Mangalore Tourism
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Mangalore Tourism

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Mangalore Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Altitude: 22 m
  • Pincode: 75001
  • District: Dakshin Kannada
  • Language: Kannada,Tulu
  • STD code: 0824
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 39°C, Winter 17 to 34°C

History of Mangalore

Mangalore, or Mangaluru, is a port city in the state of Karnataka and home of the Tulu speakers. The city was named after the goddess Mangaladevi but is popularly known as Kudla in Tulu and Kodial in Konkani. It was a part of many major dynasties including the Maurya and Vijayanagara empires. Throughout its history, Mangalore has remained a part of the international trade with the export of spices like pepper and also betel nut. It was also visited by the great traveller, Vasco da Gama, which consequently led to the interest of the Persians, Arabs and the Portuguese. It was under the rule of Tippu Sultan, who ferociously defended the city against the British but eventually lost. Mangalore became a part of the Madras Presidency under the British rule. Today, it stands tall as the headquarters of the Dakshin Kannada district.

People and Culture of Mangalore

Mangalore is one of India’s major ports. It plays a major role in the state’s industrial, agricultural and IT sector with major national as well as multinational companies established here. Even with the rapid development and westernisation, Mangalore still has a healthy population of fishermen and boat builders.

Mangalore is culturally diverse. The major languages spoken here are Konkani, Tulu, Kannada and Urdu. Mangalore is home to many dance forms such as Yakshagana. The pilivesha is a folk dance form unique to the city. Major festivals include Dassara, Eid, Christmas, monti fest and Krishna janmashtami.

Things to Do in Mangalore

There are a variety of things to do in Mangalore, which can make the perfect vacation. The city offers a pleasant weather from October through February. One of the major Mangalore attractions is the pristine beaches. The Panambur Beach is a must visit when on a Mangalore tour, to enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset. The top places to visit in Mangalore are the old churches. The Milagres Church and St. Aloysius Church are an architectural delight. Other major Mangalore tourist places are the Mangaladevi temple, the thousand pillars Jain temple and the Kadri Manjunatha temple.

While sightseeing in Mangalore, the Sultan Battery is a must visit to experience the history of the city. St. Mary’s Island is a great spot for a fun-filled picnic. Famous places in Mangalore to see for wildlife enthusiasts are the Pilikula zoo and the butterfly park. These are among the best places to visit in Mangalore.

Food and Shopping in Mangalore

While on a trip to Mangalore one must try the local Konkan seafood cuisine. After an entertaining day of Mangalore sightseeing, one can unwind and enjoy with a cup of gudbud ice cream. The Mangalorean cuisine offers some of the best seafood dishes in the world. Must-try dishes include kori rotti, Bangude Pulimunchi, prawn and crab masala fry. Vegetarians need not fret, hot patrode, neer dosa, rice with dalli thoi and chane ghashi are some of the many mouth-watering vegetarian dishes.

If one wants to go shopping in Mangalore, places to visit are KS Rao Road and Hamppankatta circle. One can find traditional Konkani jewellery, cotton saris and more here. The fish market is a must-visit to find mackerel, squid, prawns and crabs freshly caught from the sea.

Accommodation in Mangalore

Tourists wanting to know how to reach Mangalore can choose between road transportation, flights and trains. With so many places to see in Mangalore, it is imperative to find good accommodation. Choose from a large number of hotels in Mangalore such as the Manjarun Hotel, The Ocean pearl and the Goldfinch Hotel.



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Mangalore Traveller Reviews

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Madhu Maddy

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  • Madhu Maddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 54 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  112 helpful votes
  •  8778 readers

"A mesmerizing city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Actually this was sudden plan to Mangalore for marriage from Hassan. We reached Mangalore during dusk first we went to the backwater near Tannirbhavi beach, we enjoyed the sunset over there, Relaxed as the journey with rain was hectic, from their we reached to the center of the city. Took a room in hotel Vedanta lodge near aloysius college. Relaxed for some time.

Some one staying in Mangalore and not trying Ice from famous parlor is like going to Tirupati and not having Ladoo. We had ice cream in a parlor. Went out for window shopping.

Now it's time for party, there are lots of pubs in Mangalore. But The Liquid Lounge stands on top so visited had some drinks chilled out for some time.

