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Udupi is a small town in Udupi District. It is also the headquarters for Udupi District in the Karnataka State of India. The city is one of the top-most tourist destinations and people are always up for exploring the destination every time they visit the state. The place of saints and sages, it has been 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 was the reason for several ancient temples in Udupi District. The city is popular for The Krishna Temple which is one of the ancient temples. Udupi Cuisine which was founded by saint Madhvacharya is known nationwide in different cities. It is a pilgrimage site having a lot of ancient and valuable temples and centres. Udupi is also known as Rajata Peetha because of the number of temples in the city. Udupi is close to the industrial city of Mangalore and is a bit far from the capital city. NH66 is the national highway which passes through Udupi. The nearest harbour or port to Udupi is around 5 km from the city.

History of Udupi

Udupi word is abstracted from the word “Udupa” which means Moon. It is a Sanskrit word and is related to the ancient temple Chandramouleshwara Temple. It was under Dakshina Kannada district till 1997. 

According to Mythology

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

According to historic inscriptions

The historic name of Udupi District was Tuluva or Tulunadu which changed into South Kanara. Again, the South Kanara changed into Dakshina Kannada which later got bifurcated into two parts such as Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District.

According to historical texts, the earliest recognised rulers were Chutus aka Tulus around 200AD and Kadambas around 600AD. 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 and they 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 again the region got is a new ruler. 

Also Read: This town borders with the Thar Desert, and is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma

Places to visit in Udupi

St. Mary Island. The St. Mary Island is the place where Vasco De Gama had discovered as 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.

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.

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.

Things to do in Udupi

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

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

Go Some 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.

Events and Festivals in and Around Udupi

Ugadi. Ugadi is quite a famous festival celebrated in Udupi. On this festival, a tray containing coconuts, fruits, jewels, and a mirror is also kept in front of Krishna’s idol. After that Swamiji takes an oil bath. Moreover, a grand feast is also arranged in the hall. Read More

Matsya Jayanthi. This is believed to be the day when Lord Vishnu took the form of the fish Matsya. And on this day, the idol of Krishna is decorated with an armour resembling a fish.

Kuurmaa Jayanthi. On Kuurmaa Jayanthi the second day is the brighter fortnight of Vaisakha month and is celebrated as the Kuurma Jayanthi. Moreover, on this festival, the idol is decked as a tortoise.

Best time to Visit Udupi

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

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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