Beaches in Udupi Mangalore and Gokarna
Beaches in Udupi Mangalore and Gokarna

Kaup Beach

A hamlet of Padu village about 12 kms south of Udupi, Kaup is situated on the coastal belt, which passes through the West Coast National Highway. Marda Heggade, a chieftain, rose to power here during the Vijayanagara days. It has an old lighthouse, the guiding star of navigators who are warned of the presence of dangerous rocks in the sea. This Tower of light not only guides the ships but also has a monumental significance. Positioned all alone it spreads light on the shore of darkness. It was most probably begun in 1906 on the rocks and in about 1935 the tower was all set. more…

Malpe Beach

About four kms to the west of Udupi, Malpe is an important port of the Karnataka coast. It is situated at the mouth of the Malpe/Udyavara River. The river is navigable to small cargo boats for about ten kms during high tide. The place has fascinating natural scenic view. It has been a centre of commercial activities for a long time, and one plus point is that it is a natural port. more…

Brahmavar Beach

Is a village about 13 kms north of Udupi. It has been mentioned as Brahmaputr, Brahmavuar and Brahmara in the inscription, which means ‘a settlement of Brahmins’. It is an ancient cultural centre of the region being adjacent to Barkur, which was the capital town; Brahmavar must have been a prosperous city. There are three main temples in Brahmavar (1) the Mahalinga temple (2) Gopinatha temple, (3) Janardhana shrine in the agrahara.

It is believed that the Mahalinga temple was constructed in the 9th century AD. The wall of the temple is built on the laterite stones. There is an image of Gaja-Gowri, which has been kept in navaranga, which perhaps belongs to the Hoysala period. It is holding Ankusha and Pasha in the upper hand and Padma (lotus) in right lower, and the left lower hand in the abhaya pose. Handadi was the settlement of the Hande family. The Gopinatha temple is mentioned in an inscription that it is the third temple; the image of the presiding deity is of Hoysala workmanship.

Shankaranarayana Beach

About 32 kms to the east of Kundapur, is traditionally called also as Krodha Kshetra and is one of the seven places of pilgrimage in the region, referred to in the Skandha Purana. Shankaranarayana means Shiva and Vishnu. According to a legend, a sage named Krodha performed penance here and a spot with a cave here are shown as having been the site of his ashrama. The place is situated near the Western Ghats amidst fascinating surroundings. It is famous for its large Shankaranarayana temple, which has been recently renovated. Just in front of the temple there is a pond, which is called Koti Teertha.

A large bell bearing a Portuguese inscription, in the front yard of the temple is claimed to be a gift of Tipu Sultan. It is said that its chimes can be heard to a distance of about eight kms. There are a few inscriptions in the temple, one of which records that the temple was renovated in 1563 by the then Ikkeri ruler. The main deity of the temple (Shankaranaryana) is in the form of two Udbhava linga, but looks like one linga. The temple has a beautiful bronze image of Harihara and there are also some fine wood carvings here. There are other shrines of Mahaganapati, Gopalakrishna, Panchamukhi-veeranjaneya, Subrahmanya, Gowri-Lakshmi, Partheshwara, and Belli-Shankaranarayana, which is a life-size silver image, within the inner Prakara, and Basaveshwara, Gopinatha, Umamaheshwara, Mahalingeshwara, Nandikeshwara and Veera-Kallutike shrines

Maravanthe Beach

A drive along the NH-17 towards the north, to Maravanthe proves to be truly memorable. The gurgle of the waves, the soft gentle breeze kissing your cheeks and a round ball of crimson in the horizon transforms Maravanthe into a breathtaking fairyland.

Maravanthe (Kundapura taluk), about nine kms east of Kundapura is one of the most beautiful spots of South Kanara along the east coast. It is an enchanting place, where on the western side, the Arabian Sea is stretching, while on the eastern side, runs the Saurpanika River and in between them passes the west coast road. Thus only a road divides the sea and the river. Though the river has come down very near to the sea as near as 40-50 feet, it does not join the sea there. It looks as though the sea is higher in level than the river, which joins the sea at Gangolli about eight kms south of this site.

Ottinane Beach

The Kshitija Nature Resort, a beach, sunset point are the favourite spots of travelers here. Forest guest house provides accommodation to visitors.

Murdeshwar Beach

This picturesque place situated 16 km from Bhatkal has a gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore. The temple, which embodies a Linga, is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atma linga at Gokarna while lifting it. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. It is said that Tipu renovated the huge fort behind the temple. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, this place is a favourite tourist spot.


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