Tulunadu-Dynasty: Where Mountains Meet the Sea

As I walk through the lush forests and rolling hills , the beauty of the natural world surrounds me. The air is thick with the fragrance of wildflowers and the sound of birdsong fills my ears. The landscape is alive with color. With the bright greens of the trees and shrubs contrasting against the deep blue of the sky above.

In the distance, I can see the towering peaks of the Western Ghats. Their rugged ridges stretching as far as the eye can see. These majestic mountains, with their misty peaks and deep valleys.

As I descend from the hills, I find myself on the golden sands of the coast. Where the Arabian Sea stretches out before me. The sea is calm and inviting, with gentle waves lapping at the shore. The beach is alive with activity, with fishermen mending their nets and vendors selling fresh seafood.

Amidst this natural beauty, I also encounter the rich culture and traditions of this place. The temples and shrines, with their intricate carvings and colorful paintings, stand as a testament to the region’s spiritual heritage. The people, with their warm hospitality and friendly demeanor, offer a glimpse into the social fabric of wonderful beauty.

Where am I? Are you too wondering….. u..h..m…. ? The Tulunadu this what you wanted to read about.. If not since you are here I guess you could just have peek about it…

Welcome to Tulunadu

Tulunadu is a historical region in South India that encompasses the coastal districts of Karnataka . Also, the northern parts of Kerala. The region has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It was shaped by various dynasties and rulers over the centuries.

One of the most significant periods in the history of Tulunadu was the rule of the Tulunadu dynasty. It flourished in the 8th century CE. The Tulunadu dynasty was founded by Mayurasharma, a Brahmin who was originally from the Chalukya dynasty. Mayurasharma established his kingdom in the region that is now Udupi. He expanded his territories to include parts of present-day Karnataka and Kerala.

The formation of Tulunadu

The formation of Tulunadu is a complex and multifaceted process that involved the interaction of various factors, including geography, culture, religion, and politics. Here is a brief overview of the key events and influences that contributed to the formation of Tulunadu:


The region, Tulunadu has a diverse landscape , includes coastal plains, hills, and forests. The Western Ghats mountain range runs along the eastern border of the region. While the Arabian Sea lies to the west. The region’s location at the crossroads of the Arabian Sea trade routes . The Western Ghats hinterland made it a strategic and economically important area.

Culture and Religion:

Tulunadu has a rich and diverse cultural heritage that is shaped by the influence of various religious and ethnic groups. This is region has been inhabited by indigenous communities such as the Tuluva . The Arebhashe, as well as by migrants from other parts of India and beyond. Over the centuries, Tulunadu has been home to various religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam. The region’s cultural diversity has contributed to the development of a unique. It’s syncretic culture that is characterized by a blend of local and external influences.

Political History:

The early history of Tulunadu is shrouded in myth and legend. But it is known that the region was ruled by various dynasties and empires over the centuries. These include the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, and Vijayanagara Empire. However, the most significant dynasty that shaped the history of Tulunadu was the Tulunadu dynasty. This emerged in the 8th century CE.

The Tulunadu Dynasty:

The Tulunadu dynasty was founded by Mayurasharma, a Brahmin from the Chalukya dynasty who established his kingdom in the region that is now Udupi. Mayurasharma’s successors, such as Vira Tulunadeva and Vishnuvardhana, expanded the kingdom’s territories and consolidated its power. The dynasty was known for its patronage of the arts, literature, and religion, and it played a significant role in the development of the Jain and Hindu faiths. Udupi emerged as a center of learning and culture under the Tulunadu dynasty, and it became famous for its cuisine and pilgrimage sites.

Under the rule of the Tulunadu dynasty, Udupi emerged as a center of learning and culture. The dynasty patronized the arts, literature, and religion, and it played a significant role in the development of the Jain and Hindu faiths. Udupi also became famous for its cuisine, especially for the vegetarian dishes that were associated with the local temples.

Over time, the influence of the Tulunadu dynasty declined, and the region came under the rule of various other dynasties, including the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas, and the Vijayanagara Empire. However, the legacy of the Tulunadu dynasty continued to shape the region’s culture and traditions, and Udupi remained an important center of Hindu and Jain pilgrimage.


Udupi is a bustling town that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is home to several ancient temples and shrines, including the famous Sri Krishna Matha, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus in South India. Udupi is also known for its beautiful beaches, its rich cuisine, and its vibrant culture and traditions, which continue to reflect the legacy of the Tulunadu dynasty.

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