Puttur is a town in Dakshina Kannada district, in Karnataka. It is the headquarters of the Puttur Taluk. The city is 52 km from Mangaluru, the second biggest commercial-industrial hub of Karnataka. The major occupation of its inhabitants is agriculture. The National Research Centre for Cashew and the CAMPCO chocolate Factory is located in Puttur. Distance from Puttur to Subrahmanya, Karnataka is 58.3 km and takes around 1 h 7 min via Manjeshwar - Subrahmanya Road. The other towns which are very close to Puttur are Sullia (35 km), Uppinangadi (12 km), Bellare (25 km) and Vittla (Vittal) (15 km). Distance from Puttur to Ishwaramangala, Karnataka is 22.8 km and takes around 34 min via NH275.
Puttur Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple
This is an ancient temple of said to be built in 11-12th Century, Lord Shiva (popularly known as Puttur Mahalingeshwara) is main deity of this temple. You will find the photo/idle of this deity in most of the houses/shops in the entire puttur taluk as the deity is believed to be the protector of Puttur Taluk. In the premises of this temple we find unique pond on the western side. It is said that in olden days pearls were found to be growing in the pond. In the local dialect muttu means pearls, which brought the name Mutthur to this place later called as Puttur. During the month of April the car festival is celebrated for 10 days with much gaiety and fervor. The town is at its colorful best with the dazzling, light and marvelous display of fire crackers. More than a lakh people visit Puttur during the festival. Another special about the famous Mahalingeshwara temple of Puttur is that elephants can never enter the temple premises. The story goes that once a thief entered the temple and stole the main Idol and when he could not escape he threw the idol into the pond in front of the temple. It went so deep that an Elephant was brought to lift it up. A rope was tied to the idol and dragged by the elephant that Lord Mahalingeshwara became angry with the elephant for dragging him hard and he cursed the elephant that no elephant shall enter the premises of his temple, if
Bendru Theertha (Hot Spring)
About 15 km from Puttur there is a natural hot water spring (in Tulu language known as Bendru Theertha). It is believed by the local people that the water is said to be more auspicious and a dip in the lake drives away all skin diseases like eczema, allergic rashes and many more ailments. It is situated in a scenic spot by the side of river Seerehole which flows west ward and merges with Arabian Sea. It is the only hot water spring in South India.
Beeramale Hill is an attractive tourism spot of Puttur. The height of the Hill is around 1000 feet from the Sea Level. The Dooradarshan TV Relay Center is established on this Hill. An open auditorium, a library are open to public. Sri Vishwakarma Temple is situated on one side of this hill.
Nellyadi or Nelyadi is village in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. It is situated on National Highway-48( NH-48 ), Mangalore - Bangalore road.Trucks and buses halt here for refreshing before travelling through Shiradi ghat section of Western Ghats. Distance from Nellyadi to SDM Degree College Ujire, Ujire-Dharmastala Road, Uijre is 31.8 km and travel time is around 43 min via SH 37.