Coastal Karnataka is the treasure of tourist places. Many beaches, and islands attract thousands of tourists towards them.
Among three Coastal District Udupi has its own importance in tourism. St. Mary’s Islands is one of the most attractive place in Udupi District.
St Mary’s Islands off the coast of Karnataka are four islands of immense geological value. The hexagonal columns of rock on the islands are similar to those on the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland and give clues to historic formation of land masses on the Earth’s surface.
Getting to St. Mary’s Islands
These islands are 6 km out at sea and can be reached by ferry. The nearest harbour to these islands is the fishing harbour at Malpe from where there is a regular ferry service. The ferry plies between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and accommodates 30 persons per trip.
Malpe is 58 km North of Mangaluru and is well connected to Mangaluru by road. Mangaluru is the nearest airport besides being a major rail and bus terminus. Malpe is 4 km away from Udupi.
There are no accommodation facilities available on St. Mary’s Islands. There are several resorts at Malpe and Udupi. Udupi can be used as a base for a day excursion to St. Mary’s islands.
Udupi, Maravanthe beach, and Mangaluru are the nearby places one can visit during St. Mary’s Island. September to February is the best time to visit this Island.