Udupi is a town in the south-west Indian State of Karnataka. It is the headquarters of Udupi District.

Udupi tourism and culture

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It is widely believed that the name of Udupi was derived from its Tulu name Odipu which is associated with a temple at Malpe, devoted to Vadapandeshwara. Another story is that the name Udupi came from the combination of the Sanskrit words Udu and Pa, which mean "stars" and "lord."


Udupi is known for the Krishna Mutt and also native place of the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya who founded the Krishna Mutt in the 13th century. All Hindu temples have their Vigraha facing the entrance of the temple, except Krishna Mutt. Kanakana Kindi is decorated with carvings depicting the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Through the nine small holes of the window we should see the goddess of Sri Kadagolu Krishna as a very young boy. He holds the churning rod in His right hand and rope in his left. The Krishna Matha is known throughout the world for its religious customs, traditions, and learning in Dvaita or Tatvavaada philosophy. It is also the center of Daasa Sahitya, a form of literature that originated in Udupi.


Tulu is the most widely spoken language in Udupi City. Other languages spoken here include Konkani, Kannada and Beary bashe, apart from Hindi and English.


The climate in Udupi is hot in summers and pretty good in winter. During summers the temperature reaches up to 40°C and in winters, it is usually between 32°C and 20°C. The Monsoon period is from June to September with one of the rainfall averaging more than 4000mm every year and heavy winds.


Udupi is also known for its delicious vegetarian food now found all over the world. Lord Krishna is offered food of different varieties every day, These restrictions coupled with the requirement of variety led to innovation, especially in dishes incorporating seasonal and locally available materials. This cuisine was developed by Shivalli Madhwa Brahmins who cooked food for Lord Krishna, and at Krishna Matha in Udupi, the food is provided free.


Udupi is becoming a major city of Karnataka. People here have the highest average per-capita income in Karnataka according to a recent survey by a private firm.[citation needed]. Poverty rate in Udupi is fairly low when compared to Bangalore and other districts of Karnataka.

Udupi is also the birthplace of the Syndicate Bank and Corporation Bank. Udupi's economy depends mainly on agriculture and fishing. Small-scale industries like the cashew industry, and other food industries and milk cooperatives are the most prominent. There is no large-scale industry in Udupi.


Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and Nagaradhane are some of the cultural traditions of Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Dusshera and Christmas. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular.


There are several festivals during which huge crowds of locals as well as outsiders gather in Udupi. Festivals like Makara Sankranthi, Ratha Sapthami, Madhva Navami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Navarathi Mahotsava, Madhva Jajanti (Vijaya Dashami), Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, Geetha Jayanthi etc. are celebrated very grandly by Paryaya Mutt every year.


UDUPI is a coastal town in southern India in the state Karnataka which is famous for Hindu temples built centuries ago and is also known for its delicious vegetarian cuisine. Even in India there are some similarities with Hindu temples and the vegetarian cuisine.

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