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.

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Mangalore Traveller Reviews

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Shailendra singh

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  • Shailendra singh
  • 3 Reviews
  •  160 readers

"Nice place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  686 readers

"Mangalore" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  •  181 readers

"Many Tourist attractive places around"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  •  940 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 Mumbai
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  107528 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
  •  1271 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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1073 readers

"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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Madhu Maddy

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  • Madhu Maddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 22 Reviews
  •  129 helpful votes
  •  12663 readers

"A mesmerizing city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
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
  •  1759 readers

"Mangalore- Place less known but with big heart"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1952 readers

"Religious trip along with business"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 12, 2016
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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