Arabian Sands of Udupi Beaches

After the divine temple run in the first half it was the time to let our souls soak the peaceful and unspoiled ambience of the beaches around Udupi. In Udupi you can never have too much of a beach.  

15 km. from Udupi temple is one of the most serene and pristine beaches which you can find in the state of Karnataka. Kapu is a village located between Udupi and Mangaluru. Local language spoken here is Tulu and in Tulu language Udupi is known as Odipu.

As we are about to reach the Kapu village, the coastline opens up to reveal beach lines with perfect white sand in front of us from what looked like a misty distance. This is the Kapu beach, with its tropical climate is a hot favorite spot for the locales and everyone who comes to visit the Mangalore Port City. Attractions in and around Udupi promises to keep your spirits uplifted during your visit at this place.

The main attraction at the Kapu beach is the 27.12 m. tall Light House which was built in the year 1901.
You can indulge in some rock climbing. Make sure you reach up to the highest point to view from the top, a few fishing boats parked and backwater bodies.

Backwaters of Udupi…! Surprising, Curiosity and excitement.

After sipping freshly brewed sweet lime water, we started for Malpe Beach. This is not just a beach but a destination in itself, this is the gateway to St. Mary Island, where you can turn into a geologist in some amazing rock formations.

For many tourists coming to Mangalore/ Udupi, perhaps the sole reason is a visit to this beach/ island. 

Read more about St. Mary Island.


2 km. from Malpe Beach is the most important Fish market for states of Karnataka as well as Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Read more about Malpe Fish Market.

No trip can be justified until you have enjoyed the local delicacies. Our friend Deekshit was benevolent enough to invite us for to his house for an authentic evening munch of “Buns served with coconut chutney, Mix Curry and fresh Papaya plucked from his home garden”. Home cooked food outside your home is a sheer pleasure. Till this date my kid still yearns for those buns.

Recharged with the Mangalorean delicacy, we soon said Bye Bye to the main roads and took the local village roads in search of some concealed wonder in this region. Approx. 9 km. from Malpe Beach is the “ThimmanKudru Suspension Bridge “. Popularly known as “Kemmannu Hanging Bridge”.

280 feet long Suspension Bridge is supported by ropes. River flowing beneath and fisherman picking the best parts from the earth’s surface which is 70% covered with water, the landscape of this place is nothing short of an artists’ canvas.

For the eyes looking for beauty, this backwater spot is no less than a hidden marvel. Along the way you will come across many delicately balanced small small bridges over these backwaters.

7 km. from the hanging bridge is the Delta beach (locally known as Kodi Bengre beach). This is the meeting point of beloved Suvarna river with her lover Arabian Sea.

You can drive right up to the delta point of the beach, park your car nearby and get amazing views of pristine beach. There is hardly any crowd at this beach, so this makes a perfect setting for some tender moments with your beloved or an ideal opportunity embrace your solitude with the setting sun. Relish the happiness coming in waves. 

Delta Beach has a mini port for fisheries, which is well visible from the beach.


While returning, do not forget to thank the Gods for this wonderful trip in the Durgaparameshwari temple (5 km. before Delta beach). The temple cladded in white colour is beautiful during the day and becomes stunning during the night.

As most of the temples in this region, this temple too has a wonderful roof carving.
Pray to the Gods for more such trips and keep on travelling Guys.

Gaurav Verma

A passionate Traveler who wants to see the whole world before hanging his boots. Always ready to explore offbeat and hidden spots. MBA + Engineer from Ivy league colleges, Gaurav is much sought after for his choice of lifestyle activities and Brand promotional campaigns.

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