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Census Town
Kudlu is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 12°31′33″N 74°58′07″E / 12.525972°N 74.9686968°E / 12.525972; 74.9686968Coordinates: 12°31′33″N 74°58′07″E / 12.525972°N 74.9686968°E / 12.525972; 74.9686968
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kasaragod
 • Total 10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 26,235
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
 • Official Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kudlu is a census town in the Kasaragod district, state of Kerala, India. Other than its rich historical and cultural heritage like the Yakshagana - a folk theater form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form; what makes Kudlu stand out from the rest of the villages in Kasaragod is its relevance as a land of spirituality. Apart from the nearby Siddhivinayaka temple Madhur, Kudlu hosts as many as three major temples along with numerous other sanctums. The triplets, better known by the main temple, Kuthyala Shree Gopalakrishna & Annapoorneshwari Temple was built by Shri. Kudlu Ishwara Shanbhogue from The Kudlu Shanbhogue family, one of the oldest and prominent families of Kudlu and Kasaragod. The two other temples are Mahavishnu Temple, Vishnumangila and Sadashiva Temple, Shivamangila. Till present day, the temples have been managed by members of The Kudlu Shanbhogue family. These temples have been important places of worship for devotees, both far and near. The main idol at Kuthyala Shree Gopalakrishna & Annapoorneshwari Temple is 'Santāna Gopalakrishna'. Legend says that couples who do not have any offsprings get blessed after offering prayers and penance to 'Santana Gopalakrishna'. A lot of such couples have been blessed even in the present day. The other important places of worship near Kudlu are Devara Gudde and Shri Kuttichathan Kshetram. Other than these temples, Kudlu also hosts Shree Gopalakrishna High School that has been providing quality education for people in and around Kudlu for the past few decades. This school was again built by Shri. Kudlu Ishwara Shanbhogue; presently run by the members of the family.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Kudlu had a population of 23,328. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Kudlu has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 74%. In Kudlu, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Kudlu is also the name of a village near the southern border of the Indian city of Bangalore. It is just half a kilometre drive from the busy Hosur Road which is part of NH 17.


  1. ^ "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.