Padubidri: Padubidri is a small and busy town in Udupi District of Karnataka state and it is also known as Padubidre or Paddedra in local Tulu language. It is ideally situated between two important cities - Mangalore and Udupi of coastal Karnataka. National Highway No.66 (former NH-17) passes through Padubidri town connecting the states of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. State highway for Kudremukh also originates from here connecting Padubidri to Kottigehara via Karkala, Bajagoli, Malleshwara, Kalasa and Magunidi. This has made it a convenient tourist junction. It has famous temples, fine restaurants, picturesque places and a clean beach. It is well known for peace and communal harmony. Nadsalu, Avaraalu, Bengre and Padebettu subdivisions form Padubidri. Annual car festival at Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi temple and the bi-annual Dakke Bali at Brahmasthana attract thousands of people.

National Highway No.66 (former NH-17) passing through Padubidri is expected to be upgraded to a four lane high way. The final decision is yet to be taken regarding the route to be taken. There are plans to either widen the existing highway, by demolishing existing shops and other business establishments on both side of the existing road, or to take a new route from the eastern side, but at the expense of many residential areas. After many years of uncertainity, now NHAI has decided to widen the highway at the existing stretch passing through Padubidri town area.  Paper notication has been issued to 210 survey numbers.  If this is implemented, the entire picture of Padubidri town area is going to change as most of the commercial and residential buildings will be demolished.
Padubidri is also at the forefront in the field of sports and various other cultural activities. It has successfully hosted State Level Day & Night cricket matches under the floodlight.  Padubidri cricketers hosted the first floodlit cricket match and Mr. Erapalli Prasanna and the Hindi film actor Karan Shah were the famous personalities to attend the closing ceremony. Padubidri Friends Cricketers hosted the other match in 2006 to mark their 25th anniversary and the star attraction for the closing ceremony was former test cricketer Javagal Srinath. Karavali friends hosted the first floodlit Volley ball tournament in Padubidri. The local bodies of International service organizations such as JCI, Lions club and Rotary club are regularly conducting various cultural events and unique sporting events. Overall, the town of Padubidri is always in the limelight some way or the other, and more recently due to the controversy over projects like Nagarjuna and Suzlon. Padubidri is now a busy town with  new business activities
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How to reach Padubidri?: Padubidri is well connected by road, rail and by air. Many luxury buses operate from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and from many other cities. Padubidri, Nandikurand Mulki railway stations are at close proximity. Konkan Railway connects Padubidri to many major destinations in India. Closest Airport is Mangalore Airport serving both domestic & Internationnal destinations in the Gulf countries. Jet airways, Air India (Indian Airlines), Spice Jet and Air India Express operate flights to Bombay and Bangalore. Air India Express and Jet Airways operate International flights to the Gulf countries.. The airport is located 23 Kms from Mangalore (Hampankatta) and 32 Kms from Padubidri.
Synefra Engineering & Construction, formerly known as Suzlon Infrastructure Ltd., has set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ)  at Padubidri, for Hi-tech engineering products and services in Mangalore with all legal and statutory compliances in place.
It covers an area of 641.30 Acres.  Its existing units are:
SE Composites Limited - European aerodynamics technology based wind turbine component Manufacturer

Synefra Padubidri SEZ web site
UPCL power plant: Udupi Power Company (former Nagarjuna / Lanco) - Thermal Power Plant constructed near Padubidri. 2 units of 600 MW each, using a 374 meters tall single chimney common for both units with two exhaust pipes inside, and each unit consits of a cooling tower (145 meters tall - on the left side of the chimney as shown on this picture), Electro-static precipitator, boiler and turbine generator. Production from one of the units has started on June 3rd, 2010. It is currently owned by Adani group.   More photos.....
Mangalore SEZ in Padubidri
About Padubidri
Udupi Power Corporation. Ltd. (Nagarjuna / Lanco Infratech Ltd.) has built a coal based thermal power plant of 1200 MW at an approximate cost of Rs.4900 crores at the surrounding villages of Padubidri. The first unit of 600 MW has been commissioned on June 3rd, 2010. Also Suzlon Energy has started windmill manufacturing project at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,000 crore. The production of 42 meter long windmill fans has already started and one can see huge trucks carrying these fans (two at a time) to New Mangalore Port for export. These two projects have attracted people from all over India.  The Adani group has bought the power plant from Lanco.
Padubidri Plant of Suzlon Energy: 42 meter long Windmill fan units ready for   transportation to New Mangalore port for export.
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Finally four-lane NH-66 to pass through existing route in Padubidri Pete - Newspaper notice issued
Padubidri, June 24th, 2015:  After many years of uncertainity over the existing highway passing through congested Padubidri Pete, the NHAI has finally taken a  decfision.  The NH-66 will be widened on the existing route itself, affecting a large number of shops and houses..  A notice has been issued by NHAI through local Kannada daily "Udayavani" to a total of 210 survey numbers in Padubidri, consisting of shops, banks, post office, medical facilities, hotels & restaurants and residential houses.  Affected people are given a 21 days time limit to file objections.    With this, the entire picture of Padubidri's busy pete area is going to change.  People dependent on Padubidri town are worried about their future and affected shop owners say they can not afford new premises due to high cost.
