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Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Udupi

Nearest City to Udupi: Mangalore (60 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Udupi: October to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Karnataka | District: Udupi

Udupi Weather: Maximum - 40°C
Minimum - 10°C

At a distance of 65 km from Mangalore, 102 km from Murudeshwar, 147 km from Shimoga, 309 km from Mysore and 403 km from Bangalore, Udupi is a famous temple town and headquarters of the Udupi District. It is also the source of Udupi cuisine which is famous across the world. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly for it's pilgrimage importance and beautiful beaches.

The name of this city was originated from Odipu. According to local legend, the 27 stars of the Hindu astrology were married to the Moon and soon after, the Moon lost its luster. As Lord Shiva is the last resort for everyone, the Moon and the stars created a Lingam and offered puja. Udu means Lord and Pa means Stars in Sanskrit.

Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty, located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Udupi is famous for Sri Krishna Temple. The Udupi Krishna Math was established in the 13th century by the great philosopher, Madhavacharya. The temple attracts pilgrims from all over India and is also a center for the Dvaita philosophy. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. Famous Hindu saints such as Chaitanya, Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa visited this temple for the darshan of Lord Krishna. Another attraction of Sri Krishna Temple is the Kanakana Kindi, a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his devotee, Kanakadasa.

There is also another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, believed to be more than 1000 years old, located near Yellur. Udupi is also famous for the wonderful beaches including Malpe Beach, Kaup Beach & St. Mary's Island. Being part of the Tulu Nadu, Tulu is the main language spoken in this region

Udupi is synonymous with the world-famous Udupi cuisine, which is served all over India in the efficiently-run Udupi restaurants, famous for dosas, idlis and other snacks. The tradition of this cuisine started in the great kitchens of the Krishna Temple which serve meals in the form of prasada to the thousands of devotees who come to pray at the holy shrine.

The most popular festivals include the Paryaya festival held every alternate year; the last being held in 2014. The festival is organized on January 18 and attracts large number of devotees. The roads are flooded with chariots with processions that display cultural shows such as folk dances and religious hymns. Holi, Ramanavami, Rathasaptami, Krishna Janmastami, Dusshera and Diwali are the other festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 62 km from Udupi. Udupi Railway Station is well connected by trains to cities like Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mangalore, kochi, Bikaner, Madgoan, Mumbai, Tirunelveli, New Delhi and Goa. Buses regularly ply from Udupi to major cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Goa, Shimoga, Mysore, Karwar, Pune and Mumbai.

The best time to visit Udupi is from October to March while the peak Season is from November to February. Usually it takes 2 days to visit places in and around Udupi.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0820
Languages Spoken: Tulu, Kannada, English
Major Festivals: Car Festival, Krishna Janmashtami, Paryaya Festival
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HOW TO REACH UDUPI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (56 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Udupi Railway Station (0 Kms)
Mangalore Central Railway Station (60 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Udupi Bus Station (0 Kms)

35 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN UDUPI


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in South India.

The Krishna temple was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th century. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels & a famous golden chariot. The unique feature of this temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The daily sevas and administration of the Mutt are managed by the Ashta Mathas.

Saptotsava or the Seven Utsavas celebrated in mid of Jan are considered as the annual festival of Sri Krishna Temple. During the Paryaya festival, held every two years, the temple management is handed over to the next Matha. Krishnashtami, Raamanavami, Hanumajjayanthi, & Deepavali are other important festival here.

Chandamouleeswara and Anantheshwara Temples adjacent to Sri Krishna Temple are about 2000 years old.

Timings: .....


Beach

At a distance of 10 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Malpe Beach spread between Swarna Nandi River and Malpe Port is one of the finest beaches in Karnataka.

Malpe is one of the most important ports of Karnataka. The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the clean waters of Arabian Sea all set a perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday. Malpe Beach is characterized by silver white sand beach and rocky islands, which is still quite secluded and not visited by a lot of tourists. It is a great place for boating and swimming.

