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Katapadi in Udupi
Katapadi or Katapady is a small town located at a distance of 6 Km towards South from Udupi on National Highway NH-17 in Coastal Karnataka.
Katapadi is a picturesque village surrounded by beautiful untouched beach and lush green fields. Katapadi literally means "Tie it down" in local Tulu language. It is derived from the word Kattu paadi.
Places of interest at Katapadi:
One of the main attractions of this village is Chokkadi Shri Mahalingeshwara temple, an ancient temple which has a history of about 12 centuries.
The other important temple of Katapady is Venkataramana Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the temple has a history of about 3 centuries. The annual fair called Katapadi Rathothsav or Car Festival of Lord Venkataramana is held on Madhvanavami day (Last week of January or First week of Februavry). The festival lasts for seven days and it attracts huge number of devotees. People witness the fair with great devotion.
The other temples of Katapadi are Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Shri Kalikamba Vishawakarmeshwara Temple and Shri Vishwanatha Kshetra. Annual Car festival is celebrated at all temples.
Katapadi is also a place of attractions for Christians. There are two Churches St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church and CSI Church. The St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church is 60 years old church and fest is held every year.
Places near Katapadi:
Udupi: Udupi, district headquarters is located at a distance of 6 Km from Katapadi. The main attraction of Udupi is Sri Krishna Temple.
Pajaka: Pajaka is located at a distance of 5 Km from this village. Pajaka is the birthplace of Madhwacharya.
Malpe: One of the popular beaches of Karnataka, Malpe is located at a distance of 12 Km from Katapadi.
Kaup: Kaup is located at a distance of 7 Km from Katapadi. The main attractions of Kaup are a light house and beach.
Manipal: One of the popular towns of Karnataka and well known for education centers, Manipal is just 13 Km from Katapadi.
Katapadi is also popular for Matti Gulla (a sort of Brinjal), Kambala (Water Buffalo race) and Jasmine.
Distance from Katapadi:
Bangalore: 398 Km
Mysore: 301 Km
Mangalore: 49 Km
Shimoga: 188 Km
Chikmagalur: 179 Km
Hassan: 214 Km
Karwar: 222 Km
Kundapur: 43 Km
Hebri: 47 Km
Karkala: 35 Km
Agumbe: 61 Km
Sringeri: 93 Km
Udupi: 6 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi
Road: Katapadi well connected by road network. It lies on National Highway NH-17. Direct buses are available from Udupi and Mangalore.
Route map to reach Katapady:
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Mangalore - Mulki
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur - Mangalore - Mulki
From Mangalore: via Surathkal - Mulki (NH-17)
From Udupi: 6 Km towards Mangalore on National Highway NH-17
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