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Karkala is a taluk centre in the Udupi district of Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 35 Kms from Udupi and 52 Kms from Mangaluru.

Origin of the name – Lot of black granite is found in the vicinity of Karkala and hence the name

Historic Centre – Karkala was like any other village until A.D. 1300. It later flourished well when it assumed the status of the capital of Byrarasas. The Byrarasas transformed this place on to a historic town. It served as their capital from A.D. 1300-1700.

Religious Centre – It also flourished as a religious centre during the reign of Byrarasas. It houses the monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali, 23 Jaina Basadis, Jain Mutt, Venkataramana Temple and Anantashayana temple. The Bhujabali Brahmacharya Ashrama is the latest addition to this list.