A Pearl in the Necklace of Coastal Karnataka
|Type of Tourism||: Beaches|
|Altitude||: 1 meter|
|Population||: 23,496 (As per Indian census- 2010)|
|Telephone Code||: India (0825285), International (+91)|
|Pin Code||: 576108|
|Best Tourist Season||: September to March|
|Languages spoken||: Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, English|
|What to buy||: Aromatic Sandalwood Oil|
|Clothing Recommended||: Light Cotton in Summer, Woolen in Winter|
|Food Specialties||: Sea Food, Rice & Gassi, Saaru (Rasam), Menaskai, Palya, Tambuli, Gojju, Adde (Dumpling), Ajethna, Ale Bajji, Goli Bajji, Patrode, Sajjige and Bajil, Uddinahittu, Dosa, Masala Dosa, Neer Dose, Maddi, Kaai Holige, Undae, Biscuit Rotti, Bakshya, Kayathno, Pelakai Appa, Pelakai Halwa , Kadubu, Idly, Sambar, Wada, Halasina Kadabu, Paramanna, Payasa, Putnis, Kosambari, Happala, Pickles, etc.|
Malpe, a teensy cherubic town elegantly reposed on the estuary of the Udyavara River approximately six kilometers to the west of the temple town Udupi is an eminent natural port and a thriving fishing harbor of the coastal Karnataka whose incomparable celestial allure beckons jillions of tourists and peace seekers to come and unwind in the caressing cradle of ‘Mère Natura’! The extensive stretches of sun kissed sand skirted by the fathomless boundary of sapphire blue Arabian Sea on one side and fenced by the drawn out succession of gracefully swaying palm trees on the other paint a perfect tableau of an ideal holiday destination.
Thousands of picnickers and vacationists throng the beach town of Malpe from all across the world to seep the arousing splendor of this breathtaking milieu and revel forgetting all the worldly anguishes. The far reaching shoreline of Malpe lodged along the belt of the Western Ghats is flanked by four rocky islands towards its western periphery namely Daria-Bahadurgad Island (the northernmost isle), Kari-Illada-Kallu Island (the southernmost isle), Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe Island (sandwiched between the first two isles) and St. Mary’s Island (the most popular tourist hub, also known as ‘Thonse Paar’).
These peculiar islands of Malpe Coastline are outright rock islands uniquely formed out of volcanic rocks created by the volcanic eruption of the Columnar Basaltic Lava happened aeons ago. Tourists can hire small ferryboats from the mainland Malpe and pay a visit to these distinctive archipelagos. Apart from that, other gratifying activities one could indulge in here include bathing in the sea, fishing and angling, leisure boating, taking a dawdling stroll along the dazzling seashore or just sunbathing serenely feasting on the heavenly charisma of the vicinity.
The immaculate and unsullied beaches of Malpe laden with pristine natural pulchritude have still retained their commercial celibacy and offer some of the cleanest vanilla strands unlike other high-flying seasides of Indian peninsula.
Malpe on the Administrative and Cultural Frontage
Malpe; the suburban civic of Udupi, falls under the administration of the Udupi City Municipality. Flourishing as a foremost fishing hub and the largest port of Karnataka Malpe is chiefly inhabited by the Mogaveera tribes. Fishery is the principal industry of Malpe and a significant sum of the total population is occupied with fishing and other correlated activities. Other than that, the coconut industry and the tile-manufacturing industry have also burgeoned substantially here. Malpe is also celebrated for its TEBMA shipbuilding company and not to forget the booming tourism industry that supports the economy of Malpe to a great extent. Malpe is particularly renowned for the wide range of delectable seafood as well as the Udupi vegetarian cuisine available here. The three main languages spoken in Malpe include Tulu, Konkani and Kannada. The natives of Malpe are extremely hardworking by nature and maintain their happy go lucky disposition at the same time. They readily agree to share their thoughts and feelings with the outsiders and sweetly welcome them to have a first hand experience of their coastal seafaring lifestyle.