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
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
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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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
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
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 km
Suzlon Wind International Limited - German engineering equipped technology based wind turbine Component manufacturer.
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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
"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
Kaup, September 4th, 2015: Udupi district minister-in-charge and Urban Development minister Shri Vinay Kumar Sorake inaugurated Kaup Press Club for media persons from kaup, Padubidri, Katapady and Shirva, on Friday, Septemeber 4th, at a function held at Vidyanikethana Grouo of Institutes in Kaup. Addressing the gathering that included school children, Mr. Sorake said that he would work .....
Padubidri, September 13th, 2015: Uraban Minister and Udupi district Minister-in-charge Shri Vinay Kumar Sorake distributed bicycles to 38 students of high school secttion of Government PU college, Padubidri, on Saturday, September 12th. School development committee president Y. Sukumar, Kaup block congress president Naveenchandra J. Shetty, Padubidri Grama Panchayat member Damayanti .... Read more
Padubidri, September 15th, 2015: In order to have its own building, Padubidri CA bank has purchased land worth Rs. 1.35 crores on the side of the highway and it will be building a "Sahakari Bhavana" at a cost of Rs. 3 crores. This was announced by the bank president Y Sudhir Kumar at the annual general body meeting held at the Billava Samaja Seva Sangha Auditorium, on Monady, September 14th. Read more
Padubidri, September 19th, 2015: A number of vehicles have been skidded off the slippery highway stretch near Padubidri Beedu, in addition to the one near Kannangar bypass area. As the one-way traffic comes to an end near Basadi and sudden traffic of vehicles coming from the opposite direction, creates confusion ... Read more
Padubidri, September 28th, 2015: "Fast developing Padubidri Grama Panachayat will be upgraded to Town panchayat soon and its name is already included in government's list", as announced by Uraban Development minister Mr. Vinay Kumar Sorake on Sunday. He was speaking on the occasion of foundation stone laying ceremony for the 'Skycity' apartments .... Read more
Padubidri, October 4th, 2015: Seeing a rare sea turtle trapped in fishing net in the open seas near Muloor, the local youths freed it from the net and released it back into the sea on Saturday, October 3rd. The turtle was struggling in the net near Muloor-Padu village sea shore, near Shri Laxmi Narayana temple... Read more