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Udupi and the places to visit around “Udupi”

Updated on January 29, 2017

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 temple

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 teertha

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

Kudlu Theertha

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.

Udupi Sambar Recipe | Coconut Sambar Recipe | Potato Onion Sambar


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.

Attur church

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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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi DDE

      Thanks for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Udupi and the places to visit around “Udupi” a gorgeous place filled with many great temples and worth a read and a visit to the place

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      @Vinaya Ghimire,

      If you get a chance again, don't miss the temple of "Krishna".

      Thanks for the comment

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have been to Udupi when I was traveling from Manglore to my college in Karlel. It was one night say and did not have opportunity to visit the place. I wish I had know about this earlier.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi Sunil,

      Welcome to hubpages!

      Thanks for the comment

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      Sunil Kunnoth 5 years ago

      Excellent. Expect more such article from you.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi Mann,

      Yes there very beautiful locations by the seashore between Mangalore and Goa. We spent three vacations in Goa and travelled by road. It is a beautiful experience.

      Thanks for your comment

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      mann101955 5 years ago from TRICHIRAPALLI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA-621216

      The entire coastal area from Mangalore to Goa is excellent. My visit to this coastal area is unforgettable. Thank you for having reminded me the lovely locations.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Udupi and the places around are blessed with abundant natural beauty like hills, dense woods, waterfalls and beaches. It is hard to find such a diverse topography. Temples like Ambalapady are very old and survived the invasion by different foreign rulers.

      Thanks for the visit:)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      A very detailed review of a place I hadn't heard of before. I would be a beach, waterfall hiking and rural explorer personally. I like the older styles, and interesting places like the Ambalapady temple.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      India is a land of contrasts and diversities

      It is my pleasure to orient you to our culture and ways of living

      Thanks for sharing

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      My father was a world wide traveler, not so for me. He spent time in India during his early twenties. In his later years he spoke of his time there with a regret. More months there would have suited him fine. He often referred to India as a land of contrasts. Ancient beauty contrasted by modern buildings.

      Traveling now I will leave for others. What I see of the world will be though the eyes of others. Thanks for the small taste of your world. Voted up interesting and SHARING with my twitter followers.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      @Dahlia Flower

      Thank you for stopping by

      I live in India and visited these places often:)

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      Very interesting especially because you know about India. I liked your summary and photos, too.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      @J.S. Matthew,

      South Indian temples have survived the invasion of Mughals, Portuguese and British. The carvings and art on the walls of these temples are very attractive and beautiful

      Thanks for sharing.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is really interesting! These Temples are much different than the Buddhist Temples in Cambodia. Very beautiful though and I would love to visit someday. Awesome job! Voted up and SHARING!


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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Wow such beautiful places thumbi7. I don't know when I will visit that side of India...but if ever I go down south...will pay a visit to some ESP udupi.

      Thanks for such detailed hub. Voted up as useful

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      Thanks for the visit

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi Sushmita,

      Udupi is very peaceful and has much more to offer than masala dosa.

      Thanks for the visit:)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      Thanks for the visit

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      alisha4u 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This one is great... I will not able to keep myself from visiting the place...

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I knew only of the Udupi Dosa, but you have introduced me to so much more at Udupi. Now I want to visit this place where wonderful temple visit can be combined with good food. :) Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      norman24 5 years ago

      wow, interesting info and a must place to visit. Thankx for sharing

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      @Marcy Goodfleisch

      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Another tempting place to visit! Thank you for this interesting hub!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      I am happy that this hub could give you the "darshan" of our beautiful 'Udupi Krishna"

      I pray to HIM shower his incessant blessings on you!

      Thanks for the visit and comment:)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi thumbi, you gave me a great "darshan" of our Hindu gods on this very Saturday evening. We had visited Udupi about 3 years ago and we stayed in Mangalore. We couldn't make it to all the temples and natural spots, but Kollur and Anegudde still cherish my memories. Udupi food was also great and you've presented all of its parts exceptionally well.

      Up, beautiful, interesting and awesome!!