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St. Mary's Island

This is located a few kilometers away from Udupi and on the north of Mangalore. This is a group of a few smaller islands in the Arabian Sea, off the Malpe Coast in Udupi. It is known that when Vasco Da Gama landed here from Portugal, he kept the name of this island as El padron de Santa Maria. This island is nothing but mere projection of rocks with a few palm trees on them. The only attraction here are the natural basaltic formations which have formed vertical hexagonal blocks of sediments on their own. The only way to reach this island is by boats which ply regularly from the Malpe coast.
H B Santosh
2.St. Mary's IslandI got boat tickets (Rs. 300 round trip) at St. Mary's Island Boating Office .After about 15 min wait, and a 20 mins ride, I was on the beautiful islandLife jackets are provided on the boat.Rs.200 charge to take cameras.The boat driver will tell you that you have to be back in 1.5-2hrs.I spent 1 hours on the beach exploring, climbing up the rock formations, watching the views, seeing some marine inhabitants .
Jennifer D'mello
How often do we compare beaches abroad to the ones in India? I'm sure we do alot & why not. The beaches abroad are clean, crystal clear & they completely blend in with the Blue sky. But believe it or not, we've found the perfect beach right here in India & you're not going to believe how beautiful it looks.
Akshaya Lele
St Mary Island is a must visit when in Malpe. A small island in the middle of the sea is similar to the ones in Andamans. You can take a ferry to St Mary Island from Malpe. (P.S. The ferry services are usually non-operational in monsoons)
Abhinav Sharma
Kapu is the lighthouse beach of Udupi. There is a light house at the beach which adds to the beauty of the beach. Try climbing to the top of lighthouse and experience the sunset from there. The view of the Arabian Sea is mesmerizing from here.
Sushma Neeraj
This one's truly a one-of-a-kind type of place to visit. St. Mary's Islands, also known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar, are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka. They are known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava (check out the rocks in the picture). On research it came up that the basalt of the St. Mary's Islands was formed by sub-aerial sub-volcanic activity around 88 million years ago when Madagascar was attached to India. Since there are no roads connecting the island, the only way of getting to the islands is by boat. Regular ferry services ply the 6-km distance from the Malpe fishing harbor (which has a ship building yard as well) to the islands. However, the frequency of these boats may vary depending on the number of tourists visiting. it does make for one of the most amazing holiday destinations in South India.