Udupi, situated in the Udupi district of the South Indian state of Karnataka is famous for its temples and its cuisine. After Bangalore and Mangalore, it is the 3rd largest city in Karnataka. Agriculture, fishing and food processing are the main activities. Udupi cuisine is famous and the mouth watering dosas, iddlis and other snacks keep the aficionados happy as there are Udupi hotels all over India.
Udupi, also known as the temple town, draws thousands of devotees to the famous Sri Krishna temple, especially during the Paryaya festival in January. Legend has it that Kanaka Dasa, the great devotional composer who was denied entry into the temple to worship the God, peeped through a hole and Lord Krishna turned from east to west to give a darshan to his devotee. There is a window called Kanakakindi named after him. There are other famous temples in Udupi like Ambalapadi Shakti Temple, Kadiyali Durga Temple, and Venkateshwara Temple, Sri Ananthesvara Temple and Chandra Mauleshvara Temple.
Malpe, a port town famous for its beaches, is just 6 kms from Udupi. The Vadabhandeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Balarama is very famous. A short distance of 3 km takes one to Manipal, an important centre of education.
Karkala which is about 32 km from Udupi is important as the seat of Bhairasas or Shantarsas, the royal Jain dynasty. It is a famous pilgrim center for Jains. There is a huge statue of Bahubali which is the second tallest in Karnataka From Udupi one can travel to Agumbe which is about 50 km away and is an ideal spot for watching spectacular sunsets.