Chaturmukha Basadi - Karkala


Karkala located at a distance of 362 Km from Bangalore is one of the important pilgrim centers especially for Jains.

Karkala houses important monuments of Karnataka and the history of these monuments that dates back to 1000 years. One such monument is Chaturmukha Basadi situated on the rocky hills in Karkala, Udupi district. This Basadi is one of the main attractions of Karkala.

Chaturmukha Basadi was built in 1432 during the reign of Jain king, Vir Pandyadeva. The Basadi was named as Chaturmukha Basadi because of four identical doorways which points four directions and all doorways lead to the Garbhagriha.

The Chaturmukha Basadi has 108 pillars with pillars on four sides of the entrance. The Basadi is constructed in the form of four faced hall, the roof of the basadi is flat with very big granite slabs. The Garbhagriha houses the idols of the Yakshi Padmavati and 24th Thirthankara, in addition to the standing idols of Malli, Suryata and Ara.

This Basadi is one of the most popular and attracted Basadis of Karkala. Nice place to offer prayer and to perform peaceful meditation. This monument is protected by Archaeological Survey of India.


Accommodation: Karkala offers suitable staying options such as Hotels, Guest Rooms and Budget Accommodations.


Distance from Karkala:

Bangalore: 362 Km
Mysore: 275 Km
Mangalore: 52 Km
Shimoga: 144 Km
Chikmagalur: 139 Km (via Mudigere, Charmadi and Belthangadi)
Varanga: 26 Km
Udupi: 38 Km
Kundpura: 74 Km
Hebri: 35 Km
Agumbe: 51 Km
Sringeri: 58 Km
Horanadu: 77 Km
Dharmasthala: 64 Km


How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Udupi

Road: Karkala well connected by road network. Private Buses ply from Mangalore and Udupi very frequently to Karkala. The Chaturmukha Basadi is within walking distance from the town center.

Route map to reach Varanga:

From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Dharmasthala - Belthangady

From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur - Bantwala - Moodbidri

From Mangalore: via Bajpe - Kaikamba - Moodbidri

From Udupi: via Moodubelle.