Malpe, in the Udupi district in South Karnataka, is just 10kms from Udupi, the famous temple town. Once an important Indian port, an idyllic beach town situated on the mouth of the River Udyavara Malpe with its endless stretches of pristine palm fringed beach is an ideal destination for a quiet retreat.
Malpe a major tourist destination in coastal Karnataka has a beautiful white sand beach. Malpe is equally renowned for the harbor and its fishing industry.
Just 10 kms from the temple town of Udupi Malpe is normally a destination included in a pilgrimage to the Shri Krishna Temple in Udupi.
Presence of the four islands off the coast from Malpe, especially St Marys Island makes Malpe an attractive destination here.
Vadabhandeshwara - Malpe
Malpe is known for the temple of Vadabhandeshwara which houses the idol of Sri Balarama. Installed by Sri Madhwacharya, the renowned exponent of Shaivaite philosophy. Located near the Malpe port Vadabhandeshwara temple is also known as the Anantheshwara temple
Udupi the nearest city from Malpe is famous for the Shri Krishna Temple.
One amongst the seven Mukti Stalas this temple is believed to be created by Lord Parashurama. Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is highly revered by both Kurubas and Vaishnavites. The tradition of worshipping the diety through a window is a unique feature of this temple. The diety is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver-plated.
St Mary's Island..
The four islands of St. Mary's Islands off the malpe coast are as much a tourist's paradise as it is for the Geologists and the Historians. The distinctive geological rock formations formed by basaltic lava make St Mary's Island a unique destination in Karnataka. The shell-littered sands, swaying coconut palms and the beautiful sunset here at St Marys Island makes it a must visit during a Malpe Holiday!