St. Mary's Island - History, Timings & Entry Fee

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Distance (From Udupi Railway Station): 15 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours

Transportation Options: Boat

Travel Tips: The ferry service is closed during the rainy season from June to September.

At a distance of 15 km from Udupi Railway Station, 65 km from Mangalore & 100 km from Murudeshwar, St. Mary's Island is a group of small beautiful islands situated to the north of Malpe Beach near Udupi. It is one of the best places to visit as part of Udupi Packages.

A quaint island just off the coast of Udupi, St. Mary's Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths, and great wildlife making it one of the best places to visit in Udupi. It is said that Vasco da Gama first reached this Island before reaching the Kappad Beach (near Calicut) while finding a sea route to India.

This island is a group of four individual islands namely Coconut Island, North Island, South Island, and Daryabahadurgarh Island. The island has two beautiful beaches and crystallized basalt rock formations which were created at the time Madagascar Island got separated from India. These unique rock formations scattered throughout the island giving a special landscape to the place. Watching the sunset standing on the crystalline rocks is one of the most alluring experiences on the island.

St.Mary's Island is 4 miles away from the coast and can be reached by 30 minutes boat ride from Malpe Beach. This island is uninhabited and there is no possibility to stay overnight there.

Ferry Timings from Malpe: 9.30 AM - 5.30 PM, Closed from June - September

Entry Fee: Rs. 250 for Person, Rs. 200 for Camera & Rs. 250 - 300 for Ferry