Thursday, March 21, 2013


  The Sights and Sounds at Malpe Beach

 Beaches are popular for a reason as they provide ample recreational opportunities for kids and adults alike. While kids frequent beaches due to their love for the waves and the never ending stretches of sand, adults visit beaches as they provide an escape from the rigorous routine of daily life. The Malpe Beach is one of a kind, where you can fully enjoy the rest and peace that you require together with nature and relish every single moment.

  An Overview of the Beach

 A natural port located just 6 km from Udupi, Karnataka; the Malpe beach is known for its charming and attractive golden brown sand and turquoise blue waters. It is lined with palm trees and the blue skies above add to the scene, providing a perfect picture. Your vacation will be complete when you lie down on the sand and enjoy every bit of the natural splendour around you, along with the cool air from the sea and shades from the palms. The amazing view of the sea is sure to make your trip unforgettable. The beach in Malpe is also termed as a virgin beach as its beauty remains untouched and intact. A small river, known as the Udayavara River, flows around the beach and this is also known as the Malpe River.

Activities and Things to Do 
 The activities that you can take up in the beach are abundant and most of these activities are nature-based ones. The beach has numerous islands nearby and it can be an amazing experience to watch these islands from up close. Daria -Bahadurgad is the northernmost island here and Kari-Illada-Kallu is the southernmost island in the region. Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe is situated between the northern most and the southernmost islands and the fourth island that you need watch out for is St. Mary’s Island, which is also called Thonse Paar. St. Mary’s Island is the most popular attraction in this place and a small ride on a local boat from the beach can get you there. The island is known for its exclusive geographic feature – volcanic rocks, and the rocks here are mainly vertical and hexagonal ones. A fort is present in the Daria-Bahadurgad Island, and this can be reached through a boat ride from the beach. This fort was built by Basavappa Nayaka of Bidanur. There are many famous temples that you can spot around the region too, mainly the Balrama and Ananteshwara temples. A fascinating harbour is also located close to the beach where ships are built. You can take up many water sports at the beach and these include fishing, angling, swimming and sailing.

  Getting to Malpe Beach and More 

 The beach in Malpe can be visited during the months that fall between October and December. The region is well connected by train, air routes and roads. The closest airport lies in the city of Mangalore and the closest railway station lies in the town of Udupi. The roads are well connected to Malpe through Udupi, Mangalore and Bangalore. There are many hotels that provide accommodation in Malpe and the tariffs will be available as per your needs as there are both budget hotels and star hotels in the place. The languages spoken in this area are mainly Tulu, Kannada and Konkani and the cuisine mainly features seafood items, but there are a whole lot of multi-cuisine restaurants that cater to a local and international crowd. Head to the Maple beach and watch its exemplary islands and waters, and provide a complete break to your mind and ! -->


Udupi is a land of celestial beauty and lies between the abundant mountains of the Western Ghats on the east and the immense calm Arabian Sea on the west. Udupi, more commonly called ‘Parashurama Srishti;, is very popular for its huge cultural inheritance. Udupi is the place of birth of Sri Madhavacharya. He set up the Astha Mathas which is one of the main pilgrimage sites of the state. It is a belief that the name of Udupi is an origination of Odipu, its Tulu name. Whereas some others say that the name is the combination of the Sanskrit words Udu meaning stars and Pa meaning Lord and thus Udupi. Udupi is an authentic treasure trove of tourist’s pleasures. One can find a blazing layout of antediluvian graven temples, modern splendid architectural buildings, beautiful hill chains, pure forests, unending beaches and very friendly people. Spirit worship known as Bhuta kola and Snake worship known as Nagaradhane are the most important cultural traditions in Udupi. Apart from this Aati Kalanja, Karangolu and other festivals like Diwali and Christmas are also celebrated in Udupi. Udupi is better known as the seat of Madhwa rebirth which was founded by the saint Madhwacharya. The outcome of this foundation is Ashtamathas which is situated in the famous Car Street which surrounds the Sri Krishna Temple...

Friday, March 15, 2013


Mangalore is the gateway to Karnataka. It is one of the five talukas (other than Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia, Belthangady taluks) of the Dakshina Kannada District. This District formerly had 8 talukas, but these were split in August 1997 and the remaining talukas, namely Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala then formed a part of the Udupi district,but there is no division found in the living of two cities and it is still being recognised as 'avibhagitha (undivided) Dakshina Kannada. Mangalore is named after the Goddess Mangaladevi. Other names used by the locals are 'Kudla' (Tulu), 'Mangalooru' (Kannada), 'Mangalapuram' (Malayalam), 'Kodial' (Konkani), 'Mikala' (Beary) and 'Manjarun'(sanskrith). Traditionally, it was an important trading port with ties with the Persian Gulf states dating back to the 14th century. With its strategic location, it was occupied by a number of dynasties and colonial rulers, namely the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. In the 18th century, its control was contested by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan on one hand and the British on the other. Under the Mysore sultans (1763), it became a strategic ship building base, which was ceded to the British in 1799 after numerous sieges. Mangalore is one of the fastest developing cities in India. Many multinational corporations and domestic corporations are opening their branches in Mangalore. Many reputed builders are bringing huge development projects. There is very good growth in the retail sector and many new shopping malls are being built. Infosys Technologies has 2 Development Centers in Mangalore with over 3000 employees. MphasiS has their India Training Center based near Mangalore Club. Corporation Bank and Karnataka Bank have their headquarters inside the city and Syndicate Bank HQ is in Manipal. Other industries are MRPL, MCF, BASF, KIOCL, Ultratech Cement Plant are some of the other industries in the city. Mangalore is also known as the 'Cradle of Education' in Karnataka with 16 Engineering(Nitk,surathkal being the rank 1 engineering college and MIT(manipal) being second), 6 Medical, 3 Dental, 12 MBA, 11 Physiotherapy, 8 Hotel Management and 58 Graduation colleges in and around the city. Mangalore is a blend of the new and the old! With the increasing influx of students from various states of India and different parts of the world, Mangalore has virtually become a 'melting pot' of cultures, given the various communities that make up the social framework of Mangalore: the Tuluvas (Bunts, Billawas, Mogaveeras, Kulals,Brahmins,Jains,Devadigas,Chitpavan's), the Brahmins, the Konkani Catholics, the Bearys, the Goud-Saraswath Brahmins (Konkanas),Devang's(m'lore kannada and tulu) etc.

Upli Buruj

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