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:
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, Jan.17th: Padubidri's famous Dakke Bali seva at Shri Khadgeshwari Brahmasthana has started today and it will continue on specific days till March. 10th. Click here for the full schedule.
Manohar Shetty elected as the president of Bunts Association
Padubidri, January 15th, 2017: In the annual meeting of Padubidri Bunts Association held on January 15th, Manohar Shetty has been elected as the new president for the next three years. Mr. Shetty has been working in Vijaya Bank and later on with Muthoot Finance with an experience of 36 years. Dr. Manojkumar Shetty has been elected as the secretary and Sharath Shetty as the treasurer. Karunakar Shetty has been elected as the joint secretary. Balakrishna Shetty, Madhava Shetty and Netravati Shetty have been elected as the vice presidents.
Padubidri, January 18th, 2017: "Mandala" laying ceremony as a part of of Bi-annual Dakke Bali services began at Padubidri Shri Khadgeshwari Brahmasthana on Tuesday, January 17th. "Hasiru Vani Hore Kanike" service procession by Padubidri Bengre Shivalli Brahmin Samastas started off from Shri Mahalingeshwara ...... Read more
Padubidri, January 23rd, 2017: Rotary Club Padubidri won the Republic Tropby-2017 organised by Rotary club, Lions club and JCI Padubidri at Board school ground on Sunday, January 22nd. In the finals, they defeated the Police Department team to win the trophy and the cash prize. Batting first in the finals, the Rotary ... Read more
Padubidri, February 1st, 2017: A protest against commencement of toll collection without completing the NH-66 widening work was held at Hejamady toll plaza by Hejamady Nagarika Horata Samiti and various other organisations from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Tuesday night. Addressing the gathering, .... Read more
Padubidri, February 13th, 2017: After intensified protest and Udupi district bundh, the collection of toll charges for all vehicles bearing registration No. KA-20 and those with KA-19 within a radius of 5 kilometers from Hejmadi toll plaza will be exempted from toll charges at Hejmadi toll plaza till February 25th. This was announced .... Read more
Obituary: Sunday, March 5th, 2017
Jagadheesh Achar (70), famous Yakshagana artiste and retired Manager of Vijay Bank passed away on Saturday after a brief period of illness
Adigal P. Krishna Bhat (87), founder of Padubidri Srinivas Bhat Memorial trust and retired Indian Railway employee, passed away on Sunday after a brief period of illness.
Obituary: Thursday, March 23rd, 2917
Jayaprakash M.K.(65), founder member of Lions club Padubidri and founder correspondent of Lions English Medium school and retired officer of Syndicate Bank, passed away on Thursday at 3.30 pm. He was very a dedicated Jaycee and Lion member. During his tenure as the president of Lions club, he was instrumental in the construction of Hindu Cremetorium in Padubidri and had bagged the best club award. He is survived by wife, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
Padubidri, April 2nd, 2017: Inaugurating the "Bunta Sneha Sammilana-2017" programme at Padubidri Buntara Bhavana on Sunday, Mr. K. Prakash Shetty, the president of Padubidri Shri Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi temple renovation committee and the chairman of MRG Group Bangalore called upon people to work unitedy irrespective of ... Read more.
Padubidri, April 10th, 2017: Body of 24-year-old Prajwal Shetty who was drowned while fishing near Padubidri beach on Sunday afternoon, has been found near Hejmadi Kodi beach on Monday, April 10th, around 3.30 pm. On Sunday afternoon, while his family members were away attending a function, Prajwal was busy fishing near Padubidri beach .. Read more
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