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).
Fairs & Festivals
- Paryaya festival:
During this festival, celebrated every two years at the Krishna Mutt, the temple management is handed over to the next Mutt.
- Major national festivals:
like Diwali, Dusshera, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated grandly, marked by oodles of revelry.
Best Time to Visit
For a Tour to Udupi, the best time to visit is between the months of September-October.
How to Reach
BY AIR -The nearest airport is the Mangalore (Bajpe) Airport.
BY RAIL -The Udupi railway station lies on the Konkan railway route.
BY ROAD -Udupi is well-connected by a network of roads, with the National Highway 17 passing through Udupi. Private and government buses are available round the clock at Udupi.
Make your Tour to Udupi memorable by visiting these famous tourist places in Udupi :
- Krishna Mutt:
Udupi is known for the Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna), founded by the Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhvacharya in the 13th century. The daily offerings to God and administration of the Mutt are managed by the Ashta Mathas (8 temples).
This is an important fishing and trading harbor, located 6 km from Udupi. You can also visit the captivating St. Mary's Island here, about 6-8 km away, covered by hexagonal asphalt rocks.
- Milagres Church:
This ancient church, positioned 7 km from Udupi, stands witness to the assault of a marauding Tipu Sultan.
Places around Udupi
Explore the land of Udupi, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Udupi :
- Maravanthe Beach:
Arguably the best beach in Karnataka, it is situated about 42 km from Udupi.
Situated about 74 km from Udupi, this is the abode of Goddess Mookambika, nestled among the Western Ghats and attracting thousands of tourists.
- Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary:
You can witness exotic species of animals, birds and medicinal plants here, located about 40 km from Udupi.