1. 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.
2.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
3.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.
4.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.
5.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.
6.Milagres Cathedral During the period of the
Keladi Nayakas, Kallianpur emerged as an important
Christian settlement in South Canara. The church was
constructed by the Portuguese in 1678, and dedicated to
Our Lady of Miracles. The land on which the church was
built was gifted to the local Christians by Rani
Chennammaji and Somashekara Nayaka.