Located along the coast of Karnataka, Udupi is a beautiful town famous for its delicately carved temples and calm beaches. Each temple here is a unique architectural marvel. Sculpted with exquisitely detailed carvings, the Sri Krishna Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka temple and the Chandramoulishwar temple will dazzle you with their elaborate rituals and festivals. In contrast, the Kaup and Malpe beaches of the region are a unique experience in tranquility. Nestled in the lap of mother nature, some time on these beaches will leave your mind, body and soul relaxed. It would be unfair to talk of Udupi and not mention its very famous vegetarian cuisine. Traditional meals start with kosambari (a dal salad) and end with a chilled glass of majjige or buttermilk, that has a cooling effect on the body. In between comes dishes flavoured with tamarind and mustard seeds and vegetables that are strictly Indian. Udupi has its own railway station that makes it easily accessible. Its location on the NH-66 also makes it accessible by car and bus. For an authentic, unadulterated experience of Karnataka, Udupi is most certainly the place to be!
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St. Mary's Island
This is located a few kilometers away from Udupi and on the north of Mangalore. This is a group of a few smaller islands in the Arabian Sea, off the Malpe Coast in Udupi. It is known that when Vasco Da Gama landed here from Portugal, he kept the name of this island as El padron de Santa Maria. This island is nothing but mere projection of rocks with a few palm trees on them. The only attraction here are the natural basaltic formations which have formed vertical hexagonal blocks of sediments on their own. The only way to reach this island is by boats which ply regularly from the Malpe coast.
8. Brahmagiri HillsA mountain range in the Western Ghats, the Brahmagiri Hills is in the borderline of the Karnataka state in the north and Kerala in the south. Located at a height of 1608 meters, Brahmagiri along with being one of the highest peaks of Karnataka is also a scenic tourist destination, wrapped in dense forest and interesting wildlife. There is an ancient temple with giant pillars, the Thirunelli Temple, situated in the Kerala side of the Brahmagiri Range, which is much revered by the Hindus.
St. Mary's Islands & Malpe Beach
This an awesome place to visit. We took a ferry from Harbour to Island. Ticket fare was Rs 150/- per head, and it worth the cost. We reached Island in around 20 mins. View of island was so nice from the ferry. Water was so clear there. Rocks and coconut tree views were very beautiful. We enjoyed in water and in clicking pics. There is nothing much to do in the island. Only few fruits and ice cream stalls were there. Same ferry took us back to the harbour after an hour. From Harbour we took an auto to Maple beach, fare was Rs 40/-. I would advise you to go to Malpe beach and take a ferry to St. Mary's, since crowd in Harbour was not good. Malpe beach had few restaurants. We had lunch in one of the restaurants, and sat there for few hours as it was sunny afternoon. We enjoyed the beach view from restaurant and @ 4:00 went to the beach. We took banana ride and paraceling. There were other water games too. Place is good for family and children too. Overall it was an memorable trip.