India is diverse in terms of natural beauty. It has varied mountains, beaches, forests, plateaus, plains, and caves. The amalgamation of all these enriches the beauty of our country. One of the states that behold the beauty of nature is Udupi. The name “Udupi” has believed to have come from the word “Uda” and “Pa”. “Udu” means stars, and “Pa” means lord. The city is present in Karnataka state.
Tourist Places in Udupi
Udupi prides itself on beautiful beaches, temples, food, and educational institutions. Here is a list of Tourist Places in Udupi to explore.
#1 St. Mary’s Island
This is one of the famous Tourist Places in Udupi. The cool and calm breeze of the sea alongside St. Mary’s Island is sure to take your breath away. It is at 4 miles distance from the coast of Karnataka in the Arabian sea. It is a group of four islands North Island, South Island, Coconut Island, and Daryabahadurgarh Island. It has white sand beaches, a shoreline with crystalline rocks, and beautiful flora and fauna. The formation of these rocks happened when Madagascar island got separated from India. It adds a different charm to the marvel of the beach.
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#2 Malpe Beach
Maple Beach is 6 km away from Udupi. It is famous for its good weather, beautiful white sands, and delicious food shacks on the seashore. Recently, the authorities have also added the facility of 24*7 free WIFI on the beach. It is one of the most unexplored beaches in India. The fascinating vast coastline is the hidden gem. It has four islands with gorgeous rocks. You can have mesmerizing experience on the beach.
#3 Krishna Temple
The Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, or the Krishna Temple, is one of the holiest pilgrimages in India. Jewels and a golden chariot elegantly adorn the Lord Krishna idol in the temple. The design of the temple resembles that of the ashram. It is also the birthplace of Daasa Sahitya. The daily prayer offerings begin at 4 am. The worshipping style is unique in this temple. It takes place through a silver-plated window. The window has nine holes and is also called Navagraha Kitiki. Celebration of several festivals like Deepavali, Ramnavmi, and Krishnaashtami occur pompously in the temple.
#4 Jomlu Teerth
It is in Someshwara Wildlife sanctuary in Udupi. Jomlu Teerth is a waterfall present in the dense natural reserve. It falls down the rocky terrain from a height of about 20 feet. River Sita forms the beautiful fall cascades. The soft music of waterfalls with birds singing amidst the green reserve will make you want to stay there a little longer.
This village in Udupi holds a rich history that speaks volumes. It is the birthplace of the Dvaita philosopher named Sri Madhavacharya. The place marks the importance of events in the life of the philosopher. The Banyan tree grown by him is a major attraction here, and there is also a Madhava Mandir nearby that you can visit.
#6 Kaup Beach
It is another pristine beach between Mangalore and Udupi. The beach is perfect for a quiet gateway and unwinding. There is one lighthouse present on the beach. It was located in 1901 and is open every day for one hour from 5:30. The view of the sea and the lighthouse is unforgettable.
#7 Delta Beach
It is also known as Kodi Bengre Beach. It has water on three sides. At this location, the Suvarna river drains into the Arabian sea and forms a delta-like point there. Hence, it is also called “Sangama Point.” You can explore mangroves nearby and enjoy relishing seafood varieties. The beach waters have sinking sand. So, it is not suitable for swimming and is risky. The beach is apt for beautiful views. The road that leads to the beach is narrow and has water on both sides. You should climb and navigate a few rocks to get to the beach.
#8 Chandramoulishwar Temple
The temple is just next to Krishna temple. The history dates back 900 years. The atmosphere inside the temple is very calm and peaceful.
Manipal was a coastal town. It also became famous after Manipal University came into existence. The Arabian sea is 8kms distance from there. It is well-known for its multiple educational institutions. Dr. T M A Pai founded them. It became a known place in Karnataka for its IT hub and headquarters of Syndicate bank.