beach destination or a holy temple town, Udupi offers a divine holiday to
the tourist visiting here. The town is named after the Sanskrit term
'Udupa', the another name of Moon. The lovely stretches of the Malpe and
Kaup beaches, washes away all the doldrums of the visitors and offers them
offers them the chance to purify their soul. The Kaup beach has interesting
scatter of rocks, which remains pre-occupied, particularly during the late
afternoon, when the glorious sun spreads out its orange-red color. The
lighthouse, perched on the small hill is certainly the best spot to get a
panoramic view of the beach.
to do and see in Udupi Beach
Beaches of Udupi is certainly the place where visitors flock to the sand in
the evening. Despite holding the crowd, they maintain their wonderful charm,
in a peaceful manner.
Malpe Beach and the adventure
The long stretches of Malpe beach is by no means an ideal spot on weekends.
The sea invites water-lovers to rejuvenate themselves with a number of
water-sports. And the Paradise Isle Beach Resort is the one which offers the
adventure of speedboats, water-bikes and banana boats at affordable tariff.
The adventure programme is further assisted by the instructor.
St Mary's Island
Unique in geography and history, St Mary's Island is dotted with a peculiar
hexagonal basalt rock formations, which allures adventure rock-climbers from
across the world. Visitors can easily access the island with hiring boat
from the port on the Maple beach. The sandy coastline is replaced by the
broken shells and waters are crystal-clear. Therefore, it is advisable not
to practice the activity of swimming.
Kaup or the Kaapu is a rocky beach in Udupi. It offers an unforgettable
sight, specially during the sunset and also allows the various beach
activities like building sand castle, volleyball or football. The only
pitfall of the beach is that, it does not allows swimmers to show-case their
skill. Besides, visitors can also have a walk towards the beach lighthouse,
which stands on a small hill and was built by the British in 1901. Visitors
can step into this 130-foot high structure and feast their eyes with a great
Temples and mutts
Udupi, also called as the temple town in Karnataka, is associated with the
Hindu mythological legends. It is said that Lord Vishnu reclaimed Udupi from
the Arabian Sea and has donated all his land to Brahmins. The main temples
of the town are the Chandramouleeshwara and the Ananteshwara. Both the
shrines are located on Car streets and each one of the two has their own
The Chandramouleeshwara temple is dedicated to Moon God while Ananteshwara
temple explains the Dwaita philosophy, founded by Shri Madhavacharya in 13th
Also, the 800-year old Sri Krishna temple, the serene Madhava Sarovar adds
to the worthy-visit.
A number of shops are set up on Car Street and almost all are availed with
a variety of wooden kitchen paraphernalia and toys. Shoppers can also buy
little elephant crafted of sandalwood and articles made of tiny conchs from
the shops located close to Krishna Temple.
at Udupi Beach
Its quite imposing to leave Udupi without having the tasty dishes, offered
by the restaurants and food-stall here. An array of dishes for both
vegetarian and non-vegetarians are spread out in Sagar and Sarovar
restaurant of the Karavali Hotel. Mitra Samaj, on Car Street boast of an
elaborate menu of authentic meals comprising of rice, sambhar, rasam,
buttermilk, papad and pickles. Latha Hotel in Bannanje is famous for serving
local fishes . Visitors can also check out the Fish point on Malpe Beach and
Samudra Bar and Restaurant on Kaup Beach.
Pajaka and Kunjara Betta
Situated about 12 kms from Udupi, Pajaka is the birthplace of
Madhavacharya. The place is treasured with the wooden house, which depicts
the childhood and great deeds of the Saint. Visitors, while tracing each
corner of the house can look for the tank, the backyard with banyan tree and
the stone benches.
Kunjaru Betta is a small hill, situated 1 kms from Pajaka. It has a divine
Durga Temple on top, and visitors with trekking high upto the place can view
the lush green Udupi countryside and the glittering Arabian Sea. No buses
ply on the route and pilgrims can hire Auto-rickshaws to cover Pajaka and
Sita River Adventure Spot
Enthusiasts looking for some excitement can arrange a getaway to the areas
beholding the flows of Sita River. It is 34 kms from Udupi and is known as
the place adventure water-sports. Many private companies like the
Bangalore-based Adreno in collaboration with the Jungle Lodges and Resorts,
offers river-rafting and kayaking. Similar adventure sports are also
organized at Varahi River, located 50 kms from Udupi. The group also
conducts treks in the nearby Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary.
of accommodation in Udupi Beach
A handful of places of stay are developed in around Udupi beach. The
Paradise Isle Beach Resort, located on the Maple beach is Udupi's most
luxurious hotel. Better hotels are also spread out between the Krishna
Temple and the main bus stand. Udupi Residency, Kediyoor Hotel, Charatna
Paradise, Karavali Hotel and Yakshagana area a few to name.
to visit Udupi Beach
Udupi Beach can be best explored from October to February.
How to reach Udupi Beach
Bajpe Airport, situated 60 kms away in Mangalore is well-connected to
Bangalore and Mumbai. Travelers, on reaching the aerodrome can hire the
available taxis and explore the destination.
Udupi Railway Station is 3 kms from the bus stand. All major trains like
Matsyagandha, Netravati, Madgaon, Mangalore, Jaipur-Ernakulam ply over the
coastal route at regular interval.
Overnight luxury buses, including KSRTC's Volvo buses ply over NH4 and NH8,
connecting Udupi to Bangalore.