Situated 250 km west of Bangalore (now Bengaluru), the state capital of Karnataka, the coastal town of Mangalore (now Mangaluru) remains one of the prime tourist attractions in South India all throughout the year. Although Mangalore is known beaches, islands, temples and the sunrise and sunset points, you will be able to find many more interesting things in this coastal town if you are ready to explore. In fact, you can make Mangalore the base in the bid to explore the entire western coastline. Since Mangalore is well connected by air, road and railway network you can easily go out for sightseeing.
While you are on the move, food remains one of your major concerns for sure. When you visit Mangalore, be ready to serve served with delicious sea foods and other authentic Canara dishes which are simply mouth-watering to say the least. Now when you are in Mangalore, you must be prepared to face the tropical climate there. Although the mornings are not too hot and you can brave the sun, the evenings remain the best time to be at the beach and relax with an ice-cream while watching the sun disappear. So, if you are stationed in Bengaluru and looking for a weekend destination, Mangalore can definitely be your ultimate choice.
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Gokarnath, the most age-old temple built in the year 1912 is located in the center of the city. A dedicated temple to Lord Shiva that stands many devotees throughout the day, month and year. It is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore and popular attractions of the city too.The temple counts no caste or creed, and you have to be a human being, to step inside the temple. Never miss to visit the temple in the Navratri times, and you will be left mesmerized. The decorations, style and the gigantic structure never fails to impress you giving you a serene and relaxed mode throughout your trip.Location: Kudroli Gokarnath Temple is situated in Kudroli, from Hampankatta, in Mangalore city.Timings: To visit the temple you have to schedule your visiting hours between 6 am and 7 pm.Entry Charges: There are no entry charges.
Panambur beach located close by new Mangalore offers a sedative beach to rest your feet over brown and golden sand. Never miss the sunset view or the kite festival here. You can also see plenty of adventurous water sports on the beach.Undoubtedly, Mangalore is the cleanest city of the country, and the same goes for Panambur beach, one of the cleanest beaches of the town. Get indulged in water rides, sunbathe, boat skiing, horse riding and a lot more.You must not afford to miss Panambur in your tour list, and the beach has a lot to give you. Also, don’t forget to take your DSLR along, to catch memories.Location: Panambur beach is located in NH-66, quite close to New Mangalore Port Trust in Mangalore.Timings: You can visit the place from morning 9 am to evening 7 pm.Entry Charges: It’s free of charge.
Another opportunity from the city to let you relax and unwind all your tensions just like the waves. Ullal beach never fails to impress the tourists, as it is one of the most popular places to visit in Mangalore.Ullal coast is all covered with abundant trees and plantations. The view of the waves will make you go crazy with all its beauty. The beach is also an excellent spot for water sports and activities that you have always wished to do.Location: Ullal Beach is located in the Ullal city of Mangalore. It is just 12 km far from the city.Timings: You can visit Ullal Beach anytime, but evening hours would be the best.Entry Charges: There are no entry charges.
Mangalore is no less when it comes to beaches. It is one of the favorite destinations that people regardless of their ages enjoy the most. Mangalore beaches are one of those spots where you can visit with your family, loved ones or friends.Enjoying the sunset with a peace of mind can be the coolest thing that you would do in your trip. It is another well-known tourist place that does not disappoint the tourists and travelers.The Mangalore beach has got ample of things to offer you, just add it in your tour picks and enjoy the activities conducted during seasons.Location: Mangalore beach is in Dakshina Kannada, which is quite near to Ullal Beach.Timings: It is open 24/7.Entry Charges: You don’t have to pay any entry charges.
Got kids? Looking to visit something more interesting? Well, Bejai Museum is all you got to see before you leave off from Mangalore. It is the only museum in the town that is never missed by any of the travelers or visitors. The museum has many such informative wonders to visit.Bejai Museum is situated at the center of the city. Bejai is a two storey apartment that has got plenty of remarkable collections of history which includes the coins, weapons, armor, paintings and other such compilations that will impress you to the core.Location: Bejai Museum Cross Road, in Mangalore city.Timings: It has got visitor timing between 10 am to 5:30 pm.Entry Charges: Charges an entry fee of INR 2/- per person.
A monumental tower that was constructed just to see and keep an eye on the attackers and invaders before and during the fight in our history. Tipu Sultan built the watchtower, being the most exciting tourist place to step in.This long-living and robust tower are all made by black stones, to keep a watch on the Arabian Sea for the attacking ships.The tower has basement chambers too, where weapons, including canyons and gun powders, were stored. It offers an astonishing Arabian Sea view from the Sultan Battery.Location: It is located in Gandhinagar, Mangalore.Timings: You can visit the tower between 9 am to 9.15pm.Entry Charges: The entry charges are free.