In Mangalore, you can visit beaches like Panambur, Tannirbavi and Harbour. You can also visit the St. Mary's island near Malpe beach.

Mangalore is a place to relax,chill and masti.
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Badri Vishal

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  • Badri Vishal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Mangalore- Place less known but with big heart"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visiting Mangalore was like a dream, on the coast of Dakshina Kannada, it is a mesmerising city with its rich heritage, food and a pinch of modernization. Must try the ice cream parlours like pabbas and ideal. Beaches like Panambur and Suratkal, temples like Mangaladevi, Kudroli.

Shopping is fan in local markets like Hampankatta, Kankanady and central market. Foodies must try gobhi Manchurian, chicken kabab at Kankanady, Ragda Patis at Krishna sweets Hampankatta, goli baje and dosa for breakfast. Chicken lovers try chicken sukka which is a local dish, if want to go for a premium feel, Nalapad Residency is a must visit with view of city through its rooftop restaurant at lighthouse hill road, adjacent to KMC.

For pubs there are so many options like diesel cafe, froth on top and liquid lounge. Pilikula will be a place to go if wanna try your hand on golf, water park, scenic beauty and bio reserve, do enjoy great view of city from holy hill.

Overall I loved the city and you will too.
Travel tip: Do try travelling via local buses without windows and enjoy nature, autos are also available and are quite cheap as they go by meter only. Rest keep enjoying and exploring.
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Surya prabha parasher

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  • Surya prabha parasher
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"Religious trip along with business"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We could hire a taxi through a travel agent and visited many famous temples going around. More than 300kms. We were on time to have Darshan everywhere as the driver was excellent in his planning and driving. Only thing was the weather was too hot and humid.
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Gaurav Gupta

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  • Gaurav Gupta
  • Lives in Rohtak
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Mnagalore is a fun loving place. I have been here only for four months but Its been totally like home here. People here are very helpful. Mangalore is famous for temples and beaches. It city is a developed city. The people here speak Kannada, Hindi, Tulu, and Konkani. Mangalore is filled with all types of religion Managlore is also famous for it education. People came to Managlore to study engineering, architecture and it engineering. This place has an it hub a lots of people migrate here for job. This are some of the reason why people come to Managlore. It is a clean city and green city.
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Smriti Mahale

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  • Smriti Mahale
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Serene with the Sun & the Sea"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2016
Mangalore is the ultimate place for the lovers of the sea. The beautiful coastal city also with close proximity to Udupi district is a nature's paradise.

While in the morning, you can visit the religious temples of Sri Krishna in Udupi and the Matt, The Malpe beach is also a major attraction of the district. The evenings can be devoted entirely to the beaches in the main city, be it Panambur Beach or New Tannirbhavi beach! Do not miss on the sun set and the tangy Bhel on the beaches!

Another day can be spent in exploring the St Mary's Island. The beautiful island can be reached via a Ferry from the Malpe Beach. With the lustrous sands and cool breeze, the island can be best explored from post-afternoon. (Since the last ferry that leaves the island back to Malpe is at 6. 00pm). With a number of coconut sellers, buttermilk vendors and the locals who are all set to give you a massage, the island is idle for a family picnic for a day. One can enjoy the beauty of the Arabian Sea sitting on the shredded rocks of the island!

If you are in Managalore or udupi, do not come back without having a taste of the Gud-Bud Ice cream (From Ideals in Pabbas) and the Ghee roast!
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Deepak

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  • Deepak
  • 1 Review
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"Beauty of Blues and Greens"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2016
Covered with Sea and also a part of western Ghats is a beautiful combination, treat to the eyes... Mangalore is part of South Canara has lot of beautiful destinations to visit.. It is very close to Kerala(Gods own country) and Manipal hence has a diverse people staying here. Language is no barrier for Mangaloreans. People are too friendly and helpful. Hospitality is filled in their core of heart. Its a city of old heritage and some beautiful temples, with beautiful forts in nearby villages and towns. Places to visit..

1. Sultan Battery: Old fort in the banks of Arabian sea.

2. St. Aloysius Church: Very Old church in the centre of Mangalore city. The paintings and design in the interior of the church is never to be missed.

