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Malpe Tourism

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Malpe Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Altitude: 3 m
Malpe is one of the natural ports located at about six kilometers to the west of Udupi, in the state of Karnataka, India. The place is a famous port town and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast. At the mouth of the Udyavara river, marks the beginning of this small scenic place Malpe.

The suburban city Udupi is administered by Udupi City Municipality. There is mainly three languages spoken here Tulu, Kannada and Konkani. This picturesque beach is the prime attraction of the port, Malpe. It is popular among both locals and tourists and is generally crowded.

St. Mary's Islands is one of the main attractions at Malpe, with its pristine secluded beach. People can also take a boat ride to St Mary's Island for some fascinating volcanic rock formations. Malpe is formed by a unique formation of volcanic rocks which are vertical hexagonal rocks. It is a big collection of islands found in different sizes. It is therefore called a beach flanked by Islands.

Malpe also contributes to the religious importance as the Balarama and Ananteshwara temples attract devotees. Basavappa Nayaka of Bidanur built a fort on the island of Daria-Bahadurgad on the off shores of Malpe.

There are many shrines in the name of many Gods.The port has a never ending stretch of soft sand, untouched by the commercialization with three rocky islands adjoining its western part. Daria-Bahadurgad, on the northern most ends, Daria-Gadara-Kallu in the middle and Kari Illada Kallu in the southern most part are the three islands. The main industry of Malpe is the fishing industry and tile manufacturing which contributes in the economy of the country.

To the south of Malpe lies the ideal picnic spot called Virgin Beach. Many pilgrims come to offer prayers at the temple of Vadabhandeshwara which enshrines the idol of Balarama, established by Sri Madhwacharya. The place also offers the visitors an island on the western side all made up of rocks.

The amazing view of the place sets up a perfect mood for an unforgettable trip. The place is characterized by silver white sand beach and is secluded from most of the modern areas around. A trip to Malpe is incomplete without a visit to a quite fascinating harbor which is also a ship building centre. The best months to enjoy Malpe are from October to March.

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Arjun Cibikrishna
  • Arjun Cibikrishna
  • 5 Reviews

"It is awesome beach to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We 5 guys went to this beach via boat it's a wonderful experience and the atmosphere are simply superb in the evening to have good cool breeze in the summer. Watching the sunset over the west coast was a great experience. I recommend this place on summer season to play water volley ball in the sea.
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Darshan Kg
  • Darshan Kg
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"The cleanest beach with lots of fun"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place has got one of the cleanest beaches in Karnataka. Seeing sunset from the beach is a delight. Also the boat ride to St Mary's Island is a must. There are many resorts on the beach itself and small stalls offer tasty chats. The nearest city Udupi has very good restaurants if you are looking for lunch or dinner.
Many adventure activities like boat riding, banana ride and paragliding will keep you busy during the day. We played volleyball on the beach as there are a few courts set up by the beach. Have lunch in Udupi and leave for the beach. Then take a boat ride to the St Mary's Island.
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Shubham Gupta
  • Shubham Gupta
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice beach"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Malpe is a beach on the western coast which is not much big but it is a nice place to visit. Here you can enjoy a lot. There is a resort Paradise isle which is very good. There are a group of islands called St. Marry where you can go by boat from Malpe. Nearest city is Udupi which has a railway station. Manipal University is about 10 km from Malpe.
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Sandeep Holla
  • Sandeep Holla
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 1 Review

"Malpe Beach is Safe and Enjoyable"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Plan Malpe Beach For Safe, Enjoyable Beach Experience. If planned to visit Udupi/near by places its a much visit place in the evening. Also, if weather is suitable, St Mary's Island is must visit. There are lot of water activities available now at nominal rates.
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Santo Mathews
  • Santo Mathews
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews

"Memorable Holiday"

  • Posted Jun 11, 2013
one of the best places we ever stayed.. A few draw backs but surely if we can avoid those this would be an ideal holiday location

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The view from the restuarant is excellent. Food ( Especially the Sea Food Cuisines) were at the best. Never could we taste such tasty dishes.. Hats off to their chef's

Udupi Temple is amazingly beautiful.. They have kept the beauty and history of the temple intact.

Activities & things to do: Water sports like Parasailing, water scooter, speed boat, bumpy rides, and never miss the visit to St. Mary's Island.

