There are many beaches near Udupi on the west coast of India. Malpe beach and Kapu beach are the famous among them.
The Malpe beach is known for its charming and attractive golden brown sand and turquoise blue waters. It is lined with coconut trees and the blue skies above add to the scene, providing a perfect picture. It is alos a natural port located just 6 km from Udupi town.
The amazing view of the sea is sure to make your trip unforgettable. The beach in Malpe is also termed as a virgin beach as its beauty remains untouched and intact. A small river, known as the Udayavara River, flows around the beach and this is also known as the Malpe River.
The beach has 4 islands nearby.
Daria-Bahadurgad: A fort was built by Basavappa Nayaka of Bidanur is present here and this can be reached through a boat ride from the beach.
St. Mary’s Island
St. Mary’s Island, which is also called Thonse Paar, is the most popular attraction in this place and a small ride on a local boat from the beach can get you there. The island is known for its exclusive geographic feature – volcanic rocks, and the rocks here are mainly vertical and hexagonal ones.
A fascinating harbour is also located close to the beach where ships are built.
Activities and Things to Do
You can take up many water sports at the beach like Parasailing, Jet Ski or Water Scooter Rides, Banana Rides, Bumpi Rides, Speed Boat Rides and Surfing etc.
Kapu or Kaup Beach
Kaup beach is 15km from Udupi town. Just like Malpe, Kapu is a clean beach. The beach attracts many tourists and there have instances of films being shot in the beach and the surrounding areas as well. Kaup beach is famously known to house an old lighthouse that was apparently built in the year 1901. It offers a delightful view of the entire beach and seashore that will surely take your breath away.
Besides the lighthouse, Kaup also has ruins of Jain Basadis that line across the stretch of sand, and these are definitely worth a visit. Kaup is the base for two Hindu temples dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman.
Malpe - Kids and crowd chilling out with high tides