Trip to Mangalore & Udupi
Post lockdown last year when things started to settle down and travel again was possible, we decided to do a road trip to Mangalore and Udupi. We decided on the Christmas weekend and started planning the trip. We had been to Mangalore and Udupi many times before, so we decided to cover some of the unseen places that I had come across on Instagram on this trip. We were all geared up for the trip, all packed and ready. The day of the trip arrived it was a bright sunny day. We had planned to start our road trip early in the morning as it was an 8-hour drive from Bangalore. The first stop was in Hassan for breakfast at 9 AM. After filling our stomachs, we started off again and we hit the ghats of Sakeleshpur called Sharadi ghat. The winding roads were a pleasure to drive and the views are just unbelievable. We breezed past the ghats and within a few hours reached Mangalore just in time for Lunch. We had booked ourselves at Hotel Prestige, after checking in and freshening up came down to their restaurant “Fish Market” to have some delicious seafood.
The only plan for the day was to go to Suratkal beach to relax and see the dreading vessel named Bhagwati Prem which is struck at the beach. Also, enjoy the beautiful sunset.
After viewing the wonderful sunset, we headed back to Mangalore and decided to treat ourselves to the famous Pabbas Ice cream and called it the day.
The next day’s plan was to visit the famous Krishna temple at Udupi, we had a good darshan and then we travelled further north to Maravanthe Beach, where the highway has the river Suparnika flowing on one side and the Arabian sea on the other.
We also visited Kapu beach post-lunch, which is a beach village in coastal Karnataka. Kapu’s long sandy beaches offer a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Kapu lighthouse was built in 1901, the lighthouse is 27 meters tall.
We ended the day returning back to Mangalore and having some nice Mangalore Cuisine at the Janardhana Hotel.
The next day we would travel to St. Mary’s Island and Kodi Bangre beach. After a sumptuous breakfast at New Tajmahal Café we headed towards St. Mary’s Island.
We didn’t expect St. Mary’s Island to be totally packed with tourists, the only reason we planned this was my parents hadn’t seen the island. It is a 15 min boat ride to the island which we need to take a ferry.
St. Mary’s island is a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi. They are known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar rhyolitic lava. The entire island is filled with seashells and very little sand.
Next, we visited Kodi Bengre Beach or Delta beach which lies in the small sleepy village of Kodi Bengre near Udipi. The beach is a beautiful secret and not a lot of people know about it. This means you can enjoy walking on the golden sand and jumping with the waves without a big crowd around you. Once you get here, you will be amazed by the natural beauty that surrounds you. The secluded state of the beach makes it a peaceful, serene, and quiet spot to spend an afternoon.
This is also the point where River Suvarna joins the Arabian Sea and forms islands covered with mangrove forests. While driving here, you will see the vast expanse of Arabian Sea on one side and River Suvarna on the other.
We thoroughly enjoyed the beachfront and the sunset and called it a day early as we had to start back to Bangalore the next day.
The last day of the trip was finally here, we started towards Bangalore after our breakfast. It was a wonderful trip with many memories to cherish. We said goodbye to Mangalore until next.
We reached Bangalore a little after sunset a little tired but full of memories and a much-needed break from our daily routine and minds off Covid.
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