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Udupi, Karnataka: 12+ lesser known/offbeat tourist places

Everyone visiting Udupi goes to Srikrishna temple, Malpe beach, St Mary's Island, Maravanthe and Kollur. There are dozens of other lesser known but potentially beautiful/interesting places in Udupi. This post lists all the less popular, offbeat places I have visited in last 1 year. If you are visiting Udupi, have a few hours/days to spare and wish to explore lesser known places, you're reading the right blogpost.

Many commercial travel websites list far away places like Chikmagalur, Sakaleshpura etc as "offbeat" place to visit from Udupi. These are a few hundred kms away and are destinations on their own. Hence I am not considering these in my list. My focus is on places within Udupi district or places nearby that can be explored within a day trip from Udupi.

Udupi district's offbeat destinations
Let me give you a brief summary and then all the details

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Offbeat Destination

Kms from Udupi (1 way)

Main attractions

1

Kunjalugiri, Pajaka Kshetra

10

Temple, viewpoints

2

Kolankal, Bharathkal Haladi, Tombattu falls, Metkalgudde

60-80

Temple, trekking, falls, nature, viewpoint

3

Udyavara ocean drive, Kapu & Mulki

 10

Beach, nature

4

Ottinene Kshitija Nesara Dhama & Haklamane falls

 72

Viewpoint, beach, falls

5

Barkur, Mekkekattu & Kallu Ganapathi

 16

Temples, art

6

Agumbe & Varanga Lake Basadi

 60

Hill, viewpoint, falls, temple

7

Seethanadi Trail

20

River, falls, view, temple

8

Kodi Bendre houseboat experience

12

 

9

Koosalli and Kudumari falls trekking

100

Trek, falls, adventure

10

Belkal Theertha trekking via Gulvadi Dam

85

Trek, falls, viewpoint, dam, adventure

11

Karkala Day trip

40

Falls, Jain temples, Bahubali & more

12

Manipal Day trip

10

multiple museums, tree park & viewpoints

13

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

15

 

 

 


Now let me give you little more insight into each of these places. Where I have already written in detail I am giving link to earlier posts.

1 Kunjalugiri, Chamundeshwari Sannidhi, Pajaka Kshetra
Kunjalugiri is a small hill with a temple with amazing 360 degree view full of greenery. Pajaka Kshetra is a temple of historic importance. Opposite to Kunjalugiri is Chamundeshwari sannidhi, another hilltop temple with great view. All these 3 places can be explored in 2-3 hours from Udupi and then you can extend to Manipal or Mulki or Karkala as per your preference.

2. Kolankal, Bharathkal Haladi, Tombattu falls, Metkal Gudde Vinayaka temple
Head towards Haladi town from Udupi. You can explore a temple with pond on top of a rock, visit a unique bridge built for passing water over a river [Bharathkal Haladi], explore Tombattu falls and trek a few kms to access a Vinayaka temple on top of a hill. [Metkalgudde]

3. Udyavara - Mattu beach, ocean drive
If you wish to enjoy a nice scenic drive, head to Udyavara. Start from Malpe, cross Malpe harbor and head towards Mattu beach. River on one side, Arabian sea on the other and coconut trees in between. More details here

You can exit at Kapu, visit the lighthouse, return to Udupi or proceed further towards Padubidri beach and Mulki.

4. Ottinene beach and Kshitija Nesara Dhama: 
Nice viewpoint of river merging with Arabian see. Cottages available for overnight stay. Beach and Someshwara temple are accessible by road or via short trek. More details on Ottinene here.
Secret tip: You might be able to see Kudumari falls from a distance from the road to Kshitija Nesara dhama.

5. Barkur, Mekkekattu and Kallu Ganapathi
Barkur town has a few basadis, a ruined fort (just a few stones) and few temples. Will be a good visit for history lovers. Mekkekattu and Kallu Ganapathi are two interesting temples not too far from Barkuru. If you have time you can also extend to Kolankal near Bidkalkatte

6. Agumbe: Agumbe rainforest is in Shivamogga district. But it makes a perfect trip from Udupi. Check this post for about 12 different things to see/do at Agumbe. Varanga Lake Basadi is worth visiting with a short deviation. Seethanadi Nature camp run by JLR is a nice place to stay.

7. Seethanadi trail: I went for a ride along the banks of Seetha River and listed various places of interest. Check this post- if it interests you, give it  a try.

8. Kodi Bengre Houseboat experience near Udupi:
Why go to Kerala for houseboat experience? Try it in Kodi Bengre, just 12 kms from Udupi. There are three different operators with different houseboats, packages and services. You can try a short breakfast ride or a full day housebboat stay or a  lunch/dinner cruise with family/friends. Detailed information for your houseboat experience in Udupi is here

9. Koosalli and Kudumari falls: 
If you are comfortable trekking 4 kms one way (8 kms total) you can explore Koosalli falls. All details on visiting Koosalli waterfall here. Kudumari is another waterfalls in the area, requiring another few kms of trekking. If you have lots of energy and can start early, you might be able to explore both the falls in one day. Else target any one.

10. Belkal Theertha waterfalls:
Belkal Theertha is an amazing waterfalls near Kollur. However it needs 3 kms of trekking one way and best visited between October and December. Too much rains and leeches before October and not much water left after January. Either plan an exclusive trip to Belkal Theertha or include it as a part of your Kollur/Kodachadri trip.

11. Karkala Day trip: Jain temples, theme parks and falls
Karkala is a taluk HQ in Udupi district. Karkala is popular for Bahubali statue. Other attractions include Chaturmukha Basadi, Koti Chennaya Theme Park, Durga Falls, a waterpark and more.


If you have more time to spare you can head towards Hebri/Agumbe for Varanga Lake temple and Agumbe sunset OR towards Belman for Nagundi falls, Mulki & Udyavara beach side explorations.

12. Manipal Day Trip- Museums, Parks, Lake and a waterfall!
While Manipal is famous for educational institutions and KMC hospital, town also has several places of interest for visitors- a nice tree park, a large lake, 3 different museums (Anatomy & Pathology, Hastha Shilpa and TMA Pai memorial museum) and a small waterfall. Do check this post for detailed information for planning your exploration of Manipal, Udupi's suburban town.

Similar: Udupi district waterfalls guide * Weekend destinations from Udupi * Udupi complete travel guide *

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