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The town Puttur serves as the functional headquarters of the Puttur Taluk in the Indian state of Karnataka. Being situated at a distance of 52 kilometers from Mangalore, Puttur falls under the Dakshina Kannada District. This town is situated on the Mysore-Mangalore Highway and also quite close to the Western Ghats.

Puttur in Mangalore is one of the most famous pilgrimage spots in Mangalore. Every year, huge number of people assembles at Puttur to visit the Mahalingeshwara Temple. This temple was built in the 11-12th century. This temple is consecrated to Lord Shiva. A pond surrounds the western side of the temple. Legend has it that pearls used to be found in this pond.

Previously this place was addressed as Mutthur. In the local language, Mutthur means pearl. The Car festival is the most popular and cherished festival in this part of Karnataka. This festivity is feted for a total of 10 days. A bull-race that is held every year attracts a lot of visitors. Another attraction at Puttur is the Bender Theertha hot spring.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011