Ensconced on the coast, this maritime city makes a pleasant and convenient stop between Goa and Kerala. With its narrow, winding streets fringed with coconut palms, quaint houses with terracotta-tiled roofs, beautiful beaches, temples and churches, and the aroma of spicy coconut curries, it has preserved its old-world charm. Mangalore was a major seaport and ship-building centre in Hyder Ali's time. Today it is a business and commercial centre and Karnataka's major port for the export of coffee, spices and cashew. The Someshwar Temple overlooking a rocky promontory, the ancient 10th century Mangala Devi Temple dedicated to the Goddess Mangala Devi, and the 11th century Kadri Manjunatha Temple with its exquisite bronze images of Lokeshwara co-exist with splendid churches and mosques. Among the more remarkable mosques are the Jumma Masjid in Bunder, built centuries ago by the Arabs, and the Idgah Mosque at Lighthouse Hill whose construction is attributed to Tipu Sultan at the end of the 18th century. The St. Aloysius College Chapel with its magnificent Biblical frescoes adorning the walls and ceilings is worth a peek. Equally impressive is the Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Government Museum with its wonderful collection of objets d'art, archaeology, ethnology, porcelain, and wooden carvings. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will enjoy the Pilikula Nisagardhama, a sprawling 300-acre park, 12km from Mangalore, which has boating facilities, wildlife safari, mini aquariums and a science centre.
Mangalore is mostly preferred by travellers from Bangalore, Mangalore. The go to destination for types of travellers, be it family, kids and couples, Mangalore is, however, mostly preferred by Couple, Group. The best season or months to visit places in Mangalore are February, September, October, November, December. There are 47 tourist places in Mangalore, which can be explored by travellers. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or night, as suitable for travellers. Sightseeing in Mangalore can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travellers need to stay in Mangalore for 2 days to 3 days.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN MANGALORE
Panambur Beach, Mangalore
Panambur Beach serves as the site of kite festivals during the last week of April for a group of kite makers and kite flyers. Apart from New Mangalore Port, Mangalore Chemical and Fertilizers Factory and the Kudremukh Iron Ore Factory are also located near the beach.
Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Mangalore
Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, built by Sri Narayana Guru, the saint and social reformer from Kerala, dates from 1912. Only temple in Karnataka built by Sri Narayana Guru, it was meant for the worship by Billava community, who were prohibited from entering other temples. Main deity of the temple is Gokarnanatheshwara, a form of Lord Shiva.
Smaller temples for the Navagraha, Annapoorneswari, Mahaganapathi, Subramanya, Shaneeshwara and Anandabhairava surround the main temple. Four gopuras, pillars constructed in the Tamil Nadu style, are adorned with murals, showing a variety of scenes from legends, mythology and epics of different gods and goddesses. Navrathri and Shivaratri are celebrated with fervour at the temple.
Built by a devotee, called H. Koragappa in the year 1912, the temple was the realisation of the wish of Sri Narayana Guru to establish a temple for the Billavas. Name 'Kudre-valli' has been assigned to the land on which the temple is built, owing to the fact that it was earlier used by Tippu Sultan to graze his horses.
Pilikula Park and Golf Course, Mangalore
Pilikula Park and Golf Course is well-known as a mystical spot in which tigers move freely. Literally meaning 'pond of tigers', the park is spread over an area of 350 acres. Often known as Pilikula Nisargadhama, it is an integrated nature park. Located atop a hillock, the park overlooks Gurupura River, coconut groves and acacia plantations.
Situated in the Moodushedde Village, it is an eco-educational and tourism park promoted by the District Administration. Within this park lie Biological Park, a golf course, an amusement park, a lake, an arboretum, a science centre, a heritage village and an artisan village. The 18-hole golf course located within the park also contains a golf cabin. Boating and game watching are favourite activities within the park.
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple dates back 800 years. Apart from being a hub for a range of cultural activities like dance and drama performances, the temple is also the centre of Yakshangana and a number of social and cultural activities. During special occasions like Ganesha Chaturthi and Samakranthi, the temple is thronged by devotees. At other times like Rathothsava and Laksha Deepotsava or 'Festival of Lights', the temple is visited by devotees to seek sacred darshana of the deity.
Tannirubhavi Beach is perfect for a leisure getaway. The beach lies some 12 kilometers west of the Mangalore town and stretches for 2 kilometers separated from the mainland. The beach is an ideal confluence of the sea, clean white sand and solitude. The beach has not being projected as a tourist destination, primarily because it is owned by the Mangalore Port Trust.
Tannirubhavi Beach is not part of the mainland. The beach lies off the coast divided by the Gurunpura River. The presence of the river lends a unique blend of tranquility and has prevented encroachments by hawkers. The beach resembles a fine portrait of an undisturbed island with two grounded ships in the horizon. It has been left undisturbed by the booming industrialization.
However, the lack of facilities in the beach makes it hazardous for swimming and other activities. Recently, the state tourism department approved a major plan to convert the beach into a hub for tourists. The plan involves construction of washrooms, eateries and setting up of garbage bins to prevent the beach from wilting under the pressure of tourists.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the hills of Kadri is a very beautiful and popular temple in Mangalore. It is said to be built during the 10th or 11th century. It was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is called as oldest of the South Indian Temples.
It is believed that Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri, killed the kshathriyas who were cruel and donated the lands to Kashyapa. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a place to live. Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra, Lord Shiva would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world.
Durga Parameshwari Temple
Durga Parameshwari Temple is located on the banks of Nandini River amidst the lush green fields and beautiful hills. After its location amidst the Nandini River, the temple has derived its name. Root of the name of the temple is 'Kati' that means the centre and 'Ila' meaning the area. Dedicated to Goddess Durgaparameshwari, also known as Bhraamare or Bhramarambha, the temple lies in Dakshina Kannada District.
Historical significance associated with the temple is due to the belief that Goddess Durga took birth as the daughter of Nandini River to prevent the people from the clutches of a devil named Arunasura. The place where she appeared is now home to the Durga Parameshwari Temple. 'Yakshagana', a popular dance of Karnataka, is enacted at the temple. The dance pays homage to Goddess Durga, who was a dancing damsel in the garden.
During this enactment, the miracles of Goddess Durga Parameshwari are illustrated. Annual Festival in April and Laksha Deepotsava, celebrated on the day of Kartika Bahula Panchami, prominently allure devotees to the temple. The temple is also thronged by devotees during Navrathri Pooja, Simha Sankramana, Astabhandha and many other festivals.
Kateel is a tiny island in the middle of the Nandini River. The town is famous for its shrines dedicated to Ganesha, Naga, Chamundi, Rakteshwari, Kshetrapala and Brahma.
Thousand Pillars Jain Temple
Thousand Pillars Jain Temple is dedicated to Shri Chandranath, a Jain saint. Located in Moodabidire, the temple is intricately carved and has Nepalese style of architecture. Around 560 years old, the temple has its history carved on its walls and pillars.