Kundapur Tourism

Kundapur Tourism

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Kundapur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Udupi
Kundapur, a popular temple town, is the headquarters of Kundapur taluk of Udupi District of Karnataka. The town of Kundapur, located at the centre of the coastal belt of Karnataka, has palm-fringed backwaters also. Kundapur town is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Kodi back waters on its west, Panchgangavalli River on its north and Kalaghar River on its east.

Situated along the west coast of Karnataka, Kundapur is accessible only through its southern side. Kundapur town is at a distance of 36 km from Udupi, 100 km from Mangalore, 300 km from Panaji and 450 km from Bangalore. It lies in the close vicinity of the Western Ghats, a zone famous for bio-diversity.  

The name of Kundapur was derived from the Kundeshvara Temple built near the River Panchgangavalli by Kundavarma.  Kundapur was often described as the ‘town of sun’ in the ancient texts.

Kundapur has a rich historical background. It was once part of the Vijaya Nagara Empire. After the collapse of Vijaya Nagara power, Kundapur came under the control of the Rajas of Baindoor and under their rule became the principal port town.

Kundapur later came under the rule of the Portuguese during the 16th century. It was also a part of the Kingdom set up by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan. Kundapur witnessed the fall of Tipu Sultan in the year 1799 and came under the rule of British.

Kundapur was a famous port town during the middle ages with thriving trade connections with many countries in the Middle East. When it came under colonial rule, the port of Kundapur was used as the trade centre by the colonial powers.

Today, the ancient temple town of Kundapur has become a major tourist spot of Karnataka. Historical monuments, which include ancient temples like the Kundeshvara Temple and the Holy Rosary Church, are reminders of the bygone era and attract tourists as well as historians to Kundapur.

Sri Vinayaka Temple, Mahalingeshwara Temple, Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple, Hattiangadi Temple, Koteshwara Temple and Kirimanjeshwara Temple are some of the prominent pilgrim destinations in the area.   

Kundapur also has several activities to offer. Nature lovers and rock climbers often go for trekking and hiking in the nearby mountain ranges of the Western Ghats whereas beach lovers can go to the coastal areas like Kodi Beach. Boating in the backwaters of Kundapur is also a common activity. The best time to visit Kundapur is from October to April.

Kundapur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mangalore and Panjim.

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Kundapur Traveller Reviews

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Anusha Shetty

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  • Anusha Shetty
  • Lives in Kundapur
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  336 readers

"A beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
It's a beautiful place with clean beaches, very loud people, extreme humid climate, exotic taste of foods and temples in every street you cross by:)

Kundapur is one such place where you don't feel like returning back but the climate kicks you out. Preferable time to visit is October to December:)
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Udit Sawhney

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  • Udit Sawhney
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 18 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1074 readers

"An offbeat beach destination in Karnataka"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
Amazing place to visit with your family, or friends. Clean and unkempt beaches. Amazing food too, chicken ghee roast being one of the speciality. A small town, which reminds you of the malgudi days comics, with great people to help you out. A must visit place if you want a break from a hectic work schedule.
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Himayun ul ahad

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  • Himayun ul ahad
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  642 readers

"Kundapur at its serene best"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2015
Kundapur is one of those best places along the coastal lines of India. The beaches there are cleaner than any other, Maravanthe, Kodi, Malpe, Kaup etc.. All of which fall along the same coast of Arabian Sea. If you have a tasty tongue and relish seafood, this is the place to be. You can eat until you finish, for less bucks invested, unlike in metropolitan cities where you spend no less than 250 Rs for a simple piece of Seer Fish.

Here's where the ports are, it's like the fisherman's quid. Enjoy your time there as much as you can while you are there. The locals here are nice and friendly as long as you behave well ;)

I've had my best experiences in this coastal region. You can eat the traditional Dakshina Kannada/Uttara Kannada style of food almost everywhere, with fish served along. Well, I stayed at a place called Pratham Inn & Resorts. Although the place is under a bit of renovation as the owner is looking to get a star rating for his property, the place is good - you have an indoor water park, swimming pool, plus other indoor games like pool, carom board, table tennis etc.

But then again, this guy has his own private island where you can go to, and is fun, lovely. I don't wanna give you all the details more than what I already have. If you wish to experience it, go visit it soon before it is too late and you start regretting :)

Bon Voyage folks!
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Kiran Sangvai

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  • Kiran Sangvai
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  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 4 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  6425 readers

"Kundapur Cuts"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2013
Kundapur is a very silent town situated at the sea. City is so friendly and so the people of Kundapur. Kundapur's beach is so beautiful and spectacular. There was not any dirt or paper bunches or poly-bags. The shore was quite nice and clean. Swimming and having fun at the beach is a real opportunity.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Had a nice veg and non-veg food at Hotel Sharon. Unfortunately we could not explore the whole city due to time bound programm.