Take the blessings of Goddess Mangaladevi, the temple constructed during the 9th century. Even Mangalore is referred to as Mangaladevi. The temple is one of the famous places to visit in Mangalore.It is one such attraction that is never missed by tourists visiting the town. Plenty of devotees from around the corners of the world, visit Mangaladevi temple for the goddess’s blessings.Also, it is recommended that you visit the temple during Navratri and Dussehra, to see the intense beauty of the temple.Location: Mangaladevi Road, Bolar, Mangalore, Karnataka.Timings: You need to follow the temple timings as it’s between 6am-10am, 12pm-1pm and 4 pm & 9 pm respectively.Entry Charges: Free Entry.
The Somnath temple, being built in the rule of Queen Abakka Devi, it is surrounded by Someshwara beach, another such popular tourist places in Mangalore that is worth a visit. The beach is not very far from the city though.It faces the Kanara region, which is quite close to Mangalore. Someshwara beach is also known as Rudra-Shile, as it carries pretty huge rocks over the shore.Though it is not recommended to swim here just like the other beaches, as the ocean here is quite unpredictable, you can relax and enjoy the evening with the beautiful sunset, and the cold waves.Location: It is located in Someshwar, Ullal city, Mangalore.Timings: You can visit the beach anytime.Entry Charges: Free Entry.
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People Also Ask About Mangalore
The crime rate in this coastal town is significantly low. But keeping your eyes and ears open will indeed help you to avoid unwanted situations.
It is better to stay away from touts.
Flashing large amount of cash may not be the right thing to do especially when you are travelling. Using cards to settle your bills is a much better option. But if you need to carry cash then be careful when you take out your wallet or purse.
Since it is a new place, never forget to turn on your GPS. The localities are extremely friendly. But, in case, if you found yourself lost, then do not hesitate to communicate with the local people.
Language is not a barrier here. You can communicate in several languages which include English, Hindi, Malayalam, Konkani, Kannada, Tulu etc. So, if you think that you need some assistance then never hesitate to talk to the localities. They are friendly and will help you in the best possible way.
If you need to hire tour guide then always choose a company or an agency which is well reputed.
If you are a person who likes to explore a new place by his own then you must have ample knowledge about the place. So, firstly jot down the places that you want to visit. Then you a hire a bike or a can. If you are driving alone, then you must have clear idea of the traffic rules of Mangalore.
The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Karnataka is 18. So before you grab a pint, make sure that you are more than 18 years old.
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Ottinene Sunset Viewpoint
If you visit Mangalore but you fail to pay a visit to Ottinene Sunset Viewpoint then surely you will end up on the losing side. Situated about 125 km away from Mangalore, this place must top your ‘to visit’ list as Ottinene will serve you with unexplainable natural beauty. Located at the edge of a small hill with Arabian Sea right next to it, this viewpoint is one of the best places to witness the sun kissing the horizon. River Sumana merging with the sea right below the viewpoint adds to the beauty.
If you enjoy trekking, then you are bound to fall in love with Kodachdri hill. It is 160 km away from Mangalore and is well connected by road. From Kollur, you can hire jeeps that will take you up to Kodachadri (1300 m above sea level) if you are not comfortable with trekking. Once you reach the peak, you will be amazed by the beauty of the Western Ghats.
Kadri Manjunath Temple
If you visit Mangalore, you will see that the streets are filled with temples. The architecture portrays the skill of the craftsmen and once you see them you will remember them for a lifetime. Kadri Manjunath temple is one of the most famous temples in the city.
Visiting Ullal beach is a must when you visit this coastal city. Fishermen lanes and the stretch of coconut trees make this beach picturesque. The Abbakka Devi fort, the Jain temples and the dargah of Sayed Mohammed Shereful Madani are some of the key tourist attraction there.
What you will like here?
The people there are no less than amazing. They are extremely friendly and will surely help you in the best possible way when you are in need. But if you are a true traveller who enjoys the thrills of travelling then try to sort out the problems by yourself.
Unlike some other tourist locations, Mangalore is a place where it is difficult to find a piece of garbage lying here and there. Clean streets are a very common feature of Mangalore.
The scenic beauty here is difficult to explain in words. Greenery is common here. With the sea and the hills, this place offers a calmness and serenity.
If are planning to be in Mangalore then get ready to serve you taste buds with unmatchable delicacies. The sea foods that are available here are mind blowing. So, do not hesitate to walk into a restaurant and choose your favourite crab. In Mangalore, you can also try out some authentic South Indian delicacies too.
The weather here remains pleasant almost all throughout the year. In other word, the weather will never hamper your plans.
Apart from the clean street, the amazing scenic beauty, the temples and other heritage sites, the culture of this coastal city will surely make a place for itself in your memories.
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