One of the cleanest cities in India, Mangalore is an important business center and is known for its amazing beaches, seaports and a diverse culture. The region which contains Mangalore has been ruled by various dynasties and empires from the ancient times such as the Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Vijaynagar Empire, Portuguese and the British. The city gets its mention in the writings of the Arabian traveler Ibn Batuta in the 14th century as well. Being a historically important place Mangalore is a famous tourist attraction.
In and Around
Places to see in Mangalore
Situated in Boloor, 6 kms away from the Mangalore City Bus Stand, this was constructed in Black stone by Tipu Sultan to prevent warships from entering the Gurpur River. Today the remaining part of the fort is known as Tipu’s well. Even though today this is a rather deserted spot, this watchtower gives one the impression that this is a miniature fortress.
Kadri Manjunath Temple
The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the hills of Kadri is a very beautiful and popular temple in Mangalore. It is said to be built during the 10th or 11th century. It was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is called as oldest of the South Indian Temples.
St. Aloysius Church
Situated 1 km away from the Nehru Maidan Bus Stand in Mangalore, the walls of this church are covered with paintings of the Italian artist Antony Moshaini. Built between 1899-1900 the St. Aloysius Church has been described as an architectural gem and has even been compared to the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
The city of Mangalore was known formerly by the name Mangalapur before it was anglicized by the British. The name Mangalapur comes from the deity Mangala Devi to which this temple is dedicated. The Mangaladevi Temple was established in the 19th century by the King of the Ahepa dynasty. The best time to visit the temple is during the Navratra before Dussehra when the festivities at the temple are at their peak.
Dedicated to ‘Gorakhnatha’, another name for the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, the Gokarnanatheshwara Temple is a fairly recently built temple in Mangalore. The temple’s architecture however is more akin to the Dravidian style and features a golden colored gopuram which is 60 feet high and is decorated with stucco figures. The temple features some exquisite works of rock carving and sculpting and is a must visit during the major Hindu festivals.
The site of the new Mangalore port, Panambur Beach is located 13 kilometers from Mangalore. The beach is one of the sparsely crowded beaches in Mangalore and is the best place to go and relax. The beach is safe for secluded swimming and is a great place to relax and refresh your senses.
Located at a short distance of 15 kilometers from Mangalore, Pilikula Nisagadhama or simply Pilikula, is one of the most preferred picnic spots near the city. Located in the picturesque hamlet of Vamanjoor, Pilikula is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. One can find several wildlife species inside the park including Tigers, Leopards, Bears and a variety of reptiles and snakes. Pilakula also houses a botanical garden, a cage less zoo, and a golf course within its premises.
It is situated 5 Km. away from main City Bus Stand. Snakes & Animals Zoo, Toy Train and the beautiful garden are the tourist attractions here.
Light House Hill Garden
This 18th century light house is believed to have been built by Hyder Ali. There is a garden near the light house from where visitors get a beautiful view of the sea with sailing ships and boats.
Popular for the “Uroos Fair”, this is one of the main mosques in the region. Built in 1958 thousands of people from across the country visit the mosque to participate in the Uroos festival, that is celebrated once in every five years.
It is located near the backwaters formed due to the convergence of Netravathi and Gurupur Rivers. If in Mangalore, do not miss the mesmerizing view of this beach. Also, a special night long performance known as Yakshagana performance is a must see. Kambala or Buffalo event is also a thrilling experience. This beach is at its best during October to February.
St. Mary Beach
It is situated 58 km away from Mangalore in Udipi. The sight of the beach is mesmerizing and refreshing. Crystallized basalt rocks give this place a unique element. However, it gives the beach has a rocky terrain and makes it unfavourable for swimming or strolling.
This beach is located at a distance of about 15 km from Mangalore. It is one of the popular beaches of Karnataka. On the shore of this beach there is a temple dedicated to Sadashiva.
It is just 5 km away from Mangalore. You may spend leisure time at this exotic beach and also enjoy the water games.
This is one of the best beaches of Dakshina Kannada. One can enjoy the sunset view here. It is about 12 Km. away from Bus Stand.
It is situated 11 Km. away from main City Bus Stand. The great rock lying on this beach is a great attraction fro Tourists.
It is situated in Ullal, 12 Km. away from main City Bus stand. One can see the Fort of the Rani Abbakka Devi here.
It is situated 10 Km. away from main City Bus Stand. It is the ninth biggest port of India. One can visit the port by getting the permission from the proper authority.
