Ten-Second Takeaway

A beach house located right on the unspoilt Kaup Beach in Mangalore, the closest neighbour is a lighthouse in the distance for company.

Feeling Blue

The self-catering beach house intrigued us with its easygoing Mediterranean vibe, the attraction of it being located right on a stretch of unspoilt beach and some much needed peace and quiet that a weekend gateway ought to offer. Blue louvered teakwood doors and windows sourced from old colonial houses {think really giant sized ones}, walls that are plastered with a mix of egg shells, egg whites and lime for smoother look and feel, and a dining table upcycled from an old door are some of the highlights of The Blue Matsya’s easygoing decor. The open plan kitchen is well stocked with all the essentials you might need  – just like a holiday home one might own – but it is also not overdone and is basic at many levels. The living room opens right out to the beach with a verandah which is perfect for lounging around in deck chairs with a glass of chilled beer.

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House Special

Resident dog Henry, usually comes around to say hello and if you are the friendly type, then he might settle on the verandah with you for a long snooze. The house comprises two big bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living and dining area, a terrace which opens out from the first floor bedroom and a verandah on the ground floor. Quirky animal paintings adorn the walls {some even on bathroom walls}.

While you are expected to carry your own food supply and cook for yourself, if you wish to have a home-style Mangalorean meal complete with fluffy sanas and fish curry, then caretakers Ramanna and Sarasuakka will cook up breakfast and all meals for you {at a little extra cost}.

Off Shore

The area’s unspoilt beaches makes sure that you can hike along the coastline for miles. A ten-minute walk along Kaup beach, on which The Blue Matsya is located, will take you to a 110-year-old lighthouse which you can climb up before sunset to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline. From Malpe, you can also take 20-minute ferry ride to reach St Mary’s Island, an island made of columnar basaltic lava and is said to date from the time when India broke away from Madagascar and the African continent. The only bummer: the stretch of water at Kaup is considered to be treacherous and not ideal for swimming.

So, We’re Thinking…

Ideal for a weekend getaway with a bunch of friends or family, The Blue Matsya provides a lovely respite from the rigmaroles of daily life.

Price: INR 3,800 per day upwards {approx.}

Featured image via: Blue Matsya