10+ Scenic places to visit along Seetha River in Udupi! - eNidhi India Travel Blog

10+ Scenic places to visit along Seetha River in Udupi!

Sita River, also spelt as Seetha river or Sitha river is a prominent river in Udupi district. From its birth near the foothills of Western Ghats till its entering Arabian sea near Hangarakatte, Sita River flows for about 50 kms. If you love water and nature, there're multiple spots along the length of Seetha river that you can stop by and indulge. In this post, I am listing 10 different spots along Sitha river in Udupi, that tourists can visit to enjoy and experience.


Below itinerary makes for a nice 66 km/half a day trip. More if you'd like to spend time in temples, water parks and other attractions. If you are going to Agumbe from Udupi, instead of taking shortest road take the road shown below, stopping over at key points.
I have listed places below in reverse order- from the place where Seetha river joins sea backwards towards its origin. Depending on your convenience you can reverse the order or visit only select places that interest you. Quick summary below, details at the bottom of the table.

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Place

Popular for

Distance from Starting Point (km)

1

Hangarakatte & Kodi Bengre

  • River enters sea
  • Shipbuilding
  • Barge ride
  • House boats
  • Kodi Bengre delta and Beach, Sunset view, river side drive
  • Temple n resting places available

0

2

Mabukala Bridge

  • Easiest access point to view Seetha Nadi
  • Right on the highway
  • River side short drive possible.
  • Access to river available

2.6

3

Barkuru Bridge

Bridge, riverside drive

8 kms

4

Immanuel Recreations water park

Boating & relaxation activities <closed due to Covid-19>

12 kms

5

Neelavara

Temples, Bridge

14 kms

6

Kokkarne

Bridge

21 kms

7

Avarse

Durga Amma temple by the river, Bridge

28 kms

8

Jomlu Falls

Waterfalls (now closed)

33 kms

9

Sita River Bridge, Chara

Picnic spot, bridge, river and rocks, easy access

46 kms

10

Seethanadi nature camp

Stay option (Dorm, cottages)

Guided trekking, coracle ride etc

+7  kms

 

 Nayarbett Garadi

Bonus spot- river access, under construction bridge

 


1. Hangarakatte & Kodi Bengre
Hangarakatte has a port and ship building factory. Hangarakatte is where Sita river joins Arabian Sea. On the other side is Kodi Bengre. River Suvarna also merges here with Sita river just before joining the ocean.
House boats are available in Hangarakatte/Kodi Bengre if you'd like to spend a night or hold any event. A barge service ferries people across the river between Kodi Bengre and Hangarakatte. Otherwise a commercial town, you can view Seetanadi in its final moments before merging into mighty sea.

View at Hangarakatte is more of a sea than river as river water can be seen with sea like waves. A temple and some benches on which you can rest and relax are available in Hangarakatte.

2. Mabukala Bridge near Brahmavara
Mabukala Bridge is on NH 66. It is the easiest and most convenient way to look at Sita River. You can also take some side roads and ride/drive parallel to the river for some distance, enjoying the nature. -Look at the perpendicular road in below image.
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Road in between river water..

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It is also possible to access seeta river via road that goes parallel to NH66, accessible via diversion from Hangarakatte road. 

3. Barkuru Bridge
Worth visiting for nice river side ride/drive in narrow roads. Otherwise normal bridge.
4. Immanuel Recreations Water Park
A small water park on the banks of Sita river, about 10 kms from Brahmavara- had facilities like boating etc. Ideal for family fun and relaxation.
https://immanuelrecreations.com/
Immanuel recreation and water park is not operational right now.

5. Neelavara temples & Bridge
Neelavara is a temple town near Brahmavara and has multiple temples on the banks of Sita river. If you like visiting temples you can have dual advantage of visiting temple + river. The Kurady-Neelavara bridge is scenic. I could see some rocks with steps in the river- probably it is accessible in summer when water levels are low.
kurady neelavara bridge
View of Seeta river from Kurady-Neelavara bridge
There is a small Subramanya temple (Neelarathi kshetra) right near the bridge. This temple has river access.

View of Seetha river from a spot near Neelavara temple
6. Kokkarne Bridge. Normal bridge over Sitha nadi (river). Nothing spectacular. Can be skipped if tight on time.

7 Avarse Durga Amm Temple/ Averse Bridge. Avarse village has couple of temples on the banks of Seetha river.  Durga Amma temple and Laxmi Narasimha temples are worth a short visit. Durga Amma temple is easier to access, while Laxmi Narasimha temple is in a private property and will need some detour if going in a vehicle. If short on time you can skip Laxmi Narasimha temple. Averse bridge has a small spot where you can drive into the river or close to the river.You will save about 12 kms detour by skipping Avarse.
8. Jomlu Falls/Jomlu Theertha: A lesser known falls in the region. I am yet to visit this- will explore n update asap. Currently closed due to Covid-19

9. Under Chara-Sita River Bridge, 5 kms from Hebri
My favorite place- 5 kms from Hebri, near Chara Village and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala campus, you can go down the road and get very close to the river. There're rocks to sit and relax. Roughly 5 kms from Hebri town. Beware of local youth consuming alcohol under the bridge.



10. Jungle Lodges Sita Nadi Nature Camp
Jungle Lodges is operating a nature camp between Hebri and Someshwara. For about INR 1800-2300 per person per day, you can stay there overnight, take part in some activities like trekking, coracle ride etc organized by JLR staff.  Rent includes food n activities.

https://www.junglelodges.com/seethanadi-nature-camp/

You will find more homestays/hotels closer to Sita River if you search, but may not be so close and well organized like JLR.

These are my hand picked spots. What are yours?

Bonus spot: Nayarbett Garadi. River access is available, a bridge is being constructed here.

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