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.