Best time to visitN/A
Open hoursOpen 24 hours
Things to doWater sports
Best MonthsAll year
Rank1 out of 2 attractions in Malpe
This is a beach and natural port in the beautiful station of Udupi which is known for its natural beauty and unique food. This is a long beach along the Arabian Sea and is a very clean one as well. The place is not very crowded but there is a lot you can do here such as jet skiing, horse riding, parasailing, camel safaris and island visits. The best time to come here is during the early winter season as most of the activities are on during this time. There are also a number of restaurants and holiday resorts for you to remain close to the sea for a little longer.
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Reviews of Malpe Beach • 21
7. Malpe Beach & St. Mary's Island, UdupiA mighty beach, the deafening sound of the sea, the thunderous breeze and a glass of drink. Yes, it is the kind of beach where you just sit back and relax. Just 8 km from Manipal, is this beautiful beach of Malpe. So big, that you can gather 1000 students for a mega flaghip event, and still there is ample amount of vacant space on the beach. That's Malpe for you.
Malpe Beach, about 110km from Kasaragod is another great place for a day trip. Different from any other beach in the district, but like most beaches in the country, it is full of tourists, food stalls, and facilities for water sports such as speed boating, parasailing, banana boating and jet skiing. This is where you can head to for a feel of Goa, sans the nightclubs and beach parties. However, what makes Malpe a must visit is St. Mary’s Island. The island is known for clusters of distinctive, pillar-like rock formations that seem to be rising out of the sea. A ferry transports you from Malpe to St. Mary's; cost is ₹20 per person.
The next day, we woke up early since our day was fixed for a visit to St Mary's Island, off Male Beach at Udipi. You can refer to my earlier blog titled "St Mary's Island - Where Vasco Da Gama set Foot First".There is so much to explore in this coastal city of Mangaluru, in and around. Like Panambur Beach, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangalore Beach, Bejai Museum, Sultan Battery, Ullal Beach etc - Go be the Explorer!Around Mangaluru, if you travel a distance of 50 kilometers you will enter Kerala and you can head straight to Kasargod which has another lovely beach where the Bollywood movie Bombay was picturized.Karnataka is that magical land which has never failed to mesmerize the travellers and the explorers.You can go to Moodabidri which lies at a distance of 33 kilometers which is one of the major center of jainism in South India.
Will you believe if I tell you that Madagascar, which now is in the African Continent, was once attached to India? What......??????Yes, its true, believe it not!
We had been ignoring this one for a very long time. The name somehow never really convinced me. What could a town named after a cuisine has to offer? And to add to my apprehensions, i figured out that it is a pilgrimage spot. And thus, there it lay on hold, for a long time.But then finally one weekend we couldn't find any reservations to any other place but Udupi. So we decided to give it a try. An overnight journey in a sleeper bus from Bangalore, and behold, there we were.Udupi is miles apart from any other place we had been. At the very first sight, as you enter the town, it fails to load you with excitement. The town is a little sleepy, little dusty. But then, once you get comfortable, things change dramatically.Well, one distinct advantage here was that of finding a cheap and decent accommodation without much hassle. And that was a great relief, given the overnight journey through rough roads.The first thing we did right after bath was to visit the so famous Udupi Shri Krishna Matha. Well, i am not a very religious guy. But when a million reviews put it as the top things to do in Udupi, you've gotta give it a try. The temple was a surprise for me. Udupi is in Karnataka, yet the temple is built in Kerela styled architecture. And it was beautiful, cause i had never been to a south Indian temple and thus there was so much to explore and feed into my hungry brain.
From the ferry point as I was heading to the Malpe beach, I came across a stretch of beach which was flocked by various birds. Grey herons and egrets were seen in abundance lined up along the edge of sea waters.
And our motorcycle ride continues form Chikmagalur, Mulyangiri and now where?? With two options in mind 1. The scenic Dharamshala and the party place Manipal, Malpe beach OR 2. The Hippie Trippie Murudeshwar and Gokarna. By now it is already 2 days of continuous riding for us and by the time the group left and we checked into a café to plan our nest steps it was 5:30 PM. Both the places are at 300+ km distance from Chikmagalur. No much fun at party places like blue waters, Manipal on a tight budget trip we decided to Raid De Gokarna!
