Mangalore(or also known as Mangaluru) is a city located in the state of Karnataka. Situated in between the western ghats and the Arabian sea. A city with ancient monuments and beautiful sunset beaches. This is one place where you would want to spend your next vacation. Here are the 10 places you must visit during your stay in Mangalore.
Tannirbhavi Beach is located 10km from Mangalore. Known to be one of the famous tourist destinations in the city. Not only is this beach known for its beautiful sunset, but also activities like swimming, surfing. The best time to visit this place is during winter. That is the season when the climate is pleasant, and not too humid.
Mangaladevi temple is located 10.6km from Mangalore. Here is an interesting fact. The city of Mangalore was named after the Deity of this temple, MANGALADEVI. Majority of this temple’s structure was built by wood. It was built by using the Kerela style of architecture. The temple has various shrines around the sanctum, but Mangaladevi is known to be the central shrine of the temple.
TIMINGS: The Temple is open 6:00 am -1:00 pm and 4:00 pm -8:30 pm.
3. Panambur Beach
Panambur Beach is located 8km from Mangalore. It is the most popular beach in this City. The most beautiful sight to watch on this beach is the sunset. Various other activities are also available on this beach, such as swimming, parasailing, boat rides, water scooters and surfing. This beach also conducts a beach festival called Karavali Utsav which means Coastal Festival. Since Mangalore is extremely humid during summer. The best time to visit this place is during winter, which is from October to March.
4. Kadri Manjunath Temple
Kadri Manjunath Temple is located 5.3km from Mangalore. Just like other temples. This temple also has a history of its own. It was built way back during the 10th or 11th century. This temple conducts an annual festival which is held during January. It is a nine-day festival that starts on the day of Makara Sankranthi, which attracts a lot of people from around the state. Maha Rathothsava is another famous festival conducted by the temple. People from all over the world come on this day to take the blessings of Lord Shree Manjunatha. The Devotees are also fed with delicious temple meals, also called as Anna Prasadam. This is a must-visit place during your stay in this City.
The temple is open from 6:00 am- 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm- 8:30 pm.
5. Pilikula Nisargadhama
Pilikula Nisargadhama is a very famous tourist attraction. This place is known for its Botanical Garden. It is located 9.1km from Mangalore. In the Local Language of Mangalore which is Tulu. “Pili” which stands for Tiger and “Kula” which means lake. This place gets this name because at one point in time. There used to be Tigers that would come to this place to drink water from the lake.
TIMINGS: 9:30am-7:00 pm
ENTRY FEES: This place has different checkpoints, to which respective amounts should be paid.
For video recorders: Rs 125
Still camera: Rs 30
Adults: around Rs 50
Children: around Rs 20
Foreigners: Rs 100
6. Sultan Battery
Sultan Battery is an ancient monument in Mangalore. Located 4km from Central Mangalore. This tower was constructed by Tipu Sultan in 1784. This was a watchtower built to keep away enemy ships(Britishers) from entering the river. However this is more than a watchtower, true beauty can be witnessed by climbing on top of the tower. Where you can see the beautiful Arabian Sea.
7. St. Aloysius Chapel
Who says Mangalore is known only for beaches and temples. This church is located approximately 7km from Mangalore. It was constructed way back in 1878. As beautiful as the church looks on the outside, it looks even prettier on the inside, with paintings that cover the majority of walls. This church is 141 years old. Now, this is one ancient monument that you must visit during your stay in Mangalore.
8. Someshwar Beach
Mangalore is a city with a lot of beautiful beaches. Someshwar Beach is one among them. This beach is 30km from Mangalore. Someshwar Beach is not only known for its beautiful sunset, but also the large rocks on the Beach.
9. Ullal Beach
Mangalore is certainly one of those places, which isn’t short of beaches. Located 12km South of Mangalore city. This beach is surrounded with a stretch of coconut trees, perfect for your morning and evening strolls. It is not just Mother Nature that makes this place as beautiful as it is. It is also known for ancient monuments, which are situated close to the beach. Places like the fort of Abbakka Devi and the fort of Syed Mohammed Shereful Madani. Which makes it a popular Tourist attraction.
10. Swami Vivekananda Planetarium
Swami Vivekananda Planetarium is around 8.5km from Mangalore. This planetarium is said to be India’s first-ever 3D planetarium. This would be one reason that will make you want to visit this place and experience shows in a 3-dimensional view with an 8k digital projection system.