Moodabidri is a town in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. It is about 350 km from Bangalore and it takes about 7 hours to reach the town by road. Mangalore has the nearest airport so people willing to go by air can book their flight tickets from their place of departure to Mangalore or can opt for a break journey at Bangalore. Though the flight takes only an hour for you to reach Mangalore from Bangalore, you will ultimately have to rely on road transport to take you to Moodabidri as it is about 20 km from Mangalore. People willing to pump up the adrenaline by going via road can pick up bikes on rent in Bangalore from the fast growing Bangalore bike rentals and take the NH75 or NH73. These bike rentals also let you hire scooters in Bangalore and allow you to choose from a fleet of two-wheelers on rent.
It is a pilgrimage site has been known for the Jain culture and temples. This town emerged as a center of Jain religion, culture, art and architecture during the 14th to 16th centuries. There are 18 Jain temples in this town, known as Basadis. There is also a Jain Matth here headed by a Bhattaraka. Guru basadi, the oldest of Jain monuments here has a stone idol of Parshwanatha installed in the sanctum of the temple. The ‘Dhavala texts’ which are the Jain palm leaf manuscripts of 12th century A.D have been preserved here.
The Saavira Kambada Basadi is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D and is the largest and most ornate of Basadis. It is also known as Thousand Pillared Temple or Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani. The bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami installed in the sanctum is considered to be very sacred. The temple is famous for the open pillared hall in the front. The pillars bear resemblance to the Vijaynagar style of architecture and have intricate carvings too. A 15 meter tall single stone pillar called manastambha stands in front of the basadi.
Moodabidri, which was the seat of the Chowtas, a Jain ruling family was originally located in Puthige. The ruins of the Chowta Palace built in the 17th century are still found in Puthige and is renowned for its carved wooden pillars and ceilings. The Gowri Temple and Hanuman temple are also very famous temples of the town.
People wishing to visit the 18 Jain temples can get two-wheelers on rent from Bangalore and ride up to the town. Royal Enfield on rent in Bangalore is also available for those who would like to add the class factor to their road trip. Moodabidri is a mostly a pilgrim town and is mostly frequented by people who study religion or have a deep interest in visiting religious places and bike hiring has changed the face of Karnataka tourism.