Beach tourism in Udupi gains pace | Mangaluru News – Times of India

With fresh Covid cases ebbing and vaccination coverage high, most beaches in Udupi district, including the Padubidri End Point, have registered a massive rise in footfall. Weekends draw the most crowds.
Water sport activities have resumed, while food stalls have reopened at Malpe beach and St Mary’s Island. Sudesh Shetty, a leaseholder representing Mantra Tourism Development Company at Malpe beach, said tourists are arriving in large numbers.
“On Sunday, there were about 6,000 visitors to the beach,” Shetty said. “We are redeveloping to meet tourists’ requirements and work on upgrading infrastructure is in progress. This work was delayed as the sea was rough last week due to the cyclone. We hope to complete all work before the Dasara holidays begin.”
Currently, Malpe Beach Development Committee is upgrading 16 cameras (eight each in the parking area and the beach). The ferry service connecting Malpe beach and St Mary’s Island was launched about 10 days ago. Sign boards are being placed and a swimming area at Malpe beach has been identified and will be marked soon, Shetty said.
Malpe beach has about five dedicated lifeguards besides 30 men who manage the water sport activities. These 30 also double as lifeguards. “Lifeguards are on alert and on Sunday three tourists were rescued from drowning at Malpe beach,” he said.
This season, various water games like jet-skiing, banana rides, zorbing, beach kayaking and parasailing have been introduced.
“While Malpe beach is seeing huge crowds, the number of visitors to St Mary’s Island is yet to pick up,” Shetty said. “Last weekend, the ferry made about six trips (65 passengers each) between the beach and the island.”

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