Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district in the southwestern corner of Karnataka.Mangalore is located at 12°-52’N latitude and 74°-49’E longitude. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea – to this day it remains one of the major ports of India. Lying on the backwaters formed by the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, hree National Highways viz., NH-17 linking Panvel and Kanyakumari, NH-48 linking Mangalore and Bangalore, NH-13 linking Mangalore and Solapur pass through the city. A domestic Airport is located at Bajpe, which is 15 km from city connecting it to Mumbai and Bangalore. Mangalore is also linked by rail to all major cities of India and is also having all weather harbor.it has long been a roadstead along the Malabar Coast. Its port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts. Mangalore is known for its beaches, temples and industries. There are several languages spoken, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary. The landscape is dominated by the characteristic coconut palms accompanying rolling hills and streams flowing into the sea and dotted with tiled-roof buildings, topped with the well-known Mangalore tiles made from the local hard red clay and typically walled with laterite blocks. Older houses are commonly found with elaborate woodwork.
The topography of the city is from plain to undulating with four hilly regions natural valleys within the city. The ambient temperature varies minimum from 17°c to a maximum 37°c. There is a heavy rain fall of about 4000mm per annum of which about 90% received in the monsoon months June – September. The relative humidity is generally very high reaching saturation levels during the monsoon months. The geology of the city is characterized by hard laterite in hilly tracts and sandy soil near seashore. Its port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts.
Mangalore is known for its beaches, temples and industries. There are several languages spoken, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary. The landscape is dominated by the characteristic coconut palms accompanying rolling hills and streams flowing into the sea and dotted with tiled-roof buildings, topped with the well-known Mangalore tiles made from the local hard red clay and typically walled with laterite blocks. Older houses are commonly found with elaborate woodwork.
Area: 4866 Sq. Kms.
Population: 18,96,403 (2001 Census)
Location: Located between 12 deg 57 min & 13 deg 50 min North Latitude and 74 deg & 75 deg 50 min East Latitude.
Climate: June – November – Max. 28 deg Centigrade Min. 26 deg Centigrade
December – May – Max. 34 deg Centigrade Min. 32 deg Centigrade
Average Rainfall: 3875 mm. (Mostly in the months of June – September)
Best time to visit: October to May
Prime Attractions of Mangalore
No visit to Mangalore would be complete without watching the 'Yakshagana'. Its an elaborate dance-drama performance unique to Karnataka. A nightlong event, with people adorned vibrantly and dancing to the beat of the drums, 'Yakshagana' performance attracts hundreds of people.
58 kms north, this town has the famous Krishna Temple with the Gold Chariot. It is here that the Saint Madhwacharya lived and preached 700 years ago. The famous 'masala dosai' has its origin here.
Situated 52 kms north-east of Mangalore. The 452 it tall monolithic statue of Bahubali and the St. Lawrence Church are the main attractions here.
Excursions of Mangalore
*Someshwar Beach is located in Ullal, 11 km to the south of the city, near the confluence of the Netravati River and the Arabian Sea. The beachface is extremely rocky and considered dangerous for swinmming. However, it is a great place to relax and watch the spectacular sunsets. Ullal is accessible by bus, train and autorickshaw from the city centre.
*Tannirbhavi Beach is located in Panambur, 10 km to the north of the city, near the New Mangalore Port and along the confluence of the Gurupur river and the Arabian Sea. This is comparatively more deserted and is a great spot for safe and secluded swimming. Panambur is well connected by bus and can also be reached by autorickshaw from the city centre.
*Panambur Beach - 10 Kms from Mangalore, to the left of the harbour and about 1Km fro NH.17 A good place for a short picnic.
*Surathkal Beach and Lighthouse
Check out the beach there - it is a wonderful place to hang out, sit and watch the sun go down over the Arabian Sea. There is a small temple on a rocky hillock just next to the beach. It is an amazing experience to sit on the cement benches behind the temple and watch the sunset.
Sultan Battery –
This structure is of its kind which was built by Tipu Sultan to prevent the warships to enter the Gurpur River. This structure is situated in Boloor which is 6 kilometers away from Mangalore. Though this spot is a deserted place but the construction still amazes the tourists who come here. However, the remains which are left are known as the Tipu’s Well. These structures speak a lot about our past.
*Kaup Beach and Lighthouse - around 50 km from Mangalore - unspoilt beach - amazing experience. If you collect shells, you must visit this place.
*Kasargod - check out Bekal fort and the beach.
