Udupi (alternatively spelled as Udipi) also known as Odipu in Tulu is
a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative
Udupi is one of the top tourist
attraction in Karnataka.It is notable for the
Krishna Temple, Tulu
Ashtamathas and lends its name to the popular
Udupi cuisine. It is
also known as Lord Parashurama Kshetra, and is famous for Kanakana
Kindi. A centre of pilgrimage,
Udupi is known as Rajata Peetha and
Shivalli (Shivabelle). It is also known as the temple city. Manipal
is a locality within
Udupi is situated about 60 km
north of the industrial hub
Mangalore and about 422 km northwest
of state capital
Bengaluru by road.
1 Geography and Climate
5.3 Places of interest
9 See also
13 Further reading
14 External links
Geography and Climate
Udupi has an elevation of 27 m (89 ft) above mean sea
level. The climate in
Udupi is hot in summers and pleasant in
winter. During summers (from March to May) the temperature reaches up
to 38 °C and in winters (from December to February) it is
usually between 32 °C and 20 °C.
The monsoon period is from June to September with one of the rainfall
averaging more than 4000mm every year and heavy winds.
Climate data for Udupi
Average high °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Average precipitation mm (inches)
source: Census 2011
Not Stated (0.04%)
Udupi is one of district of
Karnataka in India. There are 3 Taluks,
233 villages and 21 towns in
As per the Census
Udupi district has 2,53,078 households,
population of 11,77,361 of which 5,62,131 are males and 6,15,230 are
females. The population of children between age 0-6 is 1,03,160 which
is 8.76% of total population.
The sex-ratio of
Udupi district is around 1094 compared to 973 which
is average of
Karnataka state. The literacy rate of
Udupi district is
78.69% out of which 82.85% males are literate and 74.89% females are
literate. The total area of
Udupi is 3,582 sq.km with population
density of 329 per sq.km.
Out of total population, 71.63% of population lives in Urban area and
28.37% lives in Rural area. There are 6.41% Scheduled Caste (SC) and
4.49% Scheduled Tribe (ST) of total population in
Shivalli Brahmin boy during his Upanayana
Goud Saraswat Brahmins
Goud Saraswat Brahmins (GSB),
Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins (RSB), Mogaveeras, Billavas, Bunts,
Mangalorean Catholics, Daivadnyas, Beary, Devadigas, Padmashalis are
some prominent communities in Udupi.
Udupi, which previously had a Town Municipal Council now has a City
Municipal Council which came into existence in 1995. Areas around
Udupi, such as Manipal, Parkala, Malpe,
Udyavara and Santhekatte
were merged to form the City Municipal Council.
Udupi was carved out as a separate district from the erstwhile
Dakshina Kannada district on 25 August 1997. Udupi,
Karkala were bifurcated from the
Dakshina Kannada District and the
Udupi District was formed. Savita S. Kotian and Prakash T. Mendon of
the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the current president and
vice-president of the
Udupi Zilla Panchayat, after the election held
at the Zilla Panchayat on 7 August 2014.
Tulu is the most widely spoken language in
Udupi City. Other spoken
languages include Konkani, Kannada,
Hindi and English. Muslims in
Udupi speak Urdu,
Nawayathi and Beary.
It is said that when the moon god (Udupa) was cursed by Lord Ganesha,
he came here to worship Lord Ganesha. Hence, the name 'Udupi'.
Yakshagana in Udupi
Nagapatri at Belle Brahmastana
Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and
Nagaradhane are some cultural
traditions of Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Makara
Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri, Deepavali, Eid al-Adha, Eid
al-Fitr and Christmas. Folk arts like
Yakshagana are also popular.
Rathabeedhi Geleyaru and Kalavrinda are local non-profit
organisations, founded to encourage creative pursuits, especially
those that keep alive the traditions of the region. Its primary focus
has been historical dramas.
Aati Kalenja with accompanist
Udupi is known as temple city and famous for its temple festival.
A mandala being drawn during Nagamandala
There are several festivals during which huge crowds of locals, as
well as outsiders, gather in Udupi. one of the famous temple in udupi
is krishna mutt.
