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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.
Located along the coast of Karnataka, Udupi is a beautiful town famous for its delicately carved temples and calm beaches. Each temple here is a unique architectural marvel. Sculpted with exquisitely detailed carvings, the Sri Krishna Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka temple and the Chandramoulishwar temple will dazzle you with their elaborate rituals and festivals. In contrast, the Kaup and Malpe beaches of the region are a unique experience in tranquility. Nestled in the lap of mother nature, some time on these beaches will leave your mind, body and soul relaxed. It would be unfair to talk of Udupi and not mention its very famous vegetarian cuisine. Traditional meals start with kosambari (a dal salad) and end with a chilled glass of majjige or buttermilk, that has a cooling effect on the body. In between comes dishes flavoured with tamarind and mustard seeds and vegetables that are strictly Indian. Udupi has its own railway station that makes it easily accessible. Its location on the NH-66 also makes it accessible by car and bus. For an authentic, unadulterated experience of Karnataka, Udupi is most certainly the place to be!
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