Malpe Beach, Udupi


Malpe Beach, famous among rest of the others and one of the primary reason being St Mary’s Island. It’s also famous for low-end water sports which are why picnic seekers and conventional vacationers are the primary habitats of it. The reason I wanted to visit this beach was that of its picturesque sunset at the Arabian Sea in the backdrop of St Mary’s Island hence gets crowded in the evening. However, In the daytime, you will only get a hazy and distant glimpse of St Mary’s Island.

We had planned a day earlier to visit Murdeshwar and another temple in order for us to return back by evening to Malpe beach. The road to reach Malpe beach is very busy and narrow. It took us good 30 minutes to reach there. As we reached near, we were astonished to see huge crowd everywhere and added to that was parking issue. The place was too crowded and vibrant section of Malpe beach. There is also a beautiful marble statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the beach side. Restaurants, Coconut vendors, are in surplus on the beach side. I dropped my wife, her mother and grandfather near the Gandhi statue in search of parking, went so far ahead (nearly a km) and parked the car.

We (me & her brother) decided not to walk back so far as the sun was setting already. I informed about our whereabouts and told them we will catch them up after half an hour. I was amazed to see two sides of the beach: one which was so crowded & bustling and the other being so scarce. I was lucky that we parked our car on the road, which was hardly 100m from the beach. The first impression of the beach was very clean and a positive vibe of it. We sat down near the empty boats which were far away from the water and people. The color of the sky, the raw smell, very few people around made me pleased to a great extent. We gazed as far as possible into the sea looking for ships, boats or anything which caught our attention. I was so lost in the waves coming by that her brother had called me twice before I came back to normalcy. We were getting calls to come back as it was getting darker and they needed to go back home. As we started back, so did many people, created the traffic. We were forced to take another road which proved lucky for us. We picked them up within few minutes and headed back to home.

I haven’t had much time to spend at the beach nor had time to travel to St. Mary’s island, which is why I decided to go for it one more time with ample amount of time on hand and try few water sports.

 

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Kaup Beach, Udupi


Its been couple of days in Udupi now and we haven’t visited any places due to festival celebrations. I was very much looking forward to the beaches and had planned it a few days back.  Kaup Beach is the one which I wanted to visit first because it’s less crowded. I had done my part of research on which part of the beach to go (far away from people and the crowd) to enjoy calmness and view of the waves undisturbed & unobstructed by others. They always fascinate me and bring me at peace with myself. We decided to go in the evening so that sunset can be watched.

Kaup beach is around 20 minutes from our home. Time was around 5.30 PM when we parked our car much before the parking and walked into the beach. The place was calm with not many people around. I immediately sat on the beach sulking in the humid air, sultry atmosphere by watching the waves hit the shore and going back, sun ready to dive into the water. After some time, I saw the lighthouse which was pretty far away from us, crowded where people looked ants who gather around sugar. My wife and her brother went ahead and got into the water to play with the waves and also to collect shells and stones. In the meantime, I took out my camera and took panoramic pictures of the beach, they (brother & sister) playing with waves and other things. While taking pictures, saw people trying water sporting activities such as Boat Parasailing, Jet Ski etc near the lighthouse.

 

Sun went down very quickly, that’s when the real beauty of lighthouse got showcased. Even from that far, the lighthouse was standout in such a dark background and was able to see those white and red stripes clearly. The light which kept circling around made me capture few images of it. As it was getting darker and darker, we decided to approach near the lighthouse to have some snacks before we go back our way to home. As we walked towards the lighthouse, crabs started to appear which frighten us at first but then we walked carefully towards the small shops near the lighthouse. We had snacks and walked with ice cream in our hands towards our car.

Lighthouse at far

It was satisfying to leave the beach with my mind being fresh and me being at peace. Looking forward to visiting the place once again.