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Karnataka Tourism – The Holy Town of Udupi

Written By: Manoj

Udupi is the land of eternal bliss, thanks to the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other.

The town is famous for its Krishna temple which is visited by a large number of devotees throughout the year. It is a picturesque town where tourists can head out to explore unseen places.

What makes Udupi even more famous are its mouth watering local dishes. Tourists coming here can head to the many restaurants here that serve lip smacking vegetarian food. The dishes are said to be cuisine of the Madhawa community which lives here.

Chandramouleshwara Temple

Chandramouleshwara Temple

The Chandramouleshwara Temple is believed to have been built during the Chalukya dynasty some 900 years back. The temple is famous for its two enormous Shivlingas. There are many inscriptions on the walls of the temple and you will also see images of dancing Ganesha and Jaalandhra here. Devotees come here to find solace and worship the lord.

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Kunjarugiri Durgadevi Temple

Kunjarugiri Durgadevi Temple

The Kunjarugiri Durgadevi Temple is believed to have been built by Lord Parashurama. The temple is located on a hill which resembles an elephant and thus the name.The word 'Kunjara' in Kannada means elephant. Tourists coming here are left speechless by the beautiful view they get to see of the region. It is also an ideal place to meditate and be one with the soul.

Photo Courtesy: Arun Prabhu

Pajaka

Pajaka

Pajaka is believed to be the birth place of Sri Madhavacharya who was a Dvaita philosopher. The major attarction here is the ancestral home of the philosopher. There is also a temple dedicated to him here. Tourists come here to learn more about this holy man and to explore his ancestral house. Followers of Sri Madhavacharya come here to the temple and offer their respcts here.

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St. Mary's Islands

St. Mary's Islands

The St. Mary's Islands also known as the Coconut Islands are a group of four islands off the coast of Malpe. It is believed that Vasco Da Gama landed here during one of his voyages from Portugal. These islands are known for its scenic beauty and tourists can hire a boat to travel here. It is a perfect getaway for a picnic or for spending some quality time with your loved one.

Photo Courtesy: Arun Prabhu

Vinayaka Temple

Vinayaka Temple

The Vinayaka Temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. It is believed that this entire region was created by Lord Parashurama and hence this region is considered very scared. The idol of the Lord is covered in silver coating and is in a standing posture. Devotees come here to worship the Lord and also marvel this holy region.

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Saligrama Narasimha Temple

Saligrama Narasimha Temple

The Saligrama Narasimha Temple is a huge temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The temple is believed to be over 1000 years old and also the idol here is said to have been placed by Narad Maharishi. Devotees come here from far and wide to pay their respect to the God.

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Maha Ganapathi Temple

Maha Ganapathi Temple

The Maha Ganapathi Temple at Padubidri is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The idol here is 2.5 ft tall and is carved out of a single block of stone. Devotees come here to pay respect to the Lord. Tourists coming here can marvel the beauty of the temple and explore the surrounding regions.

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Kapu Beach

Kapu Beach

The Kapu Beach is known for its serene surroundings and soothing climate. Tourists coming here can enjoy a dip in the cool waters or just lay on the sand and be sunbathed. It is an ideal spot for going on a picnic with your family as well.

Photo Courtesy: Bishu Naik

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