Kundapur—a small and scenic town in Karnataka is administered by the Kundapur Town Municipal Council and serves as the headquarters of Kundapur Taluk. The name of this town has originated the Kundeshwar temple constructed by Kundavarma. It stands on the picturesque banks of the Panchagangavalli River and its name is derived from the Kannada word Kunda that means 'pillar' (the traditional means of constructing houses) and Pura meaning ‘town’. Surrounded by water bodies on three sides, Kundapur has the Panchagangavali river to its north, the Kalaghar river to the east and the Arabian Sea and Kodi back waters to the north. The southern parts of the town are connected to the land mass. Tourists desirous of travelling by road enter the town from this side only. The vast backwaters of River Panchagangavali are spanned by a long bridge, which is a must-see!