In the Karnataka state’s Udupi district is the picturesque town of Karkala. It is blessed with a number of old temples and Jain Basadis, which give it tremendous historical value. Its name, “Karikal,” which means “black stone,” comes from the region’s wealth of black granite. The town is a significant Jains’ and Hindus’ religious centre as well, and UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.
Changing hand of power several times, it was the Pandya Kings who ruled the town for more than 300 years. Today, the town of Karkala is immersed in a unique and rich culture of various folk arts such as Yakshagana, a night-long dance and drama performances. Deriving its name from the word ‘Karikal’ meaning ‘black stone’ owing to the abundance of black granite in the area, a trip to Karkala is bound to be an unforgettable experience.