A beautiful coastal town with immense religious significance is home to one of the most ancient temples with Atmalinga. Situated 20 km from Kumta, it is quite renowned as a Sanskrit learning hub.
Exhibiting a rustic ambience the town is adorned with beautiful traditional houses, ancient temples and labyrinth of lanes. Pilgrim visit here in large number to worship at Mahabaleshwar Temple where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva and Atmalinga is found inside the temple complex. Kotitheertha is a holy pond located near the temple. A bath in the pond is taken by devotees before entering the temple for pooja.
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