The island at St. Mary differs from the other popular beaches of Karnataka. Here the golden sands are missing. On the contrary the landscape is rugged. Such a landscape does not allow swimming or other common beach side activity.
St. Mary's Island, Karnataka has historical significance attached to it. It is said that it was the Portuguese voyager Vasco da Gama who named one of these islands "El Padron de Santa Maria."
Located in the district of Udupi St. Mary's Island, Karnataka can be accessible from Bangalore and Mangalore. The railway station will be Udupi in case the travelers are availing the train services.