As it is with most well known and popular temples, there is a lot of floklore attached with the Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi. The Sri Krishna Matha was consecrated by Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th Century. Legend has it that there was once a storm in the sea off Malpe and Shri Madhvacharya helped a ship come ashore safely. The much relieved and thankful sailors presented Shri Madhvacharya with idols of Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna. Deity of Lord Balarama was consecrated at Malpe with the temple now being called Vadabhandeshwara, while the idol of Lord Krishna was consecrated at Udupi thereby setting up the Sri Krishna Matha.
But before that, you cannot come to Udupi and not have a Gadbad. So, what exactly is a Gadbad? Gadbad is a made to order ice cream with some fruits and nuts and tutty frutty. Elsewhere in Karnataka, you might find packaged Gadbad which is sacrilegious to say the least, when compared to the real deal. There's nothing better to beat the Udupi Sun but a tall glass of invigorating Gadbad.
There's also a Numismatics heaven somewhere on the way to the temple. This free-entry coins and currency museum is set up by Corporation Bank which incidentally started in Udupi in the same building where the museum now sits.
Getting-there: Udupi is about one and a half hours from Mangalore. The temple is about 1 km from the Udupi bus stand and can be reached on foot.
Must-Do: Look out for the window for a glance of Lord Krishna. Gadbad gulping. Coins and Currency museum visit.
My Rating: 7/10