Dharmasthala is one of most interesting Jain temple towns in Karnataka, along with Venur, Mudabidri and Karkal. Located 75 km east of Mangalore from the Netravathi River, the town sees footfalls of 10,000 pilgrims every day. The count of pilgrims grows up tenfold during holidays and popular festivals comprising Lakshadeepotsava. The Manjunatha Temple which is devoted to the Hindu lord, Shiva, is the main shrine at Dharmasthala. The visiting hours for the temple are 6.30am-2pm and 5pm-9pm. The men devotees need to enter bare-chested having their legs covered. You can enjoy simple free meals in the temple’s kitchen between 11.30 am and 2.15 pm & then 7.30-10pm. Adjacent to the kitchen is a hall having a seating capacity up to 3000. A 12 m high statue of Bahubali standing on the Ratnagiri Hill, and the Manjusha Museum are among the other attractions in the town. The museum houses a splendid assortment of sculptures, jewellery and local crafts. Admission charge to the museum is Rs. 2 and visiting timings are 10am-1pm and 4.30-7pm; Mon-Sat. The amazing Car Museum that houses 48 vintage autos, encompassing a 1920s Studebaker President used by Mahatma Gandhi, 1903 Renault and a monster 1954 Cadillac is also worthy of a visit. Admission charge: Rs 3; visiting hours: 8.30am-1pm and 2-7pm. Buses run frequently from Mangalore to Dharmasthala. This two-hour journey costs Rs. 40.