*Kadri Hill Park-Situated 4 Kms away from Hampankatta to the East which is adjacent to NH-17. It is the highest and the largest garden in Mangalore. It comes under the Govt. Horticulture Department. The park is mainly meant for children. Children Train, and other facilities are present in the park.
*Pilikula nisarga dhama is about 12 km from city and is a tourist spot with "manasa" water theme park, animal park, boating, science centre, arboretum,golf course etc., all in one place.The king cobra will be an added attraction at the Pilikula snake park in Moodushedde village, which has successfully run a king cobra (Kalinga) breeding and rehabilitation centre under renowned herpetologist Romulus Whitaker in 2005-06.
*Udupi-the temple town and headquarters of the neighbouring twin-district which bears the same name around 60 km from Mangalore- the town has its usual hustle-bustle of daily life activity just like Mangalore though not at par with it. It also houses the famous 'Udupi Sri Krishna Temple'.
part of the district of Udupi and around 9 km from Udupi town, has earned its name and a place on the world education map for being the 'Education City Of India'. It houses the colleges and institutions (which include the Kasturba Medical College, the Manipal Institute of Technology and the Manipal Centre for Information Science) under the Manipal university, which was started by the late Dr. T.M.A Pai. Manipal also houses the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), which is one of the Top Management Colleges in India. Don't forget to check out the world-famous Anatomy Museum (Hasthna Shilpa) on the KMC campus. Also don't forget to check out the ever-so-delightful eye-candy 'End Point', the various eateries and clubs around this wonderful university town.
Just 2 hours from Mangalore is a beautiful coastal town of Kundapur. When you visit Kundapur you can stay at a beautiful backwater island resort called Amgol. It has cottages situated right at the waters edge, where you can even feed fish from the steps.
110 kms north of Mangalore. Maravanthe has a scenic beach.
* Malpe Beach
Malpe Beach 66 kms north of Mangalore. The pristine beauty complemented by peaceful surroundings, makes this beach a favourite holiday spot. The St. Mary's Island, another delightful holiday hangout, is just a boat ride away.
140 kms north. The famous Mookambika Temple here attracts thousands of devotees.
75 kms east. This town is a unique example of communal harmony, famous for its Manjunatha Temple. Every person who comes here, irrespective of caste or creed, is welcomed and given a free meal.
* Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Nestled between hills, this pilgrim center, 104 Kms. from Mangalore is famous for the temple of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya. The epics narrate how the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under God Subrahmanya, in the caves. Here God Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake, which is the god's divine power. A ritual dance called Nagamandala is performed during the worship, where the dancer wears the attire of Ardhanarishwara(half man, half woman), symbolising the concept of female(prakruthi) and male(purusha) forces being one.
(Sightseeing places of Mangalore)
About 3 Km from the city center this temple has a history of how Mangalore got its name. Goddess Mangala Devi, the divine mother was immensely pleased with the devotion of Bhargava and told him that she would dwell in his place as "Mangala Devi" to be worshipped by devotees. People started knowing this place as Mangalapura, which later became Mangalore.
About 5 Km from the city centre, this temple is the abode of Lord Manjunatha. Installed by a Siddha (Sage) by name Machendranatha, this temple is believed to be of the - 10th Century. The salient feature of this temple is the ever-flowing water from the "Gomukha" meaning "from the mouth of cow's idol", It is believed to have curing properties for some skin diseases. These days the water is utilised for farming nearby. This temple also has a cave called "Pandava Guhe" it is believed that the Pandavas came to this cave & stayed there. Another unique feature of this temple is that the temple tank or the "Kalyani" is at a higher level than the temple itself, which is not the case in any of the other temples where the tank is, situated much below the temple height.
Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple
Kateel is a sacred place for Hindus in Dakshina Kannada. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Parameshwari. The holy temple is situated in the middle of the sacred river. The temple surrounded by panoramic scenes and fascinating greeneries. The devotees overwhelmed with pious emotions when they glance at the flowing water in the river, which embraces all around the lower layer of the temple. Kateel is 29 K.M. distances from Mangalore city.
About 2 Km from the city centre, this temple is the abode of Lord Gokarnatha. This temple has a very short past, founded by the Billawa Community of Mangalore this temple belongs to era of modern architecture.
Sri Kshetra Nellitheertha
The Nellitheertha Somanatheshwara Cave temple is one of the holiest temples in South Kanara. It is a truly splendid temple appealing to both the spiritually oriented and the nature lovers. Whether to pray and ask for God's blessings or just to enjoy the beauty of the cave, its worth a visit. The temple dates back to at least 1487.To the right of the temple is a natural cave, about 200 metres (660 ft) long. Access is restricted, forcing visitors to crawl in on their knees. Inside, there is a lake and a Shiva Lingam.
