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Karkala Gomateshwara Statue
Moving ahead, I visited the Gommateshwara statue. I couldn’t take much photos here though as the statue was being given a face lift and was covered with logs which the people were using to reach the top. After having some fresh fruit juice at the base of the temple, I returned to Manipal. At Manipal, I saw a board showing directions to the Museum of Anatomy & Pathology. Having lot of time on my hand, I visited the museum and was glad that I did so. The museum is very well maintained and is one of its kind in the country. There are over 3000 specimens/ samples of anatomies of various mammals including man that are kept on display. As can be expected at a museum, the place is big treasure of information and knowledge. I spent almost close to 1.5 hours here looking through the entire collection of specimens. The visit was then followed with light lunch and topped off by savoring delicious natural ice cream at Thanco Fresh Fruitz Ice Cream. The place offers over 75 varieties of ice creams made from various other fruits apart from the standard ones of Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple…. I tried out the Guava flavor and it had quite an amazing taste. I then returned back to the Malpe beach for the evening to enjoy the last couple of hours of my trip by the sea side. I stayed put till 8 PM sitting on the edge of the beach, listening to nothing but the sound of sea waves. Having my dinner by the beach side, I then proceeded to board my bus to return back to Bangalore and end what had been a quite memorable trip. My next trip was already in plans for the upcoming weekend. From the west coast of India at Udupi, my next trip was to the east coast of India at Pondicherry. I wouldn’t be writing about it though as I have visited Pondicherry many times before ????Until next time, adios! ????This post was originally published on Wanderlust Diaries.
Dating back to the 10th century, the town of Karkala has been ruled by several royal families. Jainism being the major religion, makes Karkala a holy place for this religious community. Several Jain shrines dot the town of Karkala, the most famous of which are Chaturmukha Thirthankara Basadi, Hiriyangaddi Neminatha Basadi and Anekere Padmavathi Basadi. The Chaturmukha Basadi was built in the 16th century and is recommended for its historical and spiritual significance. Situated in the lap of nature, the Chaturmukha Basadi invites you for a spiritual and peaceful sojourn. The gigantic and magnificent statue of Gomateshwara and the Bahubali monolith are artistic wonders that definitely demand a visit. The several Hindu temples along with the St. Lawrence Church are examples of the religious diversity in the region. The 15th century-old Ramasamudra Lake is surely one of the best treats of nature that the Western Ghats offer.
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