St. Mary's Island

St. Mary's Island, Udupi District: Hours, Address, St. Mary's Island Reviews: 4/5

St. Mary's Island
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columbus1964
Bengaluru, India361 contributions
Dec 2021
Worth visiting as the island is pristine and scenic. water is just knee deep for a distance, so fun . The rock formations are unique and so is the beach, all sea shells, no sand.

Take slippers to get into water as rocks and the sea shells are sharp and can cause cuts. Plastics etc is not allowed, but at the entrance, there is a paid place to keep luggage. 20 rs per bag.

There are many ferry service, but one near car park is a big boat. Charges 300 rupees round trip. One need to wade through water to get to island, so dress appropriately.
Written 18 April 2022
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shirishnv
Bengaluru, India250 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
St Mary's Island is a 15min boat ride from Malpe Beach. There are 2 options...one is the local ferry from the jetty which runs only if there are a minimum of 30 people & boats from the beach which runs if there are a min of 15 people. The island is unspoilt & beautiful to walk around. They give you 1 hr to roam around & then the boat leaves. During peak season there will more boats at regular intervals. The rock formations on the island are unique & you get a beautiful view of the Malpe shoreline. More amenities can be provided by the govt. to make it tourist friendly. A must visit if in Udupi district.
Written 14 January 2022
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Madan
Chennai (Madras), India12 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Fantastic place and beautiful sea. We were family of 7 and to travel there, you will need to take small ferry from Udupi which takes about 20 mins. The boat cost is around 300 rupees and will only start when there are min 30 people. The duration of the stay in island will be 1 hour once you reach the island. The island itself is very beautiful and full of shells. please do not walk without slipper or shoes else you will get hurt. It is very difficult to swim as the water has full of sharp rocks.
Written 1 January 2022
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Clement62
Cavelossim, India68 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visiting St Mary's Island for the first time. The experience was unforgettable.tourism department has taken keen interest in developing this place. However there is ample opportunity for further development. First and foremost is entry fee area. They accept only cash. In a country where digital currency is transforming the way we manage our finances accepting only cash needs to be stopped.
Secondly, provision for food such as lunch beverages needs to be looked into. Thirdly tourism dept may seriously think about providing power to the island.. this may help improving the facilities at the island. Fourthly, to and fro transportation can be from early hours of the day till sunset, which may help the tourists to avoid the scorching heat at the peak of the day
Written 31 December 2021
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Mohan-cache
Bengaluru, India86 contributions
Oct 2021
This is really like the maldives. Hope there would be a better souvenir or snack shop and make it kind of time bound for visitors. An online platform for buying tickets could get this far more organized and make the trip far more memorable. All in all the chaos was the boats ferrying passengers to and fro and the lines
Written 1 November 2021
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Vishwas B
Dharmasthala, India18 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Had been there in Oct 2021, one must reach Malpe Harbor point from Udupi and pay 300 INR per person,. They will take you in their boat to their island, upon reaching the island, better to go with sandals or chappals as you need to get down in the water and walk to the entrance. They have enforced strict plastic ban where you cannot take the plastic bottles and need to keep in the locker before the entrance (Tupperware allowed). The place has been cleaned, the boat guy gives an hour to visit the place and swimming is banned now, just go visit the place, take some photos and comeback, retain the slip with you which the boat guy gives you. There's a small refreshment shop for juices and small knick knacks.
Written 23 October 2021
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Mayenk
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Apr 2021 • Solo
Beautiful Island .. just live Maldives.

One thing.. came to know Parashuram Dweep is original name. As most of this area till many part of Kerala is part of Bhagawan Parshuram Khetra.

After Christian Conversion, they renamed to St Mary 🙏
Written 2 September 2021
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kikibee420
Bengaluru, India543 contributions
Feb 2021
St. Mary's island is a must see for its unique rock formations that cannot be found anywhere else in India and for brilliant sea views. The azure sea can be mistaken for the famed beaches of Maldives! A variety of seashells lie strewn all around the beach. The first boat leaves from the ferry terminal at 10.30am and returns an hour later to pick up visitors already on the island while dropping off a fresh batch of visitors. It does not take more than an hour to see the place. Swimming is not permitted and rightfully so as the sea is deep, rough and rocky. Food items and single-use plastic water bottles are not permitted on the island. Bags are checked and if these items are found, they have to be deposited at the storage facility at the island entrance gate. There is a eatery of sorts with a few basic snacks available. Water sports facilities are supposedly available, but I only saw the zorbing contraption. Toilet facility is available on the island. There is a long list of dos and donts that includes 'not to collect shells from the island'.
One has to wade through water when getting off the boat, so dress appropriately unless you do not mind the sea water in your clothes.
I suggest taking the first boat out and returning an hour later if you wish to avoid the peak noon sun.
Ample car park, showers and rest rooms are available at the ferry terminal. There is a beautiful sea walk near the ferry ticket counter that simply allows you to soak in the blueness of the sea in the light sea breeze.
Take the ferry from the boating service near the sea walk rather than from Malpe beach as the rates are cheaper here. To get there, on Malpe Harbour Road, make a left at the T-junction and enter the gate to the car park. An autorickshaw stand is also present here.
Written 28 February 2021
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Dhruv S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India102 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
A boat ride from Malpe beach is about 25 mins.

The rocks on the island are unique (as that's the USP of Basalt rocks well explained on information banner).

You can chill here easily for an hour with snacks and getting close to water or rocks.

Don't expect seclusion here as a lot of tourists come and boats come at every 30 mins which are 100% full.

They have couple of water activities here as well (Banana boat and the bubble roller).
Written 26 January 2021
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Sahadpk
Kuttiady, India11 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Today me with my friends visited st Mary's Island in malpe beach, It was a wonderful experience!! ❤️ ❤️
Nice ferry service and it is a beautiful island has such a big andamazing rocks it is so beautiful
We loved this island very much. I will never forget this trip
Written 9 January 2021
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