Udupi is about 58km from Mangalooru, this sacred place is where the famous ancient temple dedicated to Lord Sri Gopalakrishna, stands. Sri Madhvacharya who propounded the Dvaita philosophy was the founder of the temple and the Acharya’s icon can also be seen in the temple. Sri Madhvacharya also established 8 Mutts to perform Pooja, in turns, to Lord Krishna, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The grand biennial festival known as the Paryaya held in the month of January marks the changeover of the turns.
The legend has it that ‘Kanakadasa’ was turned away when he sought to enter the temple since the belonged to lower caste. Pained at this and driven by ardent devotion he peeped through a hole to have the Darshan of the Lord. And the ever so merciful Lord turned from east to west in order to fulfil the desire of His devotee. Then kanadaesa became famous. He was one of the great composers during the Bakthi Movement. His works are venerated even today and sung in several places of worship. The hole through which Kanakadasa had the amazing Darshan can be seen even today. It is now known as ‘Kanakakindi’, named after him.
The ancient structure of the temple has seen some recent developments by which the walls depict scenes from the great epic ‘The Mahabharatha’. Sri Vidyamanya Thirtha Swamiji has recently donated a grand chariot made out of teak wood by the dextrous hands of the craftsmen of Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu. The chariot has been plated with 25 kg of gold alloyed with cooper. The temple also has a tank in which the elegantly swimming fish entertain the visitors.
There are also other famous temples in Udupi (viz) Ambalapadi Shakthi Temple, Kadiyali Durga Temple, Venkateswara Temple and the Holy Mutt of Sri Raghavendra, a prominent saint in the hierarchical order of Sri Madhvancharya.
The ‘Malpe’ port near manipal offer a fine beach resort. The Vadabhandeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Balarama is very famous. Manipal is also noted as an important centre of education.
The cuisines of Udupi, the wonderful coastal town, are popular. The titillating delicacies are much sought-after. Udupi, the city situated on a national highway has easy road access from Mangalooru, and Karkala which is just 32km away. The city offers good accommodation facilities.
About 50km from Udupi this is the ideal spot for sunset watchers. The best season here to have a glorious view of the red sun disappearing in the west is between November and December.