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 ones are Sri Venkataramana temple, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka temple, Kote Hanumantha temple, Sri Laxmi Venkatesha temple, Koteshwara Kotilingeshwara temple and Sri Kundeshwara temple.
Kundapur is a perfect place for those looking for some quiet and serene time, away from the hullabaloo of the city. The town is well connected by rail and roads from the major cities. If you are beach lover, this is the ultimate place for you!
- MARAVANTHE BEACH
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. The Arishna Gundi Waterfalls are a must visit while traveling to Kollur.
- 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.
- KAUP BEACH
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.
Food and Dining
After a long day of exploring Kundapur, a good meal is what you would require to relieve the stress. Kundapur has no scarcity of vegetarian and non-vegetarian eating outlets offering mouthwatering delicacies. Masala fish fry is one of the specialities of this place. Some of the most popular restaurants in Kundapur are, Naveen Drive In Bar- A family restaurant, Shetty’s Lunch Home, Coastal Heritage, Wild Wood Spa’s Open Restaurant, Banjara Family Restuarant and Bar, Cafe Atlantis and many more. Dining in Kundapur will surely be a wonderful and unforgettable experience for you and your family.
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Kundapur is a perfect place for those looking for an adventure filled trip. There are a number of activities you can indulge in, such as:
- Waterfall Trekking
- Water Zorbing
- Coracle ride
- Bird Watching
- Scuba diving at Netrani Island (Prior booking required)
- Indoor Games (Chess, Carrom, Puzzle Games, Foosball, Mini Table Tennis)
- Rope Based Activities