Mangalore Tourism

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.

Mangalore is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mysore and Bangalore.

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Mangalore Traveller Reviews

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Nur alam

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  • Nur alam
  • 3 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  11784 readers

"Beauty of Mangalore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited twice this place. First time in winter. But nobody can feel the winter here in december january. The pleasant weather in this time always makes the sunshine soft here. Everyday I went to the beach of arabian sea. Everyone could see our past within the mirror of the aranian water.
But when I went there in sumer of may. I enjoyed the rain very much. On that time I visited A village where we observed the bull race. The fantastic race of rain. We also saw different temple including jaintemple
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Rakesh N

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  • Rakesh N
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  350 readers

"Mangalore Beach"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2017
People who wants to find nice beach view and calHad awesome experience in the Mangalore Beach and the Jet Ski ride was kind of exciting ride which I had in very long time. Then all of my family member's had nice view at the calm beach with very Less crowed and after having nice food we went back to the other destination's with our mini bus. Crystal clear water, Cool place to take rest and refreshments, Beach with cleanliness and silent. Always recommended to go there and have fun
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Santosh dash

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  • Santosh dash
  • 3 Reviews
  •  415 readers

"Good place but there are better places to spend vacation"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2017
Mangalore was the first stop from my week long vacation plan which is Bangalore -> Mangalore -> Murudeswar -> Goa.
Decided to spend a day before starting for the next stop. Arrived in Mangalore around 10 am, had the brunch and started for the beaches. This place is either too hot or because we went from Bangalore we were only feeling it. The best beach is Tannirvabi beach, nearly 1. 5 kms long. Nice and clean and in one side there were lots of trees which was the relief. We were happy to stay in the beach till the late evening, it feels great only during that time.
Came back to hotel and visited nearly markets in KSR road. This place is slightly less crowded than Bangalore but not much less. The city is slightly overpriced than Bangalore. Not much fan of buying stuff from fancy malls so only visited them.
Summary is the place is good for a day visit, specifically if you want to spend a relaxed evening in one of the beaches, there is nothing more in the city. If planning to stay make sure you book a AC room.
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Shailendra singh

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  • Shailendra singh
  • 3 Reviews
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"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2016
It's a good combination of leisure and religious places. We have gone to few temples and church and then to the beaches. Best part is all the places were neat specially Beaches. Beaches were maintained pretty well. Panumbur beach is bit crowded in the evening but tanirbhavi beach is serene and less crowded.
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Sumathi S

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  • Sumathi S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1476 readers


  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2016
Unlike Bangalore, Mangalore is rather calm and less crowded city. Nice beach is there, it is gateway to many temples around there like Udupi 60 km away, Mookambika temple, dharmasthala, kukke, etc. Mangalore also has many temples. Kudroli is one not to be missed. An evening visit is worth, as it has dazzling light arrangements and makes you say wow. Good hotels, tasty food you get for sure. Zoo is also there. We stayed in hotel some 15 mins driveway from railway station. Manjunath temple is there in 30 mins drive. Overall it's nice to stay at Mangalore and enjoy. Coorg is also reachable easily from here.
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G balaji

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  • G balaji
  • 2 Reviews
  •  659 readers

"Many Tourist attractive places around"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2016
Mangalore has good beach .. One can go visit any of the 3beach. Pabbas is sooper cool spot for Desserts .. I enjoyed the ice cream a lot. It is a must place for visitors. Ideal ice creams are very famous in Mangalore for the unique creamy taste of it.
The hotels for stay are pretty expensive .. Deepa comfort and Ocean pearl are the best ones but are in a very higher side on price but they still are the ones which gets booked first.
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H s suresh

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  • H s suresh
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1396 readers

"Enjoy and stay peacefully"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2016
My experience with this hotel is going to be stay LONG in memory. Reason is simple, you ask anything they say with pleasure that this can be done.
No disturbance whatsoever if you are not a trouble maker.
Location is ideal for shopping
Safe ATM' around hotel so that you can hop in anytime and withdraw cash.
Breakfast is yummy and simple. Not so boring all mornings.
Toast with hot coffee good for day. Stayed for 2 days through make my trip. **** Cheap.
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Nimisha Kashyap

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  • Nimisha Kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 38 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  171005 readers

"Nice getaway for 2 days"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
I had heard a lot about Mangalore. Mainly because of the beach and church. Don't forget to carry your camera and umbrella. Umbrella because it starts raining all of a sudden. Places to visit:

1. Urethral beach.

2. Panambur beach.

3. Malpe beach (Udupi).

4. St. Aloysius Chapel (camera not allowed inside but a place worth visiting).

5. Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple.

6. Sri Krishna Matha (Udupi).

If you are going Malpe Beach, do visit St. Mary's Island.
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Tapan Mehta

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  • Tapan Mehta
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  • 18 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1714 readers

"Good for the price"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2016
The hotel is decent. Good for the price for business people. Food is very good. Rooms are neat and clean. The staff is helpful. Location is also good. Service is little slow but manageable. I will recommend for business travelers. Internet connection is slow.
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Shalini ys

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  • Shalini ys
  • 3 Reviews
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"Great weather and cuisine and can visit anytime of the year"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2016
The weather in Mangalore is something very different to experience. It is always an healthier choice. Monsoons will still be sunny and rainy unlike elsewhere. And, I enjoy ed it a lot.

Must-try local Mangalore cuisine like neer-dosa, pundi, banana podi etc.
Always carry an umbrella/raincoat. Advice to travel by train rather than road/air.
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