Kaup, pronounced as Kapu in the local Tulu language, is a village or a small town in Udupi district of Karnataka, India. Kaup Beach is one of the famous beaches of Karnataka where tourists enjoy the beauty of the environment, the long stretches of golden beaches and the cool sea breeze. There is a beach on the shore of the Arabian Sea and a lighthouse. Many films have been shot at this location. Kaup (or Kapu as pronounced in the local Tulu language) has three Marigudi which attracts devotees from far away places. The sea is much more rougher and intimidating compared to the gentler Malpe beach in Udupi. It is about 15 km from Manipal and is a favorite hangout for students. The beach also sports a shack and a bar with seating in the open sky. Though the sea is mostly calm all year round, there have been isolated cases of drowning in this beach.
Kapu is located around 18 km from Udupi and 45 km from Mangalore. It takes almost 25 minutes to reach Kapu from Udupi. Numerous buses ply to Kapu from the service bus stand at Udupi.Once you disembark from the bus-stop at Kapu, you need to travel a distance of 1.5 km to reach the beach. You can take one of the auto-rickshaws or car which are conveniently parked near the bus-stop.