After staying indoors for almost 8 months, the lockdown had badly bruised my wandering spirit. It was time to go on a traveling frenzy to heal my battered passion. Exploring Karnataka’s coastal line had always been on my mind. And so it began, the unraveling of namma karavali extending 320kms from mangalore (Dakshina Kannada) to Karwar.
Be it the new-age beach hangouts of mangalore or backwater coast and seaside temples of malpe Udupi or rampinis (Karnataka’s traditional boat) of kundapur fishermen, nostalgic folkish hamlet of kumta or blue flag certified eco beach of honnavar or the unconventional bohemian vibe of Gokarna and untouched shores of Karwar- the coastal Karnataka has a plethora of landscapes and infinite experience.
I was over ambitious with my and underestimated the endless vistas the coastline offered and so had to split the whole itinerary into 3 parts. Since I had already visited to Mangalore, I decided to skip it and started “explore namma karavali” from Udupi.
The path ahead (part 1):
Bangalore - Udupi - kundapur - maravanthe - Bangalore
Day 1- Manipal - malpe beach hopping.
Day 2- Barkur village -Kundapur- Marvanthe.
Day 3- Udupi temples- padubidre beach.
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1. malpe beach- for some fun time with people gazing and cliched water sports.
2. Malpe sea walk- relax with the view of far flung islands and moving fleets.
3. Padukere beach- to suit your solitary.
4. Udayvara beach- for a peaceful dip in the ocean and unmarred sunset.
5. Mattu beach- a morning with the fisherfolks and their fishing creel.
6. Kaup beach - for a classic "light house on a hillock".
7. padubidre beach and padubidre endpoint - new addition and second "blue flag beach" in Karnataka.
8. kodi bengre beach - for some brackish mangrove backwaters.
9. kodi beach delta point & kodi sea walk - a somnolent peninsula to awaken the loner in you.
10. Maravananthe beach- a roadside seashore where your journey meets the destination.
11. Barkur village: a sleepy village with verdant fields and some ruins.
Must see places:
1. St Mary’s island:
It was a half an hour ferry ride to the Far flung island from malpe sea walk. The coconut trees like a necklace on the shoreline, sparkling white sand and shells like fresh snow. The pentagonal pillars like mesmerizing enigma and the crushing waves adding to the danger. St mary’s island truly feels out worldly. 88 million years ago these basaltic pillars were part of Madagascar when India was a still part of the subcontinent. The tickets can be brought from the government managed counter near malpe sea walk. Be aware of the private places who try to scam the tickets for more price.
Price: 600 Rs per person.
Timings: 2 trips per day at around 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Duration: 2 hours.
How to get there: A cheaper way to get there is by a 10rs local bus ride from Udupi to malpe beach ( not malpe Beach Road) and half-hour walk from there. Faster way would be a 200rs auto from the bus stand to malpe sea walk.