About 6 km from Udipi at the mouth of the Malpe river, is the natural harbour of Malpe, an important fishing centre that enriches Karnataka's coastline with its' fabulous beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, clear blue sky and gentle murmur of the sea, all set the perfect mood for an idyllic holiday. Don't miss out on the Balarama Temple. St. Mary's Island, another delightful getaway spot right across from Malpe, is only a boat ride away. The island is 300 m long and 100 m wide and has a few palm trees. The unique basalt rock formations here jut out of the Arabian Sea to break into startlingly perfect octagonal shapes.