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Kundapur, UDUPI

The beach-town of Kundapur is perfect for relaxing and unwinding from the hullabaloo of the cities.

Located on the serene Konkan coast and surrounded by three major water bodies, Kundapur is an ideal getaway for those looking for some quaint time away from the monotonous city life. The captivating coastal-town of Kundapur is located at a distance of 38 kms from Udupi, 92 kms from Mangalore, 283 kms from Panjim and 478 kms from Bangalore. Kudapur lies close to the popular bio-diversity zone of the Western Ghats.

Towards the east of this town lies the river Kalaghar. On the north lies Panchagangavali while the west is occupied by the Arabian Sea and the Kodi backwaters. It is only the southern end of this town which is connected to land mass.Kundapur is a beautiful town of temples, the most famous of which are, Mookambika temple, Sri Kundeshwara temple, Koteshwara Kotilingeshwara temple, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka temple and so on.

Kundapur also offers numerous tourist attractions apart from the temples. While in Kundapur, you must visit the famous Kaup and Maravanthe Beaches. You can also indulge in a wide plethora of water sports and adventure activities such as fishing, boating, water zorbing, trekking, coracle ride and much more. The best time to visit Kundapur is between October and April.

Often referred to as the “Town of Sun” in the ancient texts, Kundapur is a place of rich historical background. Kundapur came under the rule of Rajas of Baindoor after the collapse of Vijaya Nagara Empire. During the 16th century, this town was ruled by the Portuguese. Not only this, Kundapur was also witnessed the reigns of Haidar Ali, Tipu Sultan and ultimately the Britishers. During the middle ages, this town had strong trade connections with countries of the Middle East.

How to reach Kundapur

By Air
Mangalore (approx. 80 kms) is the nearest airport to Kundapur which is well connected by frequent flights from Bangalore and Mumbai. From Mangalore International Airport (IXE), you can take a taxi to Kundapur.
By Road
Kundapur is well connected with Udupi(40 Kms.), Mangalore (91 Kms.) and Bangalore (440 Kms.) by road. You can take a regular bus plying on NH_17, the Kundapur-Udupi-Mangalore route, to reach Kundapur. If you are traveling from Udupi to Kundapur, it is best advisable to take a taxi from Udupi as there are no direct flights, buses or trains betwenn Udupi and Kundapur.
By Train
Situated at a comfortable distance of 3 Kms. From the center of the town, Kundapur has its own railway station, well connected to various cities like Mangalore, Mumbai, Kannur, Bangalore and Trivandrum. There are 2 direct trains from Bangalore to Kudapur i.e. Ypr Kawr Expres (16515) and Karwar Exp (16523). From Mangalore, there are 9 direct trains such as Madgaon Exp (22636), Mumbai Exp (12134), Karwar Exp (16523) and so on. The fastest way to reach Kundapur is to take Mumbai Exp from Mangalore, which will approximately take you an hour to reach. You can then take a taxi or bus from outside the station.
Commuting Within Kundapur
Kundapur has no dearth of amazing tourist destinations to explore. You can easily commute to all parts of the city by bus. You can also hire a taxi for commuting comfortably within the city.