On the top of the list of exquisite unexplored beaches in India is the Malpe beach. It is located at a distance of 66 kilometres from Mangalore and 6 kilometres from Udupi in Karnataka. This scenic beach is popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. The pristine white sand, pleasant weather, and the delectable food shacks here and the plenty water sports options make Malpe Beach an ideal spot for a quick escape. The latest addition to the beach by the authorities are the free wifi facilities that is available 24 x 7!
The vast coastline of this hidden gemstone of Karnataka has four rocky islands. The northern-most island is the Daria-Bahadurgad, the middle one is the Daria-Gadara-Kallu, while the southernmost island is the Kari-Illada-Kallu. The fourth rocky island, St. Mary’s Island, is the most famous and frequently visited one. This beach is situated at the mouth of the Udyavara River, which is a small river that flows around this beach and is commonly referred to as the Malpe River by the locals.
Malpe Beach offers a variety of adventure and water sports to indulge in, which makes it an apt place for people to enjoy these with their friends and families. You can choose from some water sports activities here. The Jet Ski rides here include speedboat, motorcycle and water skiing characteristics, and are best enjoyed in the evenings. A lot of tourists also jet ski to the St. Mary’s Island, which is just 6 kilometres away from Malpe Beach. Other than this, the beach offers an option to take banana rides, speed boat rides, water scooter rides, surfing and speed boat cruises. These rides are the apt way to unravel the mysteries of the virgin beach further. Tourists can take a boat ride to the nearby backwaters as well and enjoy the scenic views around the beach.
Trekking, white river rafting, rock climbing, rappelling and kayaking. Since the beach is covered on all sides by rocky islands, the activities become all the more enjoyable and give you a chance to showcase your adventurous, sporty side. Parasailing at the Malpe Beach is an unmatched experience altogether, since it is partly over the sea and partly over the beach. This one of a kind adventure within the air offers a pristine view of the beach. The clear beach is also ideal for swimming and long walks.
Other Attractions at Malpe Beach
Malpe is also reputed for the temples of Balarama and Ananteshwara that are located here. The temple of Balarama was built by Mogaveeraking Maindan and is a pleasant place with huge verandas that resembles ancient architecture. The Daria-Bahadurgad Fort, located off the shores of Malpe, is another popular tourist spot that was built by Basavappa Nayaka of Bidanur and is famous for its export of processed fish to foreign countries. The place is also known for its old tile factory and a few other temples that are located here.