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Shirali Beach
Shirali Beach
Shirali is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°01′00″N 74°31′00″E / 14.0167°N 74.5167°E / 14.0167; 74.5167Coordinates: 14°01′00″N 74°31′00″E / 14.0167°N 74.5167°E / 14.0167; 74.5167
Country India
DistrictUttara Kannada district
 • Total13.16 km2 (5.08 sq mi)
42 m (138 ft)
 • Total23,000
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada
 • regionalKonkani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
581 354
Telephone code91-(0)8385
Vehicle registrationKA-47

Shirali is a village in Bhatkal taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.[1] Shirali is home to two prominent temples: the Chitrapur Math and the Maha Ganapathi Mahammaya Temple. The Chitrapur Math is the holiest temple of the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin community, and the Maha Ganapathi Mahammaya temple is the Kuladev to the Kamaths, Bhats, Puraniks, Prabhus, Joishys, Mallyas, Kudvas and Nayak families from the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community.


The name Shirali is derived from Sanskrit Shrivalli, which means wealthy. The shrine of Goddess Shrivalli Bhuvaneshwari inside the premises of Chitrapur Math signifies the origin of the name Shirali.


Shirali is located at 14°01′00″N 74°31′00″E / 14.0167°N 74.5167°E / 14.0167; 74.5167.[2] It has an average elevation of 12 meters (42 ft). Nearest towns- On the South is Bhatkal and Baindur. On the North is another temple town, Murudeshwar .



Shirali is on the National Highway No. 66 (the highway that runs from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram). A large number of Karnataka State Transport buses pass through Shirali. Private transport buses using NH17 also provide facility to reach Shirali. From the main road (highway) of Shirali, Shri Chitrapur Math and the Maha Ganapathi Temple are about 2 km in the interior, for which auto-rickshaws are available. Distances to Shirali from some of the major cities are:


On the Konkan Railway line, the nearest railway stations are Chitrapur, Murudeshwar and Bhatkal (both about 6 km from Shirali to the north and south respectively). Autorickshaws, buses and other modes of road transport are available to reach Shirali from either of the railway stations. The Mangalore-Verna stops at Chitrapur station at 9.39 a.m.and Verna-Mangalore trains stops at 17:03 p.m.


The nearest airport is Mangalore (156 km) and the next closest is Dabolim Airport in Goa (200 km).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Village Code Directory: Karnataka" (PDF). Census of India. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Shirali

External links[edit]

Maha Ganapathi Mahammaya Temple