My village home is in a quaint little place called Salmara, which is an extension of the village of Shankerpura, around 15 km from Udupi. Shankarpura, best known as the birth place of the fragrant jasmine flowers, which is sold not only in Udupi district but exported worldwide.
Although the cultivation of jasmine, which was until now confined to Shankarpura, has started spreading eastward and it is now being grown right up to Karkala in Udupi district.
According to one estimate, over 400 acres of land is under jasmine plantation and the average business turnover in a month is between Rs. 90 lakhs and Rs. 95 lakhs.
My home is also close to the well-known landmark, Kapu Beach, best known for the light house.
I usually go for my early morning runs (a distance of 8.5 Kms from the inroads) to the beach and to enjoy the early morning vistas. I usually sit at the base of the light house and the peace and tranquility that I enjoy (thanks to the subdued and almost non existent commercialization of this beach front) goes beyond words.
Kapu in a nutshell :
Kaup, pronounced as Kapu in the local Tulu language, is a village or a small town in Udupi district of Karnataka, India. It lies on the way between Udupi and Mangalore beside National highway 66 (previously NH-17). A road from Kaup goes to interior places like Manchakal, Shirva. It is 13 km south of Udupi ( a town famous for its ancient Krishna Temple) and 40 km north of Mangalore ( a port). It is famous for its lighthouse and the three Mariamma temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan.
There is a beach on the shore of the Arabian Sea and a lighthouse.
The Kapu light house was built in 1901 and has for these many years stood on the rocks guiding thousands of sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks.It stands 27.12 m above the base.The lighthouse is open for visitors between 4PM to 6PM and the panoramic view offered from the top of the light house is truly magnificent.