For much of its history one of the most important ports in India, Mangalore has for more than a thousand years traded in coffee, pepper, cashew nuts and ginger from the hills of Coorg and Kerala. Though the city has few specific attractions, it retains a strong Christian community.

Mangalore is a convenient staging post for journeys along the coast between Goa and Kerala, or inland to the hills of Coorg, or the Hoysala monuments near Hassan. South of the city are beautiful beaches being newly developed for tourism.

What to see

  1. St. Aloysius Chapel: It has marvellous mural covering on it’s walls and ceilings.
  2. Kadri Manjunatha Temple: A temple on Kadri Hills dedicated to Lord Manjunatha.
  3. Mangladevi Temple: A shakti temple which gives Mangalore its name.
  4. Sultan’s Battery: A watch tower built by Tipu Sultan.
  5. Srimanthini Bai Memorial Government Museum: It has a collection of art, archaeological and ethnological exhibits alongwith natural history specimens. (Timings: 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs, closed on Mondays and Wednesdays).

Getting There

Air: Mangalore is well connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.

Rail: Mangalore is connected by rail with major cities and towns.

Road: Mangalore is well connected by road with Bangalore 365 Km, Belur 265 Km, Cannanore 132 Km, Hassan 180 Km, Karwar 212 Km, Kollur 119 Km, Madikeri 135 Km, Manipal 61 Km, Mumbai 988 Km, Mysore 265 Km, Sringeri 130 Km and Udupi 60 Km.

General information

Area: 121sq. km Temperature: Summer - Max; 31.0 Deg.C Min: 26.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 28.9 Deg.C Min: 18.3 Deg.C Rainfall: 304.8 cm Altitude: 213 meters Best Season: October to February STD Code: 0824

Excursions

  1. Ullal (13 Km): A lovely beach just outside Mangalore, famous for it’s silvery sands.
  2. Surathkal (20 Km): Famous for the Sadashiva temple on top of a rocky hill on the sea shore it also has a fine beach. An annual car festival is held every December.
  3. Bajpe (25 Km): It has the Mangalore airport and a waterfall.
  4. Kompadavu (25 km): Famous for the Nelli Theertha Somanatha Temple.
  5. Mulki (29 Km): Famous for the Narasimha Temple.
  6. Katil (30 Km): Katil has a temple dedicated to Durga Parameshwari.
  7. Karinthe (35 Km): This rock temple is dedicated to Shiva as Karnitheshwara.
  8. Mudabidri (36 Km): Mudabidri is known as the Jaina Kashi of south. Situated in the midst of hills, there are 18 Jaina bastis here. The Jaina math here has rare manuscripts of “Dhavala ” and “ Jayadhavala” two great Jain texts. There are cottages of the Deparment of Tourism.
  9. Karanje (37 Km): The holy place of Karanje, well known for it’s Shiva temple, is situated on a hill 1,500 feet high and commands a panoramic view of the surroundings.
  10. Venur (55 Km): It is famous for the 9 meter high statue of Gomateshwar built in 1605.
  11. Udupi (58 Km): Considered as one of the seven sacred spots of the region , Udupi is famous for the Krishna Temple. The Krishna idol was installed by Madhwacharya, the propounder of the dwaitha philosophy. The Parayaya festival which is the most important festival of the temple is held once in two years usually in January.
  12. Belthangady (60 Km): It has an old Somanatha temple made of Granite, a Venkatarama temple, a Jain Basadi and a ruined fort.
  13. Manipal (61 Km): Mnipal is a progressive educational and industrial centrewith well known medical and engineering colleges. There is a modern Venugopalakrishna temple biult in 1973 and a museum in memory of Dr T.M.A. Pai, the architect of the township.
  14. Karkala (62 Km): A Jain pilgrimage centre, it has a huge 42 feet monolithic Gomateswara statue. The The beautiful Chaurmukha Basti , the temples of Anantasayana and Venkatarama, the old palace of the Bhairarasa Wodeyars are the other notable monuments here.
  15. Malpe (63 Km): It has a lovely beach ideal for sun and sea bathing and boating. It is on the mouth of the Malpe river and has an old fort and a few temples.
  16. Dharmasthala (75 Km): This popular pilgrim centre is an outstanding example of religious and cultural tolerance. Dharmasthala derives its sanctity from it’s temple dedicated to Manjunatha. The striking feature of this Shiva temple is that the priests are Madhava vaisnavites and the family who are the dharmadikari of the place a followers of Jainism. There is also a huge monolithic statue of Gomateswara, a Jain saint here, which was installed in 1973.
  17. Kudremukh (102 Km): Known for India’s largest iron ore project, it is famous for it’s scenic beauty.
  18. Maravanthe (103 Km): 16 Km north of Kundapur it has a lovely beach.
  19. Kundapur (104 Km): The name of the town can be traced to the Kundeswara temple dedicated to Kundavarmma, close to the Panchagangavali river. The Portuguese built a fort here and called it Barcelore.
  20. Subramanya (104 Km): One of the seven sacred places in the region it is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya worshipped in the form of a Serpant.
  21. Kollur (146 Km): It is famous for it’s temple dedicated to Goddess Mukambigai.
  22. Sringeri (152 Km): Sringeri is famous as the ‘Math’ of the Jagadguru Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy.
  23. Jog falls (225 Km): The famous Jog Falls are about 16 Km from Talguppa, the railway terminus on the Birur line. The Jog falls are one of the highest and most beautiful falls in India. Here the river Sharavathi leaps into a rocky chasm of 256 meters depth. The water falls in four cascades namely the Raja of Monarch, Roarer, Rocket and Rani presenting a scene of grandeur and sublimity.
  24. Gokarna (227 Km): A pilgrim centre 56 km from Karwar, it is famous for the temple of Mahaballeshwara which for devatees is next in sanctity only to the Varanasi Vishwanath temple.
  25. Karwar (261 Km): Karwar is the District headquarters and a port town. It is famous for it’s beautiful of sandy beaches. Places of interest in Karwar are the Sadashivgad hill Fort with a Durga temple, the Dargah of Peer Shah Shamsuddin Kharobat - a Bagdadi saint and the Octagonal church at Sunkeri. A visit by launch to the Kurmaged Island which has an old fort and a Narsimha shrine is an added attraction.