Moodbidri is on National Highway 13. It is accessible from Mangalore (31 km away) by bus.Ii is JAIN KASHI OF SOUTH Mangalore Airport is 40 from Moodbidri.Because of widely grown bamboo in ancient days, this place got named as Moodabidri. Moodabidri comes from two words: Moodu and Bidiru. Moodu means East and Bidiru means bamboo. This place was also known as Mooduvenupura
Jainism was and is strongly practised in Moodabidri. The Thousand Pillars Temple (Saavira Kambada Basadi) is one of the most famous and holy shrine of Jains across the country. It also has Guru Basadi which houses the treasured Dhavala text. There are other Basadis, namely Ammanvara Basadi. Leppada Basadi, etc. There are several Jain temples in Moodbidri. There are quite a number of Hindu temples as well in Moodbidri. A sizable number in Moodbidri practise Roman Catholicism. There are around 11 churches in and around Moodbidri Varado. Among them, the 16th century old Portuguese-built church Igreja da Santa Cruz Hospet or Hospet Church is very famous.