You will be picked up from your hotel in Mangalore and driven to Karkala which is located at an hour’s drive from Mangalore.
Visit the giant monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali that was erected in 1432. Bahubali (One with strong arms) is a much revered God of the Jains. He is said to have meditated standing for a year and thereafter attained liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Next drive to Moodabidri, a 30-minute drive from Karkala. It is one of the major centers of Jainism in India and is often referred to as Jain Kashi. There are no less than 18 Jain temples in this little town. The most famous amongst them is the 1000-pillared Jain Temple dedicated to Lord Chandranatha Swami. It is a huge three-storeyed temple with a large pillared hall. The granite pillars are decorated with beautiful carvings of Vijayanagar style. No two pillars are alike. A 50 feet high free-standing pillar made from a single stone is one of the major attractions of this temple. A large 8 feet idol of Lord Chandranatha Swami stands in the sanctum of the temple. It took 31 years to complete the temple.
After the temple visit a local bazaar in Moodabidri, which has visitors from the surrounding areas buying fruits, vegetables, spices, clothes, food items and other items of daily use. It is a nice way to see daily life in this part of the country.
Your next stop will be at a fruit and spice plantation. You can walk through the plantation and learn about the various spices, fruits and other products grown here. You can also taste their famous pineapples if you wish. The farm also offers spices for sale if you would like to buy some (own expense).
At the end of the visit take lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant near Moodabidri.
After lunch you will be driven back to Mangalore and dropped off at your hotel.