Located on the coast of Karnataka between Mangalore and Udupi, Kaup is a quaint temple town that is known to heal tired minds and souls. It’s rejuvenating beyond words; and if you’re looking for a hassle-free weekend getaway, then this is the place for you. Kaup’s long sandy beaches offer unadulterated panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.
From Udupi, Kaup is just 20 minutes away, whereas from Mangalore, it takes about an hour to reach. However, once you’re in Kaup, head straight to the beach – about 1.5 to 2km from the main road. The vast expanse of the blue sea with palm-fringed shore stretching into miles is bound to instantly calm your soul.
You can spend endless hours just watching the waves of the sea and if you’re lucky, you may spot beautiful dolphins bobbing up and down in the water not very far from the shores. The beach here is impeccably clean, and is hardly ever crowded. So if you’re in the mood for some introspection, there’s plenty of quiet here.
In the distance, you can see the Kaup Light House and a small abandoned fort adjacent to it, said to have been built by Tipu Sultan. The silhouette of the lighthouse against the setting sun with the orange sky as the background is simply breath-taking. You can also scale the century old lighthouse for a gorgeous panoramic view of the basalt rocks on the beach and the endless sea. If you have some time in hand, the adjacent town of Padubidri too has a long beach which is clean and not very crowded – definitely worth a visit.
As for food, Kaup has some simple eateries that offer great seafood and a variety of fish preparations all cooked in generous dollops of coconut cream. If you want to go surfing or snorkelling, head to the neighbouring town of Murudeshwar, some 65km away for the best time.