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Tourist places to visit in and around Karkala
Karkala is one of the important tourist centers of Karnataka state. Karkala is popular tourist spot because of the scenic beauty and natural & historical monuments. Karkala is fully surrounded by black rocks and lush green forests. The town is also a pilgrim centre for Jains.
The Karkala taluk is dotted with many tourist attractions. The following are few important tourist places and monuments to visit in Karkala Taluk.
Gommateshwara or Bahubali: The 42 feet statue of Gommateshwara is located at a distance of 1 Km from the town. The statue of Gommateshwara is second tallest statue of Karnataka. The statue was installed on 13-Feb-1432.
Chaturmukha Basadi: Chaturmukha Basadi was built in 1432 during the reign of Jain king, Vir Pandyadeva. The Chaturmukha Basadi has 108 pillars with pillars on four sides of the entrance. The Basadi houses the idols of the Yakshi Padmavati and 24th Thirthankara.
Varanga: Varanga is a popular pilgrim center for Jains. This beautiful village houses most ancient and wonderful Basadis. The main attractions of Varanga are Neminatha Basadi, Chandranatha Basadi and Kere Basadi.
Padu Tirupathi: Also called as the Tirupathi of the West. Every year, a devotees pay a visit to Padutirupathi Lord Venkatramana temple in Karkala. The temple was constructed during 1450 AD and the existing idol of Lord Sreenivasa was installed on 25-Apr-1537.
Neklaje Sri kalikamba Temple: Sri Kalikamba Temple in Neklaje is an ancient and important shrine of Karkala. It is believed that the temple has been built in 12th century.
Ananthashayana Temple: This temple was previously a Jain Basadi. The Ananthashayana temple is one of the important temples of Karkala. The large idol is sculpted out of a single black stone with Lord Brahma on the lotus, and his wives Sridevi and Bhudevi at his feet. This is a protected site under Archaeological Survey of India.
St. Lawrance Church at Attur: St. Lawrance Church is one of the important places of interest in Karkala. This church at Attur lies in the vicinity of Parpale hills.
Anantha Padmanabha Temple in Hebri: Hebri is a small town in Karkala Taluk, en route from Udupi to Agumbe. The main attraction of Hebri is the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Anantha Padmanabha.
Jomlu Theertha and Kudlu Theertha - Mini waterfalls near Hebri.
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary: Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Hebri. This sanctuary houses some of the endangered species like the Lion-Tailed Macaque.
Belmannu: Belmannu is also called Belman. The name of this place derived its name from the Kannada word 'Bili Mannu' which means white soil. The main attraction of Belmannu village is Durga Parameshwari Temple which was constructed in 7th Century AD.
Mundkur: The main attraction of Mundkur village is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga Parameshwari. This temple at Mundkur features with a history of 1300 years. The main deity worshipped here is Goddess Durga Parameshwari in the form of Mahishamardini.
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