From Beaches To Temples: Top Places To Visit In Udupi

OT Staff

Malpe Beach

Malpe Beach, 6 km from Udupi, is a significant port and fishing harbour. It offers an ideal getaway with golden sands, swaying palms, and a tranquil sea. During your visit, don't miss Balarama Temple and the historic Basel Mission tile factory.

Malpe Beach | Shutterstock

Udupi Shri Krishan Matta

Sri Krishna Temple draws crowds seeking solace in Lord Krishna's divine presence. The idol, portraying him as a playful child, is glimpsed through a unique nine-holed window. Surrounding attractions include the Kanakadasa Mantapa and the scholarly Ashta Mathas.

Udupi Shri Krishan Matta | Wikimedia Commons

St Mary's Island

St. Mary's Island is a scenic retreat accessible by a short boat ride from Malpe harbour. Renowned for its beaches and salt rock formations, the island also holds historical significance, marked by Vasco Da Gama's cross dating back to 1498.

St Mary's Island | Shutterstock


Kapu boasts picturesque sandy beaches overlooking the Arabian Sea. The iconic 130-foot lighthouse stands tall amidst attractions like Goddess Mariamma's temples and Jain Basadis.

Kapu Beach | Shutterstock

Anantheshwara & Chandramouleshwara Temple

The Anantheshwara Temple, where Saint Madhwacharya received spiritual education, and the Chandramouleshwara Temple, located opposite, are both older than the famed Sri Krishna Temple.

Anantheshwara Temple | Instgram/travellerhoots


Kodachadri Hill in the Western Ghats provides a stunning backdrop to the renowned Kollur Mookambika Temple. It's famed for breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and forms part of the Mookambika Temple Nature Reserve.

Kodachadri | Official website/Karnataka Tourism

Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village

Hasta Shilpa, an open-air museum, is dedicated to preserving the traditional homes and artefacts of coastal Karnataka. Founded by the late heritage conservationist Vijayanath Shenoy, it showcases around 30 restored traditional buildings.

Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village | Facebook/Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village


Barkur, a town steeped in history, harbours the remnants of two forts from the Vijayanagara era. It boasts over a dozen temples, some dating back to the 8th century AD, reflecting its rich cultural heritage.

Sri Ekanatheshwari Temple in Barkur | Facebook/Sri Ekanatheshwari Temple

Kudlu Theertha

Kudlu Theertha, also known as Sita Falls, is a picturesque waterfall in the Western Ghats near Hebri. It is part of the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and offers a serene retreat amidst nature's splendour.

Kudlu Theertha | Instagram/i_am_mnj

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