The newspaper was started by T.M.A Pai of Manipal fame. Currently it owned by Pai Group of Manipal which also owns Manipal University ( Formerly Manipal Academy of Higher Education ).The group is known worldwide for its higher education, medical services and banking services. It is a top newspaper in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district.
Udayavani is a major Kannada daily newspaper which has its headquarters in Manipal, Karnataka.Presently it has three print editions at Manipal, Bangalore and Mumbai.The newspaper has won many national awards for its printing. This is achievement considering vernacular press and its rural location. The newspaper has no editorial, yet very popular for its beautiful and neat print, extensive local coverage, focus on consumer causes and neutral coverage of political parties. Udayavani has sister publications in Kannada language like Taranga (illustrated weekly), Tushara (monthly), Roopatara (monthly magazine covering kannada cinema) and Tunturu (children’s magazine).