Malpe Tourism

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Trip to Malpe was planned spontaneously for me at least. I was in Port Blair when my friend called me and asked me if I'll join her for this trip to Malpe and adjoining beaches. I came back from Port Blair on Tuesday and left for Udupi, which is 6 kms from Malpe, on Friday evening. To be very honest I was expecting a typical beach holiday of swimming in the beach all day, lazing around, however Malpe, Kapu and St. Mary's have so much more to offer. This is neither swimming nor a strolling beach, we swam and strolled anyways, It's a beach to be gazed and wondered at; and it's the only one of its kind in India, to just gaze at the majestic ocean and the sunset is mesmerizing. This beach is quite different. It's a long, broad, town beach, undeveloped but likely to grow. The light House at Kapu beach offers breathtaking view of the majestic ocean and graciously swaying palm trees. The endless stretch of golden sand, , the clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea all set the perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday here.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There's not much to shop here, however the food is absolutely awesome. Situated right on Malpe is Paradise Isle, which has a very nice restaurant and offers great food. Continental is the best that I liked there. They also make some awesome fish curry. Catch a bus to Manipal which is 5 kms away from Malpe, and you will find numerous eating joints that offer amazing food. My personal favorite was 'DeeTee' with great ambiance, good old rock playing while the food was being served. Breakfast at Vikram's is highly recommended. You can also experience some night life while there with some decent night clubs playing recent hits.

Activities & things to do: You can visit the famous Manipal University. There is no water sport available at these beaches however you can see a water scooter every now and then in the name of water sport, watching the sunset is must. Visit Light House on Kapu beach, excellent view. St. MAry's Island is justa boat ride away. Rent a scooter or a bicycle, easily available, and take a ride around the area. Just being there relaxes your nerves.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry walking shoes and a pair of bathroom slippers. Carry cotton clothing as it tends to get really hot.

Mangalore is the nearest airport.
Mangalore is the nearest rail head.
Udupi is 6 kms and Mangalore is 66 kms by road, from the town.

The sea is very rough and swimming is strictly not recommended.
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Santo Mathews
  • Santo Mathews
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews

"Memorable Holiday"

  • Posted 10 months ago
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....... More
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Pradnya Akarte
  • Pradnya Akarte
  • Lives in Pune
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"Malpe beach"

  • Posted 1 year ago
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....... More
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Swati Prem
  • Swati Prem
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Udupi - Malpe beach"

  • Posted 1 year ago
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....... More
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Manu R
  • Manu R
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"malpe, st. mar\'s"

  • Posted 1 year ago
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....... More
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Abhishek M a
  • Abhishek M a
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"Footprints on the sands of time"

  • Posted 2 years ago
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....... More
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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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