3. Kudroli Temple: The famous temple in the centre of the city has a beautiful Gopura to see. Night time the gopura is covered with lights which is must to see.

4. Mangaladevi Temple: Mangalore names comes from this Goddess "Mangaladevi".

4. Kaup Light House: Around 25 Km away from the city is a beautiful Lighthouse on the banks of Arabian Sea(Kaup Beach) lies a large rock structure. This location is used in many Kannada movies, is a must visit place.

5. Udupi Sri Krishna Temple: Around 70 Km in the north of Mangalore lies the famous Srikrishna Temple. This temple is famous for its old tales. It is very close to Malpe Beach and has history related to Kanaka Das.

6. St. Mary's Island: Very beautiful island also called Coconut island is filled with Columnar Basaltic Lava Rocks is really a wonder to watch. Travel in a steamer boat and reach there. It lies in Malpe Beach.

7. Someshwar Beach: Present in the southern part of mangalore, in a small town called Ullal(10 Km from centre of city). This place has a beautiful temple, and beach shore is filled with Natural Giant Rocks. Local people gather here in the evening for stress relief and fishing.

8. Bekal Fort: Its lies 80 Km south of Mangalore in Kasargod(Kerala), is a must visit fort. This old structure has lot of dungeons and jails which has amazed lot of tourists.

Other nearby places: Ullal Darga(10 Km), Gadaikallu(50 Km- trekking Spot), Milagres Church(0. 5 Km- Old church), Manipal End point(75 Km), Dharmastala Temple(60 Km), Padmanabha Temple(25 Km- Kumble Crocodile Temple).

Food to be not missed: Mangalore Buns, Pundi, Patrode, Goli Baje, Masala Dosa(originated in Udupi), Neer Dosa, Bangada Masala Fry, Fish Puli Munchi, Kori Roti, Clams, Prawns sukka, Crab Curry, Bootayi Fry etc etc..
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Avaneesh Sandupatla

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  • Avaneesh Sandupatla
  • Lives in Warangal
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"An awesome city with all facilities!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
I have been staying here fr 3 years. I find comfortable, cooperative people & auto charged according to meter. No need to fight with auto wala. Well connected to all major cities like bus, train, & flight. It has so may visiting places around. So many famous temples & beaches also churches. It has everything for everybody.
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Surjan Singh

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  • Surjan Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"In serach of authentic Mangalorean food"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2016
My trip to Mangalore was a pleasant one. And because it was time for lunch we headed straight to Food lands to try some authentic Shetty cuisine. Authentic dishes like Kane Rawa fry, Pomfret masala fry and kori rotti are a must try at this food joint.

There are two amazing experiences that we had in Mangalore. First, we went to the Mangalore Jetty to buy some fresh fish early morning around 5:30. Right from spending a few hours looking at the boats getting unloaded, to buying fishes to the boat ride to the island, it was truly an exceptional experience. After spending a few hours at the fishmarket we took a boat ride to an island where we planned to cook. This was beautiful! There were mangroves around the island. Second, late on the same day we went to a Shetty restaurant- Tandoor. We learnt to prepare mangalorean dishes like kori rotti, pulimunchi and mutton ghee roast.
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Ashwin Belagodu

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  • Ashwin Belagodu
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Awesome place & foodies paradise"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2016
This place is humid. Very much understandable because of the sea. The drive to Mangalore across the ghats from Kukke was just amazing. Took almost 1 hour 45 min to cover 120kms. Driving through the ghats is a pleasure!

This place has variety of food and culture. I can see temples, churches and mosques in 1 road. This is a rare sight. I can travel from 1 place to another place easily. Every other place is just a matter of 2-3kms. 1 thing that disappoints me is the traffic sense. One has to be careful while driving. I am a pure vegetarian and I am surprised to see variety of veg food in a coastal area. I am loving the food and I am definitely coming back just for the love of food. One should not miss ice creams here. I am having ice cream after every meal. In total I am loving the place and food!
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Raman anoop  Kumar

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  • Raman anoop Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
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"Mangalore, A nice place to explore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2016
Felt little humid. Understandable located near sea shore. No winter season here n sweat a lot. Do not required carry any warm clothes and jackets. Lot of places to explore near by Mangalore. But I haven't tried as I was very much preoccupied with business related activities.
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