Tourism Attractions of Mangalore City
Tourist Attractions of Mangalore: Tourism has a very important role in the development of a city in Mangalore. Mangalore has some attractive tourist spots like beaches, amusement parks etc. Tourism places in Mangalore also include resorts wherein a large group of people come to stay for a day and they are given unique amenities to refresh themselves. Resorts may have pools, games, separate play area for kids etc. Houseboats are also one of the tourist attractions of the city Mangalore.
Let’s start an amazing journey through the Best Tourist Attractions of Mangalore city.
We begin every new work or a journey with God, right? So, let’s start with some beautiful temples.
Did you know? The city got its name from the deity, Mangaladevi. Mangaladevi Temple is located in Bolar, which is 3km south-west from the centre of the Mangalore city. Its architecture is of Kerala style and has a wooden structure.
Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple
This temple is located in Kudroli in Mangalore. This temple was dedicated by Sri Narayana Guru. The main deity in this temple is Gokarnath, another cast of Lord Shiva. The temple was built in 1912 by Adhyaksha Hoige Koragappa. It is located 2km from the centre of the city. It has Gopuram, a tower-like structure, with carved with murals of Gods and Goddesses. These murals represent the Hindu epics.
The temple will be filled with lights during Dussehra and it is truly a visual treat for the visitors.
Kadri Manjunath Temple
The main deity of this temple is Manjunatha, with a Shiv ling place on him. There is a statue of Lokeshwar in sitting posture with three faces and six arms made of bronze is believed to be the best bronze statue in India. The statue is about 1.5 meters tall. The temple has a natural spring at a specific height, located behind the temple. It is believed that the water flows from Bhageerathi River in Kashi and hence got the name as Bhageerathi Theertha. Jatra Mahotsava is held every year during the month of January. The festival lasts for 9 days, starting with Makara Sankranthi.
Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple
Kateel, a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district is one of the holiest Hindu temples in the country. The town is 26kms from Mangalore city en route Udupi and lies in between Bajpe, where the International Airport is located, and another important place called Kinnigoli.
The town got its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Kati’ which means centre. The town Kateel lies in between Kanakagiri- the source of the river; and Pavanje- where the river meets the sea. ‘Lla’ means area or land. Hence, the place is named Kati+lla = Kateel.
The nearest location from Kateel is the Mangalore International Airport located 16kms away and the nearest Railway station is Mangalore which is 18kms away. You can rely on public transport to reach the town and visit other religious places like Udupi, Subrahmanya and Dharmasthala.
The town is famous for the temple whose main deity is Goddess Durga Parameshwari. The temple is set at the centre of River Nandini, surrounded by a wide range of scenic beauties and enchanting greenery. The temple has tourists visited every day to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
Hope you had a divine time visiting the temples. Let’s move on.
There is a beautiful church, the St. Aloysius Chapel, located on the Lighthouse Hill. This chapel was built by the Jesuit preachers in 1880. The paintings were done by an Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni in 1899. These Italian Jesuits had a vital role in education, health and social well-being of the Mangalorean Catholic community. Hence, the college was built in 1880.
The central part of the paintings on the ceiling represents the life of Aloysius Gonzaga. The college and the chapel were dedicated to him. The wall above the altar represents the rest of Gonzaga’s life. The central painting represents Gonzaga treating the plague struck in Rome. Later, the disease was contracted to Gonzaga and he died at the age of 23.
Let’s take a ride on the tide!! The Sun-kissed beaches. Beaches are the Best Tourist Places to visit in Mangalore.
The Beach is 2 km from the New Mangalore Port. New Mangalore Port is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. It’s fun to have street food near the beach and play with the waves.
The attraction about Panambur Beach is the International Kite Festival held every year during January. It is truly a treat to the eyes, as the kites play around the sky over the beach waters!
This beach is quite calm, compared to the crowded Panambur Beach, as it is far from the city. It is peaceful and the place for a weekend outing. Public transport does not reach this place, and hence you need to rely on your vehicles to get there. Another option is to take a passage boat from Sultan Battery, directing to Gurupura River.
