Amazing Tourist Destinations To Visit In Udupi
Udupi, a district formed in 1997 was separated from Dakshina Kannada to form a new district. It is located in the coastal regions of Western Ghats around 60 km from Bangalore.
Udupi is a famous pilgrimage and tourist spot for the visitors of Karnataka. The district is known for its world class cuisine and Lord Krishna temple located here. One of the main contributions to South Indian food of by Udupi is “Masala Dosa.” The languages mainly spoken here are Konkani, Tulu, Kannada, and Beary.
Apart from all, there are various places to visit here in Udupi.
Sri Krishna Temple
The main temple in Udupi dedicated to Lord Krishna with a fascinating idol that is richly adorned with jewels. The reasons for its fame are the idol of Sri Krishna was installed by the great saint Sri Madhvacharya. Another attraction of Sri Krishna Temple is the ‘Kanakana Kindi’ – a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his devotee, Kanakadasa.
Anegudde is 30 km from Udupi and 9 km south of Kundapur. Ane means ‘Elephant,’ and Gudde means ‘hillock.’ Name Kumbashi also refers Anegudde. Anegudde is famous for Maha Ganapathi temple, and it is one of the seven places of pilgrimage created by Parashurama.
St. Lawrence Church, Attur
Attur is known for St. Lawrence Church. The St. Lawrence Church has a remarkable history as the shrine of St. Lawrence seems to exist even before 1759 A.D.
Ambalpady, situated just 3 km from Udupi. Ambalpadi is famous for 400-year-old temple Janardhana and Mahakali. The idol of Goddess Mahakali is six ft. And, also covers nine beautiful statues of Navadurga. Whereas, the Janardhana temple was renovated in 1571.
Brahmavar is a small town located between the rivers Sita and Suvarna which flow in the Western Ghats of Udupi.
Belkal Theertha is one of the magnificent waterfalls of Karnataka state. The Belkal Theertha is located in the deep Western Ghats.
Guddattu Maha Ganapathi Temple, located about 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. The Jaladhivasa Ganapathi (Vinayaka) Temple here is unique of its kind in India. This ancient temple is situated at the foot of a huge rock, which looks like a sleeping elephant.
Hattiangadi is a village near Kundapur famous for Sri Siddivinayaka temple of the 8th century. It is located on the northern bank of the river Varahi, and the idol of Sri Siddivinayaka is 2.5 ft high, carved of a Saligrama stone.
Hiriadka or Hiriyadka is a small district located at a distance of 10 Km from Manipal in Udupi district. The town is famous for Mahalingeshwara Temple.
Jomlu Theertha is a peaceful weekend getaway located on Brahmavar – Hebri Road in Udupi district. Jomlu Theertha is a small water fall about 20 feet height created by River Sita.
Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple
Kadiyali is previously called as “Kade Halli” meaning the last village or the farthest village. The main attraction of Kadiyali is ancient Mahisha Mardhini Temple, which has a history of more than 1200 years.
Kallianpur is about 5 km from Udupi, situated on the southern bank of the river Swarna. It has the ruins belonging to the Vijayanagara days. The other famous temples here are of Kenchamma, Veerabhadra, Mahalingeshwara, and Ganapathi.
Kaup is a coastal village about 12 km from Udupi on National Highway. It is known for a beach, ancient temples, and an old 100ft high lighthouse.
Kamalashile is about 44 km north-east of Udupi. Kamalashile is famous for its Brahmi-Durga Parameshwari temple and its annual car Festival held in April.
Karkala is about 35 km from Udupi. The name Karkala has been derived from the Kannada word “Kari Kallu,” meaning black stones. The main attraction of Karkals is a 42 ft. High monolithic statue of Lord Gomateswara. It was installed in the year 1432. There are about 18 Jain Basadis here, out of which, the Chaturmukha Basadi is the prominent one.
Kollur is about 80 km from Udupi and 35 km from Kundapur in the picturesque Western Ghats. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya installed the deity here. Kollur is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim spot created by Parashurama.
Koteshwara is about 4 km to the Kundapur. It is a place of religious importance with the main attraction Kotinatha or Kotilingeshwara temple. The other small shrines of Koteshwara are Ganapati, Subramanya, Mahishasuramardini, Jyeshtha-Lakshmi, Gopalakrishnan, and Saptamatrikas.
Malpe is about 6 km west of Udupi, located on the shores of the Arabian Sea along the banks of river Udyavara. It is an important port and fishing place and has a main attraction namely Balarama temple. Malpe has been a hub of commercial activities for a long time. In the west of Malpe, there are three rocky islands.
Manipal is about 3 km from Udupi, and it is a famous educational and medical hot spot. Manipal is also known for academic learning, healthcare, industry, and finance. Anatomy Museum, End Point, Hasta Shilpa, Brindavan Garden and Venugopala temples are few attractions of Manipal.
Maranakatte, located about 16 Km from Kundapura on the way towards Kollur. It is believed that Goddess Mookambika performed a Marana home after killing demon Mookasura at this place and hence the name Maranakatte.
Maravanthe is a beach located about 50 km from Udupi on National Highway. A stretch of a kilometre of this highway is flanked by the seashore of Arabian sea on one side and the Sauparnika River on the other. Turtle Bay Beach Resort is just 12 km away from Kundapur and half a kilometre away from the Trasi junction.
Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple
Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple is a historical location. Outstanding attraction of Mekkekattu temple includes a vast collection of coloured, idols made of wood, which measures around 10 feet in height.
Mundkur is a beautiful temple village located in Karkala taluk, Udupi district. The main attraction here is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga Parameshwari.
Neelavara is a beautiful place located at a distance of 18 Km from Udupi near Brahmavara in Udupi district. This is a holy place for devotees worshipping Goddess Mahishamardini.
Padubidri is about 25 km from Udupi and 35 km from Mangalore on National highway. Padubidri is well known for temples, and religious festival of Dakke Bali held here once in two years. Dakke Bali takes place near the shore of Arabian Sea. The main attraction of Padubidri is Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple. The idol of Lord Ganapathi is about 2.5 ft tall and has been carved out of Rudraksha Shila.
Padu Tirupathi Sree Venkataramana shrine lies to the west of Tirupathi while the original memorial is in the east. The name of it signifies as Padu means ‘West’ in Kannada and Tirupathi means Tirumala temple.
Pajaka is just 9 km from Udupi. It is the birthplace of Dwaita philosopher Madhwacharya and houses his ancestral home, which is an important location to see. The Kunjarugiri Durga temple is also a charming place to visit located on a hill, which is also known as `Durga betta.’ There is a belief that all the sins get washed after taking a bath in the four tirthas on four sides of the hill created by Lord Parashurama.
Shankaranarayana is located on the east of Kundapur. Shankara means Lord Shiva and Narayana means Lord Vishnu. The main attraction of Shankaranarayana is Temple. The deity of the temple is in the form of two Udbhava Lingas that look similar. These naturally formed Shiva Linga is one ft. Below the ground, inside the sanctum. The Shankara linga is round in shape, and the Narayana Linga is flat.
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, The main attraction of Someshwara town, is Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 5th June 1974.
St. Mary’s Island
St. Mary’s Island is a group of small islands in the Arabian Sea, lying to the north of the port of Malpe in Udupi. It is a famous picnic spot named by Vasco Da Gama in 1498. The major attractions of these islands are the basalt rocks which have crystallised into vertical hexagonal blocks.
Varanga is a famous pilgrim destination, especially for Jains. This beautiful village houses most ancient and traditional Basadis (Jain Temples).