The Artistic Destination
A land where several classical dance forms and folk art are intricately woven into the culture, Mangalore is a chief port city of the state of Karnataka. It is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. It derived its name from the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi. This beautiful destinations has numerous tourist attractions.
Best Time To Visit
From September to February
Some of the attractions of Mangalore are
It is an impressive watchtower built in black stones. Situated 4 km from Mangalore, the watchtower was built by the great ruler Tipu Sultan for defense purposes. This tower also has specific areas for cannons.
Located ideally at the foot of the highest hill of Mangalore, Kadri Temple dates back to the 11th century. Built in square shape, the temple shrines a beautiful bronze statue of lord Lokeshwara. This statue is considered the finest bronze statue in India. There are nine tanks within the boundary of the temple. Climb the hill to see the arresting stone caves where in the ancient times the Pandavas of Mahabharata lived.
St. Aloysius Church
Constructed in the year 1899, St. Aloysius Church is famous for its graceful paintings made by the known Italian artist, Antony Moshaini. Occupying a wonderful place on the lighthouse hill, the church is often compared to the Sistine Chapel church in Rome.
Shri Sharavan Mahaganapathi Temple
Visitors from far and wide come to the Sri Sharavan Mahaganapati Temple to see its beautiful 800 year old shrine dedicated to Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara. There are also several other shrines inside the temple complex.
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
It is an ancient temple,which has recently been given a face-lift.
Dharmastala is famous for its Jain Manjunatha Temple housing the 14 m high Bahubali statue. There is also a museum here showcasing some ancient artifacts. This place is located 75 km from Mangalore.
It is an important town located 20 km from Mangalore, which attracts tourists for its beautiful ancient temples. It also has a 13 m high Bahubali statue located on a hillock. The hillock offers amazing views of the Western Ghats.
It is an eye-catching folk dance performed especially on the festival of Dussehra and Krishna Janmashtmi.
Shopping In Mangalore
Shopping is a delightful experience in Mangalore. Its markets are stocked with great wood crafts, handicrafts, traditional jewelery and textiles. Mangalore is famous for cashew nuts and coffee and the best place to buy them from are Surathkal and Mannagudda.
Mangalore, being an important city of India has numerous accommodation options to offer to its tourists. From the luxurious star hotels for the tourists inclined towards luxury to the economy hotels for the tourists having low budgets, Mangalore offers all kinds of hotels.
How To Reach
Located on 20 km from the city center is the Mangalore airport, which connects the city to the major cities of India.
There is a railway station located in the southern part of the city.
Almost all the major cities of Karnataka are well connected by road through Mangalore.