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Mangalore Tourism

Mangalore Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 22 m
  • Pincode: 75001
  • District: Dakshina Kannada
  • Language: Kannada,Tulu
  • STD code: 0824
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 39°C, Winter 17 to 34°C
A land of diverse cultures, serene and pristine beaches and great education institutes, Mangalore is a bustling city on the coastal belt of Karnataka. Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, it is close to 350 km to the west of Bangalore, the state capital, and is a popular getaway from the city.

History of Mangalore

Ancient rulers Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan belonged to Mangalore and the town had been a source of contention between them and the British. Finally, the British took over this territory in 1799. Apart from the British, the Portuguese have also ruled Mangalore.
The name Mangalore is derived from a Hindu Goddess, Mangaladevi. Legend has it that sage Parashurama reclaimed the coastal region from the ocean king. During the late 1700’s, Mangalore flourished under the rule of Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan. The historical relics of this era can still be seen at Sulthan Bathery.

Things to do in Mangalore

Mangalore is home to some of the most beautiful temples in India. Kadri Temple, dedicated to Lord Manjunath, has Hindu and Buddhist influences. The magnificent gopuram of Gokarnanatheshwara Kudroli Temple is breathtaking and travellers must visit the temple during Dasara, when the entire temple is bathed in lights and decorations. The grand final procession that marks the end of the nine-day festival must be experienced.

Other important temples, travellers can visit are the Mangaladevi Temple, Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple, Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple and Kukke Subrahmanaya Temple. Most of these temples can be visited in a single day by hiring a cab. The temples within the city are well connected by a network of buses. However, be cautious about using local autos. Fix a price beforehand or be ready to haggle.

Another must-visit is the Pilikula Nisarga Dhama located near Vamanjoor, just 15 km away from Mangalore. Pilikula means ‘tiger pond’ in Tulu, the local dialect of Mangalore. This popular scenic picnic spot has a huge botanical garden, a zoo spread over several acres of land, a water park, a golf course and a lake where travellers can enjoy boating.

For travellers who like to enjoy a quiet holiday, visit St. Mary’s Island at Malpe, 64 km from Mangalore. A group of small islands, with large number of coconut grooves, it is the best place to relax, enjoy the cool, azure sea and spend some quality time with loved ones.

There are plenty of beaches around Mangalore, but Panambur Beach, located near Suratkal is a great holiday option as travellers can opt for beach activities like jet skiing, parasailing, horse and camel rides.

Food & Shopping
A vacation to Mangalore is not complete without savouring its delicious local cuisine, especially its fish curries. Fish forms the staple diet of the Bunt community in Mangalore. Iconic dishes like kori roti (dry rice flakes dipped in spicy chicken curry), patrode and neer dosa. The creation of many Mangalorean dishes is credited to the Tulu and Konkani community. The best places to taste local delicacies are New Tajmahal Café – here do try the biscuit ‘ambade’ with piping hot coffee - Kadal, Palkhi and Gajalee Sea Food restaurant, famous for their mouth-watering sea food spread. To add to the list, Ocean Pearl Restaurant, Village restaurant and Janatha Deluxe for its authentic Manglorean breakfast.

For those who love street food, small eateries at Carstreet near Venkataramana Temple are the best bet. The spicy churmuri, gobi manchurian, pani puri stalls and bajji as well as bonda counters will tantalise any traveller’s taste buds. A trip to Mangalore must culminate with a visit to Pabba’s & Ideal Ice Cream Parlour. They serve the most scrumptious and delicious ice creams. In fact, Mangalore is almost synonymous with these ice cream parlours. Popular flavours are tiramisu, gadbad, fruit-salad, parfait, dilkush and chocolate dads. The cutlets served with pudina chutney are something that shouldn’t be missed.

For travellers who love shopping, visit the Central City Market near Hampankatta, where one can shop for a whole range of items, right from electronic goods, footwear, clothes and cosmetics to handicraft items. Do haggle. For people who love shopping in malls, visit Bharath Mall (Lalbagh), City Centre Mall (K.S Rao Road), Saibeen Complex (Lalbagh) and Empire Mall (M.G. Road).

Travelling to Mangalore
Mangalore is well connected by a network of comfortable private and government Volvo buses and train services from major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. The Mangalore Bajpe Airport is just 10 km away from the city and has regular flights from all metro cities.
The best time to visit Mangalore would be during the months of October to January when the climate is pleasant. Mangalore, being a coastal region, has a tropical climate and the weather can be extremely humid, especially during summer. So if you are planning for a trip to Mangalore, don’t forget to carry sun block, lots of light, comfortable clothes and a hat.

Contributed by: Prasanna Rao, HolidayIQ.com Traveller
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Gaurav Kansal
  • Gaurav Kansal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A must visit for beach lovers" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Beach lovers must visit this place. Nice, clean and safe beaches. You can enjoy water skiing as well. Jet ski charges are 200 for one and 300 for couple. Horse riding, motor boat ride are few fun activities on Panambur beach. Tannirbavi beach is very nice place. Gorakhnath temple, zoo are another good places.
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T n tripathy
  • T n tripathy
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 4 Reviews

"Peaceful and serene Destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was an official trip for me. So squeezed in every evening for sightseeings. Even though it is a coastal city the main attraction is the temples. Locally in the city we visited two beaches Panambur and Thannirubhavi beach, While I was having the impression that Arabian Sea water is not very clean, I found to my surprise the beaches and the sea water very good in Mangalore.

