Sitting at the estuaries of the picturesque Netravathi and Gurupur Rivers on the Arabian Sea coast, Mangalore is beautiful and the largest city in the Malnad region of the Indian state of Karnataka.
With its rolling hills, swaying coconut trees, gable-roofed houses, stunning beaches, historical temples and churches, Mangalore is a wonderful tourist destination in Karnataka.
Despite the growing commercialization, this coastal city provides a quick and soothing getaway from the city hustle bustle. Being a coastal city, Mangalore is an ideal destination for beach lovers and is a must visit place in a Mangalore Tour Package.
Here is the List of Places to Visit in Mangalore:
Situated to the south of the Netravathi River on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Ullal Beach is one of the most dazzling and the gorgeous beaches in Mangalore.
Known for its clean sea shore and tranquil beauty, it is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore and also the most serene beach in Karnataka.
This silver sand beach also offers breathtaking views of the sunset, especially when viewed through the casuarina groves. Sunbathing and swimming are the two common activities on the beach. There are several water sports available at the Ullal Beach.
Situated in Bolara, Mangaladevi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Managaladevi.
Mangalore was previously known as Mangalapur due to Goddess Mangala Devi.
Built in the memory of Princess of Malabar Mangale in 9th century, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Mangalore. With its rich heritage and historical significance, the temple has a special importance for unmarried girls as it is believed that they will get suitable groom by worshipping here and performing a special Pooja.
Navratri is the main festival celebrated here that allures number of devotees to participate in the ninth day of Rathotsava.
Also known as the Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Kudroli Temple is a famous temple in Mangalore dedicated to Gokarnanatheshwara, another form of Lord Shiva.
It was consecrated by Narayana Guru, the famous social reformer from Kerala. Built in 1912 by Adhyaksha Hoige Koragappa, it is one of the top places to visit in Mangalore city. The lingam in the sanctum of the temple is carved out of marble which was brought by Narayana Guru from Gokarna where he found it under water.
The other deities worshipped here are Goddess Annapoorneshwari, Lord Bhairava and Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. The temple is famous for its Dasara celebrations.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Kadri Manjunatha temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated on the Kadri hills of Mangalore. Dedicated to Sri Manjunatha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, it is one of the famous places to visit in Mangalore. The 1.5 m tall statue of Manjunatheswara in seated position with three faces and six arms is tipped to be the best bronze statue in India.
The temple was converted in to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The temple has separate shrines for Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha & Lord Ayyappa.
There is a natural spring called Gomukha on the backside of the temple and it flows into 7 ponds of different sizes. The main attraction of the temple is Lakshadeepotsava celebrated during Kartheekamasa, attracts large number of devotees.
Taanirbhavi Beach is one of the tranquil beaches in Mangalore along the Malabar Coast of Karnataka. Situated towards the southern end of Mangalore Port, the beach is the property of Mangalore port trust.
Its silvery soft sands and the gusty winds from the Arabian Sea makes it one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Mangalore. Also, the beach offers spectacular sunset views and is a great spot for swimming.
St. Aloysius Chapel
St. Aloysius College ground, St. Aloysius Chapel is a catholic church and one of the most popular places to visit in Mangalore. Known for its architectural wonder with a beautiful ceiling, fresco and oil paintings of the artist Antony Moshaini of Italy, the chapel is considered as a world-class tourist destination that attracts a huge number of visitors from all over the world.
The central row of paintings on the ceiling depicts the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga to whom the chapel is dedicated. St. Aloysius College Chapel is a sustainability marvel that could stand comparison with the chapels of Rome. What makes this chapel unique compared to the other chapels in the country is the beautiful paintings that cover virtually every inch of the walls.