Udupi Travel Guide

places to visit

Udupi has some nice beaches, lush greenery, the quaint charm of a small town and many temples.

* Udupi Sri Krishna temple. 800 years old, established by the Dvaita sage Madhvacharya 

There are various Devi temples around Udupi. They are

* Shri Janardana and Mahakali Temple, Ambalpady. 

* Shri Mahishamardhini Temple, Kadiyali.  edit

* Shri Panchadurgaparameshwari Temple, Indrali. 

* Venkatarman Temple, Tenkapet (0.5 km south of Sri Krishna Math). The temple was established on 1896 by Sri Sri Varadendra Teertha Swamiji of Sri Kashi Mathn Samsthan, Varanasi.  edit

You can also visit the birth place of the great Dwaita philosopher, Madhwacharya at Pajaka which is approximately 10 km from Udupi.

Visit Manipal(The Educational City of South India)its hardly 5 km from Udupi.

* Malpe beach. Watch the sunset in Malpe beach where you can take fantastic pictures of sunset in the background of St Marys island etc.  edit




The term Udupi (also Udipi) is also synonymous with delicious vegetarian food now found all over world . The origin of this cuisine is linked to Krishna Matha (Mutt). Lord Krishna is offered food of different varieties every day, and there are certain restrictions on ingredients during Chaturmasa (a four-month period during the monsoon season). These restrictions coupled with the requirement of variety led to innovation, especially in dishes incorporating seasonal and locally available materials. This cuisine was developed by Shivalli Madhwa Brahmins who cooked food for Lord Krishna, and at Krishna Matha in Udupi, the food is provided free.


Udupi  is a city and the headquarters of the Udupi District in the Indian state of Karnataka. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Matt located here. It also lends its name to the Udupi cuisine

get there and around

Udupi is around 406 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.
By plane

* Mangalore International Airport is 59 km from Udupi, and has connectivity with Mumbai,Bangalore,Goa,Kozhikode,Trivandrum,Bahrain,Dubai,Abu Dhabi,Kuwait,Muscat and Doha.

Prepaid taxis (non air-conditioned) can be booked from the counter located inside the arrival terminal at Rs. 780.00 (as on 14-Jun-2008). They take approximately 1.5 hours to reach.

By train

* Udupi is a major station on the Konkan railway route. There are connections with Mumbai and Mangalore. Major trains including Rajadhani Express stop at Udupi Railway Station. A night train is available from Mangalore to Bangalore.

By car

* Udupi is located right on National Highway NH17 connecting Cochin with Mumbai. For a city-weary person, a journey on this highway will really lighten up the spirits.
* From Bangalore, you first need to come to Mangalore via another national highway which mostly passes through zig-zag roads of hilly terrain.

By bus

* Different type of buses regularly travel from major southern cities to Udupi. You may choose from Volvo (AC buses), Airbuses or KSRTC buses depending on your budget.

Get around

Buses, cabs and autorickshaws are ways to get around the city.

Udupi has excellent city bus services run by various private companies. Buses generally start and end at the main bus stand, but stop at various locations throughout the city.

Hired cabs are available, though they can't be hailed off the street. Autorickshaws can be, and are generally a cheap mode to travel.

Walking around the city when the weather is good is safe, and a good experience.