Kateel or Kateelu is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is considered one of the holiest Hindu temple towns in India. It is situated on the banks of the river Nandini.[1]


Kateel is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°02′38″N 74°52′13″E / 13.0438238°N 74.8701417°E / 13.0438238; 74.8701417Coordinates: 13°02′38″N 74°52′13″E / 13.0438238°N 74.8701417°E / 13.0438238; 74.8701417
Country India
DistrictDakshina Kannada
 • TypeTown Panchayat
 • BodyKinnigoli
 • OfficialTulu, Kannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Lok Sabha constituencyMangalore
Vidhan Sabha constituencyMoodabidre
Lok Sabha representativeNalin Kumar Kateel
Vidhan Sabha constituencyUmanatha A Kotian
Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple


It is about 20.6 kilometers away from Mangalore.[2] Kateel locates on the way to Udupi. Between Bajpe where Mangalore International Airport[3] locates and Kinnigoli an important junction.


In Tulu, 'Kati' means 'center'. Kateel is midway between Kanakagiri, the source of the river, and Pavanje, where the river joins the sea. 'Ila' means area (land), thus the place is called 'Kati + lla', Kateel.


The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport,[4] 16 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is Mangalore, 18.8 kilometers away. Kateel is well connected by public transport to nearby religious places such as Udupi, Subrahmanya and Dharmasthala.

Shri Durga Parameshwari TempleEdit

The town hosts the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari.[5] The temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.

Education institutionsEdit

Kateelu is known for its quality education institutions. All the institutions owned by Shri Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple. Well known are Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple First Grade College, Kateel,[6] Sri Durga Sanskrit PG Studies & Research Centre, Kateel,[7][8][9]

Yakshagana MelaEdit

Kateelu is very famous for Yakshagana and attached to traditional importance to this holy place. Kateelu temple has 6 Melas (Troupes)[10][circular reference] Divotees of Hindu belief get Yakshagana played through any of the Melas at their place.


External linksEdit

  • Kateel Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple
  • Kateelu
  • Durga Parameshwari Temple Kateel
  • Kateel Temple
  • "Local Bus Transport - City bus Mangalore - Bus route - Travel in city bus".
  • "Distance between Mangalore International Airport and Kateel".
  • "How To Reach Kateel By Train - How To Reach Kateel By Rail".