St. Mary's Island St. Mary's Isles (Latitude 13° 20' 60" N; Longitude 74° 40' 60" E ) are a group of small islands lying a little to the north of the port of Malpe 7 kms form Udupi. Vasco-da-Gama landed in 1498 on one of these islands which he called `EI Padron de Santa Maria'. It is from this that these islands got their present name. They are just a few scattered projections of rock rising out of the western or Arabian Sea around Malpe.
The northern-most island is about a square mile in area and not more than 250 yards in width. It has coconut gardens which make it the shadiest of all the islands and give it a true South Sea colour. The island is noted for its famous basalt rocks which Kulkunda, where a large cattle fair is held at the time of the have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. It is a really geological monument and tourists heaven.
The islands hold out possibilities of being developed into a popular holiday resort.
Vasco-da-Gama landed in 1498 on one of these islands
this is the only spot in India where basaltic rocks show up such peculiar formation.
Daily Trip to St. Mary's Island ( 9.00 am to 5.00 pm )
For Tickets to St. Mary's Island: +91 820 2538779
||406 km West of Bangalore (7 km from Udupi)
|By Road: -
||9 hours + boat
||1 hour and 1 hours by road + boat
||Take NH48 to Mangalore via Hassan, Sakleshpura & Mani; NH17 to Udupi
|When to go:-
||October to December would be ideal.
||KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: email@example.com
For more information
Asst. Director Tourism
Regional Tourist Office
Krishna Building, Car Street, Udupi 576 101
Phone: +91 820 2529718
Booking Office: +91 820 2538779
Asst. Director Fisheries
Malpe port, Malpe- 576 108
Phone: +91 820 2537801
|Where to stay :-
||Karavali Hotel (Tel: 0820-2522862; Teriff: Rs 400-3,000).
Hotel Sharada International ( Tel: 0820-2521968; Tariff: Rs 295-1,150)
Hotel Janardhan (Tel: 0820-2523880;Tariff: Rs 195-740)
Rama Krishna Hotel (Tel:2523189; Tariff: Rs 170-500)
if you stay in Manipal :-
Hotel Bhavani (Tel:2571332; Tariff: Rs 250-440)
Hotel Green Park (Tel:2570561 ; Tariff: Rs 250-500)
|Where to Eat :-
Amantran & LX Brasserie (Tel:2523189)
Ideal Restaurant (Tel:2526576)
New Cinema Restaurant (Tel: 2526607)