During the biennial
Paryaya festival, the temple management is handed
over to the next Matha. Each of the Ashtamathas (eight mathas) is
headed by a Swami, who will be in charge of the pooja or worship of
Lord Krishna, not to mention, the temple, during his 'Paryaya'. The
Paryaya ceremony is held on 18 January on even years (like 2012, 2014
and so on), starting early in the morning at around 3 AM. During this
festival, there is representative tableau which gathers near the
entrance of the town (called 'Swagata Gopura' meaning the arc of
welcome). Festivals like
Makara Sankranti (the day the idol's
prathisha was done), Ratha Sapthami, Madhwa Navami (the day on which
the Acharya Madhwa disappeared while he was teaching his disciples,
the exact place of which is still marked and visited by devotees, near
the matha), Madhwa Jayanti (the birthday of the great saint
Madhwacharya), Vijaya Dashami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Sri Krishna
Navaratri Mahotsava, Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali,
Geetha Jayanthi, Daasara aradhanas, etc. are celebrated with
grandiosity by the
Paryaya Mutt every year.
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year. During this festival
groups of men wear 'Pili Vesha' (in Tulu; Huli vesha in Kannada),
which literally means 'tiger costume'. They visit houses and shops
around Udupi, to perform a rather unusual dance. There is a lot of
enthusiasm among the participants and public.
A yet another signature celebration is the Bhajana Saptaha Mahotsava,
held in Sri Laxmi Venkatesha Temple, by the Goud Saraswat community.
'Saptaha' means 7 days and throughout these 7 days, Bhajans are sung,
day and night by devotees. This event takes place every year during
the month of August, starting from Nagara Panchami till the next
Rathothsava (Chariot Festival) is held on almost all occasions around
Rathabeedi. A ratha (chariot) carries a 'utsava moorthi' of Lord
Krishna. This chariot is pulled by devotees around Rathabeedi. Though,
Rathothsava is common in the Hindu form of worshiping,
Udupi is known
for the multiplicity and beauty of the chariots and festivals.
Masala Dosa is a part of
Udupi (also Udipi) is synonymous with vegetarian food now
found all over the world. The origin of this cuisine
is linked to
Krishna Matha (Mutt). Lord
Krishna is offered food of
different varieties every day, and there are certain restrictions on
ingredients during Chaturmasa (a four-month period during the monsoon
season). These restrictions coupled with the requirement of variety
led to innovation, especially in dishes incorporating seasonal and
locally available materials. This cuisine was developed by Shivalli
Madhwa Brahmins who cooked food for Lord Krishna, and at
in Udupi, the food is provided free of cost. Restaurants specialised
Udupi cuisine can be seen widely in most metropolitan and large
cities around the length and breadth of India.
Bharath Cinemas A Four Screen Multiplex at Canara Mall, Manipal, Udupi
will offer you best in its Class Picture, Seating, Dolby Atmos sound.
A three-screen cinema multiplex Inox Movies has started in the newly
built Central Cinemas in the foothills of Manipal; it is located in
Udupi-Agumbe State Highway 65 near Syndicate Circle of Manipal. Apart
from this, other cinema theaters in the city are Alankar, Ashirvad,
Diana, Gitanjali and Kalpana. Kalpana is near old Diana restaurant
circle. Alankar, close to Kalpana theater, is in the mid-city nearby
Udupi bus terminus. Gitanjali, close to Alankar, is in Maruti Vithika
nearby junction of SH 37 and 65. Diana theater is near Chitpadi and
Kukkikatte on Udupi-Subrahmanya State Highway 37 and Ashirvad is
placed in Santekatte on the Edapally (Kerala)-Panvel (Maharashtra)
National Highway near Robosoft Technologies Pvt Ltd and PVR Cinemas
are planning to open cinemas in Udupi.
Udupi is known for the
Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna) and as
the native place of the Vaishnava saint Shri Madhvacharya, who founded
the (Dvaita) sect of Vaishnava Hinduism and the
Krishna Mutt (in
the 13th century). He is known as the third form of Mukhya praana
(literally meaning 'primary life source'), after Hanuma and Bheema.
For Vaishnavas and Dvaitas all around the globe, including ISKCON,
Udupi is a significant place. It is of historic importance due to it
being the birthplace of a new branch of philosophy and of a great
philosopher and saint. The
Krishna Matha is known throughout the world
for its religious customs, traditions, and learning in Dvaita
philosophy. It is also the center of Daasa Sahitya, a form of
literature that originated in Udupi.
