The Alupas were one of the longest reigning dynasties of Tulu Nadu (in Karnataka). They have the distinction of running a continuous line of rulers for more than one thousand years. They switched their capitals between
Mangaluru and Udyavar, Barakuru. Under the
Kadamba dynasty of Banavasi, who were their overlords, the Alupas flourished. Later the
Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta,
Chalukyas of Badami, Chalukyas of Kalyani, Hoysalas of Durasamudra and Rayas of Vijayanagara came to be the overlords. The Alupasí subordination was nominal and they maintained their independence. The Alupas ruled Tulu Nadu until the Vijayanagara kings finally dominated it from the 14th through the 17th century. The region became extremely prosperous during Vijayanagara period.