Udupi is an important Vaishnavite coastal town in Karnataka. Udupi is the site of the famed Krishna temple and the Ashta Mathas. Udupi is also renowned for its delectable cuisine and Udupi restaurants present all over India.
Udupi is located 381 km from Bangalore and 50 km from Mangalore. This temple town in Udupi District is situated on the southwest coast of India.
Udupi is the birth place of Sri Madhvacharya, who set up the Astha Mathas, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the state. It is popularly believed that the name of Udupi originated from its Tulu name Odipu. According to other sources, the name Udupi is a result of merging the Sanskrit words Udu (stars) and Pa (Lord).