Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the port city of Mangalore or Mangaluru is known for its swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches and temple architecture. It is also an important industrial, commercial, educational and healthcare hub of the state of Karnataka.
Despite the growing commercialisation, it provides a quick and soothing getaway from the city hustle bustle and yet preserves just the right amount of the urban glitter. It offers a pleasant natural environment and is close to perfect with its shopping attractions with grand complexes and a vibrant seafood culture. Major tourist attractions in Mangalore are the beautiful beaches and the temples, churches and mosques. Mangaladevi temples, KREC beach, Someshwara beach, Panambur beach, Tannirbavi Beach, Seemanthini Bai Bajai Museum are some of the places one might want to visit. Yaksha Gana, the folk dance of Mangalore is the perfect visual treat to add colour to your trip and cast a spell on you as you witness the beautiful culture that it sustains and glorifies.
Panambur Beach, Mangalore Overview
Panambur Beach is located at a distance of 13 km from Mangalore to the south of Mangalore port. Every year it is visited by tonnes of visitors as it hosts several carnivals comprising of boat racing, kite flying and making sand sculptures. Although it experiences the most number of visitors, yet, it is also the cleanest beach that one can come across. In addition to organising adventure sports, the officials also maintain full security by not allowing visitors to indulge in all adventure activities throughout the year.
The International Kite Festival is organised every two years at the Panambur Beach which is attended by tourists from all across the country. A carnival of kite festivals is held at the beach during the last week of April. The beach is also an important landmark to the location of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Factory and Kudremukh Iron Ore Factory.
The name of the beach has been derived from ‘panam’ meaning money and ‘ur’ meaning place. The place is fantastic and gives one a sense of peace and relief from the fast moving life of the city. It is a spectacular location and is a must-visit if you ever plan a trip to Mangalore.
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangalore Overview
This temple was built by Sri Narayana Guru for the Billava community, who were prohibited entry into any other temple in the area. The deity in this temple is Gokarnanatheshwara, Lord Shiva.
The surrounding temples and the main temple itself are built in Tamil Nadu style, decorated with murals showing various mythological legends.
Mangalore beach, Mangalore Overview
Settled at the estuaries of the two beautiful rivers namely Gurupara and Nehtravathi, Mangalore beach is a laid-back destination for the beach lovers. Besides giving a place to chill and relax, the silver sands of the beach are a host to Yakshagana performance which attracts the most number of visitors to the site. At the time of this show, people dance to the tune of the drums. The Mangalore beach is bordered by the beauty of Arabian Sea. One can also witness the exquisite view of the sunset here. Moreover, numerous hotels within budget are situated along the serene beauty of the beach. Offering a peaceful environment the beach is an ideal destination to visit when in Mangalore.
The beach has food stalls offering food at very reasonable prices. It has clean bathroom and locker room facilities as well. One can capture the beauty of the place and make memories while diving into the Arabian waters. The best time to visit the beach is during sunset, the time when one is likely to get the most beautiful view of the place. Bordered by the tall green palm trees and angled soil compositions, it is a must-visit place and should not by any chance be missed out on while planning a trip to Mangalore. Moreover, ultimate relaxation is assured as not everybody knows about this beach. So why wait when you can dive into the blue waters and make castles out of the silver sand.
Bejai museum, Mangalore Overview
The Seemanthi Bai Government Museum is located in the heart of the city and is the city’s only museum. It has a collection of ancient coins, paintings, statues and inscriptions which display the rich heritage of India.
Sultan Battery, Mangalore Overview
Tipu Sultan constructed this watchtower to keep a lookout for the entry of warships into the Gurpur River. The battery, made from black stones had been given the look of a miniature fortress. Not having withstood the test of time and extreme weather, this tower stands in ruins today.
Ullal Beach, Mangalore Overview
Just a little away from the main city of Mangalore, this is a clean, untouched beach, with along with a calm and relaxing time can also provide some adventure and enjoyment, given the water sports facilities here.
Kadri Hill Park
Kadri Hill Park, Mangalore Overview
Housing a wide variety of wild animals, this is the largest garden in Mangalore. Rare species of birds, anteaters and various other animals are seen in the animal conservatory. Also, eight tanks of water here can cure skin diseases as per local beliefs.
New Mangalore Port
New Mangalore Port, Mangalore Overview
The New Mangalore Port situated in Panambur, Mangalore in the state of Karnataka is run and governed new Mangalore trust. It is one of the most major ports located in Karnataka and is the seventh largest port in the country. It was inaugurated on 4th May 1974 by the then prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The port lies in Panambur that is, the west coast of India. It lies to the north of Phalguni River to the Arabian Sea.
New Mangalore Port is a remote area of all the coasts located in Karnataka and Kerala. Being the seventh largest port in the country, it is a place where some of the most primary commodities are imported as well as exported.
Some of the major products which are exported include pellets, iron ore fines and concentrates, coffee, cashew, manganese, granite stones and containerized cargo. Some of the commodities which are majorly imported include LPG, crude, petroleum products, wood pulp, logs of timber, fertilisers, liquid ammonia, liquid chemicals, containerized cargo and numerous other products. All the projects associated with the port were started in 1962.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore Overview
Built in 1068, this temple has a Buddhist architectural influence on the basic Vijaynagri style. It is situated at the base of the Kadri hills, the chief deity being Manjunatha.
Pilikula Park and Golf Course
Pilikula Park and Golf Course, Mangalore Overview
Literally translating into the ‘pond of tigers’, this one park, can keep everyone busy with a lake with boating facilities, a zoo, an amusement park, a sprawling golf course, a biological park, a science centre, a heritage village and more.