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, May 29th, 2016: In an unfortunate incident a seven-year-old school girl was drowned in a rivultet when a slab of the vented dam on which she was walking gave away. The incident took place near Halekudru in Kokrani area of Mulki on Sunday noon. Riyanna Furtado was going to collect the fallen coconuts along with her 10-year-old brother Aron and ..... Read more
Padubidri, June 5th, 2016: Visitors to the Padubidri beach on Sunday morning were welcomed with a beautiful sand sculpture displaying World Environment Day message saying "Save the nature for the next generation." It was created byManipal's famous artist Srinath Manipal, Raghavendra Amin .. Read more
Padubidri, June 25th, 2016: MLA Vinay Kumar said that he will not allow any industries causing environmental damage in his assembly constituency. "Adani-UPCl is causing environmental damage in the area and also not giving any employment to the local people. ...... Read more
Padubidri, July 12th, 2016: A house belonging to Jayalaxmi Kotian, residing in Ullasnagar area of Hejma,dy caught fire due to electrical short circuit on Monday night and the loss is estimated to be around 10 lakhs. The people residing in the house had gone to their relatives place and therefore the fire could spread more easily causing . . Read more
Annual "Ajakayi Seve" will be performed on 1st August
Padubidri, July 19th, 2016: Annual "Ajakayi Seve" will be performed at Padubidri Shri Khadgeshwari Brahmasthana on Monday, August 1st, at 10.30 am. Devotees are requested to arrive on time and received prasadam, as announced by Shri Vanadruga Trust (R) Padubidri.
Padubidri, July 25th, 2016: The beach area of Hejmady Kodi estuary, locally known as "Aleeve Kodi", where river Shambhavi and rivulet Nandini flows into the Arabian sea is filled with tons of litter and people are finding it too difficult to walk in the area due to the bad smell.In monsoon season, it is a common sight as the flowing rain water ...... Read more
Padubidri, August 1st, 2016: "Aatidonji Dina" was celebrated by the women's wing of Padubidri Buntara Sangha on Sunday, July 31st, at Buntara Bhavana. Inaugurating the function, District Lioness Coordinator, Lns. Nirupama Prasad Shetty said that while 'Aati' is celebrated everywhere showing the importance of the month of Aati, the ..... Read more
Padubidri, August 8th, 2016: Locals have sighted leopard among the dense casuarina trees at the old harbour area of Hejmady Kodi for the last few days. The area of dense trees extends for about a couple of kilometeres starting from old harbour area to the estuary in the proposed new fisheries harbour area. As it is located near the beach, ..... Read more
Padubidri, August 6th, 2016: "Aatida Abbara - Sonada Sadagara" programme was organised by Padubidri Lions and Lioness club in association with Navashakthi Mahila Mandali at Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple premises on Friday, August 5th. Janapada scholar and Ayurvedic specialist Dr. Y.N. Shetty inaugrated the function and ..... Read more
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Padubidri, August 13th 2016: 'Sarvajanik Katahapoopa (Kattadappa) Seve' was offered at Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple on Saturday, August 13th. Thousands of devotees attended and received prasadam. The ceremony is held on the last Saturday of Shrava month and a sweet made of rice called 'Kattadappa' is distributed as ...... Read jmore
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