Kaup comprising of four villages namely Padu, Uliyargoli, Mallar and Majur lies between Udupi and Mangalore approximately 13 Kms south of Udupi. Kaup Beach surrounded by lush greenery is certainly the primary tourist attraction in Kaup. Kaup is also known for its century old lighthouse, the three Mariamma temples and a fort built by Tipu Sultan. Though the beach is a treat to the eye it is advised by the athourities not to swim at the Kaup beach.
Kaup - The Light House Beach!
A gem of a beach in Dakshin Kannada, Kaup is a beach identified by the century old 34 mts high circular lighthouse with a stone masonry tower set atop a granite hill right by the pristine Kaup beach. Located between Udupi and Mangalore Kaup is one of the most serene and pristine beaches that you can find in Karnataka.
Goddess Marai is regarded as "Kapuda Appe". Kapu houses three Mari temples. The temple at Pallipadpu is recocognised as old Marigudi. The other temples were built as a result of different factions of devotees.
Light House at Kaup Beach..
The light house right on the beach atop a rocky hillock is the landmark of this little beach village. The light house here was commissioned in the year 1900. The lighthouse at Kaup is open for visitors between 4 - 6pm at a nominal entry fee and the 360 degree view offered is magnificent with one side looking over the western ghats and turqoise blue sea on the other.
Udupi just under half an hour drive away from Kaup is famous for the Shri Krishna Temple. One amongst the seven Mukti Stalas this temple is believed to be created by Lord Parashurama. Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is highly revered by both Kurubas and Vaishnavites. The tradition of worshipping the diety through a window is a unique feature of this temple. The diety is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver-plated.