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Karkala is a quaint small town with great historic significance and is blessed with several ancient temples. In fact, the town of Karkala itself is believed to have its roots going back to 10th century while under the rule of Alupas.
The town also serves as an important religious center for Jains and Hindus and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Changing hand of power several times, it was the Pandya Kings who ruled the town for more than 300 years. Today, the town of Karkala is immersed in a unique and rich culture of various folk arts such as Yakshagana, a night long dance and drama performances. Deriving its name from the word 'karikal' meaning 'black stone' owing to the abundance of black granite in the area, a trip to Karkala is bound to be an unforgettable experience.
A small temple town located around hills is home to many architectural wonders. The Bahubali statue is one of the main attractions here and Jains from all over India come for pilgrimage there. A walk around Karkala will let you learn about temples, culture, and history of the town as most of them are at nearby distances.
- While travelling during November or December, carry a jacket as temperature gets low.- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the glorious past and beautiful architecture of the town.- Carry proper trekking shoes while heading to Karkala as there is so much to explore in the city.
Karkala is a cozy little town tucked away amidst hills. The city features numerous treks and a lot of Jain temples, many of which are hundreds of years old. The town also features numerous statues, the biggest of which is the Bahubali statue. However, due to its secluded location, the town is a bit difficult to reach. The treks featured in and around the town are sure to make nature lovers very happy.
You get to experience a vast heritage of culture and traditions.
May get a little crowded during festivals. Not very well connected.
This is the ideal destination for those who wish to experience a truly spiritual and cultural vacation.
Karkala is not very well linked by any mode of transport. (Read More)