Kundapur derives its name from the native ruler, King Kundavarma. When split into two, Kundapur means Kunda i.e. pillar and pur i.e. town. Kundapur is the town of beaches and temples, some of the most famous temples here are Sri Venkataramana temple, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka temple, Kote Hanumantha temple, Sri Laxmi Venkatesha temple, Koteshwara Kotilingeshwara temple and Sri Kundeshwara temple. Not just this, it is also an amazing spot for beach and adventure lovers alike. Here are some of the must-see places in and around Kundapur.
Located at a distance of 18 kilometers, the coastal city of Maravanthe is popular for its white beaches and tranquil surroundings. You can drive down to this place through the national highway contrasted between River Sauparnika on one side and Arabian Sea on the other. Apart from the serene surrounding, this beach town is also famous for the Maraswamy temple. While in Maravanthe, don’t forget to take a tour to the breathtakingly beautiful island Kudru.
Kollur is located at a distance of 38 kilometers from Kundapur and is one of the seven pilgrimage spots formed by Sage Parasuram. The town is located on the banks of River Souparnika and is popular for Goddess Parvati’s Temple Mookambika. Dedicated to Goddess Mookambika, this temple is located 38 Kilometers from Kundapur, in the valley of the Kodachaadri Peak. It is believed that this scared place was once used for performing penance by the Rishis. The temple is frequented by visitors for seeing the Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlinga in this temple is dessected into two sections, the bigger one out of which represents Mahakali, Mahasaraswati and Mahalakshmi while the smaller section represents Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The dome as well as the kalash at the temple are made of gold. You must also visit the Arishna Gundi Waterfalls while traveling to Kollur.
St. Mary’s Island
Merely 45 kilometers away from Kundapur, St. Mary’s Island is a famous Geo-Tourism Spot. This unique island homes rows of columnar basaltic lava, the hexagonal formations rising up like blocks on a graph. It is believed that the voyager Vasco Da Gama arrived on St. Mary’s Island on his journey from Portugal to India. There are practically no inhabitants on this island apart from the coconut trees. Your children would be more than happy to be on this island, for there is also a small children’s park here.
Located on the coastline of Kaup village, Kaup beach is a most famous for the Tippu Sultan’s fort, the lighthouse and three Goddess temple. Built in 1901, this towering lighthouse stands strong to this day, guiding the sailors through the night. As the beach is close to Manipal town, it is a popular hangout place for students. Even when swimming is prohibited on this beach, while in Kaup, you can indulge in various sports such as beach volleyball and football.
Sri Krishna Matha, Udupi
Established in the 13th century by Sri Madhwacharya, the Sri Krishna Matha is a renowned temple in Kundapur. As per a famous myth, it is believed that the saint saved people on a ship at Malpe beach and as a token of thanks, the survivors gifted him idols of Lord Krishna and Balrama. The saint then built this Krishna temple in Udupi.
The temple has a window called Navagraha Kitiki, with nine holes.The devotees are allowed to offer prayers to Lord Krishna only through these holes. This practice also holds a strong myth behind it. A staunch Krishna devotee, Kannakadasa engaged into intense praying on being denied entry into the temple. Impressed by his devotion, Krishna’s idol turned towards the devotee. The wall between the two developed holes, through which Kannakadasa worshiped the lord in heavenly form. Since then, the devotees worship the lord through these holes. The temple is located at a comfortable driving distance of 36.7 Kilometers from Kundapur.