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Udupi - The Land Of The Moon And Stars


Udupi, in Karnataka is famous for its Krishna temple and its cuisine. The very name has become synonymous with the simple yet delicious vegetarian dishes of the Madhwa community, who cook the Lord's offerings and have been doing this for ages.

Udupi lies at a distance of about 400 km from Bangalore and 54 km from Mangalore. The place is mainly famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. There is also another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, believed to be more than 1000 years old, located near Yellur.

The Udupi Krishna Math was established here by Saint Madhavacharya in the 13th century. The Brahmins who were responsible for providing offerings to the Lord, cooked simple, delicious and hygienic food. These food were restricted to Udupi cuisine famous not only in Karnataka, but across the entire country. Their dosas are particularly renowned.

A Peek Into The Local Mythology

According to local legend, the 27 stars of the Hindu astrology were married to the Moon and soon after, the Moon lost its luster. As Lord Shiva is the last resort for everyone, the Moon and the stars created a Lingam and offered puja. This Lingam can be seen here in Udupi to this day, and that is how the town got its name.

Udu means Lord and Pa means Stars in Sanskrit. There are many legends surrounding the Krishna Temple in Udupi.

One local legend contends that in the 16th century, a devotee named Kanakadasa, belonging to the lower castes, wanted to have darshan of the Lord. As he was not allowed inside the temple, Kanakadasa tried to get a glimpse of the Lord through the rough, small window, but could only see His back. Legend says that the Lord Himself turned around to give a darshan to his devotee.

What To See In Udupi - Tourist Places In Udupi

Other places of interest nearby are the beautiful beaches of Malpe and the Yellur Shri Vishweshwara temple. Udupi is well connected by rail and road to nearby towns and all major cities and Mangalore airport is the closest airport.

There is a Gurukul attached to the Krishna Math here that teaches the philosophy of Dvaitam to those interested in the basic concept behind Vaishnavism. There are many hotels for visitors to stay in Udupi to suit any budget.

Many handmade traditional toys can be found in Udupi including toy drums for children, as in many Krishna temples.

How To Reach Udupi

Udupi is well connected by railways and roadways though for air routes it is dependent on Mangalore.

Best Time To Visit Udupi

December to February is the ideal time to explore the town of Udupi. These winter months are relaxing and comfortable.

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How to Reach Udupi

  • By Road
    Adjacent to Udupi are the NH66 and NH17 highways which makes Udupi easily accessible by roads. The state highways connecting Karkala and Dharmastala, Shimoga and Srinari keeps Udupi connected to the local destinations within the state. Buses are available for local transport.
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  • By Train
    Udupi is a station in the Konkan Railway and direct trains to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Rajkot and Ahmedabad are availavble from this station. To travel north from Udupi, the nearest station is Kundapura Railway Station.
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  • By Air
    Mangalore airport is the nearset airport to Udupi and is at a distance of 50kms from Udupi.
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