Katapady or Katapadi is a village near Udupi in Karnataka, India. It is situated at the junction of National Highway 17 and the roads leading to Matti and Shankarapura. Katapadi is surrounded by lush green fields, rivers and a beautiful beach. Katapadi is well known for Matti Gulla (a type of eggplant), Kambala and jasmine (mallige in Tulu). The name Katapadi is derived from "Kattu paadi' which means "tie it down" in Tulu. Apparently the place is named Katapadi after a lost horse which was found and tied down here.
There are quite a few places of worship around Katapadi belonging to different communities. Oldest amongst these is Chokkadi Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple, which has a history of about twelve centuries. Shri Venkataramana Temple is more than three centuries old. Other temples are Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Shri Kalikamba Vishawakarmeshwara Temple and Shri Vishwanatha Kshetra. All temples observe the annual temple car festival (Rathotsava). There are two churches, St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church Katapadi which is more than 60 years old and CSI Church. St. Vincent De Paul observes a festival every year during the fourth week of November on Wednesday.
There is a Jumu'ah Masjid, which holds urus every year. Other than the annual temple car festivals, the festival and urus, Katapadi celebrates Kambala (a traditional buffalo race) every year in January. SVS Primary School and SVS Pre University Colleges are among the oldest schools in Karnataka. SVS Primary School completed its centenary year recently. Katapadi has weekly markets known as sante (in Kannada), which is like flea market.
Best Time To Visit:
Katapady Rathostava - Sri Venkatramana Swamy Temple Car Festival, Usually held around last week of January or first week of February on the auspicious day of Madhwa Navami. The village is very lively and has lot to offer for any tourists that are in town during this festival.
Udupi, Well known temple city of Southern India. Also known for its Udupi cuisine and restaurants.
Pajaka Kshetra, Madhwaacharya's birthplace is about 5 kilometers from Katapadi.