Boat Riding Centre
It is in Kulur 10 Km. away fom main City Bus Stand.
This temple village is located on the banks of the Nethravathi River and is located 75 km east of Mangalore. This little town is famous for a temple devoted to Shiva and the prime object of worship is the linga.
This is a small town in southwest Karnataka, famous for a Krishna Temple, the town also lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. Udupi is famous for the Krishna Mutt Temple and is also the native place of the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya who founded the Krishna Mutt here in the 13th century.
Located in Sagara in the Shinmore district of Karnataka the Jog Falls are the second highest plunge waterfalls in India after the Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya.
Gokarna is a popular village in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and is a famous Hindu pilgrimage centre as well as a tourist destination. The village is famous for its many beautiful beaches and temples.
Loacted 63 Kms south of Mangalore is in the state of Kerala. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. This foremost souvenir of the ‘Gods own Country’ remains undeterred over the ages as a silent witness to centuries of eventful yester years. The Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature lovers for centuries since it embodies memories of a glorious past.
Located 65 km from Mangalore and 8 km north of Beltangadi town, is 1700 ft above sea level and was formerly called Narasimha Ghada, which refers to the granite hill on which the fort is built. It is also referred locally as ‘Jamalagadda’ and ‘Gadaikallu’. The fort is said to have been built over the ruins of an older structure.The fort is inaccessible other than via a narrow path, with around 1876 steps to the fort that are cut out of the granite hill and lead all the way to the top. Jamalabad is a trekking destination, with the climb up to the fort being classified as ‘medium difficulty level’ and the the structure offering good views of the surrounding landscape and the Kudremukh range.
It is about 52 Km. from Mangalore and 35 km from udupi. The name Karkala has been derived from the Kannada word “kari kallu”, meaning black stones. Karkala is important pilgrim centre for Jains. 42 ft high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateswara is main attraction of Karkala. It was installed in the year 1432. The Maha Mastakabhisheka is held here once in 12 years. There are about 18 Jain Basadis here. The Chaturmukha Basai is the important one.
It is about 140 Km. from Mangalore, about 80 km from Udupi and 35 km from Kundapur in the picturesque Western Ghats. Kollur is important seat of Shakti worship. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya installed the deity here. Kollur is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centers created by Parashurama.
It is located 30 kms North of Mangalore. Traveling to Kateel in the winding roads amidst green hills and valleys is a very pleasant and memorable experience. Situated on the banks of River Nandini, surrounded by lush green fields and beautiful hills, Kateel has become a famous pilgrimage and a tourist center over the years.
It is about 45 km to the north of Mangalore and 12 km South from Udupi on National Highway, ancient temples and an old 100ft high lighthouse which is open to visitors. The two temples of Goddess Mariamma in Kaup are famous.
It is about 60 km to the north. It can be reached by a the local express buses. This beach has a resort. Also there is a small island of the beach about 15 minutes boat ride. Local ferry runs every 30 minutes or so. The last ferry back from the island is at 5PM.
Shopping in Mangalore
Mangalore is well-known for silk saris, gold and silver jewelleries that are intricately designed. The beautifully carved ivory and sandalwood artefacts make for some great souvenir items. The other shopping options include handicraft items and furniture that are worth purchasing. Badagupet, Maruthi Veethika, Sanskrit College Road and Tenkapet are some important shopping centres in the Mangalore.
The best time to visit Mangalore is from September to February as the weather during these months is very pleasant as compared to the summer months that can be extremely hot.
How to Reach
Mangalore airport is an international airport with connectivity to different national and international destinations. Located at Bajpe, the airport is at 10kms north-east from the city center. SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Air India flights are available from Mangalore.
Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction are the two stations of Mangalore. This city is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hassan and various other important cities through its broad gauge and metre gauge railway tracks.
Mangalore can be approached through NH-13, NH-17, NH-48 by road. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC) buses are available from Mangalore to various other destinations within the state. Dakshina Kannada Bus Operators Association (DKBOA) buses are also available. White coloured taxis and auto rickshaws are available for local transport.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
The Taj Gateway Hotel
Old Port Road Mangalore,
The Ocean Pearl
Bunts Hostel Road, Near Jyoti Circle,
Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003
Where to Eat
Airport Rd, Yeyyadi,
Mangaluru, Karnataka 575008
3rd Floor, Tej Towers,
Balmatta Road, Opp. Jyothi Cinema,
Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001
1st Floor, Trade Centre,
Near Jyothi Talkies,
Bunts Hostel Rd, Mangaluru,