Udupi an important Vaishnavite coastal town in Karnataka, is located
381kms from the capital Bangalore. The urban focus of Udupi is an open
Square surrounded by temples and matts. Udupi is the birth place of the
12th century saint Madhava, who set up eight sanyasi matts in the town
and is one of Karnataka's most important pilgrimage sites. Udupi is also
known for its delicious cuisine and Udupi restaurants all over the country.
The temple town has seen the birth of many great personalities of national and international fame, whose intellectual contribution is commendable. Great littérateurs like Late Dr. K Shivarama Karanth, Dr U R Ananthamurthy and Girish Karnad, the Jnanapeeth award winners hail from this place. Other littérateurs and critics like Late Pa Vem Acharya, N Vyasaraya Ballal, also have their lineage to this land. Well known artistes like Late K K Hebbar, Late B P Bairi dedicated their lives for the promotion and spread of art.
Yakshagana, Taalamaddale, Gombeyaata, Bhoota worship, Naaga worship, Koti Chennaya Nema, Garaodis, temples, cock-fight are the reminiscence of the rich past and glory of this magical land.