St. Mary's isles are group of islands accessible by ferry from Malpe. Vascoda Gama appears to have touched the island in 1498 before he reached Calicut. The Islands are just a few scattered projections of rock rising out of the Arabian Sea round about Malpe. The northern most island is about a square mile in area and not more than 250 yards in width. It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea color.
It is noted for its famous basalt rocks, which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. Perhaps, this is the only spot in India where basaltic rocks show up such peculiar formations. The isles hold out possibilities of being developed into a holiday resort if only a weekend launch service and tourist facilities are arranged.
From Malpe many fishing boaters provide service of carrying and bringing back the visitors.
It is advised that visitors should carry drinking water and food items with them, as there is no facility at island.
It was Friday, 26th October 2012, we....... mom, Rishi, Shyla, children Anagha and Adithi and Shama reached around 11 am at Malpe bunder and bought boat (Ferry) ticket for Rs 100 each. The launch carrying about 100 people reached the Islands in half hour's time. We had to get into a smaller boat to reach the shore. There were many people, we walked around, spent time on beach, climbed rocks and spent about two hours.
Unfortunately I lost my mobile which slipped off from my short's holed pocket. This i realized only after reaching Birthi, Salikeri at 3.30pm.
Anyway, it was a memorable trip to the island.
Friday, 26th Oct 2012