St. Mary’s Island, also known as “Coconut Island” are a
small set of islands off the western coast of Karnataka in the Arabian Sea.
These islands are particularly interesting due to their unique geological rock
formations of columnar basaltic lava. It
is considered to be one of the 26 Geological Monuments of India and is an
integral part of geo-tourism for both Karnataka and India as a whole. If you
are taking a trip to Mangalore or anywhere nearby, St. Mary’s Island is one
destination you must include in your itinerary.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at St. Mary’s Island with ease! The only way to get to the Islands is by boat, so you must first drive to Malpe. The best way to get to Malpe is via the Mangalore-Bangalore Highway. Follow this road to Edapally-Panvel and then take this to SH65 in Udupi. From there continue on SH65 until you reach your destination. The entire trip is just over 400KM and should take about 7 hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
The only way to get to St. Mary’s
Island is by boat from Malpe. The boat ride varies in cost depending on what
type of boat you take (some seat up to 30 people, and some are smaller, more
private, boats). It should take around 30 minutes to get there from Malpe Beach, but it is well worth the wait.
Once there you will take a small boat and go “Island Hopping” to visit the various islands and see how all of them are different. The coconuts on this island are some of the best in the world, so make sure to try as many as you can!
Insiders Tip: Make sure to negotiate for the price of your boat!
The best time to visit St. Mary’s Island Beach is September to February