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Local Attractions

Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi

Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to God Sri Krishna located in the town of Udupi in Karnataka, India.

The Mutt area resembles a living ashram, a holy place for daily devotion and living. Surrounding the Sri Krishna Mutt are several temples, the most ancient being made of basic wood and stone of 1,500 years origin.

Udupi 60 Kms north of Mangalore (5 Kms from Manipal) is the seat of Lord Krishna, considered to be one of the holiest places for pilgrimage in southern India. Here there is a holy temple of Sri Krishna and this is the birthplace of Sri Madhwacharya, founder of Dwaita Philosophy and one of the three great Acharyas, he is reputed to have discovered the idol of Shi Krishna from a ship, which he saved miraculously from the clutches of fatal storm breeding on the sea at Malpe. One day when he was performing his morning prayers on the Malpe shore, he found that a ship sailing in the sea, was in danger owing to rough weather, Sri Madhwacharya with his divine power was able to control the rough weather.

Malpe Beach

About 11 kms the gurgle of the sea is all set for the perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday.
Malpe is an ideal picnic spot with its virgin beach, endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, clear blue skies and its silvery beaches that offer breathtaking views of the sea. An idyllic resort for boating, fishing and bathing the town lies around 386 km from Bangalore.

St. Mary's Island, Malpe

This small group of islands lying 58 km north of Mangalore (11 kms from Manipal) of and little to the north of the port of Malpe town. St. Mary's Island is known for its famous basalt rocks which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.

St. Mary's isles are group of islands accessible by ferry from Malpe. Vascoda Gama appears to have touched the island in 1498 before he reached Calicut. The Islands are just a few scattered projections of rock rising out of the Arabian Sea round about Malpe. The northern most Island is about a square mile in area and not more than 250 yards in width. It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea color.

It is noted for its famous basalt rocks, which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. Perhaps, this is the only spot in India where basaltic rocks show up such peculiar formations. The isles hold out possibilities of being developed into a holiday resort if only a weekend launch service and tourist facilities are arranged.

Manipal

Manipal is a university town situated in the state of Karnataka in India. It is a suburb within Udupi city and is administered by Udupi City Municipality. It is located in the rocky hinterland of the Malabar Coast of south west India, about 8 km from the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats range to the east.

It is situated 3 kilometers from the temple city of Udupi and is 65 km north of Mangalore. Manipal was previously under Shivalli village panchayat. The name is derived from ‘Mannu Palla’ Anglicized to Manipal. Mannu means mud and Palla means lake in Tulu Language. This lake due to which Manipal owes its name still has a pride of place in this university town and it offers boating facilities. Manipal was once a barren hill with trees here and there. This hill was transformed to a University town by Dr.T.M.A. Pai starting 1950's.

Kaup Beach & Lighthouse

Kaup, located at around 22 km from Manipal is a relatively unexplored beach with a rocky beach and a lighthouse. It is less explored but a visit to Southern Karnataka is incomplete without a visit to Kaup. Its main attraction is the lighthouse. Presence of rocks in the coastline makes the sea rough and one can get a good feel of the power of Arabian sea in its crushing waves.

The kapu light house was built in 1901 and has for these many years stood on the rocks guiding thousands of sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks. It stands 27.12 m above the base. The lighthouse is open for visitors between 4PM to 6PM and the panoramic view offered is magnificent.

Maravanthe Beach

Outlook travel considers Maravanthe one of Karnataka's most beautiful beaches. It is about 55 kilometres from Manipal. The National Highway runs right next to the beach and the Souparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating a spectacular scenery and considered only one of its kind in India. The river Souparnika, which almost touches Arabian Sea here, makes a U turn and goes eastward to join the Sea only after a journey of more than 10 kilometres, which is a geological wonder.