The recorded history of Udupi starts with the building of the Sri Krishna Matha. Sri Madhwacharya, the Vaishanavaite saint founded this matha in the 13th century A.D. Since then, it has become an important pilgrimage centre for Hindu devotees. Sri Udupi Anantheshwara Temple is another important religious site here. This temple was built in the 8th century A.D. during the rule of the Alupa kingdom. This was a kingdom which was in existence for over 1200 years and continued to influence the region. \n\nIt was a satellite state of the more powerful states of the area, including the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and even the Vijayanagara kingdom. During the medieval period, Udupi, much like the rest of Karnataka came under the rule of the Sultanate in its various forms. One of the strongest rulers of this region was Tipu Sultan of the Mysore Sultanate, who expanded the territories much further to the south. After the fall of the Sultanate, the British took control of the Carnatic region. This was later made part of the state of Karnataka upon its formation after India's independence.
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A region famous in Karnataka for its cuisine, there is more to Udupi than meets the eye
Udupi houses some of the finest lesser-known beaches and places of interest
Look up the dwellings in the temple town of Udupi to have an insight into its heritage.
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