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Best MonthsDecember - February
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Rank3 out of 33 attractions in Udupi
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.
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Reviews of St. Mary's Island • 14
The next day, we picked up the car and headed to St Mary's Island which is closer to Udupi than Mangalore. It was a nice drive with music as we headed to the port. The port is where one can book tickets to have ferry take you across the ocean to the islands. According to history, the islands got their name from Vasco da Gama when he stuck a cross on of the islands as a tribute to Mother Mary before heading to Kerala. It's a half an hour ferry ride to the islands. The beauty of this beach is that it's not sandy: it's literally covered in only shells. Shells of different colours, patterns, and designs. I love collecting shells at a beach and here I felt I wanted to carry the entire beach back with me!
Some 88 million years ago, Madagascar was very much attached to India. Madagascar and India broke off from Africa as a single continent, and India started its collision course with Asia. It's the result of this, and the sub-aerial sub volcanic activity which resulted in geological formations of columnar basaltic lava which is found in St Mary's Island, off Malpe Beach near the Southern Coastal Town of Udipi in Karnataka. In fact, this is one of the group of four islands. The Geological Survey of India has declared these islands as the Geological Monuments of India.There is one more interesting fact about this Island. Curious to know?Vasco Da Gama, in the year 1498, on his journey from Portugal landed on this island. It was here, he fixed a cross and named it St Mary's Island. And from here, he proceeded to Kozhikode in Kerala.KSRTC - Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Buses are always world class. Be it, their Corona Sleeper Coaches, or Vovlo Airawat Multi Axle Diamond Class, Gold Class or Club Class.
Having a rented self-drive vehicle is always convenient when you want to explore places at your own leisure. The next stop was at Malpe port where one can see hundreds of ships docked up after returning from catching the early morning fish in the sea. The place is very busy with vendors lined up everywhere to sell their prized catch. Heading ahead to the ferry point, I boarded a ferry to visit the St.Mary’s Island.
Find a quiet corner for yourself away from the entire crowd and then it’s just you and the sound of the waves crashing to the beach. You can enjoy this unearthly beauty as long as you want (but till the last boat back to the mainland of course). Soaking in Sun’s warmth and smelling the salty air…you will feel like you have blended with the nature and this is the closest you have ever been to her… P.S: Please please please don’t throw the plastic bottles and stuff on the island. Keep it clean and intact the way the God created it…
We took a bus to Malpe from Udupi City bus stand. Bus stopped near a turn. Beach was in left direction so we took a walk to beach for 5 minutes. From the beach, ferry service is available to St Mary Island. They take 200 per person on boat for taking to the island and coming back but allow only one hour to stay on island. You should ask for more time if they allow.We enjoyed for an hour and then came back from boat. At malpe, I got a nice tattoo. Boat Paragliding , banana ride, boat ride sea sports are available there.We went to a hotel and then took a bus from stand to udupi and again a bus from udupi to kapu beach. After getting down from bus, you need to go right for around one km. Road to kapu from highway is on right side when you get off the bus coming from udupi. Kapu has a light house. Crowd gathers around 3 pm as light house opens around 4-5 pm. These are some snaps at kapu.Third Day, Karnataka On Emergency Section 144
Another attraction to this beach is St. Mary's Island that's located within a 20 minute ferry ride away from Malpe. This tiny island boasts of volcanic rock formations which is the main tourist spot and the way the sea surrounds the island.You can lose yourself with the variety of fish or the colours of the sea or just climbing the rocks but you are for sure bound to lose yourself.It's a recommended getaway for people in and around Udupi and a definite spot to visit if you're ever nearby.
We chose to visit St Mary’s Island with one of the official services, which leave from the main beach with reassuringly-sized groups. They had some life jackets, although I’m not convinced there was a full complement (I knew where P’s was), and they seemed to know what they were doing. The beach rubbish was minimal, and I give the credit to a garbage tractor which was in near-perpetual use. The only exception was the bin next to the drinks vendor on St Mary’s Island, which was overflowing. We chose to carry our rubbish back to the mainland with us, where disposal facilities seemed more adequate.
St. Mary's island is a must see when visiting the Malpe beach, it is situated 6KM away from Malpe beach. There is a boat service been provided to the island, and the frequency of this service is based on the number of tourists.
1. St. Mary's Island, KarnatakaYou can experience a little bit of Iceland in this hidden and cozy island in the Arabian Sea. A short distance from the Malpe coast of Udupi, Karnataka, is the unique island called St. Mary's. The stunning phenomena of basaltic lava taking columnar formation is a sight to behold. Scientific studies indicate that the basalt of the St. Mary's Islands was formed by sub-aerial subvolcanic activity, because at that time Madagascar was attached to India. The rifting of Madagascar took place around 88 million years ago.The island gets more interesting. Historians believe that this is where Vasco de Gama landed for the first time, and named it after Mother Mary. St Mary's Island is also one of the 26 geological monuments of India.How to reach: Ferry service from Malpe fishing harbor. Malpe is 60 km from Udupi.
We decided to add this in our trip because.... why not. You have to take a ferry from udupi to reach here. Its 5 km from the shore and takes 45 mins. They let you stay there for 2 hour about.
The approach to the island was absolutely wonderful. A slow moving barge towing a little boat took us across the channel. Within 20 minutes, we were in sight of the island. We were to get on the small boat that was being towed in order to be ferried to the island. The front of the island was a little dirty and covered with tourists. Since we had the whole day there, we informed the sailors to come back and look for us in the evening as we wanted to explore. They were more than willing so we ventured away from the crowd. We walked along the beach till we made it to the other side of the island which was untouched by man. The shore was covered in sea shells. The water was a shade of blue that's deeper than my imagination allowed me till that day. The palm tree fronds swayed with the clean air and city line was visible from afar. The sound of the waves were different hear - devoid of human chatter and filled with water crashing on sea shells as opposed to sand. The silence was again calming and we spent a day midst nature.
Its beautiful island and kind of heaven on earth. Crystal clear water , beach is full of sea shells and great big basaltic rocks. If you go to udupi you wouldn't miss this one.
According to folk legend, in the year 1498, Vasco da Gama landed on St. Mary's Islands on his journey from Portugal, fixed a cross on the island and named one of these islands, O Padrão de Santa Maria, as a dedication to Mother Mary, before proceeding to Kozhikode in Kerala. It is from this name that the islands got their current name. This place is famous for it's basaltic rock formations. This place is unique and beautiful with crystal clear water, shell beach and unique rock formations but what really spoils the whole island experience is the crowd. Each ferry takes about 100 people and the place tends to get over-crowded. You cannot spend more than 2 hours on this island as you need to take the ferry back to Malpe port.