spend a few hours here. 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 going to Kerala. Most of them depart Byndhoor at 12.58 am. (See the time schedule of trains, both Express and Passenger, passing through Byndhoor station given below). You may check it with the Railway website at http://indiarailinfo.com/arrivals/1780 Phone No. of the station is 099864 33740) since Konkan Railway follows two-time schedules.
To make our journey more comfortable, we changed our earlier plan of catching a train from Mangalore and instead boarded it from Byndhoor itself. 3 to 4 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! And of course, it is economy too!!