A trip to Udupi and Managlore

As you all know I am from Odisha which is the East Coast of India. And when it comes to beaches I go crazy. Every time I am asked if I like beaches, mountains or jungles, I say all the three as I am a nature lover but there’s something about the oceans and I know I belong there.

My second trip of the year, to the south-western coast of India, aka Canara, Udupi and Mangalore.

#Day1- Udupi (Kapu Beach)

I took a bus to Udupi, it is close to 400 kms from Bangalore. Udupi is a small district of Karnataka and the language spoken is majorly Tulu and Konkani. As it is a coastal belt, the weather was humid but the sweat gives a glow to your skin, so no harm done. In Udupi I stayed at a small village Yermal. The beauty about this village is every house has their own agricultural land hence the neighbour’s house is 200-300 meters away. So in one area there will be barely 4-5 houses. And they have their own well, so literally they don’t have to be dependent on municipality for water. The significance of this village is there’s a Mahalakshmi temple, church and masjid close to each other. So first day we went to the temple there was a festival, the local calls it Jaatre. We had an amazing temple food and as it was hot the temple administrator had put up shades for the people. Udupi is scarcely populated and absolutely clean air. But yeah, you definitely sweat a lot. Soon after lunch we headed for shopping. In Udyavara, Jayalakshmi silks is a very famous shopping complex. It’s famous for wedding shopping, but you definitely get variety of sarees in there. It took us close 2 hours to get out of that place, it was overly crowded. Soon after that we went to Kapu beach. Kapu has a small market put up where you can find anything everything for your kitchen. There’s a big fish market dominated by fisherwomen. And boy! do they know how to do business? Empowered women of India. Kapu beach is so beautiful that words fall short to describe it. We went during sunset and it was the most gorgeous sunset I have ever experienced. The best moment in this beach was experiencing sunset at one side and moon rise at the other. There’s a huge lighthouse, we climbed it up and the scene was heavenly.

 

Bangda/Banguda (Mackrel) is a fish you get in the western coastal belt of India.

#Day2-Udupi (St. Mary’s Island)

Malpe beach is in Udupi city. It’s called city but I really didn’t see much of a difference except for a little bit of more shops and stores and development. The air was as clean as the village and there was absolutely no traffic. Malpe beach is more commercialised compared to the Kapu beach. Close to the Malpe beach there’s the St. Mary’s Island. To go to the island there are ferries that’ll take you and they charge Rs 300 per person. Usually we see sands in the beaches and shores but this island has sea shells instead of sands which makes walking really difficult. But the beach is a beauty in itself. Naturally formed rocks and waves dashing into the rocks, was one of the best things to see.

The thing about the ferry services here is, if you’re going by one ferry you have to come back by the same. You will have one hour to explore the island before your ferry leaves. If you miss your ferry you have to wait until it’s back. As we were on a schedule we waited for 30 mins to board the same ferry, as we missed our’s by merely 2 mins.

 

#Day3-Parasailing and Mangalore

As I was saying about the water sports in the Malpe beach, I really wanted to do parasailing the previous day. But we were on a schedule and there were at least 10 people ahead of us hence I couldn’t do it. So the next day early morning I went to the Malpe beach for parasailing and did I tell you it was one of the coolest things I have ever done! I had my ‘zindagi na milegi dobara’ (you only live once) moment. It’s a bollywood movie and one of my favourites of course! So in this movie, Arjun is very very scared of water, he can’t even swim. And his friends booked for scuba diving. After finishing his first dive he got tears in his eyes and in the background a beautiful shayari (Urdu poetry) is played, which goes like this:

Pighle neelam sa behta ye sama,
neeli neeli si khamoshiyan,
na kahin hai zameen na kahin aasmaan,
sarsaraati hui tehniyaan pattiyaan,
keh raheen hai bas ek tum ho yahan,
bas main hoon,
meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein,
aisi gehraiyaan, aisi tanhaiyaan,
aur main… sirf main.
Apne hone par mujhko yakeen aa gaya.

English Translation of the first poetry

The moment seems to flow like a molten sapphire and there’s deep blue silence,
Neither there is earth below, nor sky above,
The rustling branches, leaves are saying that only you are here,
Only me, my breath and my heartbeat,
Such deepness, such loneliness and me…only me,
It all makes me believe in my existence.

For the entire day I couldn’t stop smiling ear to ear. It was like I was flying and below was deep blue ocean. I had my wings on and I was the air beneath my own wings. The fear of falling was not there. It was my Nirvana. It was that moment for me where I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh, so I did both.

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Soon after that we headed to Mangalore, it took us close to an hour to reach. We had an amazing Mangalorean lunch at my friend Pooh’s place. In Udupi and Mangalore every body has at least 2-3 coconut trees in their backyard so you get the coconut flavour in the food.

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After lunch we headed to Pabbas. They say if you’re in Mangalore, you must visit Pabbas. It’s a very popular ice cream parlour and their speciality is Pabbas Special Gadbad ice cream. So it goes like this a layer of vanilla ice cream at the bottom on top of it fruits and nuts and then a scoop of strawberry ice cream, a layer of jelly and finally a big scoop of fig ice cream. Oh yum it was !!!

 

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After that we headed to Sultan Battery. There’s a small fort and the story goes like the king’s (Sultan) guards used to protect the coast of Mangalore from the fort. Hence the name Sultan Battery.

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It’s on the Gurpura river and the other side of the river is the Tannirubavi beach. Another ferry ride, yay!. The best part about this beach is the pine trees at the shore that makes it scenic.

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The same night I had to leave for Bangalore but trust me I really wished to stay back for a day or two. Hope you enjoyed the trip with me as much as I did. If you liked my post give me a star and I’d love to hear from you so do leave some comments. You can follow me on Insta and my blog as well.

 

 

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