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 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
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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Dakke Bali-2013
Grand "Hore Kanike" procession for Dakke Bali seve of Wednesday, Feb.11th
Padubidri, February 12th, 2015:  Around 16,000 devotees took part in "Anna Santarpane" and "Hore Kanike" procession for the Dakke Bali seve held on Wednesday, February 11th, offered by K. Prakash Shetty (MD of MRG group Bangalore), Asha Prakash Shetty, Gourav Shetty, Santhosh Kumar Shetty and family.   The grand procession was accompanied by Kerala and women's "Chende Vadan", "Dolu", "Kombu" and Tanjavoor and Bhajan groups.  Chikmagalur MLA .......   Read more
Two injured in a road accident between a car and a bus near Hejmady dhaba
Padubidri, February 23rd, 2015:  A service bus entering the highway from Hejmady inner road collided with a Maruti Swift car coming from Mulki on Monday morning near Hejmady djaba on Monday around 10 am. With the impact, the bus pushed the car for about 20 meters to the opposite side of the road upto Dashamesh Family Punjabi Dhaba.  The electric pole near the dhaba prevented.further movement of the vehicles into the dhaba.  Ashfak (24), son of Farooq from Hejmady ....... .Read more
A bus hits two vehicles near Kolnad injuring 15 persons
Mulki, February 6th, 2015:  A bus had a head-on collision with a tempo and also collided with a mini lorry carrying gas cylinders while attempting to overtake a service bus stopped at the roadside near Kolnad petrol bunk on Thursday, March 5th. The driver Ramesh of the Vishal bus, mini lorry driver Mazmer Ahmed, passengers Manjula, Pavitra, Prasanna and Siddharth have been critically injured. Although a large crowd gathered near the accident spot, no one came forward to help.  .... Read more

A 10-year-old boy from Inna gives life to clay
Padubidri, March 9th, 2014:  A ten-year-old boy from Inna has proved that age is not a barrier for achievement.  He has become an expert in miniature clay art and has won many awards for his achievement.  Lawrence Pinto, son of Ligory and Jyothi PInto from Inna village, is a IVth standard student of Laxmi Janardhana school in Belman. 
Fed up of his mischieves while studying in the 1st standard, his mother sent him to an art school as a student of famous artist Venky Palimar..  ....  Read more
Inna's wooden beauty - a Thai designed farmhouse attracting people
Padubidri, March 10th, 2014:  A Thai designed wooden farmhouse in Inna, a village near Padubidri has been attracting people for its design and beauty.  The entited house is built of teak imported from Thailand.  It is built by I. Chandrakanth Rao, a first rank holder in mechanical engineering at NITK Surathkal.  After working at various parts of the country and abroad, he had one question in his mind.  "Innadinda Ellige" (Where to from Inna), till he considered ....   Read more
Around 12,000 devotees take part in the "Sarvajanika Anna Santarpane" ceremony of the last bi-annual "Dakke Bali Seve"
Padubidri, March 13th, 2015:  The last Dakke Bali seve of the year was held on Thursday, March 15th, at world famous Shri Khadgeshwari Brahmasthana in Padubidri on Thursday, March 12th..  Around 12,000 devotees had meals at the "Sarvarjanika Anna Santarpane" held at Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple.  Also a large number of people took part in the "Hore Kanike" ..  Read more

"Walk for widows" marathon from Mumbai to Bangalore arrives in Padubidri
Padubidri, February 3rd, 2015:  Chris Parsons' "Walk for widows" marathon from Mumbai to Bangalore to raise funds for widows from 15 countries around the world, arrived in Padubidri on Monday morning, February 2nd, 2015.  It was welcomed at Hotel Navrang Veg by its owner Y:. Sukumar. Chris Parsons is a lawyer with an international law firm. He will be attempting to walk 30 marathons in 30 days from Mumbai to  Bangalore. A journey of 1260 kms to try and raise $1 million .....   Read more
Padebettu Omayya Shetty passes away
Padubidri, February 1st, 2015:  Padebettu Shri Subrahmanya temple management advisory committee member and senior agriculturist Padebettu Omayya Shetty (76) passed away on Sunday morning at a private hospital in Mangalore after a brief period of illness.  Hailing from a Guttina family, he had started a Bhajana Mandali in Shri Subrahmanya temple around 50 years ago and was responsible for the smooth running of it till date.  He was the past vice president of Padubidr Buntara Sangha and was serving as the director in the management committee of Padebettu Djhoomavati temple.  He is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.
K. Udayshankar Kamat from Kanjarkatte passes away
Padubidri, January 28th, 2015:  Inna Muddanu Shri Mahalingeshwara temple mangaement committee member and contractor K. Udayshankar Kamat (45) from Kanjarkette passed away on Wednesday, Januray 28th, at a private hospital in Mangalore.  He was taking  treatment for obesity and had undergone a surgery on Monday.  He was recovering from the surgery but on Wednesday morning his health deterioriated and was declared dead.  He was actively involved in various social service activities and was the founder president of Kadekunja Ayyappa temple.  He is survived by his wife and a son.
Padubidri Rathotsava-2015
Padubidri, March 22nd, 2015:  Annual Maha Rathotsava was held at Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple in Padubidri on Saturrday, March 21st.  Thousands of devotees took part.  On account of Maha Rathotsava, on March 18th night:  Yakshagana Bayalata "Mahisha Mardini" by Shri Gajanana Yakshagana Kala Mandali and on March 21st night:  Musical programme by Shashi Musicals were held. Variety entertainment programme by Vanadurga friends will be held.tonight.    .