Karkala is a town and also the headquarters of Karkala Taluk in Udupi District of Karnataka state. A pilgrimage center that lies near the Western Ghats and is located about 38 km from Udupi and about 480 km from Bangalore.
It's believed that Karkala derived its name from kari-kal meaning black stone in Tulu language. Tulu speaking people call the town Karla. Muslims, Konkani's and Kannadigas call it Karkala and the Roman Catholics call it Karkol.
Padutirupathi Sree Venkataramana Temple, Monolithic Statue of Bahubali, St. Lawrence Church of Attur, Chaturmukha Basadi, Ananthashayana Temple, Sri Kalikamba Temple, Manasthambha and Veera Maruthi Temple, etc.
Karkala is a town of historical importance and a famous pilgrim centre for Jains. This religious center in Karnataka has been rated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Regarded as one of the holiest Jain Teertha's, Karkala with its numerous sights never fails to fascinate people. Its magnificent Ramasamudra Lake flouting its Nelumbiums, black granite outcrops standing tall and dark, the serene smile of Bahubali, Jain Basadis galore, blue hillocks on the east all make Karkala a man's concept of paradise.
Karkala is surrounded by hills and a lagoon. You can find several other temples, mosques and churches in and around Karkala. Several Jain temples were constructed namely Chaturmukha Thirthankara Basadi, Hiriyangaddi Neminatha Basadi and Anekere Padmavathi Basadi. All of these sites mentioned are listed in Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India.
Mangalore is 52 kms.