12 Best Attractions In And Near Kundapura To Explore The Karavali Side Of Karnataka

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Kundapura is a coastal town and is one of the Major railway stations along Konkan railway. There are a number of exciting things to do in Kundapura. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Kundapura. Discover new places to see and unique things to do nearby. Don’t miss out on these amazing sights at Kundapura.

Kundeswara Temple

One of the most sought after temples in this whole district of Udupi, Kundeswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated nearby the Panchagangavalli River, the town is also named after this temple. The deity of the temple is a 4 feet high Shivalinga, a garbhagriha idol of black stones. However, only one-third of the Shivalinga is visible while the remaining part is buried under.

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Kodi Beach

Located in the vicinity of Kundapur town, Kodi Beach is an amazing picnic spot with water on its three sides. Kodi meaning ‘shore’ in the Kannada language, is popular as a spot for swimming.

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Uppinakudru

Uppinakudru or Salt Island is a place which is religiously rich and profound. Once served as the center of trading for salt and seafood, today the place is occupied with several ancient and popular temples Lord Gopala Krishna Temple is one of them. While Lord Vasudeva is counted as the oldest temple in the area, Siddi Vinayaka Temple is a famous temple attracting devotees in large number. The place also houses several mutts including Lord Lakshminarayana Mutt, Gopinath Mutt, Ganapathi Mutt, and Devi Mutt etc.

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Anegudde Vinayaka Temple

Lying on a hill in Kumbhashi, nearly 9 km away from Kundapur, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that at this very site Sage Agasthya performed penance to attract Indira. In fact, as per the legend, Bhimasena also killed Kumbhasura at the same place with a weapon given by Lord Ganesha. Thus, a temple was established here to honor the lord and was named as Anegudde. It serves as one of the ‘Mukti Sthalas’ of Karnataka.

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Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church is a beautiful building situated on the banks of River Panchagangavalli on the west side of the town. The church houses a beautifully carved wooden altar and is ornamented with tiles. One can also witness a Bell Tower within the church premises. Renovated in 1757 after being attacked by Tipu Sultan, today the church also runs a school and an orphanage.

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Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe is a getaway which can be best described as nature’s basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach. The sunset sets the whole place tinted in the shade of sepia just out of a painter’s canvas. Studded with several places of excursion, the town is adorned with a stark backdrop of Kodachadri Hills, while the Arabian Sea bounds it from one side and Sauparnika River on the other side.

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Ottinere

A popular getaway located on the National Highway near the Baindoor Village, Ottinere is mainly known for its entrancing sunset view.

Padukone

Nature’s basket, Padukone Village is nearly 17 km away from Kundapur adorned with strings of coconut trees, Kudru and Souparnika River.

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Trasi

Located 12 km north of Kundapur, Trasi is mainly known for its beautiful beach, a beach resort, and Turtle Bay. The beach is one kilometer long and serves as a picnic spot.

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Shankaranarayana

One of the seven sacred places established by Lord Parshuram and an important religious hub, Shankaranarayana Temple attracts a large number of devotees. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, a naturally formed Udbhava Linga is found in the temple as a presiding deity which is believed to be a confluence of Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva.

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Mahalasa Narayani Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Mahalasa Narayani, this temple is located on the banks of River Varahi and once served as the hub of trade. It is a holy place for Goud Saraswati Brahmin Community and was regularly visited by the sages of Mutts like Kashi Samsthana and Gokarna Parthaggali Mutt.

Sri Mookimba Temple

Sri Mookimba Temple is believed to once be the site where rishis use to perform penance. Today, located in the Kodachaadri peak Valley, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. The interior of the temple is home to a Jyotirlinga divided into two sections with the help of a golden line. The bigger part represents Goddess Maha Saraswati, Mahakali and Mahalakshmi and the smaller part are devoted to Vishnu, Brahma, and Maheshwara. The dome of the temple along with the kalasha is crafted out of gold.

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To Sum up, Kundapura is culturally rich, a treasure trove of mesmerizing nature and environment of spirituality define this temple town best. Don’t miss to explore the places listed. Cheers!!

Happy Exploring!!

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