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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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Madhu

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  • Lives in Mysore
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"Blended with variety of cultures" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
The city is blended with variety of cultures (Tulu, konkani, malayalam, Kannada ) and a posh city too. Loved the nature, Beaches, Temples and the food too. Loved the taste of fishes, neer dose, goli baje, buns, kalthappa.

The yakshagana is really so colourful and awesome.
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"A good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had visited Mangalore on various occasions, but I was staying there only the second time after 1977. The city has grown a lot during this intervening period. All the places I visited were very clean. People were very patient and informative. They received our queries very patiently, and informed us to our utmost satisfaction.
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Anie Zac

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"One awesome trip that will be memorable till my death" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I was so excited to visit this place when I heard about it. It's a land of beaches and sea foods. It's climate is decent enough to chill the day out. It even has enough good hotels and restaurant to meet your needs. I could still recall my visit to this place. I would like to tell that it was one memorable trip to Mangalore and I recommend everyone to visit atleast once to that place.
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Siriguppa Aditya

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"A nice place to visit during weekends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Mangalore is very near to me. We always visit it on our weekends, free time etc. It has nice malls, beaches. Pabbas is my favourite definitely we will have something there if we go there. It is an icecream parlour it has many varieties and they are very tasty too. When we talk about weather it keeps fluctuating all the time some. It is very much rainy in months of July/August.
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Sudhir Shetty

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"An excellent travel destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Mangalore is not travel destination only for temples. Mangalore is known for its cultural diversity

You see trails of Portuguese, British, Muslim and old Hindu temples. It was a major port city early 1500 AD. The place is known for quality of education and called as education hub and banking town of Karnataka. Most of the catholic schools all over India have sourced from this tiny place, so are most of the old banks.

Restaurants : if you are a fish lover this is the place to be. Authentic fish can be found in gajalee and the village restaurant. Giri manja's restaurant too is good option which is pretty inexpensive and old grandma style restaurant.

Pubs : There are quite a few, I generally prefer authentic mangalorean pub which is "froth on the top".

However there are many in the town of u wanna explore. Kudla Kudru is an island pub, but open seasonally..So check that out.

Places to visit in town : st Aloysius chapel is known for the the excellent painting. Rosario church happens to be 3rd oldest church in India.

Beaches : best beaches around are tannirbhavi and panambur known for cleanliness and water sports.

Suratkal beach and Kaup beach are know. N for view on the top of the lighthouse. However I would recommend Kaup beach.

Island : Finally do not miss St Marys island where vasco da gama first discovered India.

Waterfalls: there are many around 40ks away from the town ; the one I love is hanuman gundi. Ideal season to visit is June to Feb.
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Gowrishnkar

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"Very good destination for religious trip lot of temples with good food"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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

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"Ultimate beach land"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Coastal drive"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 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 May 6, 2015
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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"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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