Living in the Southern region of India since the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to visit some of the most exotic beaches in the country like Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Rameshvaram and the Cherai beach. After all these visits amidst the same blue sea and the same yellow sand every time, I was almost saturated with beaches. However, when my eyes were first greeted by the beach of Malpe, I had a feeling of something very awe inspiring, something that is indescribable; something so mystical and profound that I gazed at the same blue waters and the same yellow sand as though I was looking at the sea for the first time in my life.
Situated in Karnataka, Malpe is a tiny suburb of the city of Udupi. It is easily accessible by bus from Udupi as well as Manipal. In fact, I had myself visited Malpe while attending the Manipal University Revels fest. Visiting Malpe does not take more than one day and it would be better if it is a part of your trip to some other larger tourist attraction like Udupi or Mangalore.
Malpe has a virgin beach with a very less crowd throughout the year. The beach is extremely pristine with a vast stretch of Coconut trees lying across either sides of a belt of golden sand. There are thatched huts on the beach that apart from providing a place to relax, add to the ambiance.
The beach is only a piece of what this wonderful place has to offer. To truly experience how enchanting this place is, there are two more places that one must visit;
The first is the lighthouse. It is situated near the beach itself and can be visited only after 4’o clock in the afternoon. It has a beautifully structured spiral staircase which leads to the top. The view from the top is indeed breathtaking. You can see a thin strip of sand and foam, dotted with rocks separating the endless blue waters from the swath of trees stretching till the horizon.
The second is the St. Mary Island. There are ferry services available from the beach that take you to St.Mary’s island. The best part is that at a time, only a few, limited number of people, are allowed on the island, but for a fixed time of 30 minutes. This ensures that there is no crowd and no commercialization on the island and you can enjoy the tranquility with absolute solitude.
A video of the ferry ride to St. Mary’s island
Your senses will be held captive by sheer beauty of the island with the calm blue sea, the carpet of white sand, majestically huge black rocks and coconut trees all around you. You will feel the ocean breeze on your face accompanied with the sound of roaring waves and the crisp sunlight. And in that moment you will feel like Wordworth watching his daffodils as you will be filled with the “bliss of solitude” and your heart will dance along with the waves.
-Chronicles of the Blue Tent