October to January is the best time to visit Malpe. St. Mary's Island can be reached from here.


Beach | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 15 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, 65 Kms from Mangalore & 100 Kms from Murudeshwar, St. Mary's Island is a group of small beautiful islands to the north of Malpe Beach near Udupi. It is said that Vasco da Gama first reached this Island before reaching the Kappad Beach (near Calicut) while finding sea route to India.

The island has two beautiful beaches and crystallized basalt rock formations. The unique rock formations scattered through out the island giving a special landscape to the place. The rock formations are one of rarely found in the world. Eastern beach boasts of virgin sands, western beach is entirely made of sea shells. This unspoiled island is a very beautiful place with white sands, coconut trees, blue waters & pleasant atmosphere.

St. Mary's Island can be reached by 30 minutes boat ride from Malpe Beach which is about 10 Kms from Udupi. This .....


Beach

At a distance of 16 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Kaup Beach is a beautiful beach situated close to NH17 between Udupi & Mangalore. The light house situated on a hillock at the northern end of the beach is a beautiful sight to watch.

The beach is a serene place with nature's beauty in abundance. The 100 feet high light house was built by the British and it's a photographer's paradise. Kaup beach is covered by palm groves all the sides. Kaup is also known for the temple of Goddess Mariamma. There is also an ancient fort located in Kaup which is seen in ruins now. Kaup was once a famous Jain Kshetra and home for several Jain temples.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 25 Kms from Udupi, 86 Kms from Mangalore & 70 Kms from Murudeswar, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple is located in Kumbhashi between Udupi & karwar (about 9 Kms from Kundapur). Anegudde means elephant (Aane) hillock (Gudde). It is one of the seven places of pilgrimage in the region called 'Parashurama Srishti' which are believed to be created by sage Parashurama.

According to Legend, Sage Agasthya arrived from Heaven to perform Yagna (religious offering) to please the Devas for rain. Kumbasura, an Asura troubled the sages and disrupted the yagna. At this time Lord Ganesha blessed Bheema of Pandavas, with a sword. Bheema fought Kumbasura and slays him.

The main sanctum sanctorum contains the majestic figure of Vinayaka with silver Armour, in standing posture. Tulabharam, a custom of offering to God valuables in weight equivalent of a person is frequently done in this temple by devotees. Ganesha Chauthi is the main festival .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 10 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Vadabhandeshwara Temple dedicated to Balarama, the brother of Sri Krishna is situated near Malpe Beach. This temple is believed to have been built by Madhvacharya who built the famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple.

The sea shore near Vadabhandeshwara Temple is said to be the place where Madhavacharya had a vision of Lord Krishna is a sacred spot and a shrine for Lord Subramanya is built here. Evening is the best time to visit this temple, which allows you to also visit the near by beach and watch the beautiful sunset.

Mahalaya Amavasya is a special day here when thousands of pilgrims visit this temple and take bath in the sea. Malpe can be reached by bus from Udupi.

Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 14 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Bramhavar is an ancient religious destination located on NH17 towards Karwar. Brahmavar literally means 'a settlement of brahmins' is also an ancient cultural center.

Major points of attraction in Bramhavar include Mahalinga Temple built in 9th century, Gopinatha Temple which is a fine example of Hoysala architecture, and the Janardhana Shrine located in the agrahara.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 19 Kms from Udupi Railway Station, Barkur was the ancient capital of the Tulu kingdom, known as Barakanur. The majestic Seeta River flows through Barkur and joins the Arabian Sea.

Barkur used to have 365 temples and ruins of few can be seen even today. The town was a flourishing port in the 15th and 16th centuries. The town's main attractions are the temples with typical tiled roofs. The Panchalingeshwara Temple situated at the southern end of the town is the famous among the temples here. Barkur was also a Jain settlement in the ancient days.

