In the laps of the Western Ghats of India and bordered by the mighty Arabian Sea lies the sleepy coastal town of Udupi. Formed in the year of 1997, Udupi is famous for its pristine palm fringed beaches, beautifully carved medieval temples and of course for it’s lip smacking south Indian cuisines.
The 13th century, Sri Krishna Temple is considered the most sacred pilgrimage site in South India. The temple is built in typical Kerala Style architecture and is the conspicuous center of the Dvaita Vedanta Hindu school of philosophy. The Anantheshwar Temple is another significant religious place in Udupi. Alternatively known as Manjula Kshetra, this thousand year old temple is one among the most visited places in Udupi.
Sri Krishna Temple
The city offers to it’s visitors with some of the nicely manicured sand beaches filled with lots of lush greenery that is typical of a small coastal town. Unlike the beaches of Goa that lies about 200 miles north, the beaches in Udupi are less crowded and are relatively more clean and serene.
Malpe Beach on SH 65 abutting Stella Mary’s Church is known for its clean beaches, with fewer tourists that offers a fantastic view of the Sunset .
Off the Malpe Beach is a quaint Island of St. Mary’s. It is a set of four small islands, well known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar rhyolitic lavathese that dates back to the days when Indian subcontinent was attached to the island of Madagascar. To reach there you will need to take a 45 minutes boat ride from the
A visit to Udipi is never complete without tasting the widely acknowledged Udupi vegetarian food. While you can explore many restaurants here, i would recommend Mavall Tiffin Room or MTR whose popularity is growing with each passing day in Southern India, albeit for Vegetarians.
How to Reach Udupi
By Plane : The nearest Airport is the Mangalore International Airport. The airport is well-connected with major Indian cities. Goa’s Dabolim airport is the next nearest airport which is at a distance of around 300 km from Udupi. Getting in via Goa is not a convenient or a quick way to get to Udupi, but it will be good option, if you are planning to combine it as a vacation in Goa.
By Train : Udupi is a major station on the Konkan railway route. Major trains including Rajdhani Express stop at Udupi Railway Station. So it is quite convenient to plan reach Udupi via railways.
By Car : Udupi is well connected with Mumbai via Goa, and Bangalore. The roads are not in good condition on some parts some prepare well in advance for a road trip.
By Bus : Buses regularly ply from major southern cities and Maharashtra to Udupi providing a good option.
Google distance of Udupi from Goa : 310 Kms
Google distance of Udupi from Mangalore : 356 Kms
Best Time to Visit Udupi
The best time to visit Udupi is during the Winters season that ranges from the month of October till March.