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: 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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Laxmesh salian

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Mind blowing place of South Karnataka"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wonderful place. Easily accessible places in and around. Nice and warm and helpful people. Lively city. Can easily find transportation to go to Udupi the temple town. Have visited Sharavu Ganapati, Kudroli Gokarnateswara and Mangaladevi temple in Mangalore. Been to Udupi and visited Durgaparmeshwari at Ktempleateel, Bappanadu near Mulky. Srikrishna temple at Udupi. Vadapandeswara at Malpe. Mahaganpathi at Annegudde kumbashi. Been to beaches at Kaup and Malpe. Good for food vegetarian as well as non vegetarian. You can take locals help to identify good eating joints.
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Krishna Man

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  • Krishna Man
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Mangalore a nice place to go"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very nice location. Its religious very nice holiday trip with my family. Temple situated in the sea shore. Very nice view & its an excellent view. Once in a life time every one has to visit.
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Chandan Shekhar

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  • Chandan Shekhar
  • Lives in Patna
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"Great temples & spots"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I came to Mangalore with my family which includes my wife, father, mother and one son. I visited many places in Mangalore like Kadri Manjunath Temple, Sammilan Shetty Butterfly Park, Someshwara Temple and Beach, Panambur Beach and Mangla Devi Temple. We ate Dosha, Chola Botra, Chatni, Sweets, Curd, Idli and Ice cream. The food was very delicious and nitrous. So, my friends must visit Mangalore once in a life time with your family.
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Dalmanu Kumar

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  • Dalmanu Kumar
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Wow! A Great place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Mangalore in last year with my girl friend. We went by a two wheeler. Awesome experience throughout 5 days. The highways re superb.. Mangalore is an excellent place to visit. The place is perfect for religious holidays. The people of Mangalore are the best & very cooperative. Nearby places of Mangalore such as Udupi,
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Varun Varun

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  • Varun Varun
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 Reviews
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"Had a best visit to Mangalore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to Mangalore in last year with my girl friend. We went by a two wheeler. Awesome experience throughout 5 days. The highways were superb. It is close to nature. I had been to Malpe, Panambur beaches on my first and second day we enjoyed a lot and more. We had an awesome fun in that salt water for about 4 to five hours. Then we went to some restaurant near Malpe. It was best in Mangalore the food was good. Coastal food are good for everyone. I loved and enjoyed Mangalore trip. I suggest travellers to visit once to the Mangalore and enjoy.
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Gaurav Lad

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  • Lives in Kalyan
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"Mangalore a Heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mangalore is an excellent place to visit. The place is perfect for religious holidays. The people of Mangalore are the best & very cooperative. Nearby places of Mangalore such as Udupi, Mulki are also very good. The beaches here are also very prestigious, Very clean beaches for fun. Mangalore is a very Clean & Green city!!
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Pavu

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Clean & green city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Do not miss ideal ice-creams in Mangalore. The best place for great ice creams. Auto drivers are the same, ready to cheat at every given chance. Take local people help and use public transport. It's connected well. Overall it was a great stay. Nice city.
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Sheldon Dsouza

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  • Sheldon Dsouza
  • Lives in Mangalore
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"Mangalore City, with awesome temples!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mangalore is one of the popular city in India. Which is most popular for Beach, temples, Collages, etc. This city comes in Karnataka state. Some of the best places are Allosius Chapel, Panamboor beach, kateel temple and more. This city has every thing which the Metro city has. Tourist people can enjoy so much here because that much places are there. In Mangalore some of the tourist places are Moodbidri, Bantwal, Siddakatte, etc. In Mangalore we can find more than 20 temples asian temples made by rocks. The roads are quite good but should improve. And nearby beach is Panamboor which is really good Compared to other beach nearby. And this city always no. 1 in karnataka for educational qualification. And now a days so many major Companies like Infosys, Wipro established there branches here. And hotels are good, soms of the top hotels like moti mall, Hotel ballal, etc. And for Zoo we can go Pilikula nisargadama and waterpark also available here that is Manasa. Overall I can Say it is a best place to Live as well as for tourist peoples. It also has the Forum Mall which is very awesome and there are various activities/contests/programmes that are conducted here. It is a very nice place to visit.
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Dibyendu Ghosh

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"An awesome place to visit -Mangalore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The City is situated between western ghat and Arabian sea. There are a lot of places to visit in mangalore,

1. Mangladevi Temple - The temple is very beautiful. Mangalore city is named Mangalore because of this Mandir.
2. Panambur Beach- an excellent beach. Some beach sports are available there.
3. Kudroli Gokarnath Temple- an excellent temple, a must visit.
4. Someshwar Beach - a clean beach with rock. Awesome view.
5. Kadri manjunath temple- one of the best temple in Mangalore.
6. Tanerbhavi Beach - an awesome beauty along with the beautiful journey from sultan bathery.
7. Udupi Krishna temple- another most famous temple. A lot of historic connection is there with this Temple.
8. Malpe beach- wonderful beach with awesome beauty. Awesome clean water. U can't resist yourself to take bath. Don't worry, bathroom is there, you can take bath with clean water and change clothes.
9. St Mary island- an island we have to go from malpe beach. Excellent island. The island is made of shells. Water will attract you to take bath. But don't do it. Its risky as it is deep as well as rocks can hurt you badly.
10. Pilikulla zoo and water park- a zoo with a big area, varieties of animals are there. Though not that good. (5/10). Water park great. A lot of rides are there.
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Ragini Patel

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  • Ragini Patel
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Overall a nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you are thinking Mangalore is near to Bangalore then totally wrong both the place are quiet far from each other and also both the city are very different. If you are sea food lover then its haven here lots of restaurant like Ginger regency they served various variety of sea food. Apart from this you can enjoy the near by beaches like sultan battery and Penambur beach and lots of more. The city is well by Air and train. Natural beauty is awesome you can visit Mangala devi temple and lots of other religious place in Mangalore. Best time to visit is 15 September to 15 December.
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