The ancient fort and mud palace at the entrance of the town are in a ruined state and can be visited.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 Kms from Mangalore & 29 Kms from Udupi, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple located in Mulki is a 12th century temple dedicated to Sri Venkateswara (another form of Lord Vishnu). Mulki is situated on the banks of River Shambavi on NH 17 between Mangalore & Udupi. Sri Venkataramana, Bindu Madhava, Lord Vittala and Ugra Narasimha are worshipped in this temple.

The history of the place indicates that Sri Vijayendra Yathi of Kashi Mutt installed the image of Ugra Narasimha belonging to Vijayanagar here in 1565. Mulki was earlier known as Mulikapur, once ruled by Samantha kings. Now one can see the palace and the old ruins of the fort of Samantha Kings. The Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple and the temples of Somanath and Narayana are the other shrines of the Mulki.

A buffalo race called Arasu Kambala is held here annually. Annual Car Festival is celebrated in December on Pratistha Poornima, the installation day of Lord Narasimha.

Timings: 6:30 AM to 1 PM & 6 .....

Distance (From Udupi): 29 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 Kms from Mangalore & 30 Kms from Udupi, Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple is located on the banks of River Shambavi in Bappanadu village near Mulki.

The main deity of this temple is Goddess Durga, worshipped in the form of Linga. This temple is one of the important temples of Shakti in Dakshina Kannada. This temple was constructed in the 14th century. There is a large drum in the temple famously known as Bappanadu Dolu.

Annual festival is celebrated in the month of April.

Timings: 6 AM to 9:30 PM

Distance (From Udupi): 30 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sri Venkata Ramana Temple - Mulki - Including Travel): 30 Mins
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 34 Kms from Udupi & 52 Kms from Mangalore, St. Lawrence Church is located in Attur, which is about 8 kms from Karkala. The church built in 1845 is very popular in this region.

Attur Church situated in the outskirts of Karkala town. Placed amidst placid greenery, the Attur parish has a rich history with its origin tracing back to 1759. Moreover it is known for its miraculous history.the church is a place of worship and belief for all, irrespective of caste and creed. People from all walks of the society come here to offer their prayers to St Lawrence.

The Attur Festival celebrated in January is major festival of the church which attracts several thousand devotees.

Mass Timings : Daily Mass at 6.30 AM,Saturday 4.30 PM, Sunday 7.30 & 10.30 AM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 34 Kms from Udupi, 72 Kms from Mangalore & 22 Kms from Karkala, Kere Basadi located in Varanga is a beautiful Jain Temple located in middle of a lake. The temple is located in beautiful surroundings.

The temple has four idols in four directions facing North, South, East and West. The idols of 4 Tirthankaras are Bhagwan Parsvanatha, Bhagwan Neminath, Bhagwan Ananthanath & Bhagavan Shantinath.

The Kalla Basadi located on the way to Kere Basadi is an ancient stone monument and a worth visiting place.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Chaturmukha Basadi is a Jain temple, situated on a rocky hill near Karkala.

The primary deity of the temple is Chandranatha. This temple got its name due to the four doorways in four directions lead to the Garbhagriha. It is entirely built of stone and stands on a raised stone platform. The flat roof is constructed with large granite slabs and the temple has a total of 108 pillars. This temple was committed by Vir Pandya Deva, the King of Bairarava family in 1432 and completed in 1586.

This is the most celebrated temple in Karkala and is referred to in the inscriptions as Tribhuvana Tilaka Jina Chaityalaya and Ratnaraya Dhama. Photography is prohibited inside without prior permission.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Gomatheshwara Statue (Lord Bahubali) is located on a rocky hillock called Bahubali Betta in Karkala. It is situated near Chaturmukha Basadi (about 1 Km).

This single stone 42-foot statue of Gomateshwara is the second tallest in Karnataka, after Shravanabelagola.Veera Pandya Deva, the King of Bairarava family built this monolithic statue in his honor and also installed the Brahmadeva Pillar in front of the statue in 1436.

