Located in the coastal area, Udupi is lined with beaches that are quite unexplored, and exquisite temples that attract pilgrims and tourists all over the world. It’s also famous for its educational institutions like Kasturba Medical College, which is India’s first-ever private medical college. India has always been famous for its engineering and computer science courses, and you can explore renowned universities in the area. Whether it’s nature, art, food, adventure, or religious pilgrims you’re looking for, this quaint little town in the South of India is a good place to be. Scroll down to find out more about the things to do in Udupi, India.
1. Enjoy a day at Malpe beach
Located 66 km (41.01 mi) from Mangalore and about 6 km (3.72 mi) from Udupi, Malpe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the South. With its never-ending stretch of golden brown sand, palm trees, and blue waters, Malpe is akin to a beautiful painting. The wide and pristine area of Malpe makes it suitable for a variety of outdoor activities and water sports. Rent a jet ski to ride with your partner, or take a thrillingly fast banana ride with the family. For 300 INR (4.05 USD), you can take a ferry to St. Mary’s Island. It is a 20- to 30-minute boat ride to the island, giving you ample time to enjoy the views of the port.
Address: Malpe, Udupi, State of Karnataka, India
Website: Malpe Beach
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
The best time to visit St Mary's Island is during the winter months - from October to February. This is because the region receives heavy rainfalls during monsoons and gets extremely hot in the summer. Do remember to carry a hat or a scarf to cover your head during the day. Try going to the island by the early ferry to get better and less-crowded access to the several photo-worthy spots near the water.
2. Say a little prayer at Sri Krishna Temple
Udupi is famous as a place of pilgrimage because of the Sri Krishna Temple. The auspicious temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a major deity in Hinduism. This temple dates back as far as 1,000 years, and it is unique for its praying pattern. In the Krishna Temple, you can catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna through a window. Prayers and processes only take place through this prescribed silver-plated window referred to as the Navagraha Kitiki.
Sri Krishna Temple
Address: Car Street, Thenkpete, Maruthi Veethika, Udupi, Karnataka – 576101
Website: Sri Krishna Temple
Opening hours: 5am - 9.30pm (daily)
3. Try some dosa at Mitra Samaj
The crispy south Indian Dosa originated in Udupi. It has been around for 1,500 years and each restaurant in Udupi has created its own version and taste of this single delicacy. But essentially, it is a fermented crepe made with a simple batter and black lentil. Dosa is rich in carbohydrates and it has no salt, sugar, or gluten. It makes for a healthy meal as it is also typically stuffed with vegetables and sauces. It has now made its way to the list of ’10 foods to try before you die’, compiled by the Huffington Post.
Mitra Samaj is a vegetarian restaurant near Sri Krishna Temple, famous for its original Masala Dosa. This might be the oldest place in the area to serve an authentic Indian breakfast. From its longevity, you can say this place definitely knows the true essence of what makes a perfectly good Masala Dosa. The restaurant has been around for 60 years and it is said to be the birthplace of Masala Dosa.
Address: Sri Krishna Temple Complex, Thenkpete, Maruthi Veethika, Udupi, Karnataka 576101, India
Website: Mitra Samaj
Opening hours: Thu - Tue: 6am - 9:30pm (closed on Wed)
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4. Take a trip to Uppinakudru Island
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About a 20-minute drive from Kundapura is a beautiful and calm village called Uppinakudru. It’s an underrated island that hasn’t been the focus of tourists and visitors for a long time. Although it has gained attention over the years, Uppinakudru Island has still remained as it was—serene and peaceful. If you want to avoid rowdy crowds and noisy tourist spots, then this might be the perfect solitary haven for you. You can also visit a number of temples when you take a little side trip to this island. Although not as humungous as other temples in India, Gopalakrishna temple is a small but interesting place of worship. For a small island, you’ll definitely have a list of intriguing temples to visit.
Address: Udupi - 576201
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
5. Laze around Kapu Beach
What sets Kapu Beach apart is its main attraction in the area, which is the lighthouse towering over the beach. The lighthouse used to be open to the public. There is no walkway from the beach other than a few big rocks, but you can use these rocks to cross the beach to get to the lighthouse. However, it is presently closed to the public, so you can now enjoy the lighthouse’s magnificence from afar. Food stalls are also available in the area, so it’s easy to grab a meal and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Laze around the undefiled beach and watch the sunset over the horizon at Kapu Beach for some time out.
A haven of solitude
Udupi is a good place for anyone looking to escape the bustles of a fast-paced urban life. Whether it’s an adventure you seek or peaceful silence, Udupi offers you a chance to commune with nature and with the gods. The clean, wide beaches are ideal for a variety of watersport activities, and they’re perfect if you wish to laze around. With beauty that’s well-preserved and untainted by development and modernity, it’s an eternal favorite for tourists and locals alike. Explore the waterfalls and beaches and take solace in the temples. Udupi is truly a place of retreat for anyone who wants a taste of heaven, even just for a bit.
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