Kapu, Karnataka

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Kaup, Karnataka
People flying kites from the lighthouse along Kapu beach
People flying kites from the lighthouse along Kapu beach
Kaup, Karnataka is located in Karnataka
Kaup, Karnataka
Kaup, Karnataka
Kaup, Karnataka is located in India
Kaup, Karnataka
Kaup, Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°13′26″N 74°44′12″E / 13.2238°N 74.7367°E / 13.2238; 74.7367Coordinates: 13°13′26″N 74°44′12″E / 13.2238°N 74.7367°E / 13.2238; 74.7367
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Udupi District
 • Total 6,850
 • Administrative Tulu, Kannada
 • Regional Tulu, Konkani
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 574106[1]
Telephone code 0820[2]
ISO 3166 code IN-KA
Vehicle registration KA-20
Website karnataka.gov.in

Kaup (often pronounced as Kapu in the local Tulu language), is a town in Udupi district of Karnataka, India. It lies on the way between Udupi and Mangalore beside National Highway 66 (previously NH-17). A road from Kaup goes to interior places like Manchakal and Shirva. It is 13 km south of Udupi (a town famous for its ancient Krishna Temple) and 40 km north of Mangalore (chief port city of Karnataka). It is famous for its lighthouse and the three Mariamma temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan.

There is a beach on the shore of the Arabian Sea and a lighthouse. Many films have been shot at this location. Kaup has three Marigudi which attracts devotees from far away places. The sea is much more rougher and intimidating compared to the gentler Malpe beach in Udupi. It is about 15 km from Manipal and is a favorite hangout for students. The beach also sports a shack and a bar with seating in the open sky. Though the sea is mostly calm all year round, there have been isolated cases of drowning in this beach

Kapu Lighthouse[edit]

The Kapu light house was built in 1901 and has for these many years stood on the rocks guiding thousands of sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks.It stands 27.12 m above the base.The lighthouse is open for visitors between 5PM to 6PM and the panoramic view offered is magnificent.

The stairs keep getting steeper and steeper as you ascend. At the last spiral there is a room where there are wooden steps, it's more like a ladder to be precise where you will have to snug yourself thru and arrive at the balcony of the Light house. You are allowed for just a few minutes before the ticket checker starts asking people to vacate space for more who are waiting.

Remember its best to get up as one of the first batch of people as this will give you a few minutes extra to enjoy the view from the top and may be take a few photos for keeps.


Kapu is located around 13 km from Udupi and 45 km from Mangalore. It takes almost 25 minutes to reach Kapu from Udupi. Numerous buses ply to Kapu from the service bus stand at Udupi.Once you disembark from the bus-stop at Kapu, you need to travel a distance of 1.5 km to reach the beach. You can take one of the auto-rickshaws or car which are conveniently parked near the bus-stop. From Bangalore, one can reach Kapu by taking a bus to Mangalore and then take a bus from Mangalore for Udupi.

The best time to visit Kapu is either during sunrise or sunset. It gets too hot during the day. It's better if one visits in the monsoons. During mornings, the beach is generally empty, so preferable to visit then.


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  • The Blue Matsya



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