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Udupi is a small town and the headquarters of the Udupi District of Karnataka. The city is one of the topmost tourist destinations and people are always up for exploring the destination every time they visit the state. The place of saints and sages, it was a prominent spiritual place during the 13th century for Vaishnavism founded by Madhvacharya. He established eight Mathas to teach and spread Dvaita Vedanta Philosophy which is the reason why there are several ancient temples in this town.

Udupi is popular for the Krishna Temple which is one of the most ancient temples of the region. This beautiful destination is also known as Rajata Peetha because of the large number of temples in the city. 

The best time to visit Udupi is the winter season, as, during this time, the overall temperature ranges somewhere between 10-32°C.

History of Udupi

Udupi word is abstracted from the word 'Udupa' which means Moon. It is a Sanskrit word and is related to the Chandramouleshwara Temple. It was under the Dakshina Kannada district until 1997. 

Also Read: The place is highly valuable for all Sikhs as the last two Gurus lived here and also one of the five Takhts of Sikhism is situated here


According to the legends, this land was obtained by Parshuram (the 10th incarnation of Lord Vishnu) by throwing axe from the peak of Western Ghats in the Arabian Sea. It's also believed that Parshuram brought Brahmins from Aryavartha to settle in this region. He also built Renuka Temple on the Kunjarugiri Hill, in the name of his mother, Renuka.  

Historic Inscriptions

The historic name of Udupi District was Tuluva or Tulunadu which was later changed into South Kanara. Then again, it was changed to Dakshina Kannada which later got bifurcated into two parts - Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District.

According to historical texts, the earliest recognised rulers were Chutus aka Tulus around 200 AD and Kadambas around 600 AD. In a battle with Chalukya Dynasty, they got defeated and Chalukya King, Kirtivarma established his reign in the region. Under the Western Chalukya rule, the region was administered by Alupas around 575 AD.

The Alupas ruled for several years and then it was time for Keladi Nayakas in 1554 who ruled for 200 years. In 1763, the region was conquered by Hyder Ali and he formed his administration. Again till 1799 AD, Tipu Sultan ruled the region. In a battle with British East India Company, Tipu Sultan lost his reign and then the region got itself a new ruler. 

Major Attractions in and Around Udupi

1. St. Mary Island. This island is the place where Vasco De Gama made his first discovery. This is the land which undoubtedly has got an immense geological presence. The beauty of this place is quite spectacular to nurture in one’s mind.

2. Krishna Temple. The Krishna Temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites present in South India. Here you will be finding a fascinating idol of the Lord himself which is particularly adorned with a golden chariot.

3. Malpe Beach. Now, this is one of the perfect spots for a relaxing getaway. This beach has got an immense blue expanse of sky along with the palm trees.

4. Manipal. Manipal is one of the best places to visit in Udupi. Visiting this invigorating place will be offering you a completely different perspective on travelling.

5. Pajaka. It is the birthplace of Sri Madhvacharya. This village has several tourist attractions which will simply blow your mind away. Thus, it can be said that visiting Pajaka can be an unforgettable travel experience for you.

6. Shopping. Now, who doesn’t want to do that? Ratha Beedi here is a popular market where you can visit with your family and friends and purchase some interesting things such as spices, vessels, and objects related to handicrafts.

How to Reach Udupi

By Air. The Udupi does not have its airport. Thus, you can opt the Mangalore International Airport which is just 50-60 kilometres away from the city. It is one of the busiest airports in Karnataka serving regular flights across India as well as overseas. Once you land at the airpo9rt, you can see a hub of local means of transport to reach Udupi.

By Train. Udupi has got great rail connectivity with its neighbouring regions as well as other major cities of India. The nearest railway station is Udupi Railway Station which is well-connected to major cities of India. The trains are Matsyagandha Express, Hisar-Coimbatore SF AC Express, Kerala Sampark Kranti Express etc.

By Road. The roads of Udupi are well-linked to major cities of Karnataka. People can easily get a bus, taxi or cab to reach Udupi. The city also serves with frequent Auto Rickshaw Service within the proximity. 

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