Karkala and Moodabidri are two sleepy towns situated around an hour’s drive from Mangalore in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, this area became a great center of learning and pilgrimage for members of the Jain faith.
In Karkala, the giant statue of Lord Bahubali attracts Jain pilgrims from far and wide. In Moodabidri, visit the famous 1000-pillared Jain Temple dedicated to Chandranatha. This is the largest Jain temple in coastal Karnataka with richly carved pillars and no two pillars in this temple are alike. End your trip with a visit to the local bazaar and a spice plantation in Moodabidri.
40 feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali, Karkala1000-pillared Jain Temple, Moodabidri50 feet high, free-standing monolithic pillarSpice plantation