Just about 35 km from the bustling town of Mangaluru, lies the quaint town of Moodabidri that is known for its Jain temples or basadis as it is also called. A town that exudes plenty of rustic, old world charm, its streets are lined with ochre hued houses with sloping brick tiled roofs. With the coastal sun gleaming down through the coconut palms, these earthy colours are a treat for the eyes.
The yesteryear buildings reflect a heritage and history that dates back several years.
I fell in love with houses like this!
The town also houses a temple dedicated to Goddess Gowri that dates back to the 7th century.
The soul of the town is however the thousand pillared temple or the Sāvira Kambada Basadi which is the most famous of the eighteen old Jains temples in the town. Here are some captures of this temple that was built in 1430 AD.
The carvings on the pillars are stunning and spectacular to say the least.
The carvings are intricate and the level of workmanship is superlative.
The local markets here, like everywhere else, are a treat for the senses and I, as always, made it a point to visit them.