'Moodbidri' or 'Moodbidre' Mudbidri or Bedra, is a town about 30 kms from Mangalore on NH 169 enroute to Karkala, Shringeri, and to Sholapur. It is famous as 'Jain kashi' among Jain community. It is a fast growing community with a number of engineering colleges in its vicinity.


During 14th–16th centuries this town emerged as a center of Jain religion, culture, art and architecture. 18 Jain temples, snown as Basadis, were constructed during this period. The Jain Math at Moodabadri is headed by a Bhattaraka belonging to the Mula Sangh order.

Get in

Moodbidri is south of Karkala lies on the Karkala-Mangalore route. It is about 30 kms from Mangalore and 15 km from Karkala. From Mangalore it is about an hours drive on a two lane well paved road. It is connected with a number of express buses running at frequent intervals. All services are run by private operators and quality of the buses are above average. One can also reach Moodabidri from Karkala which is about 20 minutes with express buses every 15 minutes or so. In addition the other important town, Udupi is also connected to Moodabidri but the bus services are not as frequent as in the case of Mangalore and Karkala.



Due to its location Moodbidri is well connected to many other famous places. Example, Shringeri is 75 kms, Udupi is situated at 60 kms, with Mangalore and Karkala close by as mentioned above. Kateel is 22 km from Moodbidri, Hosanaadu Shri Annapurneshwari is about 8 kms. Dharmasthala is 55 kms away.


Traditional Jain and Konkani food. Hotel Sagar (bus stand), Hotel Padivals, Hotel new padivals, Hotel Jayamala, and other local eateries.


Tender coconut.


Hotel Nishmitha, Hotel padivals, are value for money. Hotel Ballal Tourist for a luxury traveller.

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Unlike its neighbourhood, Moodbidri is fast growing and has many stores for your travel needs. It should be your pit stop if you are a long distance traveller in this part of the country.

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