Bhatkal, oft referred to as Batecala in a few Portuguese historical texts, is an important port town situated in the Uttara Kannada’s district of Karnataka. The region was once ruled by King Bhattakalanka and derives its name from the name of this Jain administrator. Bhatkal lies onNH-17 that runs between Kochi and Mumbai and ranks high on the list of main stations situated along the Konkan Railway line located between Mumbai and Mangalore. If you wish to travel by air, then plan your tickets for Mangalore International Airport—the nearest in the region. Bhatkal boasts of a chequered history, courtesy its strategic location and has witnessed the rule of several rulers and dynasties.
It was an important part of the Hoysala empire in the period 1291 to 1343 and had later fallen into the hands of Vijayanagara’s empire. After the empire was disintegrated, it was brought under the control of the Saluva (Jain) rulers of Hadwalli. Hadwalli is a small town that lies on the on the State Highway and in the vicinity of the popular Jog Falls. During this period, many basadis and temples were constructed and are still visited by devotees from near and far. The temples of Mudbhatkal are also worth a visit.