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|Kundapur River, Main Road, Kollur Mookambika temple, Shastri Circle, Anegudde Sri Vinayaka temple, Coconut Tree.|
|Municipality||Kundapura Town Municipal Council|
|• Total||23.06 km2 (8.90 sq mi)|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Density||2,415.11/km2 (6,255.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Udupi, Brahmavara|
|Sex ratio||1.09 ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Udupi Loksabha Constituency(15th)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Kundapura Vidhansabha Kshethra(124th)|
Kundapura (Kannada: [kʊn̪d̪ɑːpʊrɐ]) Coondapur (Kundapur) is a coastal town in the Indian state of Karnataka. A taluk of the Udupi district, and 36 km (22 mi) from Udupi city, Kundapura is administered by Kundapura Town Municipal Council.
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The name Kundapura can be traced to the Kundeshvara temple built by Kundavarma in the vicinity of the Panchagangavalli river The name of the town may be derived from Kundavarma who ruled the area. Kunda means 'pillar' in Kannada, which refers to the traditional method of constructing houses. Pura means town. Kundapura is surrounded by water from three sides. To the north lies the Panchagangavali river. To the east lies the Kalaghar river. To the west lie the Kodi back waters and the Arabian Sea, leaving the south side as the main connecting land mass. All connecting roads to Kundapura enter the city from southern direction. North side of the town is vast backwaters of Panchagangavali river and a bridge has been constructed across it .
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.
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 Karkala.
Kundapura is also connected to the Konkan Railway, which runs from Mumbai to Mangalore. Kundapura railway station is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) 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, Sringeri (85 km), Bramhi Durga Parameswari Temple, Kamalashile, 35 km.
- Kundapura has a population of 30.450 .
- Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%.
- Literacy rate of 92%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 94%, and female literacy is 88%.
- 9% of the population are under 6 years of age.
Portals of Kundapura
Communities, Languages and culture
The town consists mainly of Hindus of many communities such as Mogaveera, Kulals, Bunts, Vokkaligas, Devadigas, Billavas Namadhari Naiks, Mogaveeras, Ganigas, Ramakshatriyas, 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 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.
In the olden days, Tulu language was widely spoken in Kundapur region and the historical town of Barkur served as the capital city of Tulunadu.
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- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.