Approximately 60km from Mangalore is the Vaishnavite pilgrimage town of Udupi. This was the sanctum of Madhwacharya, the great Sanskrit philosopher. It is as much renowned for its chefs, cuisine, and restaurants, as it is for its Krishna Temple and various maths. Don't forget to receive your blessing from Lord Krishna at the Kanakana Kindi - a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa, a saint-minstrel. The colourful Paryaya Festival, when officiating priests hand over their responsibilities to other pontiffs, beckons thousands of devotees from all over the country every alternate year.