The Maha Masthakaabhisheka festival, sacred bathing of the statue with saffron paste, milk and water, held in every 12 years. During this period thousands of Jain devotees visit this place to carry out the Mahamastakabhisheka.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Neminath Basadi is a Jain temple constructed in 1329. It is located very close to Bahubali Betta / Gomatheshwara Statue (about 0.5 Km).

The presiding deity of this temple is Mulnayak Bhagvan Neminath. There is a 54 feet Manasthambha, carved out of single rock, which is installed in front of the Basadi. The complex also houses Lord Mahavir, Chandranath Swamy, Adinath Swamy, Ananthanath and Padmavathi basadis, and the Bhujabali Brahmacharya Ashram.

Chaturmukha Basadi (1 Km), Gomatheshwara Statue (0.5 Kms) and Ramasamudra Lake (1 Km) are nearby attractions.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple located in Karkala is popularly known as Padu Tirupathi, which means Tirupathi of West. This temple is more than 550 years old and houses the ancient idol of Lord Srinivasa of Tirupathi.

According to legend, a family of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins brought Lord Venkat Ramana's statue from Goa, settled in Karkala and built a temple. When the rulers of Mangalore attacked the temple, the temple was destroyed and idol was lost.

It is said that the devotees had a dream directing them to go back to their place where they were directed to receive an idol of Lord Srinivasa from a saint. Their dreams come true when a Brahmin stranger gave them an idol of Srinivasa which he brought from Tirupati. The Lord is name Tirupati Chappara Srinivasa and all the poojas here are performed as in Tirupati.

The Laksha Deepothsava festival, Annual Chariot festival and Chakrotsava are the major festivals of this .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Sri Ananthashayana Temple is an ancient temple located in Karkala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ananthapadmanabha (another form of Lord Vishnu). This temple is situated near Sri Venkata Ramana Temple (about 1 Km) & Chaturmukha Basadi (about 1 Km).

This temple was originally a Jain Basadi in 15th century. During that time, Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Narasimha Bharathi Swamiji came to Karkala and the Jain King gave him a warm welcome. But Swamiji said he will stay only if there is a temple with Lord installed in it. The king gave the Jain Basadi to His Holiness Sringeri Swamiji and installed a stone sculptured of Lord Vishnu.

The magnificent idol of Lord Vishnu is carved out of a single black stone with Lord Brahma coming out of Vishnu's navel, and Sridevi and Bhudevi at his feet.

This temple is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.


Waterfall

At a distance of 40 Kms from Udupi, 12 Kms from Hebri & 25 Kms from Agumbe, Jomlu Theertha Falls is a cluster of small cascading falls formed on Seetha River. This is a wonderful place located near Belve village. It is a small waterfall of about 20 feet tall situated in serene location.

This is a great picnic spot especially popular among family tourists to spend few hours. There are several places to swim near the falls which are absolutely safe. This place is full of great natural beauty.


Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

At a distance of 45 Kms from Udupi & 8 Kms from Agumbe, Onake Abbi Falls is a beautiful waterfall located near Someshwar. This is also a great trekking destination.

Located at a distance of 5 Kms from Someshwar, Onake Abbi Falls needs to be trekked from Someshwar through thick forest and rocky slopes. The duration of trek is about 1 hour 30 minutes (one way) and it's little hard to trek. The falls are best seen in post monsoon season between September & November. Here the water drops from a height of over 200 feet into a big pool. It's a great place to play in the waters.

It is highly recommended to hire a guide in Someshwar or Agumbe to trek these falls.


Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

At a distance of 47 Kms from Udupi & 17 Kms from Hebri, Kudlu Teertha Falls is a picturesque waterfall located in deep jungles of Western Ghats near Hebri. This waterfall is also known as Sita Falls. This place is also a good trekking destination.