For spiritual visitors the main attarction is the Mangala Devi Temple of Goddess Mangala who is the peresiding deity of the city. For travellers from North India You should observe the style of the temples which are mostly Kerala style. Another temple is Gokarnanath temple which is very clean and having colourful images and facades. Also you should not miss the Manjunath Temple on the Kadri Hills. In the same hillock you can see Pandava caves and a number of small Kundas where people take bath.

Sultan Battery is a historical place you may see.

If you have more time you can visit Krishna Temple at Udipi and cover another beach nearer to Udipi i. E. Malpe beach. Udipi being approximately 50 KM from Mangalore you can start from and come back to Mangalore in about 4 hours if it is a private vehicle and about 6 hrs by travelling in public conveyance like bus etc. Those who want to go to Manipal can do it from Udipi (about 6 km). But there is no tourist attraction in Manipal. Travellers may prefer to go to Manipal if they have to visit some relatives studying there.

The best part I liked about Mangalore are the friendly people. The auto drivers, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, vendors behave well (Unlike Chennai) and try to help inspite of the language problem. Well, language is not a big issue, Hindi is understood by many.

Over all I had an enjoyable trip.
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Kamaljit singh Bhogal
  • Kamaljit singh Bhogal
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 7 Reviews

"A cool place with polite and decent people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mangalore being a multiple Beach City is a nice place to enjoy and relax. Secondly, there are a number of Historic Monuments like Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden etc. Then you have a number of City Malls with all latest Brands available, especially the City Centre Mall, which we visited many times.
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Colins Jacob
  • Colins Jacob
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2014
One doesn't ask for more. Best in class travel, food and place to see. Best climate, people, musical language and ask not what. When in Mangalore, watch out for the sudden climatic changes, you do not expect such a variety. Love you Mangalore, see you soon.
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Ravi Patil
  • Ravi Patil
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews

"Nice place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2014
Well the breakfast I had was Neer Dosa and Mangalore buns on the market road and it was awesome. I could not go around much due to lack of time. I would definitely visit again but this time I would love to drive down to Mangalore on my own as reroute to Mangalore you have lot of places of interest and till Feb we will sure to get some of the best nature scenes.
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Ramit Garg
  • Ramit Garg
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 Reviews

"Nice place to visit"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
Some beach are good, but overall experience was not good. We went in the rainy season so try only in winter season. You can go to Uduppi instead of Mangalore and in return journey you check Mangalore. There are a lot of beach however only Parambur beach is good.
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Satish Puryath
  • Satish Puryath
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 1 Review

"Mooamibka temple was amazing"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
We went to Mooamibaka temple which is a famous temple. Devotees pray for education of children and progress in jobs. The temple is far away from city forest area. From there we went to shiva temple, 40 kilometres from mooamibika temple. The idol of loard shiva is stunning. Murdasara is the name of the place which facing to beach.
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Manoj Nayak
  • Manoj Nayak
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Place for food lovers"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
Mangalore is famous for its cuisine. You must and must try the anjal tawa fry, ( king fish ) The Korri roti ( chicken ), bangude rava fry, fish curry rice prawn ghee roast, chicken ghee roast, kane fry and of course try the boiled rice and ganji. For the pure veg Dalithove, Charmuri, channa gasshi, puri sheera, bibbe upkari, One must not forget to take home the cashews and also a lot of dry fish varieties including prawns. Reserve the evenings to visit temples, Like venkatramana at car street, Manjunath temple at kadri, Mangaladevi temple at Attaver, Gokarnath temple at kudroli. The aloysius chapel is one of the most frequented with beautiful art from a French painter. The sayed maddani mosque at ullal is also a tourist attraction. It is said that persian sufi saints once tries to magically transport the mosque to persia but they were successful in only shaking it. If visiting during summer please carry sunburn cream and drink lot of tender coconuts.
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Nitish Kumar
  • Nitish Kumar
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review

"A god destination for holidays"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2014
Its a fantastic place for holiday. We can enjoy there, its a good relaxation place. I suggest you to go there ad spend some time to relax and enjoy yourself in the beauty of nature. There are so many things which will make your holiday full of joy. And you feel that your choice and destination was a good one.
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Fahad Famfam
  • Fahad Famfam
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Mangalore - A lovely city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2014
MANGALORE. I become mouthful to explain this beautiful city. I felt this is a small as well as a very clean city located on southern karnataka. A must place to visit is city centre mall, forum fiza mall,mangaladevi temple,malpe beach, someshwar beach and many more in the list. Its a piece of land of trade. With seaports to international airports. It becomes the most convenient place to live and whether its for a business tour or a casual outing with friends or for a honeymoon, I rate mangalore 5/7 being aware of the fact that 7/7 can be given only for heaven.
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