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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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Trekking literally means long, adventurous journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport are generally not available. Standing on top of the peak and seeing the lush green beauty spread across acres of land. Ever felt that you can touch the clouds, if yes than you can turn your dreams into reality with an experience of a lifetime with a trekking tour in Mangalore.
The best trekking tours in Mangalore are:
Kayaking on an Indian river is perhaps the most thrilling experience that anyone can ask for. From one side of the Palimar Dam where the water of Arabian Sea gushes into the Shambhavi River in Karnataka, you’ll sail up to the other end of the dam where camps will be set up. The beautiful landscape can only be explored through the waterway and kayaking here would be the most adventurous ride in Mangalore.
River Shambhavi is very calm throughout the year which makes it an ideal place to try kayaking in Mangalore. There is no white water, which makes it perfect to get started with kayaking.
For many people it is the pristine beaches of Mangalore which is its primary attraction, while for many other travelers it’s the amazing wildlife that attract them to this place. There are many locations around Mangalore which are quite rich in biodiversity and certainly deserve your time if you are a wildlife enthusiast. It can certainly be called a wildlife haven for those that love the bounties of nature.
Some of the best wildlife experiences in Mangalore can be enjoyed at the following places:
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagarahole National Park
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Sammilan Shetty's Butterfly Park
Light House Hill Garden
Kadri Hill Park
For many surfers the spiritual experience of surfing led to seeking Mangalore. Surfing is a thrilling sport for all water loving individuals. Surfing ensures a formidable experience of surfing through waves of the ocean to give that adrenaline boost, while at the same time providing a peaceful and relaxed time on the beach.
The best sites for surfing in Mangalore are:
Surfing Ashram at Mulki
Mantra Surf Club
Stoked Surfers Club
The people of South Karnataka are essentially religious and their life is sanctified with various religious practices. As such we see many temples dating back to centuries, to the present day shrines. One of the unique elements of the culture of Mangalore is that different religious communities like Hindus, Christians and other minorities like Jains and Muslims live in complete harmony with each other.
The best places for religious tours in Mangalore are:
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple
Kukke Subramanya Temple
Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple.
Polali Rajarajeshwari Temple
Thousand Pillars Jain Temple
Kudupu Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple
Durga Parameshwari Temple
Maha Maya Temple
St. Aloyois Chapel
Church of St. Lawrence
From mudde tovey to chicken ghee roast, Mangalore is a food-lover's heaven. the cuisine of Mangalore which comprises cuisines like Udupi as well as cuisine of the Mangalorean communities like that of the Tuluvas, Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins, Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Mangalorean Catholics and the Bearys. Since Mangalore is a coastal town, fish forms the staple diet of most people.
Some of the ingredients that play an important role in this cuisine are coconut, rice, dried red chillies, garlic, ginger, curry leaves and tamarind. Mangalore food for instance is famous all over the world and some popular dishes include the Mangalore fish curry, chicken ghee roast as well as other classics like Mangalore buns.
The best places for a food tour in Mangalore are:
Gajalee Sea Food Restaurant
Kudla Family Restaurant
Shopping in Mangalore is truly a great experience. Mangalore offers maximum opportunities in shopping to its visitors who come to Mangalore for their vacations. The people or the visitors who visit Mangalore even for work do drop in for shopping because of the wide variety of items available to the people.
Some of the major shopping places in the city of Mangalore include Hampankatta, Kankanady, Falnir and Balmatta which are all the major shopping centres of the city. The two major malls in the city are Empire Mall and Bharat Mall. Along with these, some new shopping centers as well as new malls have been set up in city including Excel Mall, Time Square, Mischief Mega Mall, Mohtisham City Centre Mall and many more.