Places to See in Udupi

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 )

Shri Krishna Temple


   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.

Kapu Beach

light house


   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.


    Chandramouleshwara Temple

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

 Kudumari Falls

 Holy Rosary Church

 Shree Amruteshwari Temple

 Uppinakudru Island

 Kodi Beach

 Kudlu Falls

 Mattu Beach

 Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple at Kamalashile

 Sri Kundeshwara Temple

You can check more a- HERE

Places To Stay :

 Budget :

You can check out Airbnb, Oyo Rooms or MyIndianStay  for budget options.

 Luxury :

Paradise Isle Beach Resort
Malpe Beach
Udupi – 576 108

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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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  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Informative post with lovely images

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    Archana Kapoor
    March 3, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Beautiful captures Swati… I went to Udipi as a kid for one of my Karate shows. We just had one more day there after the show so we went to a beach. I can’t remember which one it was, but I still have the small shells that I collected from there. You post just reminded me of all that fun 🙂
    Thanks for sharing my dear 🙂

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 4, 2016 at 5:27 am

      Thanks Archana, glad this post was able to bring back memories from your childhood. 🙂

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    March 3, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I still have to cover a lot of places in the south. Udupi till now meant only restaurant 😉 Thanks for the expansive post 🙂

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 4, 2016 at 5:28 am

      There are so many places to see in and around Udupi and Mangalore, you should definitely plan a trip soon. 🙂

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    March 3, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Nice info. I will be visiting soon and this helps. Thanks.

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    Steps Together
    March 3, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I am from Udupi.. and I felt so proud about my place when I read your post.. Very nicely written..

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    March 3, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Wonderful and such an informative post. Have never been to Udupi, will keep this post in mind while visiting this place 🙂 Great clicks

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    Tania Mukherjee
    March 3, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Stoked to know such lovely beaches exist so close to me! Thanks for writing this!

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    My Unfinished Life (@MyUnfinishedlyf)
    March 3, 2016 at 6:08 am

    interesting town I say…and i only udipi for the ‘udipi’ restaurants!!!

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    Tales of travelling sisters
    March 3, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Great post Swati, loved all the beach captures!! Its so great to read a post on our hometown 🙂

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    March 3, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Lovely captures. I visited during the analog days, don’t have a decent capture from those days. Time to visit again I guess. 🙂

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    March 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful pictures and you have summed them all. Although Udupi has more places which are not so famous but they are worth the visit.

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    March 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Awesome photos. Thanks for the informative post.

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    chaitali patel
    March 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely pictures and nice read! I have been wanting to go to Udipi forever!

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    March 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Home town for me :D. My wedding reception was here. I personally love Kaup beach .

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    March 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I have gone beyond it but not explored Udapi. Looks like a beautiful place!

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Mridula next time you are in Bangalore, we can plan a road trip to Udupi… what say ?

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    March 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Malpe beach is my favorite and you have captured it brilliantly!

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    March 6, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Nice list of place to explore near Udupi.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 8, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much, yes there are so many places that we are planning another trip to Udupi 🙂

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    Christine K
    March 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I was really curious as to where in the world Udupi was located when I first started reading your post, so looked it up on Google and found that it was in India. Then I noticed that at the end you have provided a how-to on getting there so found that information very useful. Such a beautiful place and so many interesting things to see. Really enjoyed reading about your experiences there and the photos are stunning.

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    Jen Morrow
    March 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Beaches, more beaches, and historical and cultural temples! There is just so much to see in INdia, I have no idea where to start, but I guarantee it will be at the beach. And a moon cursed temple is top of my list, too.

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    March 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    The first photo of St Mary’s Island is unreal! It looks like it could be a painting or something! I stayed at a coastal area in Karnataka en route from Kerala to Goa but can’t for the life of me remember what it was called! It was absolutely beautiful though, I don’t think India gets enough credit when it comes to beaches and ocean views. In fact it probably has some of the best in the world.

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    Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker
    March 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Love all the resources and tips, especially about the temples. St. Mary’s island looks heavenly! I had to look up where Udupi was. Had no idea it was in India! What a great place to visit, I will have to add this one to my bucket list!

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    Only By Land
    March 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Udupi is another place you guys have introduced me to that seems fantastic. The beaches look surreal, well photographed! I’d definitely make the 30 minute ferry trip to St Mary’s Island.

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    March 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Am I crazy for never having heard of Udupi? I had to google it to figure out where it is. The palm trees on Malpe beach look amazing… I’d love to photograph them!

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    Joaquim Miro
    March 3, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Udupi looks great! Especially those sunsets and sunrises. Wowzers!! Thanks for the pictures and interesting stories 🙂

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    Mike Cotton
    March 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Udupi sure looks beautiful. I have yet to visit India but a friend of mine is going next month and he is beyond excited about it. One day I’ll make the trip myself.

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    March 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve honestly never heard of Udupi before! Wow, it’s crazy how beautiful of a place this is. I hope I’m lucky enough to visit this one day. Great photos too 🙂

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    March 6, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Stunning views! And equally stunning photographs! What camera did you use to take these? Love the sunset shot the most!

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    September 5, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Very informative guide on Udupi and I liked your sunset picture a lot. I would really love to go Malpe Beach and love to see most of the temples mentioned in your post. Good to know that St. Mary’s Island is famous for Vasco De Gama’s Landing place.

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