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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

St mary's island, malpe, Udupi

St Mary's island is a popular tourist attraction near the coastal town of Udupi & Mangalore, Karnataka.

I'd been there years ago as a child and revisited recently. This post shares a few photos and tourist information on St Mary's island, Malpe.


The island reportedly got its name from Vasco Da Gama, who stopped by this island during his journey that discovered India. St Mary's is a small island, with rocks on all sides. It is probably because of these rocks the island is intact even today, without letting the mighty ocean waters to erode the sands. Apart from the ocean waters and rocks, island has a few coconut trees, few shelters created by tourism department and couple of makeshift shops selling chips and cold drinks.

Earlier, visitors could spend whole day at the island, from morning to evening. People used to come in with home made food, have a picnic here and go back. But of late, boat operators have been enforcing a 1 hour time limit at the island, which is fairly inadequate to explore the island. It takes at least 2 hours to explore the St Mary's island comfortably. 1 hour deadline is not a hard stop, even if you miss the boat, you can take the next one.

A rock that looks like Ganesha
Like all tourist spots in India, St Mary's Island is also poorly maintained, with trash thrown all around. The island was in news early 2012 for a govt supported Rave party that was facilitated here.

Jetski rides and boat rides around the island are other attractions at St Mary's island.

St Mary's Island is an ideal half day plan if you're visiting Udupi/Mangalore.

Tourist Information:
Distance: 7kms from Udupi, 65 kms from Mangalore
Timing: From 9 AM till 5PM, boats leave from Malpe at regular intervals, typically once they get minimum of 30 tourists
Fee: Car parking fee: Rs 20, boat fee: Rs 100 per person (The lady at the counter even refused to issue tickets, saying she can issue tickets only after confirming that there're 30 people)
Other notes: Boat rides might be suspended in case of heavy rains/adverse weather
Nearby places: Kapu lighthouse * Endpoint Manipal * Udupi Srikrishna temple

Malpe beach is nearby and Malpe harbor which houses lots of fishing boats are worth paying a quick visit.

21 comments :

Tomichan Matheikal said...

Lovely place, very inviting. I'd love to be there.

Team G Square said...

A must see place.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful coverage of the place.

kebhari said...

Nice photos and description.
Thanks for posting.

Nasreen said...

Nice place..

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Niranjan, Nasreen, Kebhari, Rajesh, TGS & Tomichan

Prasanna Rao said...

I'm from Mangalore and as a child all of our school trips were to St. Mary's Island. Nice clicks :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Good to know

Geeta said...

This is a Nice post with beautiful Images. I am in love with Karnataka. There are beautiful places here.

Nithin said...

It a nice post with beautiful images

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Nithin and Geeta

Anonymous said...

Wow

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks

jagadeesh cj said...

Good information thanks

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Jagadeesh

Anonymous said...

will it be open during this season?? boat timings??

Shrinidhi Hande said...

might be closed during peak monsoon\
Boats operate from 10 AM

Shravya said...

What wil be d cost for group of 20members for boating

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Should be same- Rs 100 * 20.. Try your luck bargaining a discount

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