Mangalore is located 357km west of Bangalore in a district of Dakshina Kannada. The city is also a gateway to this Beach Country- with its virgin and undiscovered splendor. Close meandering streets, swinging coconut trees, unique tile-roofed houses, vast blue beaches, temple shrines and churches, the soothing fragrance of the Mangalore Mallige, the aroma of spicy coconut curries… Yes! Mangalore is certainly a city of resplendent divergence. Come and disclose the charisma of this unexplored city on your Mangalore Holidays.
The lofty Western Ghats on the east and the vigorous Arabian Sea thriving along its western shores guard Mangalore City. The magnificent National Highway No 17 runs parallel to the sea for over 95kms in the district. Nowhere does the distance between the highway and the sea exceed more than a few kilometers.
Nestling on the coastal edge, Mangalore enjoys the privilege of being the major commercial center with its own modern port. The city is a center for the exporting coffee and cashew nuts to other countries. Its major industries are beedi's, tiles, cashew, coffee and fishing.
¤ The City Charms
Mangalore is located near the backwaters formed by converging Netravati and Gurpur rivers. While on Mangalore Holidays, try and see a Yakshagana performance - an intricate dance form of Karnataka. The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting event. A trip to Mangalore would be incomplete without a visit to the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangala Devi Temple, Tipu's Battery and the Jumma Masjid. The Ullal Beach with swinging palm trees is another attraction that draw tourists for holidays in the Mangalore.
Mangalore - The city derives its name from the presiding deity Mangaladevi, the goddess of fortune. During the Vedic period, the harbor town of Mangalapuram or the city of Mangalore was situated in the western part of the land of Baratha. The region was given as a reward to sage Parashurama by Samudraraja, well known for its Kadali fruits. Mangalore is the land of enchantment of Sahyadri Mountains, where the great sages Kanva, Vysa, Vashista, Vishwamitra and other in the past spent their days of meditation.
¤ Places of Interest
Mangaladevi Temple located about 3km from the city center is dedicated to Goddess Mangala Devi . Bhargava - one of the devotees prayed to the Goddess, for many years, seeing his full devotion mother goddess was immensely pleased and told him that she would inhabit in his place as "Mangala Devi" to be worshipped by devotees. The devotees and tourist throughout the year visit the temple, place was known as Mangalapura which later became Mangalore.
Lord Manjunatha is the main deity in the temple located at a distance of 5km from the city center. The temple was constructed by Machendranatha in the - 10th Century. Main attraction of the temple is the continuos flowing of holy water from the "Gomukha" (mouth of cow's idol). People from all faiths come to pay their devotion and to wash in the holy water as it is believed to have medicinal values for curing skin diseases.
Temple is also famous for its cave attractions, Pandava Guhe. Legend has it that Pandavas of Mahabharata came to this cave & stayed during the time of their exile. Another unique feature of this temple is that the temple tank or the "Kalyani" situated much on much higher level than the temple, normally the tank is constructed below the height of the temple.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Gokarnatha, located about 2kms from the city center. It is the foremost specimen of modern architecture founded by the Billawa Community of Mangalore. People visit the temple daily to seek the blessing of the Lord Gokarnatha.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Srinivasa also known as Venkatarama. Located on the Carstreet, the temple dates back to the medieval age. This holy shrine is thronged by thousand of devotees coming from the near and far a places to say their prayer and obeisance to the deity.
Maha Maya Temple
The holy deity of the temple is Kali- the Goddess of Destruction. Legend has it that the temple is about 2000 years old, people have a strong belief in the deity who cures and take away all their pains and sorrows.
Ullal Beach, Mangalore
Located about 12kms from the city center, is the vast coastal line of Mangalore arrayed by some of the most exquisite, clean beaches in the town. Ullal beach is the most tourist-visiting destinations of Mangalore with lots of beach activities taking place daily. The beach houses the renowned Summer Sands Resorts equipped with all modern facilities besides, it also offers splendid beach sport facility.
Taneerbhavi & Panambur are the other beaches in Mangalore located near the Mangalore Port.
¤ Excursions From Mangalore
Pulikula Nisarga Dhama - 11 kms
Located at Mudushedde town northeast of Mangalore, Pulikula Nisarga Dhama makes an excellent tourist destination, just an half an hour drive from the city center.
Moodabidri - 35km
Situated towards the northeast of Mangalore, Moodabidri holds the charm of housing the famous Jain Temples. The temples are famous for their exquisitely carved out 1000 -pillared shrine. One of the most deserved tourist attractions.
Karkala - 52 kms Northeast
Main attraction of the town is statue of Bahubali and the St. Lawrence Church. The statue is a magnificent colossal statue of Bahubali erected in the center of the town. St. Lawrence Church is constructed during the region of British Empire and is much known for its large halls and splendid carving archways.
Near the city is situated a small town -Varanga, much famous for Jain Temples, the town makes an important Jain pilgrim center.
Katil - 27km
Nestling on the banks of the river Nandini, the temple is adobe of Goddess Durga Parameshwari. A much visited site by the devotees due to its glory and fame.
Jamalabad - 40km
Jamalabad is much known for the famous fort constructed by Tipu Sultan which was named after his mother Jamalbee.
Udupi - 58km
Udupi lies to wards the north of Mangalore. The town is famous for renowned Krishna Temple housing a huge Gold Chariot richly adorned with jewels. The main attraction of this temple is the 'Kanakana Kindi' -a small window through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan (appeared) to his ardent devotee. It is also the home of Saint Madhwacharya who preached his teachings to his follower almost 700 years back. Another attraction of Udupi - it is also famous for its food specialty, 'Masala Dosa' the famous menu in South Indian cuisine is originated from this small town.
Venur - 65km
Venur - 65km from Mangalore, is well known for its Bahubali statue.
It is 66km north of Mangalore. The beach has a long coastal track with untarnished magnificence of nature, making it a favorite hangout zone for the locals.
Kollur - 140km
Kollur is adobe of famous Mookambika Temple throng by thousands of devotees.
Dharmasthala - 75km
The place houses the famous temple of Lord Manjunatha, one of the most holy places of Karnataka. The temple is located in a small the village of Dharmasthala, in Beltangady Taluk of South Canara district. Irrespective of ones belief or doctrine, every one is equally greeted in the temple and is offered free meal as a temple prashada (Food)
Subramanya - 100km
Kukke Subramanya is located in the scenic environs of Dakshina Kannada districts. The place is famous for Lord Subramanyaswamy temple, one of the most prestigious temples of South India. Main attraction is its Car Festival, every year the festival is held on 'Margashira Shuddha Shashti' by offering prayers and chanting mantras in the temple.
¤ Accessibility To Mangalore
Mangalore is 357km from Bangalore. The city is well connected by rail, road and air from/to Bangalore.
By Air: Mangalore is well connected with major towns in India by both Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. Air Deccan also has Bangalore-Mangalore services.
By Rail: Mangalore is well connected by rail to all major South Indian cities.
By Road: Mangalore also have excellent road network. The city is well connected by bus to all major towns in Karnataka. Some of the major distances from Mangalore are Bangalore -347km, Mysore - 248km.