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. There are strong rumours about second option being implemented.
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 and 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 out 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
Suzlon Wind International Limited - German engineering equipped technology based wind turbine Component manufacturer.
Synefra Padubidri SEZ web site
Padubidri statitics as per census dated 01.04.05 as displayed at Grama Panchayath office.
                        Nadsal          Padebettu
Area                    2295-52        890-16
Houses                2092             410
No. of Males         5245             875
No. of Females     5742            1076
Total population  10987            1971
Total area: 3185-68
Total houses: 2502
Total male population: 6120
Total female population: 6838
Total population: 12958
UPCL power plant: Udupi Power Company (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. More photos.....    Lanco's UPCL web site
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 and on Sundays Padubidri looks unusually crowded with people working in these projects doing their weekly shopping.
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STD code: 0820
PIN code: 574111
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 km
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Padubidri Plant of Suzlon Energy: 42 meter long Windmill fan units ready for   transportation to New Mangalore port for export.

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Padubidri Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapthi temple's Annual Mahotsava
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Mulki, April 7th, 2013:  Kolachikambla Shri Jarandaya Deivasthana Nemomtsava.
Padubidri, April 10th:  Beary & Mapila Musical Night - 2013 pictures with news.
Hejmady, April 19th, 2013:  Various religious programs at Kundar Moolasthana
Padubidri Dakke Bali "Hasiru Hore Kanike" photos and visits of Swamijis during various days of Dakke Bali
Inaugural ceremony of Padubidri unit of Alvas Vishwanudisri Virasat followed by dazzling cultural programme
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Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake inaugurates "Karavali Associates" office
Padubidri, April 7th, 2014:  Udupi District minister-in-charge and the minister for Urban Development, Mr. Vinay Kumar, Sorake, inagurated the office of "Karavali Associates", at Apoorva Tower on Balaganapathi temple road on Monday, April 7th.  He also launched the the new website by lighting the lamp.  Addressing the gathering, Mr. Sorake complimented the proprietors Mr. Maxim D'Souza and Makarand Salyan.  Padubidri Panchayat president Vijay M. Amin, Bunts Association ....   Read more

Journalist Chethan Padubidri felicitated by Padubidri Billava Association
Padubidri, April 17th, 2014:  Karnataka State Media Academy's "Mysore Diganta Datti" award winner, Journalist Chethan Padubidri, was feilcitated by Billava Samaja Seva Sangha, during the 14th Guruimurthi Pratishtha Vardhanti and Billava Student's' unit inaugural ceremony held at Billava Samaja Seva Sangha on Wednesday, April 16th. Akhila Bharatha Billava Union chief secretary Seetappa Koodoor and Padubidri Billava Sangha unit president ....  Read more (including student's unit inauguration news)
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Unprecedented water-level rise phenomenon in Padubidri as well
Padubidri, May 2nd, 2014:  Unprecedented increase in the ground  water level as been also observed in Padubidri near Balaganesh  temple and Abbas gudde area. Although some surrounding places in  he district, such as Belman, Karkal, Udupi and Kaup, had some  spells of rain, Padubidri had not witnessed even a single drop of  rain when this water level rise phenomenon was observed. It  coinciding with water level rise in and around Parkala and  Baidabettu area.  Water level increase was observed in a well ... Read more
Adibailakere Devadiga Sangha lift "Devadiga Cricket" trophy in Padubidri
Padubidri, May 5th, 2014:  Adibailakere Devadiga Sangha won the "Devadiga Cricket" tournament organised by Padubidri Devadiga Sangha, at Padubidri ZP Model Primary School grounds on Sunday, May 4th.  They defeated Padubidri Devdiga Sangha in the final match.  The winners received a cash prize of Rs. 22,000 and the runners-up received Rs. 11,000.  Sudhindra Bailakere was adjudged as the "Man of the match."  Deepesh Padubidr won the "Man of the series" award.  Arun Padubidri was the best bolwer and ...  Read more
SSLC results - Many schools in and around Padubidri score 100% results
Padubidri, May 12th, 2014:  Lions English Medium School, Sagar Vidya Mandir, Ganapathi Highschool and Mahalakshmi English Medium School achieved 100% results in the SSLC examinations.  Chaitra from Mahalakshmi English Medium School scored 613 marks out of 625 marks.  Out of 34 students, 9 got distinction and 13 passed with first class marks.  In Lions school, 4 students passed with disinction and 11 passed with first class marks out of 23 students appeared from exams.  In Sagar Vidya Mandir, 7 got distnction and 10 passed with first class marks out of 19 students appeared for exams.  Mahalakshmi achieved 100% results for the fifth time in a row and Ganapathi Highschool for the third time in a row.  Deeksha from Palimar Govt. HIghschool scored 605 marks in Kannada medium.
Belapu to have a new Government First Grade college from this academic year
Belapu, May 24th, 2014:  A new Government First Grade College has been sanctioned for Belapu village in Udupi district with effect from this academic year itself as recommended by the Udupi district minister-in-charge Vinay Kumar Sorake.  This was anounced by the past president of Belapu Grama Panchayat, Deviprasad Shetty.  Karnataka Government's Department of Education Joint Director, G. Yogananda, Assistant directgor Ganapathi Y.S., Chief Officer Ramesh visited Belapu village to discuss pros and cons .... Read more
Padubidri Rathotsava
Padubidri, March 22nd 2014:  Annual Mohotsava was celebrated at Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple from 14th March to 22nd March.  'Ratharohana' was on Friday, March 21st at 11.30 a.m. and Maha Rathotsava at night.  Famous 'Chendu was played on Saturday evening at 4 p.m.,  followed by Avabrhrithasnana, Bali Uatsava.  Dhwajaavarohana from 7 p.m. onwards.  Variety cultural programmes were organised by Vanadurga Friends, Padubidri.         See more pictures of Padubidri Rathotsava, Chenud and Thootedara