Timings : Ferry from Malpe: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM,
June - September: Closed
Time Required : 3-4 hrs
Entry Fee : Entry: INR 250,
Camera: INR 200,
Ferry: INR 250-300
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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 Udupi, St. Mary's Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths and great wildlife making it a mesmerizing place to be in.
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.
Air: The nearest airport is at Mangalore which is 58 km from Malpe, the boarding point of ferries for St. Mary's Island. One can easily get a cab or a bus for Malpe from the airport.
Rail: The nearest rail head is at Udupi, which is 4 km from Malpe. One can easily get an autorickshaws or a cab for Malpe.
Road: Malpe is well connected by road to Mangalore and Udupi. There are lots of public and private buses that connect Malpe to Mangalore and Udupi.
Sea: From Malpe Harbor regular ferry services can be availed to reach St. Mary's Island. Ferries are the only way in and out of the Island.
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Rudratandav Non St. Mary's Island 3 years ago