Karnataka - Tourist Places - Udupi
The Konkani city and the administrative capital of Udupi District in the state of Karnataka is the Udupi city. Udupi is famous for its age old Krishna Temple and the world famous Udupi cuisine. Dating back to the 13th century, the saint called Jagadguru Madwachariya codified the procedure for New School of Divine in Hinduism and established a Krishna Math(Mutt). From then onwards, the Krishna temple and the various pre-historic temples were brought under the custody and care of the Mutt.
Udupi Sri Krishna temple is a renowned place for pilgrimage and you can see devotees coming to Udupi all through the year to worship Lord Krishna. Also, there are huge number of fans across the world for the unique cuisine of Udupi. It is a custom and ritual in the Sri Krishna Temple to prepare healthy and hygienic dishes with unusual mix of ingredients as an offering for the Lord. The dishes vary with every meal from morning to night. Those dishes are served in premier restaurants named as “Udupi Cuisine” and you can see the same across the country.
It is quite common to see idols going on a procession during festive times in all Hindu temples. Udupi deserves a special mention in this aspect also because of the different varieties of Chariots available in the temple for the God to go on procession. Chariots made of wood, Silver, Gold, Navarathna(Nine precious metals) are used during the festivals.
Apart from the Krishna Temple and the Cuisine, there are lot more places to visit and enjoy in and around Udupi. Few of the prominent tourist destinations are Malpe Beach, Anegudde – the abode of Lord Vinayaga, Someshwara wildlife sanctuary, Jomlu theertha falls and Kaup Beach.
Udupi is equidistant from Mangalore Airport and Mangalore Harbor. The state highways leading to Karkala, Dharmasthala and Sringeri cross Udupi and hence, the place is easily accessible by Road. Udupi is at a distance of 420kms north west of the State Capital Bangalore.
As Udupi is situated in the Kanyakumari – Mumbai Rail Corridor, most of the trains operated from the different parts of India halt at Udupi.
The fascinating beauty and the valuable tradition of Udupi which has a very long history of more than seven centuries welcomes you for a cherished experience of a life time!