Mangalore Tourism

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, Traveller
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  • Gowrishnkar
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"Very good destination for religious trip lot of temples with good food" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its very nice destination for religious trip, lot of temples and very peaceful when you visit these temples, Aged parents will be feel relax able and happy after the trip. You can cover more number of temples in limited span of time if you can plan properly.
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  • Farid Ruk
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Ultimate beach land"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
To begin with how mangalore is? And what mangalore offers you?

The basic fact about the city is that. It's considerably hot compare to most of the cities in Karnataka. Adding to it. The city has number of quality and beautiful beaches around the city in the city that makes you feel overwhelmed about the city and ignore the heat factor as u can go and take a dip in the most welcoming waves of Arabic ocean. One of The most iconic place the city offer is sultan battery which is of historical significance to the hero tipu sultan. And the kind of mix the green vegetation which almost looks like the twilight forest. And on the left hand side you have the most amazing Arabic ocean. There are two route you can reach the spot one is via water though boat and via normal road connection. It gives me a different scenic beauty in India.

And please don't forget to take your cameras when you go. All the best.
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  • Padma Akarapu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Coastal drive"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We planned our trip from Bangalore to Mangalore coast till Gokarna so that we can enjoy no of beaches and some pilgrimage places. We visited Shravanabelagola, Halebid and Belur on d first day of our trip.

Shravanabelagola, While travelling, Its a pleasant lush green view either side of the road. A lake surrounded by coconut grooves are a feast to eyes. But there came a jolt. It was not what i expected, I thought few minutes are sufficient to visit the place but 700 hundred steps!!! Are needed to be climbed. I just dropped the idea of climbing the stairs. But, there an old monk said within half an hour it can be climbed. On his words, we started, It was such a pleasure to climb those stairs which were not very steep but very easy. An excellent view is got to be seen from the top of the mountain peak.
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"A destination with good attraction"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mangalore is a must visit place if you are interested in beaches and temples. There are several lovely beaches all around and numerous temples in different directions. Typical coastal weather of India, that is humid, welcomes you to this city. Being the education hub of Karnataka and India this city bubbles with youngsters and therefore very lively.

There are lot of hotels, good restaurants, malls, shopping areas, etc in Mangalore. You can go to beaches like Ullal, Someshwara, Tanneerbavi, Panambur, Suratkal, etc. You can also go to temples like Mangaladevi, Kudroli, Venkatramana, Kateel, Dharmasthala, Kukke Subrahmanya, Udupi, Madhur, etc with Mangalore as the base. There are also interesting attractions nearby like Thousand Pillars Basadi at Moodabidri, Gomateshwara Statue at Karkala, Pilikula Nisargadhama etc.
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  • Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"A good city to visit specially if you like temples and beaches"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2015
Mangalore is good city to visit specially for beach and temple lovers and of course sea food lovers.

If you come to Mangalore you should visit Kudroli temple, Someshwer beach, Summer sands, Sultan battery and if you like party than Liquid Lounge, Frowth and Top and Mangala G6.
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  • Gaurav Kansal
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A must visit for beach lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
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
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Peaceful and serene Destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2015
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
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"A cool place with polite and decent people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2015
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
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"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
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"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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