Moodabidri is a unique town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The town is said to have 18 lakes, 18 temples, 18 Jaina Basadis and 18 roads which connect to various villages. The town is a major pilgrimage destination for the Jains and is also known as Jain Kashi.
The most famous basadi is the Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi which is well known for its architectural beauty. The basadi has a huge variety of pillars, which gives it the name Savira Kamba Basadi which means the Basadi having 1000 pillars.
Moodabidri is the birthplace of the famous Kannada poet Rathnakar Varni.
Starting Point: Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit: December To May
How To Reach
By Air: Mangalore Airport is the closest at a distance of 23 km from Moodabidri. The airport is well connected to all the major cities in the country as well as abroad.
By Train: The major railway station is Mangalore Junction which is at a distance of 39 km. The station is well connected to all the major cities of the country like Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi.
By Road: Moodabidri is well connected by roads. The driving distance from Bengaluru to Moodabidri is approximately 350 km. There are a lot of buses which operate from Bengaluru to Moodabidri as well as from other major towns and cities.
Route 1: Bengaluru - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Hassan - Belur - Belthangandy - Moodabidri, via NH 75 and NH 73
Route 2: Bengaluru - Ramanagara - Maadur - Mandya - Mysore - Madikeri - Sullia - Puttur - Moodabidri, via NH 275
Route 3: Bengaluru - Tumakuru - Sira - Hiriyur - Kadur - Chickmagaluru - Mudigere - Moodabidri, via NH 48
For someone who wishes to take Route 1, it would take around 7 h to reach Moodabidri via NH 75 and NH 73. This road takes you through the historically important town of Belur and the beautiful district of Hassan.
The roads are in an absolutely perfect condition which would allow you to zip pass through the highway in no time.
For those who would like to take Route 2, it would take around 9 h to reach Moodabidri via NH 275 and for those who would like to opt for Route 3, it would take you almost 9.5 h to reach Moodabidri via NH 48.
The journey can be planned as a weekend drive. So one can opt to leave early on a Saturday morning and after spending a day or half in Moodabidri, you could return to Bengaluru on Sunday in the afternoon or late evening.
A Short Break At Hassan...
If you are opting for Route 1, Hassan would be an ideal place to stop over for breakfast, and one can also think of stopping at Belur and visit the famous Chennakesava Temple, which also happens to be a place famous for its architecture.
After this one can proceed further to Moodabidri which is around 130 km and takes around 3.5 h to reach. One can also think about deviating a bit and visit Halebidu which is also another site of architectural marvel.
After this you can proceed further to the destination via Belthangady. As you drive through this stretch you would come across the natural beauty of the Dakshina Kannada district, covered with lush greenery and the numerous temples that the district houses.
Destination - Moodabidri
Once you reach Moodabidri, there are a lot of temples, basadis and churches to visit apart from enjoying the natural beauty of the place.
As mentioned earlier, the Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi is the most ornamental and one of the most important attractions here.
This is followed by Guru Basadi also known as Siddantha Basadi and Hale Basadi, which is believed to be one of the earliest Jain monuments of this place. It is believed to have been constructed in the year 714 AD. These are worth a visit.
Other attractions here apart from the 18 basadis are the 7th-century Kanthavara Temple, the 9th Gowri temple, pre-historic stone age structures and large granite monoliths called Konaje Kallu.