Udupi city juxtaposes the spiritual and the ancient with leisure and beach and the two mix seamlessly. Legend has it that Lord Krishna reclaimed Udupi from the sea and the town has an old and very important Krishna temple with intricate stone carvings at the entrance. There are quite a few important temples and the spiritually minded would not like to miss out on any of them. The Kaup Beach is another attraction. Udupi is famous for its lip-smacking cuisine. With dishes made primarily from grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits Udupi adheres to strict Vedic tradition where the use of onions and garlic is discouraged.
Flights are available from Bangalore to Bajpe in Mangalore. Thereafter travel by road for one hour to reach Udipi. Udupi is also a major station on the Konkan railway route. There are connections with Mumbai and Mangalore.
Udupi is best visited during the winter months starting from October to February when the temperatures remain cooler and pleasant. The summers (March-May) are too hot with temperatures rising above 39°Celsius and the monsoon months from June to September are not considered good to enjoy the beaches.
Sightseeing in Udupi is all about visiting the various temples. Other than the Krishna Temple, the other important temples in Udupi are Ananteshwar and Chandramoulishwar temples. These are also called the grandfather temples.
One should also visit Hast Shilpa in Manipal. It is a wonderful wooden house with a courtyard and rooms all-round. It is in fact, a museum and all the antiques have been painstakingly acquired by Vijaynath Shenoy. Antique lovers will have a field day admiring all the wonderful artifacts.
There are not many activities in Udupi that visitors can indulge in, however. Udupi is ornamented by both beaches and nearby hills for a pleasurable experience. It also has religious significance for Hindus. It is a pilgrimage for Hindus with various temples and Maths (monasteries) to spend in spiritual relaxation.
Kapu or Kaup Beach is a lesser known beach and is wonderful for walks. There is also a lighthouse where visitors can climb up and enjoy the view of the sea. Kapu Beach is 12 km drive from Udupi, down south.
Other activities include, river-rafting at Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama. It is 40 km away from Udupi with several options for river-rafting.
Malpe Beach is a wonderful destination for boating in long boats that are cylindrical in shape and can accommodate a small group of people. This is a slow ride and is perfect for enjoying the scenic treat of the place and for relaxation. Speed boat rides are available to visit St. Mary's Island, which is popular because the Portuguese sailor Vasco Da Gama made a visit here, when discovering the trade route from Europe to India. This beach is perfect for long walks.
Marawanthe Beach is the place to visit for water sports and fishing; the beach is 50 km away from Udupi. Para-sailing is adored by visitors. One can indulge in other activities such as, wind surfing and water skiing.
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, 50 km away from Udupi is a good destination for trekking and camping.