Neelavara or Nilavara is a quite and tranquil village in Udupi district, 3 km from Kunjal. As if torn from the pages of Malgudi Days, the village is rich with lush green landscapes, gushing Sita river, paddy fields, small and big old houses, bylanes and of course old schools.
Places to visit:
Visit Panchami Kanu, associated with the snake God, Lord Subrahmanya, situated next to river Sita on the eastern side of the temple.
Towards the west of the temple, one can see the ancient village, Yallampalli or Yajnampalli, very mush with its Yajnakunda and Yajna Vedike. The place is divine with ancient temples Mahalingeshwara Temple, Shree Mahaganapathi, Shree Vishnumoorthi Temple and Shree MahishaMardinee Temple.
Enjoy the unique art form of Neelavara, Yakshagana Bayalata which is for promoting religious upliftment and societal prosperity, at the annual Dashavatara Yakshagana Bayalata Mela organized by Shree Neelvara Mahisha Mardinee Temple Management in the Month of November.
The Neelavara Dam built across the river Sita, to hedge the sea water from entering it, is a paradise for fun, picnicking and water adventures.
Visit St. Paul’s church is a chapel, which is under Holy Family Church Brahmavara.
How to reach:
There are plenty of buses from Brahmavar to Neelavara stopping at the Mahishamardini Temple.
For air travelers, the easiest airport is located 75 km away at Mangalore (Bajpe) Airport.