Malpe beach is generally visited along with the pilgrimage to Shri Krishna Temple in Udupi less than half an hour from Malpe beach. St Marys Island is another factor which makes Malpe unique and is a major crowd puller. Kaup beach is just south of Malpe. Karkala Moodabidiri Maravanthe beach are just around 50 Kms from Malpe.
Well known for the sunsets and sunrise, Maravanthe 50 Kms from Malpe is growing in popularity as a tourist destination in south Karnataka. There are many things one could do during a holiday in Maravanthe to make the tour to Maravanthe memorable. The scenic Maravanthe beach is naturally the main attraction in Maravanthe. The beach in Maravanthe in essence is relatively empty and rocks are stacked up at one end to protect the highway during high tides.
Celebrated as the 'Jaina Kashi' Moodabidiri is a prominent pilgrim centre for the jains about 60 Kms from Malpe. Built in 714 A.D the basadi in Moodabidri there are altogether 18 temples and a Math of Sri Charukeerthi Swamiji in Moodabidri.
Karkala - Gomateshwara
Karkala situated about 40 kms from Malpe is known primarily for the 45-feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara). Just opposite to this statue there is a Jain 'Basadi' known as 'Chaturmukha Basadi' which is built of granite. In front of this temple, there is a beautifully carved pillar called Manasthamhha which is nearly 50 feet high. There are 18 temples at Karkala. Mahamastakabhisheka is organized here every 12 years and the last was organized in 2002.
Light House at Kaup Beach..
The light house right on the beach atop a rocky hillock is the landmark of this little beach village. The light house here was commissioned in the year 1900. The lighthouse at Kaup is open for visitors between 4 - 6pm at a nominal entry fee and the 360 degree view offered is magnificent with one side looking over the western ghats and turqoise blue sea on the other.