The water at these falls drop from a height of 150 feet into a big pool. This is a beautiful waterfall and it's possible to swim in the pool below the falls. One can get close to the bottom of the falls when water is not forceful. There is one more waterfall above Kudlu Theertha called as Manga Theertha. There is no direct access to this fall.

To reach Kudlu Teertha, one has to first go to Hebri, which is 30 Kms from Udupi & connected by Bus. From Hebri, hire a private vehicle and reach the nearest road point to the falls which is located at Sita River. Cross the river and trek for 4 Kms in the jungle to reach the falls. The trek level is moderate and not suggested to visit with kids .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 47 Kms from Udupi, 17 Kms from Hebri & 3 Kms from Agumbe (which is located on Udupi - Tirthahalli road), Jogi Gundi Falls is a cute waterfalls situated close to the road between Agumbe & Barkana Falls.

The water at this place fall from a height of 20 feet into a huge pool. The surroundings of the falls capture great natural beauty and it's an ideal place to spend a couple of hours. It's possible to get into the falls and swim in the pond. The water from this stream merges into Malapahaari River, a tributary of the Tungabhadra. The pond got its name from the saint Jogi who used to meditate at this place.


Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

At a distance of 52 Kms from Udupi, 36 Kms from Tirthahalli, 22 Kms from Hebri & 8 Kms from Agumbe (which is located on Udupi - Tirthahalli road), Barkana Falls is the 10th tallest waterfall in India with a height of about 800 feet. It is a magnificent waterfall situated in the dense forest of the Western Ghats.

Formed by Sita River, this waterfall is the source of one of the important hydro electric projects in Karnataka. The name Barkana comes from the words Barka which means 'Mouse Deer' and Kana means 'Home'.

Part of the approach road to the falls is very muddy & only suggested to go by Jeep (which can be hired at Agumbe or Hebri). The viewpoint is 2-3 Kms from Malandur village & approach road is very muddy (walking takes 1 Hr oneway). In order to reach top of the falls from here (not possible to reach bottom of falls), one has to trek for about an hour (one way) through dense forest.

This route is part of the Narsima .....


Beach

At a distance of 48 Kms from Murudeshwar & 52 Kms from Udupi, Maravanthe is the place separated by Arabian Sea on one side and Souparnika River on the other. The Maravanthe Beach is a beautiful sight on the NH17 towards Udupi.

With a mountainous backdrop of Kodachadri Hills this is a picturesque virgin beach not unspoiled by tourists. The beach is also well lit up at night and the street lights reflect in the waters, making an attractive display. The water at Maravanthe beach is safe for swimming.

Distance (From Udupi): 52 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Hill Station

At a distance of 54 km from Udupi, 95 km from Shimoga, 100 km from Mangalore and 345 km from Bangalore, Agumbe is a cute hill station located in Shimoga district in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. It is situated at an altitude of over 2100 feet. Agumbe hill is one of the four peaks in the Western Ghats that borders the mainland and divides it from the coast.

Agumbe is also known as the Cherrapunji of South India. It receives the highest amount of rainfall in Southern India and the second highest in the country. It is also called Hasiru Honnu means green gold as it is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyrous, Hoiligarna, Eugenia and Ficus.

It is surrounded by a rich biodiversity, and adjacent to one of the last surviving lowland rain forests. It is also the place where RK Narayan has filmed his novel Malgudi Days. It is also famous for 14th century Gopala Krishna temple with Hoysala-style sculptures and a beautiful .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 33 Kms from Mangalore, 50 Kms from Udupi & 17 kms from Karkala, Moodabidri, popularly known as Jain Kashi, is one of the major centers of Jainism in South India. It's located between Mangalore & Karkala.

