One of the fastest growing cities of Karnataka, Udupi is a unique mix of the modern and traditional. The educational institutes lend it a modern touch, while the temples, beaches, and the authentic Udupi cuisine is what makes it traditional. Whether you’re a pilgrim or an intrepid traveller, visiting a few places in Udupi is a must.
Start the tour around the city with a visit to Sri Krishna Matha, a 13th-century temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhvacharya, and is perhaps the only temple in the country where Lord Krishna is worshiped as a young boy.
Out of the many beaches in this coastal town, Kaup Beach is great for spending a lovely evening. You can walk on the beach with the chirping of sea birds for company or you can explore attractions such as the 100 feet high lighthouse, temples dedicated to Goddess Mariamma and the ruins of an ancient fort.
With its golden brown sand, palm trees lining the beach and gorgeous blue water, Malpe Beach looks as pretty as a colourful painting. It is an important fishing and trading harbour, located 6km from Udupi, so you’ll find it abuzz at all times. Another great beach worth visiting is the St. Mary’s Island, about 6-8km away, covered by hexagonal asphalt rocks.
Udupi is home to the renowned Manipal University, and India’s first ever private medical college, the Kasturba Medical College. The small town of Manipal is a must visit for its unparalleled beauty courtesy the shores, sea, hills, rivers, museum, temples, heritage village, planetarium, and gardens.
Another great village to be explored is Pajaka, known as the birthplace of one of the most renowned philosophers of ancient India, Shri Madhavacharya. The ancestral home of the Acharya is open to visitors, as is the banyan tree that is believed to have been planted by the Acharya himself. The Kunjaragiri Durga Temple is another place of significance, located on the top of a hill, affording splendid view of the surroundings.