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Udupi district in the Karnataka state of India was created in August 1997. The three northern Taluks Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala, were separated from Dakshina Kannada District to form Udupi district. Moodbidri was officially declared as new Taluk, seprated from Karkala with effect from January 11, 2018. The district headquarters are in the city of Udupi.

Udupi district
Yakshagana, popular in Udupi dist.
Yakshagana, popular in Udupi dist.
Temple City
Location of Udupi district in Karnataka, India
Location of Udupi district in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°21′N 74°45′E / 13.35°N 74.75°E / 13.35; 74.75Coordinates: 13°21′N 74°45′E / 13.35°N 74.75°E / 13.35; 74.75
Country India
RegionTulu Nadu
TalukasUdupi, Karkala, Kundapura, Hebri, Byndoor, Brahmavara, Kaup
 • District CommissionerMs.Hephsiba Rani Korlapati IAS.
 • Total3,880 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
 • Total1,177,361
 • Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
 • AdministrativeKannada
 • RegionalTulu (3.70 lakh), konkani (1.43 lakh), Kundagannada, Beary and Urdu (53k)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
576 101
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA-UD
Vehicle registrationKA-20
Coastline98 kilometres (61 mi)
Largest cityUdupi, Kundapura
Sex ratio1094 / [2]
Lok Sabha constituencyUdupi-Chikmagalur
Precipitation4,302 millimetres (169.4 in)



Udupi district is surrounded by Uttara Kannada district in north, Dakshina Kannada district in southern direction. Shivamogga district borders on north east side and Chikkamagaluru district on east. Arabian sea is on west of Udupi district.


According to the 2011 census Udupi district has a population of 1,177,908,[3] roughly equal to the nation of Timor-Leste[4] or the US state of Rhode Island.[5] This gives it a ranking of 403rd in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 304 inhabitants per square kilometre (790/sq mi).[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 5.9%.[3] Udupi has a sex ratio of 1093 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 86.29%. About 28% of the population lives in the urban areas.[3]


Udupi has a tropical climate.[6]

Commerce and industryEdit

A thermal power plant has been set up at Nandikoor in Udupi district, with installed capacity of 1200 MW and a further 1600 MW proposed.

Suzlon has a manufacturing facility at Padubidre for making blades for wind mills. The project has been mired in controversies, with the company announcing a lock-out in November, 2017 that lasted for more than a month. Activities were again suspended in July, 2018.[7]

A strategic petroleum reserve is planned at an underground location in the village of Padur in the district.[8]

People from Udupi districtEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Know India - Karnataka". Government of India. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Timor-Leste 1,177,834 July 2011 est.
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Rhode Island 1,052,567
  6. ^ India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic By Arnold P. Kaminsky, Roger D. Long [1]
  7. ^ "Suzlon unit shuts down temporarily". Deccan Herald. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Work begins on strategic petroleum reserve in Mangalore". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 May 2009.

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