Udupi, the headquarters of Udupi District, is a town in Karnataka, notable for the Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna), the serene beaches and popular Udupi cuisine. Udupi, also known as Rajata Peetha and Shivalli (Shivabelli), a centre of pilgrimage, is situated about 58 km north of Mangalore and about 422 km north-west of Bangalore.
Udupi is also the native place of the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya who founded the Krishna Mutt in the 13th century. The Krishna temple, is believed to have been installed by the sage Madhvacharya in the 13th century. Madhvacharya also established a monastic order consisting of eight mathas (Ashtamathas) located in various places around Udupi. Sri Krishna Temple and Mutt, is a complex of temples and monasteries located near the Madhva Sarovara, or Madhvacharya’s pond. Madhva Sarovara has a “mantapa” or canopy at its centre, and the pond is often beautifully lit. The main temple itself is constructed in the architectural style typical in Kerala and Dakshina Kannada, with multiple layers around the inner sanctum sanctorum, with no massive sikhara over it. On special occasions, the temple area is beautifully decorated with flowers and lamps. The unusual feature of this temple is that the statue faces west, and away from the devotees.
Udupi is famous for has some nice beaches, lush greenery, the quaint charm of a small town and many temples. Kapu Beach (Kaup Beach) located south of Udupi, 22 Km from Manipal is a serene and peaceful beach. The lighthouse located in this beach, offers a nice view of the place around. Lighthouse closes at 4:30PM. Malpe beach, near Stella Maris Church. Is a nice and clean beach offering breath taking views for tourists of the sunset in the background of St Mary’s island. Manipal End-point Park is a small cliff that overlooks the Suwarna river. From this point, you can get a beautiful view of the sea as well as the mountains. St Mary’s Island, off MalpeBeach are rock formations created by a mixture of volcanic lava flow and waves. Legend has it that the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed here and claimed the island in the name of Mother Mary. The island also has beautiful beaches worth visiting in the evenings.
Pajaka Kshetra at Kunjarugiri is birthplace of Madhvacharya and considered a holy place by believers. The place has a temple dedicated to Durga and a memorial dedicated to Madhvacharya and some ponds. Udyavar Pithrodi, Udyavar is an island at the mouth of a river near Udyavar beach also offering some beautiful views of the sea and Island.
The term ‘Udupi’ is a popular simple inexpensive restaurants serving clean simple and tasty vegetarian cuisines in the South Indian style. However, the original ‘Udupi’ the sleepy coastal town from which this great cuisine originated is not known to many. The place is also home to Manipal, a major educational centre, with students from all over India.
The weather is fairly equable throughout the year, due to the nearby Arabian sea. Temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees centigrade in day time and is around 25 degrees during the night and Humidity is normally high most of the time.The rainy season is from June to September.