Adani/UPCL's Blood donation camp cancelled after protests
Padubidri, June 24th, 2015:  A blood donation camp named "Go-red" jointly organised by Adani Foundation of Adani Groups and its local power plant unit UPCL, was cancelled after facing opposition from local fishermen.  Before the camp could be inaugurated at Govt. Higher Primary School on Wednesday, the local and neighbouring fishermen leaders demanded the organisers to first .....    Read more
Congress-backed candidates win President's and Vice president's posts
Padubidri, June 29th, 2015:  In a close contest that evoked a lot of interest, Congress-backed candidates won the election for president and vice president's posts of Padubidri Grama Panchayat. Damayanti V. Amin, wife of immediate past president Vijay M. Amin, was selected after draw of lots when she and her BJP rival Shashikala received 16 votes each.  Y. Sukumar won the election with a margin of 17-16  ......   Read more
Padubidri Pete Bandh observed to protest against the cancellation of bypass and issuance of 3A notiffication
Padubidri, July 24th, 2015:  People affected by the widening of existing NH-66 stretch passing throough Padubidri Pete area observed a Pete bandh and staged a protest march as per a 24-hour bandh call given by the committee of people affected by highway widening, urging the authorities to construct the earilier proposed bypass and    Read more
"Guru Purnima - Guru Vandana and Ayurveda Information" programme
Mulki, August 2nd 2015:  "Guru Purnima - Guru Vandana - Ayurveda Information programme was organised by Shri Durgaparameshwari Yoga branch at Mulki-Bappanadu Shri Durgparameshwari auditorium on Sunday monring.   Udupi District "Ayush" president Dr. N.T. Anchan addressed the gathering and said that for simple and healthy living Yoga practice will help along with medicinal herbs.   .......    Read more
Rural folk sports "Kesarder Birser?" organised at Padebettu
Padubidri, August 2nd, 2015:  Padebettu Shri Subrahmanya Yuvaka-Yuvati Vrunda organised a rural folk sports event called "Kersarder Birser?" at a slush field near Shri Subrahmanya temple on Sunday, August 2nd.  Hundreds of people gathered and enjoyed the event.  After lighting the lamp for the inaugural function, traditional kambala buffaloes were taken to the slush field and driven to kick start the event. ...  Read more
"Start highway work immediately" - DSS urges through a jatha
Padubidri, August 4th, 2015: Padubidri village unit of Dalita Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkar vada) took out a jatha to protest against delay in already sanctioned highway widening work.  The  jatha started from dalit colony in Padebettu and at Padubidri bus stand the protesters warned that they will intensify their fight if the work is not started immediately. ... Read more
Accident zone at Padubidri-Kannangar bypass curve on NH-66
Padubidri, August 12th, 2015:  A curve near Padubidri-Kannangar bypass on NH-66 has become an accident zone with a number of vehicles turning turtle and falling into the roadside ditch.  Around 7 vehicles, mainly luxury cars, have fallen into the deep ditch near one N. Rajamma's house for the last one month and have got smashed badly.     Read more
Billava Sangha protests against demolition of Shri Narayana Guru Mandira under NH-66 four-laning project passing thorugh town
Padubidri, August 18th, 2015:  Around 1200 members of various Billava Associations from all over the Udupi and DK Districts staged a protest meet followed by protest march on Tuesday, August 18th, to protest against the demolition of 70-year-old Shri Narayana Guru Mandira due to the four-laning of NH-66 passing through Padubidri town.    Read more
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from Padubidri to:
Udupi         23 km
Mangalore  37 km
Karkala      30 km
Kolluru       96 km
Kudremukh 78 km
Shimoga     85 km
Bangalore 384 km
Panjim      343 km
Mumbai     900 k
Suzlon Wind International Limited - German engineering equipped technology based wind turbine Component manufacturer. 
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Captive-bred fish worth Rs. 8 lakhs stolen from Mulki
Mulki August 25th, 2015:  Captive-bred fish valued around 8 lakhs was reported stolen from the Kolachekambla estuary of river Shambhavi the night between Monday and Tuesday.  Under the sponsorship of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), two species of fish, Tomato Sea-bass  (Cephalopholis sonnerati Valenciennes) which is locally called ‘kemberi’ and another local favourite ....     Read more
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"Samudra Pooja" performed at Hejmady and Yermal Tenka
Padubidri, August 29th, 2015:  Traditional "Samudra Pooja" was performed at the seashores of Hejmady Amavasya Kariya and Yermal Tenka on Saturday, August 29th   At Hejmady, it was organised by Elooru Mogaveera Sabha. After offering prayers at Veeramaruti temple, devotees went on a procession chanting bhajans terminating at Amavasya Kariya where "Samudra Pooja" was performed by pouring milk