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Udupi Unexplored – the lesser known places

Mattu, Udupi

I am Udupi. No not the temple-town of Karnataka. I am the district, Udupi. In me I have a taluka named Udupi, which houses your temple-town Udupi. Confused? Don’t be. I’m writing to you because I want to talk about some of the lesser known places here and how you can make the most of your trip. I am a beautiful coastal district of Karnataka with breathtaking views of green valleys, rivers, lakes, great architecture – both modern and old, and lovely beaches.

In 1991, three taluks of Karnataka – Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala came together to form one district. That is me, Udupi district.

Sometimes famous places are underwhelming and offbeat places blow your mind. But a couple of things that people know me for will certainly not overwhelm you. Two such places you must see when you come here are the Sri Krishna Matha and St. Mary’s islands. Let me briefly start with them and then, as promised I will take you only to the top-secrets here.

Sri Krishna Matha

So let’s start with Udupi town itself. In 13th century, Vaishnavite saint Jagadguru built a beautiful temple here.  An unique feature of this temple is that the devotees worship SriKrishna through a silver-plated window with nine holes. There are several other temples surrounding the matha, including the 1000-year old Anantheshwara temple.

St. Mary’s islands

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever” said Oscar Wilde. Well, St. Mary’s island is exactly that. This is the first place people throng to when they visit me and I’m not surprised. Off the Malpe coast lies this unique cluster of islands. The special feature of these islands are the volcanic rock formations which are among the 32 geological monuments of India. In the year 1498, Vasco Da Gama came to these islands while navigating his way to India. He named her after Mother Mary before he proceeded to mainland India.

The Malpe beach is quite crowded by fishermen, boatmen and tourists, especially on weekends. On weekends you might even have to queue up for the boat to St Mary’s Island, if you visit during the peak season of winter months. But trust me, it will be worth it.

Mattu Beach

While Malpe beach and Kaup beach are very famous beaches of Udupi, Mattu beach is not there on the tourist radar yet. It is more than 10 km form the Udupi town. With backwaters on one side and sea on the other this is a wonderful road to drive slow. The beach is part rock part sand and partly covered in green vegetation. Remember that this is a very long uninterrupted coastline. So just keep walking till you see no tourists around you. It will be a short walk till it’s just you and the sea and the quite backwaters.


Udupi Manipal

End Point Manipal

Manipal is actually a small town which is famous for the educational institutes founded by Dr. TA Pai. You will see some beautiful modern  architecture here. Just roaming around the township is delightful. The institute opens its gates to visitors for 2 hours in the afternoon for those who want to visit the “End Point”. This is a place offering breathtaking views of the valley with Swarna river flowing in the forests.

You can also see some amazing and novel Church architecture here. When in Manipal, don’t forget to visit the Hastashilpa Museum. It’s a model village and a living museum.

Swarna River Banks

Just 8 km from here you can go to the Swarna river banks and sit there for hours. Indulge in family time or solo-time with yoga. You can also visit the nearby Hiriadka Baje Dam.

Indrali Falls

Indrali falls is located a little more than 1 km from MGM college, and hidden from plain sight. This mesmerising spot is a top secret among trotting students.

Kemann Hanging bridge

This 280 feet long hanging bridge lies in Kemmannu. This is a beautiful place connecting Padukudru to Thimmannakudru. It was built in 1991 for the training of NCC cadets. With a new facelift it has become a gorgeous attraction. But did you know about that?

Maravanthe Beach

This gem is located in the Kundapur taluk. For a long time I knew that the beauty of this beach would put the popular beaches of Karnataka and even Goa to shame. But not many people knew about it. Recently some travel site called it one of the most beautiful beaches of India. I’m sure some people might still be thinking, where’s that. Well don’t miss it. With sea on one side and river on the other, this is a breathtaking beauty indeed.

So that was a sort tour of the offbeat yet stunning corners of my abode for you. I will look forward to your visit once the covid mess is gone. Till then, just relax, read, work and dream about travelling again.

UdupiOh and don’t forget to save this postcard and share it with your near and dear ones.

Blogger’s Notes:

This is a small guide about some offbeat places in the Udupi district of Karnataka.This post is a part of the series “Postcards from India“, written for A2Z Blogging Challenge by Blogchatter for April 2020. I am writing about offbeat destinations in India, which you can visit once the lockdown is over.


  1. Sonia Chatterjee April 23, 2020

    Udupi reminds me of the mutiple Udupi restaurants in Bangalore and Mysore that served the best chow chow bath. Ha ha.
    Jokes apart, ICICI bank had its regional office in Mangalore. The Mysore, Manipal, Udupi BMs reported to the Regional Head there. So, we were either traveling to Mangalore, Manipal, Udupi or they were coming to Mysore for monthly review meetings.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 24, 2020

      O! So this is a familiar territory for you. We travelled across the district just to explore. Have you visited all these places?

  2. Jyoti Jha April 24, 2020

    Awww, another place I have been dreaming of visiting someday. The place looks stunning! I only knew ‘Udupi Garden restaurants’ and loved visiting them in the hope of seeing the place they get their names from, one day.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 24, 2020

      Thanks Jyoti! Maybe son after the lockdown

  3. sundeep ananth dubey April 24, 2020

    You sure must make everyone envy your travel experiences. I love the food from this place. My travel is usually very brief and constrained to work. All your posts pump me up for the travel, but lockdown pushes me down badly.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 24, 2020

      Thanks a lot Sundeep!

  4. Shubhra Rastogi April 24, 2020

    I have heard a lot about it and now reading about it and the pictures have definitely made it a go to place o my bucket list.

  5. Noor Anand Chawla April 24, 2020

    Wow the beach looks amazing!! I would love to visit Udupi simply for that!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 24, 2020

      Thanks Noor. Mattu beach is lovely and quite unique

  6. Durga Prasad Dash April 24, 2020

    The surroundings of Udupi has mani attaractions. I loved the seaside and the island.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 24, 2020

      Thank you!

  7. nadia April 24, 2020

    Wow great read! the island looks and sounds magical

  8. Pradeep April 26, 2020

    It’s the temple that is most renowned. But like you have mentioned, there is more to this place than the temple.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 26, 2020

      Yes, since this series is about offbeat places, I wanted to talk about the places that are not so famous here.

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