There is always something about “Sea”, I always say this. And there is a secret I must tell you regarding the beaches of Udupi. Without sketching big agendas, just let yourself there and get carried away by them. Udupi is otherwise the flavoured “cuisine” town and also the “Temple town” situated few kilometers away from the sea-coast.
I recommend you to reach out to these two beaches for two contrasting reasons. Find complete peace and silence in one and absolute noise food and crowd in the other.
1 – BENGRE / DELTA / KODI BEACH – The silent paradise, hosting the confluence of “RIVER SUVARNA” meeting the Arabian Sea.
We do reach out to beaches for various reasons. And this is a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself from a hectic routine in the serene noiseless aura. There is absolutely less number of visitors frequenting this beach. Also it is way easy on your wallet. The drive from Udupi city would be about 10 kilometers or little more that will take you past the randomly laid coconut palms that whisper cool winds in your ears.
|The faint lines where the river greets the sea tide
|It’s something to rest your back on sands watching a river and a sea on either side
The calmer looks of the river makes it obvious why one could hide away from the chaotic routines and settle in here. Listening to the whispers of the winds, watching the variety of birds or the boats. The local fisheries are quite a popular thing in here. A big mass of the coastal residents depend on sea food too. The “crow watching” a term I coin here was sheer fun from childhood times. They generally are seen pecking at stuff from trash cans or dried remains of fishes and sometimes get aggressive and give you a chase if you bite your snack in the open. One of us would find it amusing to run after a flock of them settled around the trash, in our childhood days.
|The Three Idiots
|A local fisherman busy casting his blue fishing net in the river waters.
There is a pattern in chasing the sunset colours or the flights of the birds here. I adore how the birds love to settle on river bank rocks or smaller trees however fly away over sea tides only when the sun starts fading away. There is a way how we watch the boats that wander away in the river and return back by dusk and side by side you could see a random ship that makes it move past the bigger waves away from the shore.
|One of my favourite sun set view here
|When you are not good at making sand castles with your children this is what you could carve our in the sands
2 – MALPE the popular port, crowned best beach of Udupi.
Probably, most interesting thing about this beach is it the FIRST beach in the country to supposedly get free Wi-Fi as a result of Digital Drive by our government.
After touring the Bengre, one can easily roll up sleeves and get set on mark for the rapid activity based beach. Human sea, street vendors selling variety of food specially the fried sea food in open, water sports, para gliding or the giant wheels on the run. There is not much time to romance the sea or the waves unless you are determined to ignore the food or the other happening rides. You get to witness the majestic feel of a fair here.
Also you can rejoice the distant view of the St. Mary’s Island. One can visit the island, picking up a boat ride from the port end. They generally close in the monsoon. And also is safer to trip in bigger groups.
|And here’s a local vendor offering the “CHURMURI”
|Catch me if you can said the red ball and I tried in vain
|A distant view of the St. Mary Island