Moodabidri has 18 Jain basadis, the most famous being the 1000 Pillared Temple dedicated to Chandranatha. The temple is also known as Savirakambha Basadi & Hosa Basadi. The uniqueness of this temple is that no two pillars are identical. This temple was built in 1430 AD under the ruler Devaraja Wodeyar of Nagamangala. The temple has a valuable collection of metal, jewel carved images of Jain tirthankars. The 2 meter high panchaloha image of Chandranatha is a special attraction. A 15 meter tall single stone pillar called Manastambha stands in front of the Basadi.

The 17th century Chowta Palace is also worth visiting for its beautifully carved wooden pillars & ceilings.

Distance (From Udupi): 55 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Beach | City

At a distance of 345 km from Bangalore, 275 km from Karwar, 251 km from Mysore, 132 km from Coorg, 372 km from Goa, 413 km from Coimbatore, 420 km from Kochi and 682 km from Chennai, Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is an important port city on the west coast and the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka State. It is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka, located in the confluence of Nethravathi and Gurupura Rivers.

Lying between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore is one of the major ports of India. The city derives its name from the local Hindu goddess Mangaladevi. The sultans of Mangalore built the city as a strategic ship building base. Today, the city is one of the major ports involved in coffee and cashew export.

Mangalore was occupied by a number of rulers such as the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar dynasties as well as .....

Distance (From Udupi): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 2-3 Days
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Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 18 Km from Sringeri, 20 Km from Agumbe & 65 Km from Udupi, Narasimha Parvatha is an excellent destination for trekking in Karnataka for a two day trip. It is situated at an altitude of 3780 feet. This is one of the popular moderate to difficult treks in Karnataka with overnight camping on the peak.

Most common trekking route starts from Malandur (6 Km from Agumbe) and ends at Kigga (10 Km from Sringeri) with overnight stay on Narasimha Parvatha. Malandur can be reached by private vehicle from Agumbe (walking takes 1.5 hrs). From Malandur, the trek distance to the peak is about 14 Km via Barkana Falls (6-7 Hrs trek). Camping is allowed on the peak. Kigga is about 8 Km from Narasimha Parvatha and takes about 3-4 Hrs (Sirimane Falls can be visited during this trek with 1-2 Hrs extra effort). Water filling can be done at Barkana Falls and there is also a small pond on the .....

Distance (From Udupi): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Agumbe/Sringeri - Including Travel): 2 Full Days
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Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 30 Kms from Murudeshwar & 70 Kms from Udupi, Baindur (also spelled as Byndoor) is a small historical town situated on NH17 between Murudeswar & Udupi. Baindur is famous for many temples - Sri Seneshwara Temple, Sri Mahakali Temple and Sri Sita Ramachandra Temple, Sri Someshwara Temple situated on the beach. Baindur is also having a beautiful beach.

Sri Seneshwara Temple is the most beautiful with extensive carvings built in Hoysala's style. Sri Mahakali Temple is at least 300 years old and recently renovated. Sri Someshwara Temple situated on the beach offers wonderful views of the serene surroundings. Baindur Beach is a good place for swimming and it offers boating facilities. There is a beach resort called Sai Vishram Beach Resort which offers a wide range of water sports.

Distance (From Udupi): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 318 km from Bangalore, 104 km from Mangalore, 99 km from Shimoga, 88 km from Chikmagalur, 256 km from Mysore and 79 km from Udupi, Sringeri in Chikmagalur district is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India. Sringeri is well known for Sharada Peetham, the first and foremost of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th century saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly as a pilgrimage destination.

Sringeri is situated at an altitude of 2789 ft on the banks of River Tunga bounded by Western Ghats. The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is named after Sage Rishyashringa. Hyder Ali annexed Ikkeri to the kingdom of Mysore. Tipu Sultan provided financial aid to Sringeri for the reconstruction of temples.

According .....

Distance (From Udupi): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 60 km from Murudeshwar, 73 km from Udupi, 90 km from Jog Falls and 133 km from Mangalore, Sri Mookambika Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is located in the valley of Kodachadri Mountain Peak on the banks of Souparnika River. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Mukti Stalas created by Parashurama and the other places are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. It is a famous site of pilgrimage in Karnataka and one of the top places to visit near Murudeshwar.

