Malpe beach in Udupi is a natural port about six kilometers to the west of Udupi in Karnataka. Malpe beach is an important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast. Malpe is a suburb in Udupi city and is administerd by Udupi City Municipality.

Malpe beach is attracted for its scenic beauty of the beach, which is popular among both locals and tourists. St. Mary’s Islands near Malpe beach is also a tourist destination. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Temple, and lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. Krishna temple in udupi is very famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.

 Malpe also has 4 rocky islands:

  • Daria-Bahadurgad is the northernmost island
  • Kari-Illada-Kallu is the southernmost island
  • Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe is situated in between the above mentioned two islands
  • The fourth one is St. Mary’s Islands, also called thonse paar.

Since it is the major fishing hub most of the Mogaveera tribe resides in Malpe.


The tourists can also enjoy the speed boat rides to st.Mary island and also para sailing in the beach. There are good beach resorts near the beach. The beach also has some good restaurants nearby where we can enjoy delicious fresh sea fish. There are lots of events which happen near the beach like the kite festival and some music festivals.


Travellers Diary recommends travelers to visit Malpe beach and the nearby island, St.Mary’s island for a refreshing and energizing holiday.

Kaup Beach

Kaup, pronounced as Kapu in the local Tulu language, is a village or a small town in Udupi district of Karnataka, India. It lies on the way between Udupi and Mangalore beside National Highway 66 (previously NH-17).

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A road from Kaup goes to interior places like Manchakal, Shirva. Kaup is a coastal town in Karnataka State, India, consisting of 4 villages (Padu, Uliyargoli, Mallar and Majur) with a population exceeding 45,000.

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It is 13 km south of Udupi (a town famous for its ancient Krishna Temple) and 40 km north of Mangalore (a port). It is famous for its lighthouse and the three Mariamma temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan.

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There is a beach on the shore of the Arabian Sea and a lighthouse. Many films have been shot at this location.

Kaup has three Marigudi which attracts devotees from faraway places. The sea is much rougher and intimidating compared to the gentler Malpe beach in Udupi.

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It is about 15 km from Manipal and is a favorite hangout for students. The beach also sports a shack and a bar with seating in the open sky. Though the sea is mostly calm all year round, there have been isolated cases of drowning in this beach.

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The Kaup light house was built in 1901 and has for these many years stood on the rocks guiding thousands of sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks. It stands 27.12 m above the base. The lighthouse is open for visitors between 4PM to 6PM and the panoramic view offered is magnificent.