Malpe is a natural port about six kilometers to the west of Udipi, Karnataka, India. An important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast. It is a suburb in Udupi city . Malpe and the Mogaveera goes together. Inhabitant for the millionaire businessmen of Mogaveera community. Tulu, Kannada and Konkani are spoken here.It took me some 6-7 hours to reach Udipi from Bangalore by bus. Its was simply fascinating on the first sight. Amazingly clean and peaceful sea beach. I realized that I have landed to a awesome place.2 days just went by ... Its been a year and I still love to rewind those pictures and cherish the beauty of Mother NatureJust perfect for a small weekend trip solo or with loved ones !
Malpe Beach,UdupiFerry ride from Malpe beach to St.Mary’s Islands takes almost half an hour. The island looks beautiful even from the distance, fully dotted with coconut trees. You will fall in love with the place the moment you step into the island…with crystal clear water, white sand with full of shells and marvelous hexagonal shaped rock formation.Your jaw drops at the first glimpse of this rock formation and you will be like “Oh God!!You are one hell of a sculptor!!” The rocks look so other worldly and give the impression of having been artificially constructed. Let’s call this as an Indian version of the famous Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Yes! Ocean is always mystique…It can cast a spell on the onlooker and can ease you down…Beach therapy, as it is called. I always wanted to own a piece of land on the beach side with no one around, totally disconnected from the whole world, so that you can day dream throughout the day. St.Mary’s Islands near Malpe beach in Udupi turned out to be the perfect destination. Visiting a place that is hidden in the sea which is full of hexagonal rock formation! That is the whole USP of St.Mary’s Islands.
Malpe is 6 km only. Buses, autos go to malpe. Connectivity is good.We visited Krishna temple, Chandramooleshwara temple in Udupi etc followed by dinner at Diana hotel, udupi.Second Day - St Mary Island, Malpe And Kapu Beach
Coastal Karnataka Journey was one of the fav moments. We reached Mangalore city via train from Bangalore started exploring the city visit to Mangaladevi, Kadri Manjunatheswar, Gokarnatheswara temples and Panambur beach. Udupi we paid a visit to God lord Krishna and left to Malpe beach. St Mary's Island is a beautiful, The place is full of rocks and greenery need to do little bit of hiking. We left Udupi to Sringeri reached at Midnight, Checked in at Hotel.
The food is local and remains true to it's history of fishing. We stumbled upon a restaurant that was serving sea food meals. The menu consisted of just starters and finger foods and all the customers eat rice and fish curry. The rice and curry costs about Rs. 50 and so do most of the other food. The local soft drink is of ginger, lemon, kokam and other flavors. Malpe beach has a number of food stalls that serve some of the freshest fish you'll ever get to eat. at prices that you won't believe.The people are some of the nicest I've ever come across. They're extremely cooperative and will try their best to help you even though you may not be aware of the local language, Konkani. The roads are clean and safe to stroll around at night. The beach is open thorough out the night but beware of crabs and other animals. Stray away from the main roads and walking through the villages is absolutely wonderful to experience the essence of the place. I've included more information about location wise journey in the itinerary.I would suggest that you stay continuously hydrated as it's quite hot. Use the local bus services. The routes are beautiful and the auto's might cheat you. There are plenty of lodges at Udupi and it's alright to just pick the first one that you see. There are also many resorts if you wish to stay in luxury. Try the local food and be nice to the locals. Make sure you do not litter as they are doing a wonderful job of staying clean.We have considered going back to Udupi for a couple more days. If i missed anything in this post, perhaps nicer places to stay or food tea eat of places to visit, do drop a comment!All in all, try to be a part of the culture and you'll have an incredible time!After a comfortable overnight bus journey from Bangalore, in lieu of excellent connecting highways, we reached the Udupi Central Bus Station at 4:30 a.m. The city was quiet and desolate. The street lights were on, the streets were clean and it was silent enough to faintly hear the sound of crashing waves in the distance. By the time we had our coffee at the station canteen, it was almost 5 a.m. and the city was beginning to stir awake. The sun was starting to rise in a cool orange glow. The streets and groves were coming alight with faint blue light. People were walking out of their house for a quick stroll or a cigarette or some tea. It was incredibly beautiful to watch the pace at which things grew, which was very different from the city back home. I fell in love instantly, with what the place had already offered - a sense of calm. We had a quick breakfast of Udupi's famous Masala Dosa, Idly vada, Kahara Baath and Masala vada with coffee a few hours after we reached the beach. It was better than I've ever had back home.
