Udupi ( Karnataka , South India)
Udupi, a highly revered Hindu pilgrimage of Dakshina Kannada, is located 60 kms from Manglore. A very famous place of pilgrimage due to the location of Krishna temple founded by Sri Madhvacharya, the great Vaishnava saint.
It is also the seat of the eight Mutts which share the right of worshipping Sri Krishna once in two years. This is called Paryaya festival and thousands of pilgrims gather at that time. According to the legend, the statue of Sri Krishna in the famous temple turned around to give darshan to the lower caste devotee Kanakadasa, who was not allowed to enter into the temple.
Udupi has the fine Malpe beach, a quiet and ideal place to swim. One can cross the sea to reach the St. Mary's Island also. Manipal, 5 kms away, is a centre of modern learning with well known medical and engineering colleges.
Maravanthe, 60 kms from Udupi, is a very popular place of picnic and scenic surprise. At sunset, the crimson sky and the golden rays reflected both in the sea and river appear enchanting as a fairy land. A drive further up takes the visitor to the Belekal Teertha waterfall near Baindur.