Dharmasthala, a confabulation of Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jain cultures, was known as Kuduma nearly about eight hundred years ago and was surrounded by picturesque beauty of green forests. This place embodies the cultural tolerance. Here charity has taken over as a way of life, practiced without any discrimination.
This place is situated on the banks of river Netravati. Free meals and free lodging program in Dharmastala is awesome and this facility is extended to all pilgrims regardless of their caste, creed and religion. Prime attractions in Dharmasthala are the Manjunatha Temple, monolith of Bahubali and a holy place Karanje, known for an ancient Shiva temple. Lakshadeepam is the major festival, when one lakh oil lamps are lighted up at the night, a marvelous scene not to be missed. This is a place must see in tourist chart.