across the country for its namesake cuisine and restaurant chain, Udupi is a
coastal town with magnificent temples, excellent architecture, relaxing beaches
and unexplored forests.
by the Arabian Sea on one side and lined with the Western Ghats on the other,
the pilgrimage site of Udupi is considered to be the most important city in the
Karnataka after Bengaluru and Mangalore. The beautiful temples showcase
different architectural styles while the forests, hillocks and extensive
beaches display the exquisite natural beauty, making Udupi a popular tourist
destination for pilgrims and nature-seekers.
Located 60 km from Mangalore, Udupi
is a cultural centre in Karnataka, with its appeal extending to all kinds of
travellers. The simple vegetarian cuisine that is synonymous with Udupi is
provided free of cost in places such as the Krishna Temple. In addition to the
peaceful and spiritual temples, Udupi has refreshing natural beauty with
numerous beaches that are bound to leave you mesmerized. Already famous for its
cuisine and temples, Udupi is slowly yet steadily becoming an important
commercial hub in the state as well. The combination of natural and man-made
beauty, flavours and spirituality, make Udupi an ideal retreat for visitors.
The beautiful city of Udupi,
situated along the Arabian Sea, is steeped in history and has many interesting
legends entwined with its past. According to lore, the moon god Chandra was
granted redemption from his sins from the great Lord Shiva after Chandra
completed penance here, and this led to the naming of the city as Udupi.
Translated, Udu means star while pa means leader, and so Udupi refers to the
god of the stars, Chandra.
There are also many myths
surrounding Udupi’s most famous attraction, the Krishna Temple. The most famous
legend states that the great saint Sri Madhwacharya had been meditating on the
coast when he noticed a ship about to capsize. Sri Madhwacharya guided the ship
away towards safety, and in return, the grateful sailors offered him anything
he may want from the ship as a token of gratitude. The great saint asked for
Gopichanda or holy sandalwood, which unbeknownst to the sailors was covering a
grand statue of Lord Krishna that they had been transporting from Dwaraka. The
sage Madhwacharya unearthed the statue from the Gopichanda and placed it in its
current place of worship in the Krishna Temple of Udupi.
Udupi is renowned for its iconic
religious architecture that is devoted to the gods and saints of the Hindu
religion, drawing pilgrims from near and far. The Krishna Temple, apart from
the ancient statue of Lord Krishna also contains majestic rathas or chariots.
All the idols in the Krishna Temple face the West and are uniquely worshipped
through windows known as Navagraha kindi, having silver plating and nine holes.
Located close to the Krishna
Temple is the Udupi Anantheshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and believed
to be more than 1,000 years old. Udupi is also home to the Tulu Ashta Mathas,
or 8 Hindu monasteries established by Sri Madhwacharya. These monasteries form
a part of the Dvaita school of Hindu philosophy put forth by Sri Madhwacharya.
and Local Food in Udupi
The name of the town is
synonymous to the famous Udupi cuisine known around the world; however, the
traditional Udupi cuisine in Karnataka has a distinct flavour and personality
of its own. This is why, when in Udupi, experiencing the local cuisine, with its
rich tastes, ingredients and varieties is a must for visitors.
The popular food items in Udupi
include a wide variety of dosas, Upma,
Bisi bele bath (a spicy preparation of rice), Idlis, Goli baje, Payasa, Rasam,
Pelakai Halwa ( Jackfruit Halwa),Kheer,
and countless more.
Day 1- Beginyour visit to Udupi with a leisurely
stroll through the main market, exploring places such as Ratha Beedi where you
can shop for unique souvenirs and get a taste of the local flavours and
Day 2- On your
second day in Udupi, visit the famous Krishna Temple and experience the
spiritual peace. Proceed to the eminent Coin Museum, which has an extensive
collection of coins, ranging from the ancient to modern.
Day 3- On your
final day, spend time in one of the many refreshing beaches of Udupi, whether
the Kodi Beach or the Kapu Beach. You can also visit the Shri Ananteshwar
Temple and Shri Kundeshwar Temple.