St Mary’s Island:
Also known as Coconut island, these are a set of four small islands in the Arabian sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi.
The peculiar phenomena of this island is the basaltic lava taking columnar formation. The basalt of the St. Mary’s Islands was formed by sub-aerial sub volcanic activity, because at that time Madagascar was attached to India. In fact, it is because of these ‘columnar joints’ or ‘laminar lava’ that it is listed as one of National Geological Monuments.
As we all know, Vasco da Gama first landed in Kozhikode (Calicut) in Kerala. However, the folklore of Malpe says he made a pitstop at St.Mary’s Islands (Bahadurgarh Island) before he took off to Calicut. It is him who put a cross and named it as O Padrao de Santa Maria for Mother Mary. Therefore, indicating the origination of the name St.Mary’s Islands.