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 followed by compensation notice. The entire picture of Padubidri town is going to change in the coming months.
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:
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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, June 18th, 2017: Bharat Kumar from Hejamady working on board a German cruise ship will be marrying his shipmate Rebecca Maria Opitz from Frankfurt Germany, as per HIndu traditon on June 18th at Shamili hall Udupi. Bharat Kumar's parents Karunakar and Sharada Karkera, residing at Mata Amrut Kripa in Karkera compound are ;;;; Read more
Padubidri, July 5th, 2017: Ln. Maxim Malvin D'Souza was sworn in as the new president of Lions club Padubidri for the lionistic year 2017-18 during the installation ceremony held at Sai Arcade hall on Wednesday, July 5th. PMJF Lion Tallur Shivarama Shetty, the first Vice District Governor of Lions District 317C, installed the team of new . .... Read more
Padubidri, August 4th, 2017: Laren Pinto, a terracotta artist from Inna has bagged "Rashtreeya Vibhushana" national award at the "Karnataka Parampare Janapada Lokotsava" and "Akhanda 5th Rashtreeya Kavi Sammelana" organised by Kannada Cultural Foundation ... Read more
Padubidri, August 28th, 2017: In a boat tragedy at the entrance of Mulki estuary, one person went missing, two were injured and seven were rescued on Sunday morning. The boat was returning from its fishing trip when a huge wave hit the boat and three people were .... Read more
Hejamady boat tragedy - Body of missing youth found
Padubidri August 29th 2017: Body of missing Tarun Puthran (26) was found at the seashore near Hejamady Yard on Tuesday morning at around 4:30 A.M. He had gone missing on Sunday morning while returning from a fishing trip as he fell overboard when a huge wave hit the boat. The body was handed over to the family members after the post mortem. Udupi district Youth Congress President Vishwas V Amin, ZP member Shashikant Padubidri, Hehanady Grama Panchayat president Vishalakshi Puthran, vice president Sudhakar Karkera, Kaup BJP Kshetra Samiti president Prakash Shetty Padebettu and others consoled the family members. Related news
Padubidri, August 30th, 2017: A new hotel complex by the name Nayath Residency has come up at Padubidri - Karkala highway. Inaugurating the air-conditioned hall of hotel Complex Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake said that Padubidri got SEZ project on it's path of all-round development. It has also recorded significant progress in the fjeld ,,,, Read more
Padubidri, Sept. 2nd, 2017: Students from Lancashire university in England visited Venky Palimar's Chitralaya Art Gallelry in Palimar on Saturday, under cultural exchange programme. The students arrived in India on August 28th and are on a 15 days cultural exchange programme with Manipal University here. Read more
Padubidri, Sept. 4th, 2017: Padubidri's Macha Eleven cricket team won the Navachethana Trophy-2017 tennis ball cricket tournament held at Padubidri Board school grounds on Sunday. They defeated Udupi's Symond's Cricketers Kadiyali in an exciting finals. The tournament was organised by Navachenthana ..... Read more
Padubidri, Sept. 15th, 2017: Engineers day was celebrated by the students of Manipal university's faculty of architecture at artist Venky Palimar;s Chitralaya art gallery in Palimar on Sept. 15th. A group of 15 students lead by Asst. Prof. Tejaswini are undergoing a three-day training on clay modelling in Palimar. Read more
Padubidri, Oct. 20th, 2017: Fearless journalist Jayanth Padubidri (55) passed away on Friday after a brief period of illness. His powerful and fearless writings had attracted a lot of readers. Being a bold environmentalist, he was in the forefront in the struggle against Cogentrix power company and a another environmentally harmful .... Read more
Padubidri, Nov.8th, 2017: Foundation stone laying ceremony was held at Avaral Mattu for the bridge connecting to Ayere Mattu, costing 6 crores 8 lakhs rupees. The bridge with a length of 150 m and a breadth of 7.5 m is expected to be completed by March 2018. Presiding over the function MLA Vinay .. Read more
Padubidri, Nov.14th, 2017: Suzlon Energy Ltd.'s Padubidri plant has stopped production and has declared lockout with effect from Nov. 29th citing labour problems. The unit has been manufacturing wind energy turbines and blades for the last 9 years .. Read more