When you live a busy and stuck up life the way I do,even if it's something you love doing, you need a let out. A random day you would get up in the morning and decide to take the first bus or train away from the routine. Well, that was my trip to Malpe beach in Udupi.I had heard a lot about it ,some good, mostly bad. The people I knew from the District told me the only memory they had of Malpe was the fish smell and dirt but yet an impulse is hard to resist and boy, was I glad I didn't resist. Malpe was far from anything dirty and the fish smell was only present on the route and not at the beach. It reminded of something out of an old hindi movie but I think that was mostly cause of the weirdly likable old soul music playing in the background that was heard all over the beach.The stalls just added an extra factor to the whole experience selling everything from ice candy, chaat, chinese to very typical coastal food and for those of you who have extra fuel in your impulse engine there's a tattoo shop right there that would cater to it,although I wouldn't exactly recommend that.Malpe welcomes you with a spectacular view of the sea meeting the horizon and if you're as lucky as I was you'll have a grand view of the sky reaching down and maybe even see one of the clouds drenching an island.It's a fantastic place for a weekend getaway with hotels and cottages right on the shore for very decent prices and a carnival every now and then. Like every beach however, the best part about this was submerging your feet into the cold waters,collecting shells and lying on the sand as if time froze just so I could enjoy those moments.
Udupi is a relatively affluent place, and Malpe Beach obviously prides itself on its tourism. Facilities and activities are well sign posted and advertised, without being obnoxiously touted. We were approached by “unofficial” tour guides at the far end of the beach, offering to take us out on a private tour in their fishing boats and bring us back without raping and murdering us and dumping our bodies into the ocean – but they didn’t push when we declined.
Being a beach-lover, my heart started to beat with excitement as i approached closer to the sunny blue Arabian sea. As vast as one's eye can reach, it was all blue. As you enter the beach, the first thing you notice before the sea, is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which adds as an attraction for the tourists.
Clean and best beach for swimming , Boat Ride . Even you can visit to saint marry island from there
A beach is nothing short of a great way to start a holiday. Malpe beach is a quiet, secluded beach with blue waters, white sand and incredible people. The water is cool and the sand is warm. There are a few eateries nearby to grab a famous Udupi breakfast and filter coffee. The sun seems friendly here. The more you watch the crashing, blue waves, the deeper you understand the world.
From Udupi, the beach was a brisk 5 km walk. The roads were thin and surrounded by coconut groves, fields and cow sheds. We made the walk at the right time as we witnessed the city waking up. We crosses bridges with back waters and ponds. We crossed modern and post modern architecture house holds, all the while with a faint smell of the ocean. The beach itself was clean and quiet, except from the roaring crashing of waves. The sand was clean and the water was cool. The shore line was riddled with with straw built hut like structures that we very local to the culture of the locality. The beach itself was devoid of people, as it was really early, but the sun was beginning to grow warmer and the water was still resisting the change. We could see fishing barges coming into the port at the distance and we made sure to add the harbor to our itinerary. The beach extends as far as the eye can see. On one side, there was small activity center that includes carnival rides and food stalls. At this point of time they were deserted, but we imagined it to be exiting and decided to come back to it in the evening. On the other side was the beach stretching and a short walk towards it showed us small coves and natural pools that were untouched and quiet. We spent the rest of the morning there before heading off to the harbor.
Malpe Beach is a tourist destination, so the F&B market is well supplied. We loved the street vendors who peeled and cooked our food freshly and in front of us – always feels better when I can do the food safety inspection myself. P loved the BBQ’d corn and the freshly-squeezed juices. We also had drinks and Chinese fried rice at a beach side cafe, whose name I would probably be able to tell you if I was really a travel blogger. We also enjoyed ice creams from a cycling vendor along the beach (listen for the bell). We were offered accommodation several times, so I don’t think it’s too hard to find somewhere if you’re not fussy. If you are, I can’t help you – we didn’t stay overnight. Maybe ask Trip Adviser. Instead, we made use of the pay-to-use toilet and shower block which is near the main entrance to the beach, and well signposted. Toilet use costs 5 rupees per person per visit (you’ll have to pay two if you accompany a young child), shower use costs 10 rupees per person per visit, and probably includes a little sachet of shampoo only there was a bit of a crowd at the entrance when we got there so we missed that trick. Now, I say “shower” – in fact what you pay for is a little concrete cubicle with a cold water tap, a scoop and a bucket. Even if you’re not the kind of klutz who falls into the sea getting off a boat, you’ll still be thankful your things are in plastic bags if you’re bathing here – there’s few hooks and no benches. It’s not roomy for two people if you’re with a young child, but it’s good enough for a quick refresh and to rinse the sand out so you can return to civilisation with your head held high.