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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National-level Inter Bunts Sangha Cultural Competition Tuluva Nadake-2014
Padubidri, November 3rd, 2014:  National-level Inter Bunts Sangha Cultural  Competition "Tuluva Nadake-2014" was organised by Buntara alias Nadavara Sangha in Padubidri on Sunday, 2nd November 2014, at Buntara Bhavana. Dr. Mohan Alva, President of Alvas Education Foundation, Moodabidri, inaugurated the function. Padubidri Bunts Sangha President Navdeenchandra J. Shetty presided.  Karnire Vishwanath Shetty, president Mumbai Bunts Association, Harish Shetty, CMD Hotel Ramada,  ....  Read more
Chethan Padubidri appointed as the convener of Udupi Press Club
Udupi, Oct. 30th, 2014: Udupi district working journalist's association has appointed journalist Chethan Padubidri as the convener of Udupi Press Club. He will be looking after the activities of the club with two assistant conveners from November.  He was appointed during the Working Committee meeting of the members, as announced by the president Jayakar Suvarna and the Chief secretary Ganesh Prasad Pandelu.  Chethan Padubidri is also a recipient of "Mysore Diganta" award for the year 2012,

Padubidri, Nov. 12th, 2014:  Suraj Kumar (52), popularly known as Soorya, passed away on Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack.  He was the fourth son of Late Gangadhar Achar and Mrs. P.G. Lalitha Achar.  After working in Dubai for many years, he was working as a supervisor with Ashoka Impex, Bantakal.  He is survived by his wife Jayashree Suraj, first daughter Pooja, 30-day-old infant girl, mother, brothers Mohan, Harish and the only sister Nalini.  He was very soft spoken, polite and well mannered person.
NFHRC Udupi provides home for homeles in Padubidri
Padubidri, Nov. 13th, 2014:  National Ferderation of Human Rights Council (NFHRC), Udupi District, constructed a house for a poor and  homeless woman, Varija Acharti, near "Tuluva Sangma" building area near Suzlon.  The house was inaugurated by Dr. PV Bhandary, medical  director and psychiatrist from Dr. A.V. Baliga memorial hospital who was treating her for mental stress.  Her only hut had collapased  and her alcoholic husband was not living with her and she had to earn her living some labour work and   .... Read more
Children's day celebrated at Lions English Medium School Padubidri
Padubidri, Nov. 14th, 2014:  Children's day was celebrated in an unique manner in Lions school Padubidri with an LKG student Kum. Rakshita presiding over the function.  Lions Region Chairperson Ln. Gregory Minezes was the chief guest.  Ln. Prakash Shetty Padebettu distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions held for the students.  Ln. Dinesh Shetty, the president of Padubidri Lions club, Ln. P. Raghavendra Navada, the correspondent, Ln. Ravindranath G. Hegde, founder president ... Read more
Rajyotsava award winner Jaya C. Suvarna felicitated
Mulki, Nov. 17th, 2014: A prominent leader of the Billawa Community and Chairman of the Bharat  Co-operative Bank Ltd and Rajyothsava-2014 awardee Jaya C Suvarna was  felicitated by the people of Mulki on Monday, November 17th, in a  function held at Rukkaram Salian auditorium of Billava Samaja Seva  Sangha Mulki.  After offering special prayers at Bappanadu Shri  Durgaparameshwari temple along with his wife Leela Jaya Suvarna, he  was taken on a grand procession to the venue.   .......                   Read more
Evacuees of NH-66 widening project at Hejmady to get alternative house sites
Hejmady, Dec. 6th, 2014:  Udupi Tahsildar Guruprasad visited the evacuees from ten houses affected by widening of NH-66 at Hejmady and assured of providing alernative house sites of 1.75 cents each in Hejmady in an area of 11 cents and others at Yellur.  These families had received notice by highway contractors Navyug constgruction to evacuate before December 15th, as they did not have RTC.  The families had refused to evacuate and with the help of local organisations, they had planned to stage aa protest.    HK Hejmady
Man commits suicide after killing a woman
Padubidri, December 17th, 2014:  In a tragic incident a man kills himself by hanging after allegedly killing a woman, in an area behind M/S PK Dojja Poojary & Sons cloth shop on NH-66 in Padubidri.  The decesaed has been identified as Naveen Devadiga (40), s/o Late Deju Devadiga, from Keri area.  The murdered woman has been identified as Tara Devadiga (38) residing near Buntara Bhavana in Padubidri and woking in a local super market.  Naveen was working as a tempo driver in local distributing agency ...  Read more