St. Mary's Island

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Time Required: 3-4 hrs


Ferry from Malpe: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM,
June - September: Closed

Entry Fee:

Entry: INR 250,
Camera: INR 200,
Ferry: INR 250-300

St. Mary's Island, Udupi Overview

The land where Vasco De Gama set his first foot, the land whose geological importance is immense and whose beauty is spectacular, is St. Mary's Island, Karnataka. A quaint island just off the coast of Karnataka, St. Mary's Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths and great wildlife making it a mesmerizing place to be in. The island is off the popular tourist trail providing you with a peaceful place to be with your friends and family.

Located just 4 miles off the coast of Karnataka in the Arabian Sea, St. Mary's Island is a geological treasure and hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is a group of four individual islands namely Coconut Island, North Island, South Island and Daryabahadurgarh Island. One can find a shoreline made up full of crystalline rocks which were created at the time Madagascar Island got separated from India. The enchanting site is wonderful but is yet to be truly discovered for its tourism potential. Watching the sunset standing on the crystalline rocks is one of the most alluring experiences on the island.

More on St. Mary's Island

St. Mary's Island doesn't have staying facility. Udupi a major tourists centre should be the preferred location for stay as it has many accommodation options of varying budget sizes.

Daryabahadurgarh Fort, Vadabhandeshwara Temple and Malpe Beach are major tourist attractions in and around the area.

Beach Trekking and Bird watching can be enjoyed at the islands.

Shopping can be done in Udupi which is famous for its spices, wooden handicrafts and traditional jewelry. Check out the bustling marketing street of Ratha Beedi which is ideal for shopping.

Udupi cuisine is a very delectable variety of Kannada cuisine and includes some delicious items such as spiced rice, Tambuli, Menaskai (Sambar) and Bakshya. Thamboolam, Mitra Samaj and Woodlands are some of the notable restaurants

1. Carry lots of sunscreen, hats and drinking water as there are no provisions for such amenities on the island.
2. Avoid wearing sneakers and fancy footwears as the only way to the islands is though boating and the approach towards the last few yards may involve wading.
3. This place has no buildings or shops. So, don't be alarmed if you don't find many people wandering at the site.
4. There is a lone shack on the island, serving juice, water, and some snacks.

The best time to visit St. Mary's Island is from October till January as the months see pleasant temperatures making outings to the beach comfortable and enjoyable. The beauty of the island is accentuated under the warm winter sun with pleasant temperatures. Comfortable cottons should be suitable.

Top Hotels near St. Mary's Island

  • White Lotus Hotel

    Starting from INR 2,100

  • The Ocean Pearl, Udupi

    Starting from INR 2,100

  • Treebo Trend Vijaya Grand

    Starting from INR 1,318

St. Mary's Island Reviews

9 months ago by Rudratandav N

Apart from the rocky beach, perfect for a game of hide & seek with friends and a great sunset with a date, Its too boring for a solo traveler to spend 300 bucks for boat ride to the island. The sea walk on the malpe beach is a much better option.

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