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Smita Bhanushali Mar 09 2014

We are visiting Udupi on 13th june 2014 and have a week's time for travelling and touring till we return back to Mumbai. Please guide where we should go ?

Debangana Sen Mar 10 2014
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This town in southern coast of Karnataka is famous for its vegetarian southern style cuisine. Some might associate Udupi with the Krishna Temple, and fewer still would know that the well known educational institute in Manipal, lies in its suburbs. But what many don't know is the that this place is one of the best beach destinations in India.
Since you'd be a here for a week, there's enough time for you to get a good look around this place.

Here is a list of places you should not miss in Udupi

Photo of Shri Kishna Temple (by Ashok Prabhakaran)

1. Krishna Temple: This one is obvious. Sri Krishna Temple is the main attraction in Udupi. It is basically a complex of 13th century temples and monasteries built by Madhavacharya, an important philosopher of the Bhakti movement. The architecture is inspired from ancient Kerala style that has multiple layers around the inner sanctum. The temple is located near a pond and both the temple and the pond are beautifully decorated with lamps and flowers.

2. Beaches: Kapu Beach is relatively unknown with a beautiful lighthouse located in it. You can climb it for a nominal fee and enjoy the picturesque views. Malpe Beach (near Stella Maris church) is great for enjoying sunsets.

Photo of Kapu Beach (by Subhashish Panigrahi)

3. St. Mary's Island:
Another must see in Udupi. This is just off the Malpe beach (boats are available to carry you there and back). The unique rock formations on this island are a result of lava flow and the actions of waves. The beaches on St. Mary's Island are also very pretty.

4. Pajaka Kshetra: Birthplace of Madhavacharya. This place has a memorial dedicated to the philosopher, a Durga temple and a few ponds, bathing in which is believed to cleanse one of all their sins.

Photo of the rocks on St. Mary's island (by Man On Mission)

Things to do here

1. If you like adventure, take a day out to visit the Ashram surf and Yoga retreat in Mulki. The retreat combines surfing and spirituality in a very unique package. Nearby towns like Karkala and Agumbe are great trekking destinations. Jomlu Theertha, Belve Village, Brahmavar-Hebri Road is a good white water rafting destination.

Photo of Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (by Nireekshit)

2. Udupi is also is great shopping destination. The Ratha Beedi road outside the Krishna temple is a major shopping hub. The things you can take back home are the spices and oils used in traditional Udupi cuisine, utensils, Ayurvedic oils, wooden handicrafts, silk sarees and a wide variety of jewelleries. You can also go for packaged food. Mango pickles, wheat halwa and banana halwa of Udupi are quite famous.

Photo of a plate of Idli roast at Diana restaurant (by Madhukar Pai)

3. As far as food is concerned, dont leave Udupi without trying the Golibaje and Medu Vada (at Mitra Samaja near Krishna Temple). Thamboolam is a famous non vegetarian restaurant in the area (close to the Kalpana theatre). Among the non vegetarian dishes, you should try sea fish dishes, Kori sukha (spicy chicken with grated coconut) and Kori Roti (chicken curry with rice roti). Diana restaurant is a great place to try Indian styled fast food.

Hope this answers you query. Have a great trip!

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