Near By Places are Kaup Beach and Light House, Manipal etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Mangalore is the best place to arrive by either train or flight. From there its harld around 1- 1.15 mins drive.
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Pradnya Akarte
  • Pradnya Akarte
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Malpe beach"

  • Posted Jan 31, 2013
Malpe beach is 8-10 km from Udipi. It's a nice clean beach. And have water sports.
It has good hotels too. You can visit shri Krishna temple in Udupi

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You do get north Indian, continental food in restaurant which is just opposite to beach. We did not do any shopping so not sure about shopping

Activities & things to do: Water sports and hotel arranges other activities too..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It's in coastal Karanatak. Near Udidpi. Udupi is big town.
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Swati Prem
  • Swati Prem
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Udupi - Malpe beach"

  • Posted Dec 10, 2012
Malpe beach is a very relaxing place to be for a holiday. We enjoyed our stay at the Paradise Isle Beach Resort. Good to stay very close to the beach and enjoy the stay at the beach.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Fish - Sea food is good. Beach is the best place to enjoy on a holiday.

Activities & things to do: Sea food and beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Very close from mangalore. Went by car - roads are good to reach malpe beach from mangalore. An hour's travel i suppose.
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Manu R
  • Manu R
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"malpe, st. mar\'s"

  • Posted Dec 6, 2012
We had a great time in malpe, as i knew the routes through sakleshpur will give a bumpy ride so we went hassan-belur-mudigere- charmaadi-belthangadi this route. even though this route is quite longer. charmaadi ghat will refresh you like anything, spend some time in ghat it will be unforgettable for sure . activity we can do in malpe is water sports in beach, but its available in only some seasons, everybody should visit St. mary's island a boat will take you to this island from malpe beach. nice place but this place is too hot in afternoon, so carry umbrella if u dont wnt to expose to sunshine. udupi Lord Krishna temple is a famous religious place which is 8 km from malpe beach.if you are a fan of seafood then explore the variety cusine.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Famous for its typical udupi style veg food and sea food. KT is a type of tea, tea lover's should taste it. decorative items made of sea shells will be good idea shopping, st. mary,s island is must place to visit, people who interested in making decorating items using sea shells they can collect a wide variety of sea shells.

Activities & things to do: Water sports in malpe beach,
udupi lord krishna temple visit
st. mar\'s island visit

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Try to skip hassan,sakleshpur, mangalore route and use hassan, belur, mudigere, charmadi route, be careful in malpe beach, if you are playing be in group, children should take care specially.
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Abhishek M a
  • Abhishek M a
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews

"Footprints on the sands of time"

  • Posted Mar 4, 2012
Its the third time I'm visiting Malpe in the past 8 years. The warm beach, the cool waters, the sun overhead and the pleasant wind gives me the ultimate joy of sea waters. Be it with your spouse or a bunch of friends, Malpe is the place to be for the best memories of your year.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Malpe is a kilometer away from Manipal. If you're with your spouse, do not miss the manipal end point. Considering you're out there with your pals, its best if you get into your shorts and hit the beach and DO NOT MISS the parasailing. What more? All your water sports, beach volleyball, manipal eat-outs...

Activities & things to do: Parasailing, Banana ride, Bumpy ride, Speed boat, Boat house for a couple, Jet ski, Trekking, River rafting in Seetanadi, Beach volleyball and cricket, Tour at the harbour, St Mary's island for the lovely rock formations.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach--- A kilometer from Manipal, 8 hours from Bangalore and a step away from the Arabian Sea!!!
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"Malpe wild beach, crystal clear sand, warm water, but no beach facilities..."

  • Posted Dec 9, 2010
Crystal clear sand, warm water, but no beach facilities, and many locals staring at you especially if white woman laying on the sand and taking sun bath :-)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We have been in Malpe beach only. There is only one bar to eat. Tastefull noodles and orange fruits. Ask juice without sugar and without ice !!!

Activities & things to do: There is possible straight from the beach go by speed boat to St. Marys island, but expensive !!!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To Malpe beach we go from Udupi by public regular bus from Udupi bus station. Cheap, fast and normal. Recommended. We back by same way stopping regular bus by hand... :-)
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