Karkala- the town ruled by Jains

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Karkala is a small town in Udupi district which was once ruled by the Jain. The town was called as Pandya Nagari and later named as Karikallu. Now its commonly known as Karkala. The town is well known for the huge statue of Gomateshwara.

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The gigantic statue is 42 feet and it is a holy pilgrimage place for the Jains. Karkala is also famous for many other temples, churches and mosques. Make a visit to Chaturmukha Basadi, Ananthapadmanabha Temple and the Manasthambha; the historical monuments of Karkala. Visit Karkala during Mahamastakabhisheka as this is celebrated once every 12 years and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. Enjoy the best traditions of Karkala – hulivesha, bhuta kola, korikatta and Kambala.

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