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. According to Legend, Goddess Parvathi killed a demon called Kamsasuran who lived here and attempted to become powerful through his penance. Devi along with the help of Veerabadra, .....

Distance (From Udupi): 73 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 75 Kms from Shimoga, 81 Kms from Udupi, 31 Kms from Hosanagara & 16 kms from Thirthahalli, Kavaledurga Fort is an ancient Fort situated on top of a hill at an altitude of 5000+ feet. This fort is also known as Bhuvanagiri

The initial fort at Kavaledurga was constructed in 9th century. The king of Belagutti, Cheluvarangappa strengthened this fort in 14th century. Venkatappa Nayaka, a Keladi king, acquired this fort and constructed seven battlements to protect this fort in the 16th century. Hyder Ali conquered this fort in the 18th century and later the fort came under the rule of Tipu Sultan. Now only the ruins of the fort are survived.

This ancient hill fort gives a panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the islands formed by the Varahi backwaters. Best time to visit would be December through April.

Little trekking is required to reach this place from the road.


Waterfall

At a distance of 67 Kms from Murudeshwar, 83 kms from Udupi & 10 Kms from Kollur Temple, Arisina Gundi Falls (also called as Arasina Makki Falls) is a famous waterfall located in thick forest inside the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also an ideal place for trekking.

This falls are deep inside the forests close to Kodachadri hills and demands 1-2 Kms trek from the nearest approach road. The road can be reached by hiring Jeep from Kollur Temple. The trekking starts after 8 Kms drive through thick forest. There are signs showing way to the waterfalls on trek route. Entry permission can be obtained at the check post while entering into the forest.

The falls is huge and water drop into a big pool. Swimming in the pool below the falls is very dangerous due to the sharp rocks. However, there are smaller streams near the falls where swimming is possible.

You can also trek all the way from Kollur Temple. However, it's highly recommended to hire a guide. Oct - Dec is best .....

Distance (From Udupi): 83 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollur Mookambika Temple - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Waterfall

At a distance of 87 Kms from Udupi, 25 kms from Sringeri, 17 Kms from Tirthahalli, 73 Kms from Sagar & 76 Kms from Shimoga, Ambutheertha is the birthplace of River Sharavathi. It is situated on Tirthahalli - Hosanagara road. The famous Jog falls is formed on Sharavathi River. This place is located in thick forest and it's a scenic place.

Ambutheertha is also considered a sacred place by the locals who say it was here that Lord Rama pierced the earth with his Ambu (arrow) for water, hence named as Ambutheertha. There is a small Shiva Temple built above the source of Sharavathi River.


Waterfall

At a distance of 89 Kms from Udupi, 16 Kms from Tirthahalli, 72 Kms from Sagar & 75 Kms from Shimoga, Achakanya Falls is located near Aralsuruli at a distance of 4 Kms from Ambutheertha. This fall is formed by the Sharavathi River.

This is relatively small waterfall where water drops from a height of about 20 feet in 2 steps. The surroundings of the falls offer spectacular natural beauty.


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 162 km from Mangalore, 188 km from Shimoga, 113 km from Karwar, 76 km from Gokarna, 219 km from Hubli, 214 km from Panjim & 497 km from Bangalore, Murudeshwar is a well known pilgrimage and beach destination located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Murudeshwar is a picturesque place situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats. Murudeshwar is one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, for it's pilgrimage importance apart from being a popular beach resort.

The Murudeswar town was earlier known as 'Mrideshwara'. It was later renamed as Murudeshwar after the construction of the temple. Murudeshwara is famous abode of Lord Shiva and a popular pilgrimage center in South India. According to the legend, Ravana brought the Atma Lingam from .....

Distance (From Udupi): 100 Kms
Trip Duration (From Udupi - Including Travel): 2-3 Days
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