Surathkal is a well-known suburb of Mangalore city located on National highway 17 (now renumbered as NH-66) in the Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, India. It is a municipality which has recently been merged with Mangalore City Corporation.


Legend has it that the name Surathkal was derived from "shiratakal" which literally means "headstone" in Tulu language. The famous Sadashiva temple which is found here is said to be built around a famous linga that a Rakshasa named Kharasura carried on his head.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Suratkal is in the winter season (from October to February). Avoid visiting during the monsoons.



When to visit

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  • 38° Max
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Things to do

Some of the best places of interest in the town include the following:

Getting Around

Most places in Surathakal can be reached by bus or auto rickshaws. One can also hire private taxis. The buses that ply are mostly private and run between predetermined routes. One must be willing to haggle in order to get a good price.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is at Mangalore (Bajpe), located around 15 kilometres from Surathkal.
  • The nearest railway station is at Surathkal which lies between Mangalore and Udupi on the Konkan railway route.
  • Surathkal town is well-connected by various bus services from Mangalore City by both city buses as well as the Mangalore-Udupi Express buses.

Surrounding Attractions

Some of the well-known surrounding attractions include the Hindu holy place named Kateel which is around 18 Km from here. The Bappanadu Temple at Mulki is located around 10 km by road. Pavanje is also nearby around 5km from Surathkal. Tourists can also visit Moodabidri which has ancient Jain basidis.

Emergency No.

Police station: 9480805360 / 0824-2220540