Kundapura is a coastal town in the Indian state of Karnataka. A taluka of the Udupi district, and 36 km (22 mt) from Udupi city, Kundapura is administered by Kundapura Town Municipal Council.
Kundapura and Basrur were historical ports, and mainly good quality rice was exported from this port to Persia, Arabia and Zanzibar.
Kundapura is well connected to other parts of the country by National Highway 17 (Now it is NH66). This Highway connects cities and towns of different states as follows: Panvel, Mahad, Khed, Chiplun, Hatkhamba (Ratnagiri), Rajapur, Kankavali, Kudal, Sawantwadi, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, KasaraGod, Taliparamba, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikkode, Kottakkal, Ponnani, Kodungallur, North Paravur and Edappally in Kochi. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, situated at Bajpe around 100 kilometres (62 mt) from Kundapura.
SH52 is the main State Highway that connects to Shimoga District. It has 84 km length and passes through Koni, Basrur, Kandlur, Siddapura, Hosangadi, Balebare, Nagara and Thirthahalli. Kundapura also has better connectivity to Malenadu (Chikamagalore District) via different roads and State Highways. Kundapura is also connected to the Konkan Railway, which runs from Mumbai to Mangalore. Kundapura railway station is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mt) from the town. Kundapura Railway Station (KUDA) is a much convenient aligning station for 3 famous ancient temples. Vinayaka temple, Anegudde (7 km), Shri Mookambika Devi Temple, Kollur (38 km), Shri Sharadamba temple or Aadi Shankaracharya Peeta/Mata, Shringeri (85 km).
Communities, Languages And Culture:
The town consists mainly of Hindus of many communities such as Bunts, Vokkaligas, Devadigas, Billavas Namadhari Naiks, Mogaveeras, Ganigas, Kota Brahmins, Havyaka Brahmins, Shivalli Brahmins, Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Daivajnas, Kunabis, Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins, Kharvis, Christians and Muslims. The town mainly consists of Kannadigas who speak Kundagannada(82%). Others are Konkanis (12%) and Tuluvas. The Goud Saraswat Brahmins who fled Goa during the Portuguese arrival in the 16th century arrived by Boat in Basrur and settled in Kundapura and surrounding villages. These people together with the Kharvi community speak Konkani Language. A dialect of Kannada called Kundaganna or Kundapura Kannada is predominantly spoken in Kundapura town and Kundapura Taluk. Tulu is also spoken by some people (By 5% of the Population of Kundapura). Though most of The Tuluvas are from Mangalore and Udupi city.
Places Of Interest In Kundapura Taluk:
- Kundeswara Temple
- Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
- Shri Mookambika Devi Temple
- Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple
- Guddattu Vinayaka Temple
- Gopadi or Gopady
- Kodi Beach