Activities & things to do: Walking along with the beach and exploring near by temples can be done and you can visit Bhatkal town where food is very nice.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can reach there via Hubli, Gokarna and Murudeshwar. While travelling from Gokarna to Murudeshwar you can turn to left and visit the Jogfalls. But Jogfalls is to be visited in rainy season only.
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Ravi Havaldar

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  • Ravi Havaldar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Commercial Kundapur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2013
Kundapur is a good coastal area but not many activities or places to be seen. Its only close to the famous kollur temple, udupi temple, kodi beach, marwante beach etc. No heritage monuments or historic place, its only a commercial place but very expensive considering the neighboring district or city. Avoid staying in Kundapur as it is more comfortable in Udupi. Ravindra Havaldar

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is good with lot of bars and restaurant but comparatively is very expensive. No shopping complex or shopping mall and nothing is made locally there. do not think of shopping here.

Activities & things to do: Literally no activities takes place in kundapur. A small town with no amusements or tourist place to relax. A busy town except that all the bars are flooded in the evening by local youngsters as there is no other activities for them in the evening.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best option to reach is by train. Its safe and no risk involved. Can roam even in the night risk free.
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Kiran Babu

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  • Kiran Babu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"Nice Trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2012
Centre Spot to See Coastal Karnataka and less Pollution so its good to see some mangroves etc

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nice Sea food and South Indian

Activities & things to do: Sunset at Beach was good

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach Udupi it hardly takes one hour from there
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Sudipta Soo

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  • Sudipta Soo
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  4306 readers

"Solitude in the Beaches @ Kundapur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2012
There are places like Goa, Kerala, Vizag, Pondi, etc.. in India known for their beaches. And then there Kundapur... a world apart. Beautiful and scenic beaches, love to sit and watch the sun go down into the Arabian Sea.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sea food is something you should not miss at this place. Simply Superb and very reasonable prices. They have good specialities like chicken ghee roast and missi roti.

Activities & things to do: Relax and unwind by the Beach. Some beaches have water sports, though I have not tried any.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best way to reach is by Road ( drive or bus ). Some of the roads before reaching Kundapur are not so great, but they are getting done.
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Ranjith J

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  • Ranjith J
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  15 helpful votes
  •  5098 readers

"best place to stay in kudapur for kollur visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2012
if you want to visit kollur temple and want to stay at kundaput this is the pefect destination. Overall experiance is good.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: average food

Activities & things to do: beach visit

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Beach is approximately 6kms away from the hotel.The beach is clean and can have fun.try to reach hotel around 4pm ,go to bach by 5pm ,spend around 2 hrs there.start to mookambika temple by around 3am(you will reach around 30 min approx).At temple ,take the que directly and inside you can make receipts and get a darshan of the lord mookambika.by 6am you can go back to hotel and refresh,you have checkout time till 4pm.
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Smita Pinto

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  • Smita Pinto
  • Lives in Pune
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"Great experience a must for every one."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2012
Great place to be, Kundapur still has the old charm and beautiful beaches around to see, its a lovely holiday with family and friends and very easy on the pocket.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Shop for the old stuff, restaurants are great, had an authentic lunch at an 150 yr old restaurant for just Rs 50...cant believe it...but the food was great. Shop for earthen utensils, tamarind, jagrey, chips, and mush more things...

Activities & things to do: Trashi beach, has some awesome place to swim, eat and relax, perfect place for a lovely beach holiday...Dont forget to try the ghee chicken fry, and the lovely fish curry boiled rice.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry lots of sunscreen, cotton clothing, hat, sunglasses, open shoes.
you can get there either through a train, plain or your own vehicle, People are very friendly and don\'t cheat you, so chill and enjoy.
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Likes Music

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  •  17 helpful votes
  •  7430 readers

"The most peaceful Holiday i had"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2011
Absolutely wonderful. The best place to stay and explore the ancient villlage of basrur. A place steeped in history.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Amazing local food like neer dosa, kori roti, kane fish fry, shell fish etc.

Activities & things to do: Fishing, Boating, lazing around in the hammock under the coconut tree, swimming.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easily reached by bus , car or train.
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