Steeped in history and mythology – Udupi is a coastal town quite popular for it’s beaches and temples, blessed with beautiful palm-fringed beaches that beckon even the most discerning traveler to kick off their shoes.
Join us as we walk on the sandy shores, visit temples to get on a spiritual high and for a dose of laid-back lifestyle for lazy beach bums.
We’ve rounded up the top places to see in Udupi in a day.
Sri Krishna Temple :
Udupi is primarily a pilgrimage spot. The most famous of all the temples is the Sri Krishna temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is worshiped through a small exquisitely carved window with nine holes called the Navagraha kindi. There is also a Krishna matha that was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century.
Expect a long queue of devotees during evenings or weekends. But don’t get disheartened, this temple is worth a visit. Do read more about the interesting story that is associated with the temple in the link below.
( Read: Evening at Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi )
Kaup Beach :
Just a little detour will land you to one of the most beautiful beaches of Udupi. One side of the beach is dotted with fishing boats while another side there is a soaring lighthouse that offers breathtaking views of the coastline and the ocean. If possible, try to visit during sunrise or sunset. You can sit and watch the waves breaking on the sandy shores and enjoy the well deserved secluded bliss.
St. Mary’s Island :
St. Mary’s island is a tiny island, just a 30-minute ferry ride from the port. Legend has it that Vasco da Gama reached this island first before heading towards south. The island is covered with vertical basalt which was formed due to a volcanic eruption and dates back to the time when Madagascar was attached to India. Similar basalt rock formation can be found in Madagascar as well.
The surreal sunset and waves crashing on the rock formation make it a picture perfect location. Don’t miss to hop on a ferry to this gorgeous island. Ferry runs every day from 9 AM until 4 PM, the last ferry that returns from the island is at 5:30 PM.
Malpe Beach :
Malpe Beach is one of the most sought after beaches of Udupi. Dotted with swaying palm trees and lined with street vendors. No doubt it is is one of the most visited and crowded ones. You can delve into street food, just laze around and watch the sun set or frolic with kids.
The temple dates back to the seventh or eighth century AD. Legend has it that Lord Chandra (moon) was cursed by Daksha Parjaapati and did penance at this spot to appease Lord Shiva. The detailed stone carvings and interiors make the temple unique and showcase the expertise of highly skilled architect involved in building the temple. In the inscriptions, the Chandramouleshwara temples have been referred to as “Mududeva”.
Apart from our top five places, Udupi has many other attractions to offer.
Many other Places In and Around
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
Shri Anantheswara temple
Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur
Belkal Theertha Falls
Holy Rosary Church
Shree Amruteshwari Temple
Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple at Kamalashile
Sri Kundeshwara Temple
You can check more a- HERE
Places To Stay :
You can check out Airbnb, Oyo Rooms or MyIndianStay for budget options.
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How To Reach
By Road: Overnight buses ply from Bangalore and takes around 8 hours. Udupi is a perfect getaway from Mangalore, Bangalore, Cochin, Hubli, Hyderabad.
By Train: Nearest station is Udupi
By Air: Nearest airport is Mangalore Airport (62kms)
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