Kallu Ganapathi Temple – A Cave Temple


Kallu Ganapathi Temple is a cave temple nestled amidst giant boulders, lush green hills, and a cool stream in Shiriyara, a small town in Udupi district in Karnataka, India. The word “Kallu” means “stone” in Kannada (a regional language in Karnataka state), so the name of the temple literally means “Stone Ganapati”. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, and Parvathi; it is located inside a cave of rocks, which is a natural wonder. According to history, boulders have been here for thousands of years, and the Kallu Ganapathi Temple is over 500 years old and was built by King Bhootala Pandya of Barkur. The scenic views, refreshing cool breeze, and the soothing sound of the nearby stream, create a mesmerizingly tranquil and serene atmosphere, making it a truly special place. It is a place where you can find peace, solace and inspiration. If you are ever in Udupi, be sure to visit the Kallu Ganapathi Temple.

These photos are from our visit to serene Kallu Ganapathi Temple on 1st August, 2019.

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Quick Facts and Tips

  • The Kallu Ganapathi Temple is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Udupi city, a popular pilgrimage site known as the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, and 20 kilometers south of Kundapura, a popular coastal town. It is also about 9 kilometers off NH 66 from Kota. 
  • The physical address of the temple is GQJ6+GXJ, Shiriyara, Udupi District, Karnataka, India.
  • It is better to hire a local taxi or rickshaw than to go by bus for convenience.
  • Best time to visit: June to September (monsoon season) when the surrounding area is lush and green. 
  • The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  • There is parking, but no restroom facilities.
  • Be aware of surroundings and be careful when walking inside a cave and stepping on boulders, as they may be slippery.
  • There is no dress code for visiting the temple, but it is recommended to dress respectfully.
  • Visitors are welcome to make a donation at the small donation box at the temple entrance. Any amount is appreciated.
  • Take your time to explore the temple and its surroundings, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place.
  • Be sure to visit the serene temples in the area

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