Suratkal Beach along with the lighthouse is one of the tourist attractions. This scenic beach is located near Sadashiva Temple and National Institute of Technology.
Tourist Places around Mangalore: Let’s travel more… to a place named Udupi. This town is situated 60km north from Mangalore. Udupi is more famous for Krishna Temple, Tulu Ashtamathas. Krishna Temple is known for Kanakana Kindi. Udupi is a pilgrimage centre and hence being called Rajatha Peetha and Shivalli.
Did you know how this town got the name ’Udupi’? It is believed that the moon god named Udupa was cursed by Lord Ganesha, and from then he visited the place to worship Lord Ganesha. There is a festival related to the temple called the Paryaya festival. During this periodic festival, the management of the temple is transferred to the next Matha. Each Asthamatha (eight Mathas) is controlled by a Swami who performs the pooja or worship of Lord Krishna. The ‘hand-over’ ceremony is held on the 18th of January during even years like 2010, 2012 etc. which begins from early morning 3AM.
There is a depictive image called the Swagatha Gopura, which means Arc of Welcome, found at the entrance of the town. Other important festivals celebrated in the town are Makara Sankranthi, Ratha Sapthami, Madhwa Navami (the day when Acharya Madhwa had disappeared while teaching his disciples and the place has been marked and visited by tourists, located near the Matha).
Another festival celebrated here is Krishna Janmashtami. Main attractions included in the festival Pili vesha. Men dress in the costume of a tiger and visit shops and houses around the town. This encourages people to participate and have more fun.
Another festival is the Rathotsava (Chariot festival) is held in the Car Street of Udupi town. The Ratha or the chariot carries the ‘utsava moorthi’ or the idol of Lord Krishna and the chariot is pulled by the devotees.
Let’s enter the ‘Paradise on Earth’. One of the best beaches in Dakshina Kannada district.
Malpe Beach is located 66kms from Mangalore and about 6kms from the centre of Udupi town. This beach has an endless coastline with rocky islands surrounded on the western side.
Malpe was a port on Karnataka coast previously and now has turned into one of the best tourist attractions and an ideal holiday spot. It is a serene place which takes you away from all the stress and enjoys the scenic beauties to the fullest!!
This is the first Indian beach to have 24*7 Wi-Fi access. Apart from being a port, Malpe is a fishing harbour in the whole state. The town has four “rocky” islands which are:
- Kari illada Kallu
- St Mary’s Island or Thonse paar
St Mary’s Island:
The island also called Coconut Island; along with Thonsepar make a set of small islands in the Arabian Sea far from Malpe Coast in Udupi. These islands are said to form one of the 4 geological monuments in the state, one among 26 geological monuments in the country according to Geological Survey of India.
The town, also called Mudbidri, Moodbidre & Bedra, is located 34km towards the northeast of the district headquarters in Mangalore, 54km from Udupi and 18km from Karkala. The name Moodabidri is derived from two words- Moodu & Bidiru, where ‘Moodu’ means east and ‘Bidiru’ means bamboo.
The main religious belief is Jainism and is followed strictly in the region. The Thousand Pillars Temple or Saavira Kambada Basadi is believed to be a sacred place for the Jains across the country.
You can also find some Hindu temples here. One of the famous temples is Hanuman temple where coconut is offered to God.
There are some famous educational institutions like the Alva’s Foundation. Alva’s College here is one of the top colleges in the city. There is an engineering college under Alva’s which is Alva’s Institute of Engineering & Technology. Other equally rated engineering colleges in Moodabidri town are
- Mangalore Institute of Technology & Engineering
- Yenepoya Institute of Technology
Karkala is a town and also the headquarters of Karkala taluk, which is 60km from Mangalore, in the Western Ghats. Previously the town was known as Pandya Nagari when it was ruled by Jains. Later on, the name had changed to Karikallu and then to Karkal and lastly transformed to Karkala. The town has a few natural and historical milestones. Located below the Western Ghats, the town is filled with greenery all around.