Sri Somanatheshwara Cave Temple
Sri Kshetra Nellitheertha
Neerude Post, Kompadavu Village
Mangalore Taluk, South Kanara District
Karnataka, India – 570063
Phone : 91-824-2299142
Maha Maya Temple
This temple has a history of about 2000 years & is the abode of the incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Kudtheri Shri Mahamaya Temple
Shri Mahamaya Temple Road, Mangalore - 575001. Tel. : (0824) 496819.
Kadri Manjunath Temple –
Kadri Manjunath Temple is one of the historic spots which still astonishes the tourists which visit here. This historic temple was built in the year 1086 AD. This temple consists of nine tanks and a square temple which is situated in the foot of the highest hill. The location and the view of this temple still leave the tourist’s mouth wide open. This temple also comprises of a bronze statue of Lokeshwara. This bronze statue is regarded as the best bronze statue in India. It is said that on the top of this hill King Kundavarma built a mutt which was known as “Jogimutt”. Another major attracting feature is that there are various caves in the top of the mountains which are supposed to be the caves of the Pandavas.
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple, Mangalore
Situated on the heart of the city Hampankatta, it is one of the famous ancient temples of South Kanara District. The origin and importance of the temple is narrated in skanda purana. Sharabeshwara and Mahaganapathy are the principal deities in the temple. The chief God Sharabheshwara situated in front of the temple but the popular Mahaganapaty attracts devotees is situated to the south of the temple. Vinayaka Chathurthy August-September Simha Maasa is most important festival for Mahaganapathy. But the utsavas starting from Chandramana Ugadi continues for 9 days in the main annual festival for Sharabheshwara. In Karthika Maasa the annual deepotsava takes place and lasts for two days.
* Ullal Darga - The Darga of Sayed Mohammed Shereful Madani, who is said to have come to Ullal from Madina 400 years ago is a famous darga in this region. Thousands of people from various states visit the mosque to participate in the Urus festival which is celebrated once in every 5 years.
1000 Pillar Shrine - Located in Moodabidri, 35 Kms North East of Mangalore, the Holy shrine of the Jains, Thousand Pillar Basadi is dedicated to Shri Chandranath, a Jain saint. The temple is intricately carved and has Nepalese style of architecture. The 1000 pillar temple is around 560 years old and was build over century. The history of the temple is carved on the walls and pillars of the Temple. No two pillars in the temple are alike. The Basadi is treasure house of art and architecture. No where in Karnataka a Basadi of so much grandeur and so much magnificence as this could be found.
Venoor - Gommateshwara - Venoor is 19 Kms from Belthangady and about 54 Kms from Mangalore. The chief objects of interest here are the colossal Monolithic statue of Gommata of 38ft in height and a few basadis. This staute sculpted by Janakacharya was set up in 1604 AD by Veera Thimanna Ajila IV.
Jamalabad Fort - 65 kms. from Mangalore, 8 Kms from Belthangadi, the Jamalabad Fort was built in 1794 by Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, in memory of his mother Jamalabee. A good place for trekkers.
About 34 Km from Mangalore an ancient Temple dedicated to the Goddess Rajarajeshwari is situated, with an image of 12ft height, worshiped with the idols of Badra Kali, Shanmuga with Ganapathi, on either side. Every year a car festival lasting for a month is held and it is called as polali chendu. During the period of polali chendu, a football tournament is held as an important event of the festival.
In the north direction of Mangalore on the N.H 17 highway road at a distance of 28 Km, on the riverbank of Shambavi is situated a famous temple of Shri Venkatramana. The temple belongs to 1277 A.D. In the temple the images of Venkatramana, Bindu Madhava, Vittala and Ugra Narasimha are worshiped. The history of the place indicates that Shri Vijayendra Yathi of Kashimutt installed the image of Ugra Narasimha belonging to Vijayanagar here in 1565. Mulki was earlier known as Mulikapur. In course of time Mulikapur changed to Mulki. Samantha kings who had donated "Inams" to this temple ruled this place. Now one can see the palace and the old ruins of the fort of Samantha Kings. The Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple and twin temple of Somanath and Narayana are the other shrines of the Mulki. A buffalo race called "Arasu Kambala" also annually held here.
45 km from Mangalore a monolithic statue of Gommata 38 ft. height is situated. The place is called Venur. Veera Thimmappa Ajila 4 installed this Gommata in 1064 A.D. There are also a few Jain basadis.
