About Udupi

Udupi district (Tulu/Kannada/Konkani) in the Karnataka state of India was created in August 1997 located about 60km from Mangalore, the pilgrimage town of Udupi was the abode of Madhavacharya, the renowned Sanskrit philosopher and scholar. Udupi is a city and the headquarters of the Udupi District in the Indian state of Karnataka. Udupi is famous for the Krishna temple located here. It is widely believed that the name of Udupi was derived from its Tulu name Odipu. The Tulu name in turn is associated with a temple at Malpe, devoted to Vadabhandeshwara. Another story is that the name Udupi came from the combination of the Sanskrit words Udu and Pa, which mean "stars" and "lord." According to legend, the moon's light was once reduced due to a curse by King Daksha, whose 27 daughters (the 27 stars, according to Hindu astrology) were married to the moon.

General Profile

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Geography: Udupi is famous for Ashta Matha, i.e. eight Matts and Sri Krishna Temple. Udupi is also one of oldest Educational Centres. Udupi has a literacy rate of 92%, high compared to other districts of Karnataka. Udupi also tops the 10th and 12th standard exams held every year by the Karnataka State Education Board. Udupi district is home to internationally renowned educational institutions. The Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) runs schools, colleges and institutes of higher learning. Similarly, the Nitte Education Trust, located at Nitte, heads a large number of educational institutions. Udupi is also the birth place of the Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Corporation Bank Rivers Such as Swarna, Chakra, Sita, Netravati, Varahi and Kubja contain beautiful and often unexplored river islands. Called Kudrus, some of the islands are inhabited but lack basic facilities such as drinking water, electricity and transport. Examples of the islands include Skool Kudru, Kannada Kudru, Katte Kudru, Benne Kudru, Bavali Kudru and Shetty Kudru. Religion ,Castes & tribes : Bunts, Mogaveeras, Billavas, Konkanis Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Rajapur Saraswat, Kudalkar, Daivajna, Shivalli Brahmins, Kota brahmins, Koragas and Mangalorean Catholics are some of the prominent communities in Udupi.



Udupi Shree Krishna Temple,Malpe,St.Mary's Island,Kaup Maravanthe Beach,Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary,Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Shirva Pilar khan Bird Sanctuary
About 6 km from Udupi town, Malpe is an important fishing and trading harbour. St. Mary's Island:An island on the Arabian Sea near to Malpe. Kaup (pronounced "Ka-Aap"): About 12 km from Udupi with a beach and a lighthouse Maravanthe Beach: About 42 km from Udupi. The NH-17 is flanked on the left side by the Arabian Sea and on the right side by the Souwparnika River. However, due to continuous sea erosion, the Arabian Sea has come dangerously close to the NH-17.Still the road exists miraculously between sea and river and after this spot, river makes a U turn and goes eastwards and meets sea at Kundapura, after a journey of about 10 km. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary: About 40 km from Udupi. It contains rare species of animals, birds and medicinal plants. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary: About 50 km from Udupi. Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur road, this sanctuary is generally off the tourist map. Shirva Pilar khan Bird Sanctuary: About 03 km from Shirva.

Art And Culture

Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu and Nagaradhane are some of the cultural traditions of Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Dusshera and Christmas. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular.Rathabeedhi Geleyaru, a local non-profit organisation, was founded to encourage creative pursuits, especially those that keep alive the traditions of the region. Its primary focus has been drama. The Paryaya festival is held once every two years in the even years like 2006,2008,2010.The paryaya is held on 18 January on even years,starting early morning at around 3.00 A.M. During this festival there are tableaus from various groups which gather in Udupi in the early hours of the morning

Udupi in Karnataka India

Udupi, Karkala, Kundapura
1,112,243 (2001)
286 /km2 (741 /sq mi)
Time zone
IST (UTC+5:30)
3575 km2
Pincode :576101-576257 Telephone +0820 Vehicle KA-20