Karkala Tourism

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(For the Australian plant, see Karkalla.) Karkala [kaːrkəɭɐ] is a town and the headquarters of Karkala taluk in the Udupi district of Karnataka, India. Located about 380 km from Bangalore, it lies near the Western Ghats. The town was called Pandya Nagari (ಪಾಂಡ್ಯ ನಗರಿ) during the period of Jain rule, and later became known as Karikallu (ಕರಿಕಲ್ಲು), then Karkal (ಕಾರ್ಕಲ್) and finally to Karkala (ಕಾರ್ಕಳ). Karkala has a number of natural and historical landmarks. It is located at the bottom of Western Ghats covered with greenery around the year. It is one of the major junction for the religious tourists. It is located strategically on the way to Sringeri, Kalasa, Hornadu, Udupi, Kolluru Mookambika and Dharmasthala.


Discover the beauty of the city's striking landscope, welcome to Karkala, India. When planning a trip to Karkala, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Madikeri. Take a short trip from Karkala and set some time aside to explore the Madikeri. Dotted with places like Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Raja's Seat; it will definitely be a good idea. Popular vacation packages of Karkala are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Karkala*

  • Pollution Statistics in Karkala

    Know the pollution level of Karkala before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.45 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 27.58 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 27.02 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.12 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.1 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25.48 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.9 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.19 (Low)
  • Karkala: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Karkala for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Karkala.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.05 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 22.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.72 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 21.03 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 18.87 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 24.09 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.77 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70.68 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 22.43 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 23.58 (Low)
  • Living in Karkala - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Karkala is 177.78 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 75.55 (High)
    • Climate Index 67.56 (High)
    • Pollution Index 24.9 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.61 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 25.44 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 78.05 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.58 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 75.86 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Karkala

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Karkala

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.36 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 55.22 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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