Shri Venkataramana Temple, Car Street, Mangalore
It was believed that temple was founded during 17th century A.D. (1735). The present idol erected in main sanctum of Lord Sri Venkataramana of temple is said to be original symbolic idol of the Lord Sri Venkataramana. It is also said, Sri Mahla Pai from a noble family of Mangalore belonging to Gowda Saraswatha Brahmin Community of Kaushika lineage erected bronze idols of Lord Sri Veera Vittala and Lord Sri Gopalakrishna. Inside the main sanctum of the temple, there established idols of deities - Goddess Sri Devi and Goddess Bhoodevi along with main deity Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha, festive idol of Lord Srinivasa, Shri Mula Venkaaramana, Garuda Vahana Shri Gopalakrishna and Shri Veera Vittala.
Rosario Cathedral: The Church of the most Holy Rosary, Mangalore
Rev. Fr. Urban Stein S.J. a German (1845-1888) was the first Parish priest of the Cathedral. He introduced the order of Ursuline Franciscan Congregation in the Cathedral in the year 1888. Mother Nymppa Paullina Fernandez daughter of John Francis Fernandez, deputy Collector, South Kanara was the first superior. During this time it was decided that those who would contribute Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- and superintend the work of the Cathedral for one year should be granted the honour of Principals or Founders.
St. Aloysius Church –
This church is though not an ancient monument still is of great importance to this city. This church was built in the year 1899-1900. It is located just 1 kilometer away from the Nehru Maidan bus stand. The major attracting feature of this church are the paintings which cover almost each and every inch of the interior roofs and walls of the church. St. Aloysius who was a great architectural gem has a Chapel in his honor which is situated at the lighthouse hill. St Aloysius chapel in the lighthouse hill is often compared to the Sistine chapel in Rome
Apart from these places there are other places like Shri Sharavu Mahaganapati Temple, Light-House Hill Garden and Kudroli Gorakhnath Temple where you can visit. All these places are ancient places and they speak a lot of our glorious past.
Mangalore is one of the cities of great importance to the state of Karnataka. This place serves as the chief port city of the state of Karnataka. This place is situated in the western coast of the country and is flanked by the Arabian Sea ob the west and bordered by the Western Ghats to the east. It also serves as the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district in the southwestern corner of Karnataka. It is one of the major ports in India and lies in the backwaters which are formed by the Netravati and Gurupura rivers. Dominated by coconut and palm trees Mangalore is famous for its beaches, temples and industries. The city owes its name to the local Hindu goddess Mangaladevi. Legend has that one of the important protagonist of the Nath cult arrived at Bangalore with the princess of Kerala who was known as Premaladevi. He converted the princess to his cult and named her Mangaladevi. As the princess died within a short period of time after a brief period of illness the clan could not proceed further. Thus a temple was built in her honor at Bolar.
In history Mangalore has been known by various names Kudla, Kodial and Maikala. All these names bear certain type of significance and each and every name has a specific meaning behind. The history of this city is very old. There have been references of this place in various pages of history. Many people who have come to India have named this place during their visit differently. Cosmas Indicopleustes referred to it as the port of Mangarouth. Pliny who was a roman historian made references of this place in his writing of a place called Nithiras. He probably referred to the river Netravathi. The references in the pages of the history have proved that Mangalore has been the capital of Alupa dynasty till the 14th century. This reference was made by a traveler named Ibn Battuta who visited the town in 1342 BC and named it as Manjurun or Manjdaur situated on a larger estuary. Further he had mentioned in his writings that this place was a trading center and Persian and Yemeni merchants disembarked at Mangalore. After that there were several references in the pages of history which depicted the rule of various other rulers who came to this place.
Over the years Mangalore has emerged as a strong tourist destination with people coming from all over the world to witness the beauty of this place. There are various tourist destinations in Mangalore because of which there has been a larger tourist influx.
Mangalore is quite accessible through various modes of communication. One can reach to Mangalore easily through Airways, railways and roadways. If you want to reach to Mangalore through airways then the nearest airport you can get down is at Mangalore. The Bajpe Airport is well connected to the rest parts of the country which is situated in the city of Mangalore. If one wants to commute through railways then Mangalore has its own railway station though which one can easily reach Mangalore. Mangalore is also well connected to other major cities of South India and Karnataka through roadways. As Mangalore has its own railway station and also well connected road routes so it is advisable to travel through roadways or railways. This will drop you directly at the city door steps.
he climate of this place is basically coastal climate. There are several beaches which one should visit. These beaches are Mukka beach, Panambur beach, Tannisbavi beach, KREC beach and Someshwara beach. The vegetation of this place is predominantly coconut trees, palm trees, Asoka trees and other commonly found trees. Once you are in this place then you must shop some exquisite things which are found here only. The handicrafts and handloom items are the specialty of this region. Thus one must buy these crafts which will be a remembrance of your visit to this place. Moreover there are silk items also which one must buy. The education facilities of this place are also very good and there are various industries also set up providing enough employment opportunities.
