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Udupi Tourism

The empyrean seat of Lord Krishna
State : Karnataka
District: Udupi
Type of Tourism : Pilgrimage
Area : 68.23 sq km
Altitude : 39 meters
Population : 127,060 (As per Indian census- 2001)
Languages Spoken: Tulu, Kannada, Konkani, Beary Bashe, Hindi, English
Telephone Code : India (0820), International (+91)
Pin Code: 576101
Best Tourist Season : Throughout the year
Clothing recommended : Light cotton in summer, woolen in winter
What to buy : Utensils and other equipments used in traditional Udupi kitchen such as aluminum pans, aruvamane, etc. wood handicraft items, Ayurvedic medicines, massage oils, traditional silk saris, jewellery, banana chips, wheat and banana halwa, mango pickles, etc.
Food Specialties: Golibaje, Idli, Dosa, Medu Wada, Sambar, Coconut Chutney, Saaru (Rasam), Menaskai, Tambuli, Rice & Gassi, Adde (Dumpling), Patrode, Ale Bajji, Uddinahittu, Different Types of Rices, Kashi Halwa, Pelakai Halwa, Pelakai Appa, Undla Kai, Halasina Kadabu, Palya, Gojju, Ajethna, Sajjige & Bajil, Maddi, Kaai Holige, Undae, Bakshya, Kayathno, Paramanna, Payasa, Putnis, Sea Food, Kosambari, Happala, Pickles, Etc.
Local transportation : Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Cabs, etc.

About Udupi

Udupi, a quiescent coastal township guarded by the imperial sierras of the Western Ghats towards its east and enclosed by the fathomless expanses of the majestic Arabian Sea towards its west is the abode of Lord Krishna that is credited to be one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations of entire Southern India. Situated about 62 kilometers to the north of Mangalore, Udupi; the administrative headquarters of the Udupi District is esteemed amongst one of the most prominent conurbations of the state of Karnataka; third only to Bangalore and Mangalore.
This land of ethereal glory immensely exalted for its invaluable cultural bequest is renowned for its ethnic traditions such as Yakshagana, Bhuta Kola, Nagaradhane, Aati Kalenja, Karangolu, etc. and its chief temple festivals including Rathothsava, Krishna Janmashtami and Bhajana Saptaha. Purified by the lotus feet of the great Vaishnavite saint ‘Shri Madhavacharya’, Udupi is globally venerated for its world famous ‘Udupi Krishna Temple’ that was established by Sri Madhavacharya in 13th century AD. Udupi also lends its epithet to the popular ‘Udupi Cuisine’ of the South India.
Commonly reckoned as the ‘Parashurama Srishti’ (the world created by Parashurama) and also known by the laurels ‘Rajata Peetha’, ‘Shivalli’ and ‘Shivabelli’, Udupi derives its appellation from two Sanskrit words viz. ‘Udu’ and ‘Pa’, wherein ‘Udu’ means ‘Stars’ and ‘Pa’ means ‘Lord’. As per the prevailing myth, when King Daksha; the Father – in – Law of the Moon God noticed his discriminating behavior towards his wives (Daksha’s daughters), he cursed Lord Moon that he would lose his bright luster.
Subsequently, the remorseful Moon God worshipped Lord Shiva at Udupi and regained his original radiance by the grace of Lord Mahadeva. It is believed that the Shiva Lingam installed at the Chandramaulishvara Temple of Udupi is the very same Lingam that was consecrated by the Lord Moon Himself. Thus, ‘Udupi’ means ‘the Land of the Lord of the Stars (Moon)’. According to another theory, the name ‘Udupi’ has been coined from a Tulu word ‘Odipu’ which suggests a link between Udupi and the Vadabhandeshwara Temple of Malpe.
Udupi; an ostentatious treasure house of mythology, history, culture and natural splendor offers a priceless trove for the delight of tourists and gratification of voyagers. The impressive layout of antediluvian temples, finely designed contemporary edifices and infinite natural pulchritude augmented by the undulating hill chains, exuberant landscapes, verdurous forests, angelic beaches and pacifying ambience of Udupi constitute a classic milieu for a perfect vacation.

History Of Udupi

Madhavacharya (1238–1317), the supposed incarnation of Lord Vayu and one of the most preeminent philosophers of the Bhakti Movement propagated the ‘Philosophy of Dualism’ also known as the doctrine of ‘Tattvavada’ or ‘Dvaita’. As the legend goes, once upon a time when Sri Madhavacharya was meditating on the Malpe seaside, he spotted a ship caught in a fierce sea storm. Madhavacharya, by his divine powers saved the ship and brought it to the shore safely. The aforementioned ship had set sail from Dwarka; the legendary abode of Lord Shri Krishna. The obliged sailors presented Shri Madhavacharya with two idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama as a sign of their gratitude. Later on, Madhavacharya enshrined the Sri Balarama idol at Malpe (Vadabhandeshwara Temple) and the Sri Krishna idol at the Udupi Krishna Temple.
Udupi flourished under the governance of the feudatories of the Mysore Kings until it was seized by the British and annexed to the British Empire. British made Udupi a part of the South Kanara District which was rechristened as the ‘Dakshina Kannada District’ subsequent to the Independence of India. In the year 1998 AD, a territory of the Dakshina Kannada District was separated from its mother district and a new province named Udupi District was formed. The Udupi City was raised to the status of the district headquarters. Presently, Udupi is burgeoning as a booming financial spindle of the state and a promising career hub of the region.