Karkala is a historical town and is best known for the 42 feet tall statue of Bahubali (Gomateshwara) carved out of a single block of granite rock. The statue was erected at the behest of a Jain king in 1432 and is an important pilgrim destination for the Jains. The second most important temple in Karkala is the Lord Vankatramana temple also known as the Padu Tirupati and it attracts thousands of devotees each year. Other than the statue, there are many other important temples that attract a large number of devotees.
A ceremony called the Mahamastakabhisheka is performed every 12 years where the giant statue of Bahubali is bathed in milk and saffron paste is sprinkled along with turmeric, vermilion, and sandalwood powder. The Karkala Water Buffalo races are a unique attraction specific to the Karkala region. The buffaloes are paired and then they race through the paddy fields. It is an incredible sight watching these regular buffaloes race through these flush fields.
Mangalore is the closest airport to Karkala at a distance of 45 km. The nearest railhead to Karkala is Udipi. From here direct trains are available to Mumbai, Delhi, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. Express and ordinary bus services by organized operators are available on regular intervals from Udupi, Mangalore, Bangalore and Mumbai to Karkala.
The best time to visit Karkala is between the months of October and March when the weather is pleasant enough to explore the outdoor.
Sightseeing in Karkala is all about visiting the famous Bahubali statue and various temples that dot the town. The statue of Bahubali, the son of the first Jain Tirthankar, is the most important and visible of all the structures in Karkala. Enjoy visiting other 18 temples in Karkala, which have their own in