St. Mary's Islands are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi district of Karnataka, India. Also known as Coconut Island is a geological treasure and hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. This is the land where Vasco De Gama set his first foot. It is a beach with black rock like columns mushrooming along its coast, it offers a unique view to the visitors. Four small islands together form the St.Mary's Islands. Each of these islands is interconnected. Coconut Island, North Island, Darya Bahadurgarh Island and South Island are the four islands that comprise St.Mary's Islands. Travelers can easily visit the Island through ferry boat from Malpe Beach. Boats are available from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM and ride takes about 30 minutes. There are no accommodations in the island except some concrete tiles to sit. Best time to visit is from October to February when temperature is low and weather mostly pleasant. Malpe is located at approx 5km from Udupi, 60km from Mangalore, 407km from Bengaluru, 311km from Mysore, 473km from Kochi, 177km from Gokarn, 288km from Margao, 698km from Pune, 303km from Hubli.
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Udupi is a southwest district of Karnataka and it's headquarter cit Udupi is famous for ancient Sri Krishna Temple, which houses a statue of Lord Krishna and attracts thousands of pilgrims every day and is one of the most visited pilgrims site in Karnataka. Udupi is a coastal district and part of western ghats. Even though it is known for its pilgrims sites, it also offers lot's of other attractions to tourists, especially the calm beaches, dense forest trekking routes and hidden waterfalls. Following are few of the must visit places in Udupi district. Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi, Manipal University, Malpe Beach, St.Mary's Island, Kudlu Theertha Falls, Kodi Beach, Kapu Beach, Kollur Mookambika Temple. Udupi has good railway and road road connectivity. And it's part of Konkan railway which is one of the must travel experience one should have in their lifetime. Udupi is located 55km from Mangalore, 217 km from Karwar, 117km from Gokarna, 147km from Shivamogga, 404km from Bengaluru, 310km from Goa.