St. Mary's Island

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St. Mary's Island


Located 58 km north of Mangalore, the St. Mary's Island beach is special for the unique formation of basalt rocks which have crystallized into columns and split into vertical hexagonal blocks. This group of islands is accessible by ferry from Malpe which is a major fishing harbor.

Contrary to other beaches with endless stretch of golden sand, St Mary's Island's rocky terrain does not encourage swimming or strolling along the shores. One can only gaze around and marvel at the idiosyncrasies of the expansive rock formations strewn around the beach.

Location info:

Address:60 Kms from Mangalore, 400km from Bangalore.
District:Udupi district
Nearest City:Bangalore
Best time to visit: December to March


Summers 22°- 40°C. Winter 10°- 32°C


St Mary's group of islands got their name courtesy Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who descended on these islands in 1498 before he reached Calicut. Gama called one of the islands "El Padron de Santa Maria." The northernmost island is about a square mile in area and not more than 250 yards in width. It has a coconut grove, which makes it the shadiest island of the group and gives it true South Sea color.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Train Stations Udipi Railway Station
Nearest Airport:Nearest Airport Mangalore Airport or Bangalore international airport.

Road Transport:

Main Road Highways NH 17
Light House hill Road
Karnataka - INDIA
Ph: 91 - 824 - 421692
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Nearest Visiting Places: Malpe Kundapur Moodabidri
Surathkal Kudremukh Maravanthe
Mangalore Shimoga.

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Rukmini Residency, Near City Bus Stand, Udupi Dist, Udupi - 576101. Phone: +91-820-2523901, Fax: +91-820-2523918. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Shri Ramakrishna Hotel, Geethanjali Road, Udupi - 576 101. Phone : +91 8252 – 523189

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Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Udupi
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Last modified onSaturday, 26 September 2009 12:30

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