Udupi is an important religious place in Karnataka. It is 381 km away from Bangalore and 60 km away from Mangalore. Udupi is famous for the 12 th century saint Madhava who built 8 sanyasi mutts in this place and made his birth place a pilgrim site. This place is also known as Shiva belli or Shivali. There is a legend that Parasurama crowned his disciple Ramabhoja as the king to recover the land from the sea. In return Ramabhoja formed silver Peetham with snake curved on it. He established Parasurama there as Linga Swarupam and started worshipping him as Ananteswara. The most attractive part of this temple is a small window which is called ‘Kanakana Kindi'. It is believed that Krishna became visible before his devotee Kanakadasa, a saint minstrel of low cast. In Udupi there is a Balakrishna temple which has an image of Krishna. There is a myth related to this temple. It is believed that divine architect Viswakarma built this temple.
The Parya festival is a colorful festival of Udupi which brings number of tourists and devotees from all over the country. In this festival management of the temple is changed. It is held once in two years. Makara Sankranti is the most important festival of Udupi. In this festival image of Krishna, Chandamouleeswara and Ananteswara are carried by the devotees in a procession. On the 7 th day of the festival another festival is celebrated which is called Brahma Rathotsavam. In this festival Aaraathi is carried out in the Madhava Sarovar tank. Krishna Janmashtami is another festival of Udupi.
Number of tourists and pilgrims come to Udupi through out the year. For this huge number of tourists there are number of hotels which offer comfortable accommodation facility. These hotels are Karavali Hotel, Hotel Durga International, Hotel Rukmini Residency, Mother Palace, Hotel Sharda International, etc.
How to reach there
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By air: you can land either at Bangalore airport or Mangalore airport.
By road: Udupi is well connected to Bangalore and Mysore. There are frequent bus services from Mangalore.