Places of interest
Udupi Jamia Masjid, Mosque Rd, Thenkpete, Maruthi Veethika, Udupi
End Point - Manipal, Udupi
Ananteshvara and Chandramaulishvara Temples.
Ambalapady Mahakali Temple
The Kadiyali Mahishamardini.
The Shankar Narayana Temple, Kodavoor
Mandarthi, Durgaparameshwari Temple
Shri Veerabhadraswami Temple, Hiriadka
Dr TMA Pai Planetarium,
Manipal Anatomy Museum,
Sciences Library, Hotel Valleyview,
(Ganapati Temple) and Suvarna River (Ganapati Temple).
The Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre Museum in the M.G.M.
Karkala Jain temples and
Moodabidri Jain temples
Mookambika Temple, Kollur,
Kundapur - Around 64 km
Kaup Lighthouse and Beach - Around 15 km
Malpe Beach - Around 7 km
St. Mary's Island -Around 15 km
St. Lawrence Church, Karkala
St. Antony shrine, Kerekatte, Siddapura
St Mary's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Brahmavar, aound 13 km
Sri Siddhivinayaka Temple,Hattiyangadi,Kundapur
B R Shetty
B R Shetty is originally from here and owns businesses
Udupi is becoming a major town in Karnataka. The poverty rate in Udupi
is fairly low when compared to Bangalore and other districts of
Udupi is the birthplace of the Syndicate Bank,
Corporation Bank and
Harsha Retail, the leading retailer of coastal Karnataka.
Udupi's economy also consists of agriculture and fishing. Small-scale
industries like the cashew industry, and other food industries and
milk cooperatives are the most prominent. Recently,
Udupi is also
making its mark in the real estate industry, greatly influenced by its
neighboring spearhead Mangalore.
Karnataka government had signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with the Cogentrix Light and Power Industry to set up a thermal
power plant in the district at Nandikur. However, because of stiff
opposition from citizens and environmentalist groups, the project has
been temporarily suspended. An attempt by the Nagarjuna Power
Corporation to set up a similar plant at nearby
Padubidri also met
strong opposition. Now, the power plant has not only been set up, it
is generating 1,200 MW of power under the name of
Corporation Limited (UPCL), a subsidiary of Lanco Infra, an Andhra
Pradesh-based infrastructure major. The opposition, however,
Manipal, a suburb of Udupi, is home to the headquarters of Syndicate
Bank. It is renowned as an education and medical hub. Kasturba Medical
College and MIT (
Manipal Institute of Technology) are situated
TEBMA Shipyards Ltd is located in
Malpe harbour complex. It is
involved in building multipurpose platform supply vessels (MPSVs),
platform supply vessel, geotechnical research vessel, dredgers and
tugs for Indian as well as export markets.
Udupi has a local handloom sari industry. Made of pure cotton and
lightweight, the sari has art silk design on its border and pallu
besides butta of art silk dotting it. Hard work, low returns, and
competition from power loom has led to a drop in the number of weavers
of nearly 95% over three decades. A geographical indication tag
Udupi sarees is under examination with the Geographical
Indications Registry of India.
NH 66 passes through Udupi. Other significant roads
include the State Highways to
Dharmastala and to Sringeri.
The NH-66 provides a link to
Karwar via Kundapur.
Private as well as government buses connect
Udupi to parts of
Udupi has a railway station on the Konkan Railway. The
nearest International Airport to
Airport, which is 50km away.
City and suburban transport is available for travel within
suburbs. The buses originate from the suburban bus stand (City Bus
Stand). There are private bus operators as well as KSRTC city service
The nearest harbour/port to
Udupi is Malpe, which is 5 km away,
Gangolli (Byndoor), which is 36 km away. The New Mangalore
Port is 50 km away from Udupi.
Udupi railway station
Udupi railway station is managed by the Konkan Railways. It is about
4 km from
Udupi city and is on the Kanyakumari-
Mumbai rail route.
Direct trains are available to Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Amritsar,
Chandighar, Pune, Ajmer, Jaipur, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Okha. Cities like
Mysore, Belgaum, Jodhpur, Agra, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam,
Kollam(Quilon) etc. also connected with Udupi. Konkan has a beautiful
scenic view throughout its way.
Adve Nandikoor Kambala
Roman Catholic Diocese of Udupi
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