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Udupi

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Udupi

Malpe Beach:  

Malpe beach located at a distance of 6 Kms from Udupi city center is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Known for its golden prince tine sand, Malpe beach offers relaxed holiday comfort while walking amid the palm trees under clear blue Udupi skies. One of the major highlights of the beach is the fishing harbor comprising of a vast variety of boats including ferryboats.

 

Kaup Beach:

Kaup Beach is one of the popular tourist attractions in Udupi. Located at a distance of 12 Kms from Udupi City center, Kaup Beach is known as one of the finest beaches in India with a 100 feet lighthouse making it look surreal and magical. Dotted with palm trees, Kaup Beach also holds a religious significance with the beach housing an ancient fort and two temples dedicated to Goddess Mariamma.

 

Krishna Temple:  

Krishna temple of Udupi is one of the oldest temples in India dating back to almost 1500 years. Made up of wood and stone, the Krishna temple has an ashram which is the resting place for a number of spiritual scholars and saints. The uniqueness of the temple is its Navagraha Kitiki which is essentially a window with nine holes through which regular worship of Lord Krishna is conducted. The walls of the temple hold innumerable carvings depicting ancient Vedic texts and is a popular religious hotspot attracting devotees from across India.

 

Anantha Padmanabha Temple:  

Anantha Padmanabha Temple is one of the most popular religious attractions in Udupi. Located in Karkala taluk at a distance of 22 Kms from Udupi city center, the Anantha Padmanabha Temple has idols of Kshethrapala, Khadga Ravana and Dhoomavathi. The temple attracts a large number of devotees for its five day annual festival named Gounothsava which begins from the Hindu holy day of Kumbha Sankramana.

 

Batte Vinayaka Temple:

Batte Vinayaka Temple located in Barkur is one of the ancient temples of Udupi. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha or Ganpati, the Batte Vinayaka Temple attracts a large number of devotees during Sankashtahara Chaturdashi considered to be a holy day associated with Lord Ganesha. The temple attracts a large number of drivers and vehicle owners and is considered a sacred for devotees driving long distances. 

 

Chandramauleshvara Temple:

Chandramoulishwar temple is Udupi's aajya, or grandfather temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to religious customs and beliefs every observance at the Krishna Temple always starts with a compulsory visit to the Chandramoulishwar temple. The temple sanctuary with the idol of Lord Chandramoulishwar is square shaped with a pyramidal roof. The temple is located in the middle of temple square surrounded by a number of small shops in the heart of Udupi.

 

Balakrishna Temple:

Balakrishna Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the most famous temples of Udupi. The main idol of the temple is said to have been built by the ancient seer ‘Vishwakarma’ and dates back to the 13th century CE. The windows of the temple are embossed with silver sheets having carvings of Lord Krishna in various incarnations and forms. The temple attracts a large number of visitors and devotees all through the year.

 

Indrani Panchadurga:

Indrani Panchadurga is another ancient temple of Udupi dedicated to Goddess Durga. Dating back to the 11th century CE, the Indrani Panchadurga temple worships the goddess in the form of five  laterite based lingas also known as Panchadurgas. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims from across India.    

Hattiangady Vinayaka Temple:

Hattiangady Vinayaka Temple also known as Shri Siddhivinayaka Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha or Lord Vinayaka. The idol of Lord Vinayaka positioned in the temple is carved out of a Saligrama stone, which is 2.5 ft high. The temple located at Hattiyangadi in Kundapur taluk also holds a Navagraha Mandir in its vicinity along with 32 beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha. The temple attracts a large number of devotees and pilgrims.

 

Sri Anathesvara Temple:

Sri Anathesvara Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most popular religious attractions in Udupi. Situated in the centre of the temple square, the temple is surrounded by a walled passageway. A stone altar with a finely sculpted base is located immediately outside the east entrance of the temple. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims to soak in the calmness and spiritual energies of the magnificent ancient temple.

 

Shri Laxmi Venkatesha Temple:  

Shri Laxmi Venkatesha Temple is the headquarters of Udupi Vishnava sect housing a beautiful idol of God Laxmi Venkatesha. Located at a distance of 5 Kms from Udupi city center, the temple lies on the main national highway and attracts a large number of devotees and pilgrims all through the year.