St. Mary's Island
Place name: St. Mary's Island
Location: 58 km north of Mangalore and little to the north of the port of Malpe town
Type: Beach, island
About the Place:
St. Mary's Island is a small group of islands located 58 km north of Mangalore and little to the north of the port of Malpe town. These islands are well known for their
famous basalt rocks which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.
Malpe: This is one of the major fishing harbor in the West coast and has a fabulous view. This is located 5km West of Udupi town and which makes us surprised by its
beautiful scenes and a very beautiful place to take sea bath.
St. Mary's isles are group of islands accessible by ferry from Malpe. Vascoda Gama appears to have touched the island in 1498 before he reached Calicut. These islands
are nothing but a few scattered projections of rock rising out the Arabian Sea around Malpe.
It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea color. The northern most island is about a square mile in area and not
more than 250 yards in width. This is the only spot in India where basaltic rock show up such peculiar formations.
This place is attracting lot of students and research philosophers who often visit this island to learn about the volcanic rock. This island has a children's park and a fishing
harbor where you can show your fishing skills.
Moreover, there are guards all around the beaches of St. Mary's Island in Karnataka so as to prevent any visitor from entering the danger zones and this is a very good
place for shell collectors which are spread across the beach.
How to reach St.Mary's Island in karnataka:
From Malpe many fishing boaters provide service of carrying and bringing back the visitors. It is advisable to carry drinking water and food items with you, as there is no
facility at island.
Best time to visit St.Mary's Island :
This place can be visited all the year round.