Given the diversely rich culture of India, the fact that the traveller’s paradise is home to multiple scenic locations spread across the country cannot be disputed. Home to some offbeat and virgin destinations down south, often such places are left out from the “must visit places in India” lists with mostly Kerala, Coorg, Ooty and the likes findings top spots as the quintessential destinations. If you are looking for some unique places to spend time with family and friends, then read on! Ranging from our very own Grand Canyon of India to an untouched island sitting in the Arabian Sea, I am curating a list of some of the gorgeous locations near Bangalore city for everyone bitten by travel bug looking for unique quick weekend getaway and some different travel experience.
1. St. Mary’s island (Udupi, Karnataka)
A group of 4 small islands off the coast of Malpe beach in Udupi, St. Mary’s islands (also called as coconut islands) is a geological treasure hidden in the Arabian sea where Vasco de Gama is said to have first set his foot in India. An important site for geo-tourism in Karnataka, this place is a sight to behold. Known for their unique geological formation of columnar basaltic lava formed by sub-aerial sub volcanic activity, the island is a seashells haven with the shore fully adorned by beautiful shells and crystal clear water, offering a panoramic view of palm trees lining up the shore.
Perfect place to unwind with its unmatched beauty, St. Mary’s Islands is definitely our own Indian version of Mauritius!
Distance from Bangalore: 420 kms (approx.)
Best way to reach: via Udupi city. The only way to reach the islands is by a ferry from the Malpe fishing harbor. It is 58 km to the North of Mangalore.