Under half an hours drive away from Kaup beach is Udupi which opens up many sightseeing options for tourists on a holiday to Kaup.
The most prominent landmark in Udupi is definitely the Sri Krishna Temple, one of the seven mukti stala this temple attracts thousands of devotees every year.
Malpe a famous port is the launch pad to St Mary's Island the only basalt rock island in India. Malpe also has a bequtiful beach.
Kaup is a secluded beach south of Udupi made famous by the scores of Udupi restaurants dotting the entire country! Apart from the ruined fort, temples of Mariamma and the Jain basadi which can be included in a one day short weekend break to Kaup there are many more places around in Udupi which can be included in a longer holiday in Kaup beach.
Celebrated as the 'Jaina Kashi' Moodabidiri is a prominent pilgrim centre for the jains about 40 kms from Kaup. Built in 714 A.D the basadi in Moodabidri there are altogether 18 temples and a Math of Sri Charukeerthi Swamiji in Moodabidri.
Karkala - Gomateshwara
Karkala situated about 40 kms from Kaup is known primarily for the 45-feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara). Just opposite to this statue there is a Jain 'Basadi' known as 'Chaturmukha Basadi' which is built of granite. In front of this temple, there is a beautifully carved pillar called Manasthamhha which is nearly 50 feet high. There are 18 temples at Karkala.
St. Mary's Islands is a group of small islands lying a little to the north of the port of Malpe 7 kms form Udupi approximately 20 Kms from Kaup.
Out of the four islands which form St. Mary's Islands, the northernmost island has a basaltic rock formation in a hexagonal form, the only one of its type in India. The western coasts of the islands are a seashell haven with seashells of various shapes and sizes littered along the coast. December to March is the best season to visit the Islands.