As Mangalore has been a tourist destination of recent origin so there are not many star hotels that are present. However, efforts are being made to improve the condition very fast. Now hotels are being added up and the services are being upgraded so as to cater to the tourism industry better. The hotels that are newly built match the modern day requirements and there are some which require up gradation. However some of the good hotels are: -
1. Manjarur Lodge – Situated very close to the Arabian Sea this hotel has been classified as the oasis of peace. This hotel is very strategically located as it is just 45 minutes from the Airport and 5 minutes from the Railway Station. The scenic beauty one can view from this hotel is awesome and one will surely fall in love with the beautiful environs of this place. This hotel features 101 centrally air-conditioned rooms. Further there are a total of five suites which is present at the Manjarur Lodge. All the rooms are well equipped with the state of the art facilities. All rooms have International direct dial facility, channel music and color television with satellite programs. With regards to the dining facilities there is a coffee shop known as Le Bistro. This coffee shop provides you excellent service with an Italian Ambience. The hotel also has a bar facility and it is named as Hightide. The Galley which is the restaurant serves continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine and also features live music on weekends. Among other facilities there are conference and banquet facilities with a capacity ranging from 40 to 200 persons. Recreational facilities include fitness center, beauty parlor, barber shop, car rental, pastry shop etc.
2. Summer Sands Beach Resort – This resort is the Karnataka’s first and only resort. This resort is a living example of beauty which oozes out from each and every corner of this place. The environs are extremely peaceful and one can really learn the art of living which this computerized world has severely missed. This hotel features well furnished 24 air conditioned rooms.
There are 60 non air conditioned rooms. The dining at the Summer Sands Beach Resort is unique and awesome. It comprises of bed tea, breakfast, mid-morning tea, business lunch, evening tea with snacks and dinner. This resort caters to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Additional facilities include conference and banquet facilities. Recreational facilities include club facilities, swimming pool, laundry, safe deposit lockers, internet services etc.
Mangalore is 357 kms from Bangalore. Mangalore is well connected by rail, road and air from/to Bangalore. Air Deccan has Bangalore-Mangalore service. Mangalore is well connected by rail to all major South Indian cities. Mangalore is well connected by bus to all major towns in Karnataka.
There are numerous private bus companies which run bus services within the city of Mangalore and its suburbs.The minimum bus fare is Rs. 3.25 If you are a student then you can avail concession on bus fares,that is, you just have ot pay half the bus fare. In addition city bus service, there is limited stop (usually called express) bus service (the majority of these are run by various private bus companies) for inter-town/city travelling to neighbouring places. You may find these useful to visit places like Udupi, Manipal, Kaup, Karkala etc. Bus fare ranges between Rs. 14 to Rs. 35 for a distance up to 65 km.
White Ambassador Cabs / Indicas are available - usually used by passengers on long-haul routes. Shared cabs are also available for travel between the city and other talukas viz. Bantwal (BC Road), etc. Prepaid cabs are available from the airport to the city - this is generally at a flat rate of Rs. 350-400.
Car-Rent facilities are also available in Mangalore.
call 9845548140 for maxicabs for site seeing.
hey are available all throughout Mangalore City - starting fare is Rs.13. Pre-paid autos were available from the City Railway Station and the KSRTC bus stand at Bejai, but not any more. Autos also ply to far-off destinations, the outskirts, for a one-and-a-half fare; this is roughly around Rs.150, depending on the amount of money you have spare to blow. Although, one would prefer using buses to reach these areas as a cheaper mode of transport.
Distances from Mangalore (In Kms.)
Bangalore (Via Hassan) – 361
Belgaum – 487
Bellary – 435
Bidar (via Hubli) – 805
Bijapur (Via Hubli) – 585
Chickmagalur – 155
Chitradurga – 318
Gulbarga (Via Bijapur0 – 693
Hassan – 176
Karwar – 274
Madikeri – 139
Mysore – 261
Panaji (Goa) – 385
Shimoga – 256
Udupi – 58
Distances from Mangalore to Taluk Headquarters
Bantwal – 24 Kms
Puttur – 48 Kms
Belthangady – 60 Kms
Sullia – 80 Kms
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