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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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

One person from Padubidri killed in a head-on collision between a Bolero and a bus
Padubidri, August 1st, 2014:  In a tragic road accident involving head-on collision between a Bolero SUV and an express bus, a person from Padubidri was killed.  The deceased is identified as Sampath Kumar Shetty (39) from Alangarguttu in Padubidri.  He was the owner of Balaji Finance and Sangam Chicken Stall at Padubidri market.  The incident took place near the U-turn of NH-66 near Yermal petrol bunk and Cafe Coffee Day.  The vehicle is badly damaged. Padubidri police are investigating.  More pics
1.5 lakhs Katahapoopa (Kattadappa) offered to the deity at Padubhidri Shri Mahanlingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple
Padubidri, August 9th, 2014:  Around 10,000 devotees took part in the annual Katahapoopa Seva held at Padubidri Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple.  Around 1.5 lakhs Kattadappas were offered to the deity after a special pooja and distributed to the devotees.  There has been an increase in devotees as compared to last year's 9500 devotees.  A team of 80 people headed by Yogeesh Bhat from Karkate house ....    Read more
NFHRC members offer help to a homeless woman from Padubidri
Padubidri, Aug. 10th, 2014:  Members of Udupi unit of National Ferderation of Human Rights Council offered help to a 42 years old homeless woman, named Varija Achary, from Abbedi in Padubidri. Living alone in a broken hut with an injury on her waist, She has been earning her living by doing some labour work here and there.  She has been also suffering from mental stress after she was seperated from her son at his early age. Seeing her pathetic condition, Jubeida,  a grama panchayat member, helped her...           Read more
Obituary: Padubidri, August 22nd 2014: Mr. Jenendra John Furtado (35), son of former Mandal Panchayat president Mr. Albert Furtado and Mrs. Elsie Furtado, residing at Furtado Villa of Avaral Matti, passed away this evening in a private hospital in Manipal, after a brief period of illness.  He is survived by his 41-day-old infant daughter, wife Felcita Furtado, father, mother, brothers Jeethendra Furtado, Jnanendra Furtado, Jeevander Furtado, sisters Sharlet Furtado and Savita Furtado.  He was a very kind hearted and friendly person and was active in many organisations.  He was the president of Palimar unit of Bharat Nirman, president of Sthaneeya Yuva Congress, leader of Palimar St. Pius Church youth wing and the treasurer of Catholic Sabha.
PIctures of Ganeshotsava from Padubidri's neighbouring places.  Pics by: Hareesh Kumar Hejmady and Bhyagyawan Sanil
Padubidri's Razak Master passes away
Padubidri, September 12th, 2014:  S.A. Razak, popularly known as Razak Master, passed away on Thursday night at an age of 78, after a brief period of illness.  Starting his career as a teacher at Surathkal KREC primary school, he served for a very long period of 35 years as a headmaster at Padubidri Urdu Aided Higher Primary School. He had bagged district-level "Best Teacher" award in the year 1992-93.  He took active part in the "Total Literacy Campaign" by imparting educational training at Padubidri, Hejmady, Nandikur and Palimar, in the year 1990-91.  After retiring, he had worked as a Students Officer in Mangalore Yenepoya Dental college.  He had also worked as the correspondent in various schools.  He is survived by wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters.
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Padubidri CA Bank is a role model for other banks - Vinay Kumar Sorake
Padubidri, Oct. 19th, 2014:  Addressing the valedictory function of "Sahakari Safala Sambhrama" to mark the total turn over of 100 crores and deposits of 50 crores, Urban Development Minister Mr. Vinay Kumar Sorake said that the Padubidri CA bank is the role model for other banks, after making remarkable progress in a very short time period.  CA bank president Y. Sudhir Kumar said in his presidential speech that the significant progress has been made by procuring the land for the construction its own Sahakara ... Read more