Karikaanamma or Shri Karikaan Parameshwari is a Hindu goddess temple in the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India, located near the town of Honnavar, established by Shreedhar Swami. Garbhagudi is carved out of a single rock. In the 1970s, when Indira Gandhi visited the temple, roads were fully built up to uphill. It is located in the very dense forest, so it is a favorite spot for nature lovers. There are views of the Arabian sea from the top of the mountain. It is dedicated to the deity Kali. Ondadke or Vandadake Shambhulingehwara temple is also nearby to this place. It is one of the sacred and powerful places where goddess Parvati is worshipped as Parameshwari.

Temple is situated on a hill and is covered with lush green forest. Karikaan is a very scenic place. A must-visit for nature lovers. One can drive right up to the doorstep of the temple. However, beware that the temple is in a dense forest. You must return from this temple before it is dark as this forest has wild animals such as tigers and leopards in abundance. Except at the temple, getting down from your vehicle will be dangerous when you are within the forest limits. Enjoy your travel to Karikaan Parameshwari Temple during the daytime. It is a heaven on earth but traveling to this temple in the dark is discouraged due to the possibility of encountering a wild animal.

  • Location: Honnavara
  • Best Time to visit: Anytime
  • Entry fee: None
  • Timings: 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM
  • Distance from Honnavara: 14kms
  • Nearest Railway station: Honnavara 14kms
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport 178kms