Udupi is a district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Udupi District. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Karnataka & the city has got a modern touch due to various educational instituions. Udupi is one of the top tourist attractions in Karnataka. It is notable for the Krishna Temple. It lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. It is also known as Lord Parashurama Kshetra, and is famous for Kanakana Kindi. A centre of pilgrimage, Udupi is known as Rajata Peetha and Shivalli (Shivabelle). It is also known as the temple city. Udupi is situated about 55 km north of the educational, commercial & industrial hub Mangalore and about 422 km west of state capital Bangalore by road.
Tulu and Kannada are the most widely spoken languages in Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Makara Sankranti, Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri, Deepavali, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular. Udupi is becoming a major town in Karnataka.Udupi is the birthplace of the Syndicate Bank, Corporation Bank and Harsha Retail, the leading retailer of coastal Karnataka. Udupi’s economy also consists of agriculture and fishing. Small-scale industries like the cashew industry, and other food industries and milk cooperatives are the most prominent. Recently, Udupi is also making its mark in the real estate industry, greatly influenced by its neighboring spearhead Mangalore. Manipal suburb of Udupi, is home to the headquarters of Syndicate Bank. It is renowned as an education and medical hub. Kasturba Medical College and MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) are situate here.
Famous dishes of udupi :Masala Dosa, Kaddubu or Moode , Bajjari Dosa or Neer Dosa , Goli Baje Mangalore Bonda , Mangalore Buns , Murukku , Rawa Upma , Masala Rava Idli ,Paal Payasa, Rasam ,Bissi Bele Bhath.
Gadbad ice-cream is the most popular ice-cream in Udupi city. It is manufactured by Y. PRABHAKAR KAMATH, his ice-cream business started on May 1, 1975 with 14 flavours. . In a tall glass, one layer of kesar ice-cream, a thin layer of jelly, some dry-fruits, then strawberry ice-cream, fresh fruits and vanilla ice-cream. It was an instant hit with whoever he tried it on. But yet, he took six months to introduce it to his customers. And he called it Gadbad because the ice-cream parlour workers could not mix and match the flavour properly. In Kannada, used to say they make gadidbidi… which means error. That’s how the name stuck.
It is one of the major tourisrt destination in the western coast. From long and clean beaches to an array of different temples udupi has got it all. I urge you to visit this temple city once.