Dharmasthala is the most famous temple town of Karnataka. Dharmasthala lies in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The distinguished temple at Dharmasthala is the Sri Manjunatheshwara temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. This temple is of peculiar characteristic, it is run by Jain administration and the rituals are conducted by Madhava priests who are worshippers of Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. The present head of the temple administration is Padma Bhushan Shri D Veerendra Heggade. The temple administration runs educational institutions and hospitals. Each day several thousands of people visit the temple. The temple administration provides free food to all the visitors at the dining hall named Annapoorna. Dharmasthala temple is located on the banks of the Netravati river. Dharmasthala also hosts Jain temples and a 12m high statue of Jain deity Lord Bahubali.
Best time to visit Dharmasthala is during post monsoon months of September to February.
The temple administration runs lodges at Dharmasthala. The temple office can be contacted at 08256- 277121, 277141.
KSRTC provides ample number of direct services from Bangalore to Dharmasthala.