BANGALORE: A trek to Mudipu hill is an exhilarating and interesting experience for tourists and trekkers alike. With a picturesque valley beneath the St Joseph Vaz shrine, the hill is one of the best picnic spots in the locality.
The hill is located five kilometres from Mangalore University in Konaje and is 23 km from Mangalore City and is situated on the road towards Vittal. After stopping at Mudipu junction, take a diversion from Katte, popularly known as Mudipu Katte. After about a two kilometre walk, the Mudipu hill looms ahead. From atop the hill, the splendid beauty of Mudipu region never tires the eyes.
According to the legend of the shrine, St Joseph Vaz Shrine, atop the hill was witness to a miracle which took place in the 15th century. A parish priest Fr Joseph Vaz became immensely popular much to the envy of some Catholics who kept plotting his downfall.
One a sunny morning, the group began plotting their conspiracy against him. They requested him to treat a sick person. The compassionate priest set out with the group without suspecting anything. As soon as they had reached atop Mudipu Hill, the men made an attempt on the life of Fr Joseph Vaz.
The defenseless priest immediately struck his stick on the ground, knelt down and began to pray. As the men watched in bewildered silence, a miracle took place. Water sprang out from three different directions. The men who plotted to kill the priest, took to their heels.
These three springs with a protective covering stands testimony to the miracle. It is special because a 60 feet deep well next to the springs is barren. It is believed that the water from these springs has miraculous healing powers.
How to reach?
Private buses operate in plenty between Mangalore and BC Raod via Mudipu and Sajipa. Get down at Mudipu, from here there is a two kilometre road connecting the hill. If you have your own mode of transport it is easy to access the hill.
What to take?
During monsoon carry umbrellas or rain coats. There are many small shops that offer quick snacks and meals. Hence there is no need to carry food or other eatables.
When to visit?
Mudipu hill attracts visitors through out the year. However, every Thursday, special prayers are offered at the Shrine. The shrine also has a special mass on this day.