This is yet another religious tourist attraction. They have placed the town with great calculations that it lies on the way to Shringeri, Kalasa, Horanadu, Udupi, Kollur Mookambika & Dharmasthala.
Karkala is a famous pilgrimage for Jains as the main religion followed is Jainism. The Gomateshwara (Bahubali) statue made out of a 41.5 or 13-meter long single stone is at a distance of 1km from the centre of the town and is said to be the second tallest in the State. This statue was built here on the 13th of February in 1432 as instructed by the priest of Karkala, Lalitakeerthi.
The Mahamasthakabhisheka of Bahubali is conducted once in 12 years by the Jain devotees. In this ceremony, the statue of Bahubali is bathed and sanctified in milk, water and saffron paste and then moistened with sandalwood powder, turmeric and red pigment.
Other Tourism Attractions of Mangalore:
Another tourist spot is the Pilikula Amusement Park. The word ‘Pilikula’ means pond of tigers. It is said that earlier, tigers would regularly come and drink water from the lake and hence the lake was named as Pilikula.
Pilikula Nisarga Dharma Society made relevant developments in the area and this way it has turned out to be one of the hottest tourist attractions. There are scenic beauty and eternal peace found here. There is a big lake and wonderfully set gardens around the lake. Swans and ducks are seen swimming in the lake and sometimes even around the gardens.
Zoo and Theme park is also a part of Pilikula. There is a water park called Manasa Water Park which resembles the Water Kingdom in Mumbai.
Botanical Garden is also one of the Tourism attractions of Mangalore.
You also have Pilikula Golf Course, set in 48 acres. It has 9 links and 9 greens, covering a total of 3131 yards, having been laid across hills and dales. The golf course is quite challenging and has been well appreciated by famous golfers.
There is a Challenge Cup held every year, in which top 150 golfers from Coorg, Mysore, Chikmagalur and Bangalore participate.
Get ready to Dive In!!! Let’s look at some beautiful adventurous Waterfalls in and around Mangalore.
- Adyar Waterfalls: These are 12kms drive from the city. There are two roads which take us to this amazing destination- one is on the way to BC road highway near Adyar while the other is from Neermarga toward Volachil. There are two waterfalls here with a gap of 12 meters. They can be easily identified by the sound of the waterfalls. As you walk around you can find some local people to guide you to the waterfall. I bet you will love this place and will surely visit frequently and you will definitely suggest to your friends and family.
- Jog Falls: This is a beautiful place that attracts visitors. This has taken its place in the favourites for weekend fun. Its origin is from River Sharavathi, falling from a height of 830ft. This is the second-highest waterfall in the country. Since its one of the most beautiful tourist attractions, people come to stay in the nearby resorts with one of them being Wild Woods Spa & Resort located near Jog Falls to enjoy the surrounding beauty.
- Koodlu Theertha Falls: These fascinating waterfalls are located near Hebri, on Udupi-Agumbe Road. Cuddled among the thick forests of the Western Ghats and close to the mountain ranges of Agumbe, this is the first fall of River Sita, and hence been called Sita falls too. The waterfall has been one of the most beautiful and clean falls by all means. The view of the waterfall descending from the height of 300 feet will keep you spellbound. It plunges into a pond. It is said that many years ago the sages meditated near this pond and hence the locals believe it to be holy. Trekking is one of the adventurous tasks that take place in forest areas. The ideal time to visit this waterfall is between August and December. During these months the amount of water will be more and will be more enjoyable to watch.
Travel & Stay:
Mangalore has top hotels and resorts for tourists. You can always rely on OLA or UBER for travelling to these tourist places. There are hotels which have facilities like pools, gyms and more. You can also rely on tourist vans wherein a proper description of the places will be given.
For people outside India, Mangalore International Airport is always at your service!
Hope you had a wonderful time visiting the top Tourism Attraction places in and around Mangalore.