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Udupi Beach

Fast Facts
Location: On the Karavali Coast, to the north of Mangalore on NH17
Address: Karnataka
Best time to visit: October to February
Beach Activities: beach-walking, water-sports, swimming, volley-ball, football
Attractions in and around: Malpe beach, Kaup beach, St Mary's Island, Temples and mutts, Lighthouse, Sita River adventure spot
Hotels and Resorts: Paradise Isle Beach Resort, Udupi Residency, Kediyoor Hotel, Charatna Paradise, Karavali Hotel, Yakshagana
STD Codes: 0820

Udupi BeachA 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.

Kerala BeachesThings 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 water-sport
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 Beach
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 overview.

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 underlying saga.

The Chandramouleeshwara temple is dedicated to Moon God while Ananteshwara temple explains the Dwaita philosophy, founded by Shri Madhavacharya in 13th century.

Also, the 800-year old Sri Krishna temple, the serene Madhava Sarovar adds to the worthy-visit.

Kerala BeachesUdupi Beach Shopping
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.

Kerala BeachesEating at Udupi Beach
Udupi Palace 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. Kerala BeachesGetaway from Udupi
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 Kunjaru.

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.

Kerala BeachesPlace 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.

Kerala BeachesWhen to visit Udupi Beach
Udupi Beach can be best explored from October to February.

How to reach Udupi Beach
By Air
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.

By Rail
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.

By Road
Overnight luxury buses, including KSRTC's Volvo buses ply over NH4 and NH8, connecting Udupi to Bangalore.

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