Udupi and the places to visit around “Udupi”
Idol of "Udupi Krishna"
Udupi - the city of temples
Udupi town which is famous for its temples, vegetarian cuisine and art forms is the headquarters of “Udupi” district, Karnataka state in India.
It is situated 60 kilometers north of Mangalore and attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The most famous temple in Udupi is the “Udupi Kishna” temple.
How to reach Udupi from Mangalore
“Udupi Kishna” temple
History says that Madhwacharya the famous spiritual leader of 13th century founded this temple in Udupi. Here the Lord can be seen only through window with nine holes called Navagraha Kitiki. Madhwacharya is believed to have saved the idol of “Udupi Kishna” from a breeding storm while he was performing his morning prayers near the Malpe shore by controlling the rough weathers with his divine power.
There are a number of other temples in and around Udupi. In the middle of the temple square there are Anatheswara and Chandramouleswara temples and the Astha Mathas(Monasteries) who look after the administration of “Udupi Kishna” temple. These are situated very near to the “Udupi Kishna” temple. The other nearby temples are Sri Mahisha Mardhini temple, Kadiyali, Sri Indrani Panchadurga Parameswari temple, Indrali, Sri Durga devi temple, Kunjarugiri and Sri Jaya Durga Parameswari temple Kannarpady. Madhava Sarovar is the holy tank situated next to temple. The Swamijis (priests) take a dip in this pond before starting the pujas or worshipping.
There is also another peculiarity to this temple. In earlier days people born in lower castes were not allowed to enter temple. The deity of “Udupi Kishna” is believed to have turned around to give darshan (manifest) to Kanakadasa, a lower caste devotee. Still you can find a window on the outer wall of the temple building, through which Kanakadasa viewed the idol.
Manipal University near Udupi
Manipal University, the hub of education is around four kilometers from Udupi.
Manipal has the different streams of education like medicine, nursing and allied health, engineering, communication, hotel management, jewellery management etc. under one roof.
Ambalapady temple in Udupi
Ambalapady is about three to four kilometres from Udupi. The temple of Ambalapady has Janardana as the presiding deity.
There is also a deity of Mahakali and it is worshipped with great passion. Devotees seek Mahakali’s blessings to wash off their sins and to find solutions to their problems.
Pajaka is situated 12 kms from Udupi and it is the birth place of dwaitha philosopher Madhawacharya. The place is famous for Durga and Parasurama temples.
The deity in Anagudde
Anegudde is 26 kilometers from Udupi. The place is known for Maha Ganapathi temple.
The deity is known as Siddhi Vinayaka or Sarva Siddhi Pradayaka as he fulfils the wishes of his devotees. He is also known to clear all the doubts in the devotees’ mind.
Hattiyangadi is situated 43 kilometers from Udupi near Kundapura. Shri SiddhiVinayaka temple of eighth century is the main attraction of this place. The temple is situated on the bank of the river Varahi. Lord Vinayaka is the main deity of the temple, which is 2.5 feet tall. It is carved in Saligrama stone and is believed to grow every year.
Kollur Mookambika Temple
Kollur is approximately 80 kilometers from Udupi and is famous for the Mookambika temple located at the foothills of Kodachadri hills. Adi Shankaracharya, the great advaita philosopher consecrated the deity of Mookambika temple. The temple is an important centre of Shakthi worship in India. It is in a picturesque location where the river “Souparnika” flows by the side of the temple and it is guarded by the peak hills (Kodachadri hills) of Western Ghats.
It is a waterfall at the foot of the Kodachadri hills inside dense forest and is an attraction for trekkers.
Kodachadri is a part of the Mookambika Reserve. It is a one day trek form the town of Kollur and for adventure lovers, it gives a unique experience.
Jomlu Theertha is situated in a village which is about 42 kilometers from Udupi and 10 kilometers from Hebri. It is a small water fall about 20 feet height in River Sita. The place has enchanting natural beauty and is ideal for picnics and weekend getaways. It is especially wonderful after the monsoons.
Kudlu Theertha is about 50 kilometers from Udupi and is another waterfall in the same river Seetha.
It falls from a height of 150 feet and is an enthralling sight.
The picturesque waterfall and the surroundings compel you to spend any amount of time in the location and you may not feel like returning to the concrete jungles where you stay.
The water from the height falls to a pond of clear water and is considered to be very holy.
Perdoor is about 20 km east of Udupi. It is an ancient village and is famous for Sri Ananthapadmanabha temple. The main attractions of this place are the temple, a pushkarani (water tank), Yakshagana melas(ancient cultural form) and buffalo race. Another attractive feature is the ritual of offering 1001 bananas to the temple deity by the devotees upon fulfillment of their wishes.
Mandarthi is about 30 km north of Udupi. This is another picturesque village which is famous for the temple of Goddess Durga Parameshwari. Durga Parameshwari is another form of Shakthi. The sacred pond of the temple is known as Nagatheertha (snakepond).
Kamalashile is situated at a distance of about 32 kilometers from Kundapura in Udupi district. The serene beauty of the place with surrounded by thick green forests, beautiful mountains and the river Kubja attracts lot of pilgrims and tourists. Kamalashile is famous for the very old Durga Parameswari temple. A special worship is performed every evening as a tribute to the Muslim rulers Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan here. The pooja is known as “Salam Pooja” and has been practised for a very long time.
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Attur church is about 38 kilometers from Udupi and four kilometres from Karkala. Karkala parish church has a rich history and was built in 1854.
People of all religions participate in the worships and at the religious function held every year in January.
Beaches near Udupi
Kaup: Kaup beach is around 12 kilometers from Udupi towards Mangalore. Kaup has a lovely beach, an ancient fort, and an old 100 feet lighthouse. The two temples of Goddes Mariamma, Jain basadis and Janardhana temple are the other visiting spots in Kaup.
Padubidri: Padubidri is 26 kilometers south of Udupi. It has a long stretch of clean and quiet beach and clear water. Families can spend evenings while children play on the white sand. The lighthouses from Kaup and Surathkal are visible from the beach. Padubidri also has Mahalingeswara temple, Mahaganapathi temple and a Brahmasthana.
Malpe: Malpe is around 6 kilometers from Udupi. Malpe is an important fishing centre and has a fishing harbour. If you are a non-vegetarian, ask for king fish curry, prawn curry and pomfret curry from hotels in Udupi. Fresh fishes are available in Udupi. The beach of Malpe is serene with long stretches of sand and clear blue waters. You may also find the Balarama temple and an oldest tile factory, Coronet tile factory in Malpe.
St. Mary’s Island: St. Mary’s Island is an island about thirty minutes boat ride from Malpe harbour. This palm-fringed island is 300 m long and 100 m wide and has unique basalt rock formations jutting out into the Arabian Sea with intriguing shapes. Boating facility is available from Malpe harbour during September to May.
Udupi - the city of temples
Udupi is known as the temple city because of the presence of ancient pilgrimage centres with spiritual importance. Pilgrims and other tourists mainly locate Udupi as the centre and roam around the places near Udupi. The place still maintains its natural beauty with lush greenery around even though the number of buildings is on the rise. Lodgings in Udupi are also fairly priced. Udupi is also famous for its masala dosa and sambar.
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