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. JetAirways, AirIndia (Indian Airlines), SpiceJet, Air Pegasus and AirIndia Express operate flights to Bombay and Bangalore. AirIndia Express, SpiceJet and JetAirways 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
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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 15th, 2016: MP Shobha Karandlaje initiated 'Tiranga Yatra' from Hejmady police check post and took part in a bike rally on a motorcycle as a pillion rider by wearing a helmet. She became the centre of attraction as her motorcycle was leading the bike rally. The event was organised by Kaup BJP:Yuva Morcha as per the call given by ...... Read more
Padubidri, Sept. 21st, 2016: Autorickshaw driver Dhanu alias Dhananjay R. Salian (43) from Tenka Yermal was killed in a road accident on NH-66 near Saraswati Vidya Mandira in Uchila on Wednesday morning. When he was returning to Yermal from Uchila a Honda Scooty coming from the service road near Saraswati Vidya Mandira, tourched .... Read more
Padubidri, Sept. 27th, 2016: Inaugurating the World Tourism Day celebration at Padubidri beach on Tuesday, Sept. 27th, Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar said that expecting more income by tourism in the coming years, the government has decided to modernise all the seashores in coastal Karnataka and all the roads will be upgraded to two-lanes as per the . Read more
Padubidri, October 1st, 2016: Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake has said that a new zonal office of education department has been sanctioned by the education minister, for the quick development in the field of education at cluster-level in Kaup and also a new polytechnic for women will be opened in Padubidri and it is at sanctional level. .... Read more
Padubidri, Oct. 11th, 2016: Thousands of devotees took part in Padubidri Gudde Ganapathi Visarjane ceremony held in Padubidri on Tuesday, October 11th. The procession started off from Bala Ganesha Gudi and the idol of Lord Ganesha was taken in a procession on a palanquin passing through Padubidri town. It was accompanied by .... Read more
Rathnakar Raj selected as the hereditary trustee
Padubidri, Oct.23rd, 2016: Karnataka State Dharmika Parishat has issued an order that Padubidri Beedu Rathnakar Raj Arasu Kinyakka Ballal has been selected as the hereditary trustee of Padubidri Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple coming under Karnataka Religious Endowment department.
Padubidri, Nov. 17th, 2016: Kaup MLA Mr. Vinay Kumar Sorake initiated various development projects in Padubidri at a cost of Rs. 55 lakhs. He laid foundation stone for Kallatte Shri Brahmamuggerkala Daivastana's Kala Bhavana to be built at a cost of Rs. 15 lakhs. Also he laid foundation stone for the construction of road from Nadsal ..... Read more
Padubidri, Nov. 19th, 2016: Padubidri Grama Panchayat vice-president and Udupi Badminton Association Working Committee president Y. Sukumar has been appointed as the member of State Badminton Association Working Committee. He is recognized as the .... Read more
Daily free Yoga classes at Padubidri beach
Padubidri, Dec. 2nd, 2016: daily free Yoga classes and theraphy at Padubidri beach.by Mr. Makarand and Dr. Manojkumar Shetty. Both are post granduates in Yogic Science from Mangalore univerisity. The classes start daily morning at 5.30 a.m.
Padubidri, Dec. 9th, 2016: 'Chappara Mahoorta' for Vishwa GSB Sammelana was held at Hejmady Basti Padpu grounds on Friday morning at 9 am. Vedamoorthy Padubidri Vidyavant Bhat performed the mahoorta ritual ceremony. After a special morning pooja ceremony at Hejmady Shri Laxminarayana temple, the chappara ... Read more