Kapu beach (also known as Kaup Beach) in Udupi is one of those places which seem straight out of fairy tales. This white sand beach is one of the best maintained and clean beaches out of all tourist beaches we have been to. A stream of water flows along coconut trees on your left and then, there is a light house on rock next to this stream that adds to the aura of the place making you fall in love immediately with this relatively less known beach.
Kapu beach is around 3 KMs off Kaup Town which can easily be reached from Udupi by bus. You can hire an auto which will take 10 mins to drop you at the beach. Entrance of the beach is well tiled and has few shops for quick refreshments. As soon as you get to the beach, you are overwhelmed by the views of this beach. A small water stream flowing between coconut trees and few rocks will certainly catch your attention.
We reached slightly late and immediately rushed for the light house. It is close to 27 meters high and you can reach up to the top through spiral stairs which become almost slant towards the last. At top, its very windy and also frightening but it is worth the views from the top.
Other side of the beach is equally fascinating with coconut trees lining up to the horizon and fishing boats parked on the sea shore looks like right out of a painting.
Light House has a range of 40 KMs, the maximum distance from which its light could be viewed. At night, its light moves in circle and it looks equally fascinating.
How to reach Kapu beach/Kaup Beach
(Directions) We took a bus from Udupi (Inter city bus stand) for Kapu town (~15 Kms, Rs 30 per person) and then an auto from town to beach (~3 KMs, Rs 40). You can also easily get an auto back from the parking space of the beach.
Please note that town and beach are also known as Kaup and Kaup beach. So do not get confused 🙂
Kapu Beach Light House
Light House opens from 4 to 6 PM officially but closing time is extended up to 6:30 PM. Ticket costs Rs 10 per person and you need to leave your footwear at the bottom only. Top of the light house has limited space and you can walk out into the gallery at your own risk (as written on display board). It is advised to exercise caution if you are with children. Elderly people need to be extra cautious as stairs become quite slant towards the end.