Manipal is also called as university town or center of higher learning. It is 5 Kms from Udupi on Shimoga road and 60 Kms from Mangalore. It is home to the famous Manipal University. Other than just being a learning center it is also a beautiful town you can visit and enjoy. If you are a nature lover the panoramic view of the green valleys near Swarna river is really wonderful and also called as End point.
Smrithi Bhavan The former residence of Late Dr T.M.A. Pai is dedicated in his memory is now a museum which displays memorabilia belonging to him.
Heritage Village exhibits conventional crafts, arts, paintings and textiles of Manipal in 8 museums. It is also center for literary learning which showcases the architecture of southern coastal Karnataka. It also houses Vijayanath Shenoy’s house which displays household objects in a perfect architectural setting.
Anatomy Museum preserves different types of collections related to human is part of Academic Centre MAHE. It also has the collection of diseased human .
Planetarium this is the second planetarium in Karnataka. Here one can gaze the stars even in the day time.
Hasta Shilpa here you can see only antique collections from ancient houses. It is really delightful to see all this.
Best Time To Visit From October to March.
Where to Stay
Hotel Ashlesh Phone: 0820-2572824/5594
Hotel Royal International Phone: 0820-2572936/37
Valley View International Phone: +91-820-2571101/2701050
Hotel Green Park Phone: 0820-2570561/0562
Big Boss Phone: 0820-2573215/3216
Malpe /St Mary’s Islands is 6 Kms from Udupi situated at the mouth of Udyavara river. It is an important port and fishing harbor along with this it is also a beach town. The beaches here are silvery with a breath taking view of the ocean. You can also take a boat ride to St Mary’s Island and view some basalt rock formations. The whole island is rocky.
Malpe is a place for total relaxation, you can swim at secluded beaches, go boating or fishing. There are 3 islands namely Daria-Bahadurgad the northernmost, Kari-Illada-Kallu the southern most and Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe situated between the two.
Across from the bay lies the island of Darya Bahadurgarh built by Basavappa Nayaka. It also houses the Balarama temple visited by a lot of pilgrims.
The other well known temple here is Ananteshwara temple.
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation # 49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, West Entrance, Race Course Road Bangalore – 560 001 Phone: +91-80-2235-2901 / 2235-2902 / 2235-2903
Kaup is located 14 Kms from Udupi, is known for its century old lighthouse. It was built by the British and the structure is 130 feet high. The beam of light from the lighthouse can be seen from 26 nautical miles away.
Kaup Beach is one of the popular beaches of Karnataka where tourist enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings, the long stretches of golden beaches and the cool sea breeze offers a perfect holiday destination.
It is one of Karnataka’s is highly populated beaches. The beach here is widely known for its serene environment and cool atmosphere, covered from all sides by greenery. The cool breeze that blows across the white sandy beach refreshes you from your tiredness.
Moreover, do visit the ruined Jain basadis that lies near by the Kaup beach.
Where to Stay
Hotel Mayura Phone: 0820-2551505/2505
Kundapur is located 36 Kms from Udupi, is home to white sand beaches. Kundapur got it’s name from Kundeshwara temple built by Kundavarma near Panchagangavalli river. The name kunda means jasmine and the place is full of jasmine trees. Kundapur is also called as the town of the sun. The town is surrounded by water on 3 sides namely the Arabain sea and rivers Haladi and Panchgangavalli. It is basically a temple town.
The Kundeshwara temple is a major tourist attraction here. It is built in the Dravidian style of architecture with intricate work.
There is also a Portuguese fort built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. There is another nice beach called Kodi beach located around 4 kms from Kundapur. It is a quite and peaceful place with blue waters and white sand.
Another popular destination is the Sri Vinayaka Temple and Mahalingeshwara temple situated at Kumbhashi Anegudde.
Baindoor is located 60 Kms from Udupi. The specialty of this place is the spectacular sunset point of Ottinane with a view of the Baindoor river meeting the sea. Also visit the Lighthouse at Bhatkal around 12 Kms from Baindoor the beam of light hits every single stone in the water.
Someshwara temple houses the supposedly self formed Linga.
The Major tourist attraction is the Sai Vishram Beach Resort which indulges you with sathvik pleasures.