Udupi

Most beautiful, lush green mountains in the Karnataka state, Udupi.  Local people of the city creates very homely atmosphere for the tourists of the city. Udupi, the cultural and spiritual capital of Karnataka is the seat of education, banking and healthcare.

Location

Udupi is located in Karnataka, India. Udupi district spread between the rich Western Ghats on the east and roaring Arabian Sea on the west.

History

It is widely believed that the name of Udupi was derived from its Tulu name Odipu. The Tulu name in turn is associated with a temple at Malpe, devoted to Vadabhandeshwara. Another story is that the name Udupi came from the combination of the Sanskrit words Udu and Pa, which mean “stars” and “lord”.

Fairs and Festivals

Paryaya Festival– most popular festivals is Paryaya festival of Udupi. The festival is organised on January 18 and attracts devotees from the state and beyond.

Holi– A festival of colours is held in February-March to commemorate the advent of spring. Hanuman Jayanthi is a religious festival held in April to celebrate Lord Hanuman’s birthday.

Krishna Mutt– all Hindu festivals are celebrated in the Krishna Mutt with pomp and Grandeur. The area is full of activity throughout the twelve months of the year.

Tourist attractions

Malpe– it is the important port of the Karnataka coast. There natural beauty attracts to tourist towards the city and it is the natural port, 6 km away from the Udupi. This port is used for commercial purpose from the long time.

Perdoor– there is an ancient temple of Ananthpadmanabha. Perdoor about 19kms east from Udupi, it is a known for yakshagan.

Krishna Mutt– It is the very famous temple in Udupi which is founded by the Vaishnavite Saint Sri Madhvachrya in the 13th century. There is special feature of the temple is that the deity is worshipped through the nine silver plated holes, known as the Navagrah Pindi.

St. Mary’s Island– St. Mary Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths and great wildlife making it a mesmerizing place to be.

Place around the Udupi

Kollur– Kollur situated 74 km from Udupi, this is the abode of Goddess Mookambika, nestled among the Western Ghats and attracting thousands of tourists.

Mandarthi– located 26kms northeast of Udupi; Mandarthi has the famous Durgaparameshwari temple, which is an important centre of Shakti worship.

Best time to Visit

September-October is the best month to visit in Udupi.

How to Reach

By Air– the nearest airport is the Mangalore airport.

By Rail– the Udupi railway station lies on the Konkan railway route.

 By Road– Udupi is well-connected by a network of roads, with the National Highway 17 passing Udupi.

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