Nestled in the lap of nature with the mighty Western Ghats in its backdrop, overlooking the serene Arabian Sea, Udupi will charm you at first sight. With narrow dusty streets leading up to the monumental shrine at the heart of the city, and others leading to stunning beaches, Udupi has a sleepy, old-town feel to it
This ancient temple town is bathed in the rich hues of a mesmerizing culture. The city, engulfed in mythology and folklore, beckons you with a warm burst of color and culture. With its spiritual legacy and breath-taking beauty, Udupi is indeed the hidden treasure of Karnataka.It is hardly possible to speak of Udupi without mentioning its most prominent attraction, the Krishna Temple. Adorned with intricate carvings and skillfully crafted stone sculptures, the ancient temple is renowned for its religious significance as well as its aesthetic beauty. Though the city may not appear to be much more than an ancient temple town, Udupi has many surprises hidden beneath its calm demeanor. Some of the finest beaches, such as the Maple beach and Kapu beach, can be found here.Udupi is also popular as a cultural hub. The religious rituals and folkloric tales come to life in mesmerizing performances of traditional dance forms such as the Yakshagana and the Bhoota Kola. Shoppers will certainly not be disappointed with the variety of items sold in the markets of Udupi. From traditional handicrafts to idols of religious deities, you can buy some brilliant souvenirs here. Ethnic jewelry made in traditional styles can also be purchased at Udupi’s markets.There are a number of public as well as private transport options in Udupi that make traveling within the city quite easy. Auto-rickshaws can be hailed directly from the street and are a rather cheap and comfortable mode of transport. You can also get to different parts of the city using private bus services that operate on major routes within Udupi. If you crave comfort and want to explore the city at your own pace it may be a good idea to book taxis, either online or over the telephone. As many of the tourist sites in Udupi are within close distance of each other, exploring the city on foot is also a convenient alternative.A relatively conservative city, Udupi is not known for its nightlife. It is safer to remain indoors at nighttime.Being a religious city, consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited here.Visitors are advised to respect the religious norms and dress modestly when visiting places of worship.
Udupi is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Mangalore at a distance of 44kms.
Airports: Mangalore International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Udupi from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Udupi