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MANGALORE

Location : West Coast of India
Famous For : Karwar Beach, Architectural Temples
Distance : 357 kms from Bangalore
Best Time to Visit : September to May
St. Aloysius College
St. Aloysius College of Mangalore


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Also Known As : Port City of India.
Famous Beaches : Karwar Beach – Ideal for Snorkelling, Ullal Beach – Famous for solitary peace, Malpe Beach – Good for sailing.
Major Temples : Kadri Manjunath – Historical temple belonging to 1068 AD,Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple – Having 800-year old shrine of Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple – Famous Tourist Attraction.
Don't Miss : Watching Yakshagana performance – an elaborate classical dance form of Karnataka.
The famous Kambala (Buffalo race) from November to March in various destinations of Karnataka.
Famous Church : St. Aloysius College chapel – Housing paintings of Antony Moshaini. Notice the exquisite frescoes on its interiors.
Cuisine Delight : Kori Rotti, Bangude Pulimunchi, Beeja-Manoli Upkari, Boothai Gasi, Kadubu
Other Attractions : Light House Hill Garden – Provides excellent sea views of sailing ships and boats on the sea, Sultan Battery – Fort built by Tipu Sultan. The structure was built in black stone.
Excursions : Dharamstala (famous for Jain temples) – 75 kms, Venur (Jain bastis) – 50 kms, Mudabidri – 30 kms, Karkal – 20 kms.
Important Distance : Bangalore – 357 kms, Panaji – 395 kms, Mysore – 248 kms, Mumbai – 937 kms.Kochi – 2086 kms, Chennai – 2199 kms
Getting There : Air – Mangalore has its own Domestic as well as International airports. Air operators like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
Rail – Mangalore has its own railway station that is is connected to the Indian Railways network via Kerala and Bangalore. Konkan railways link Mangalore to Chennai.
Road – National Highways Connect Mangalore from both Bangalore and Goa. Regular buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) ply between important stations.


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Mangalore – The Port City of India

Mangalore, lying on the west coast of India is the chief port city. Lined with exotic beaches, numerous ancient temples and holy places catering all the religion, Mangalore city is truly a delightful travel destination in India. Located at a distance of 357 kms from Bangalore, Mangalore stand its own identity, sobriquet as the 'entry point to Beach country', treasuring some of the most splendorous beach locations in India for the tourist seeking solitude and peace. The city was earlier known as the harbour town of Mangalapuram.

Choose Mangalore as your travel destination and laze down on the virgin beaches where the golden sand is constantly caressed by the gentle waves of the turquoise Arabian Sea.

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Malpe Beach
Solitudnal Bliss at Malpe Beach

Major Attractions of Mangalore

Beaches are invariably the most famous attractions of Mangalore. Karnataka tourism highlights various tours to Mangalore that boasts of some of the best country side, temple architecture, ancient churches, mosque and the die- hard traditions of this exquisite town. The Karwar and Ullal beaches are a must visit on your travel itinerary. Tourists are advised not to miss the famous Yakshagana performance, a unique and elaborate form of dance in south India. Important attractions also include Sultan Battery which is a fort and the famous Light House Hill Garden.


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Beaches in Mangalore – Endless Stretches of Golden Sand

Mangalore has some of the most sparkling and soughted beaches in the country. The Ullal beach is an evening spot for those who seek solidarity. The view of the sea with a ship or two waiting to dock at the harbor is simply magnificent. Then there is the Malpe beach, which is ideal for enjoying some sailing and there is a sea resort as well. The Karwar beach is an adventure beach where tourists can enjoy snorkelling.

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 Couple on Karwar Beach
Couple Walking on Karwar Beach

Temple Attractions in Mangalore – Holiness Bestowed

Mangalore is in possession of some of the most ancient historical temples of Karnataka. Visit the Kadri Manjunath Temple that dates back to 1068 A.D. It is located on the highest hill in Karnataka and the main attraction is the bronze statue of Lokeshwara, which is claimed to be the best bronze statue in India. To add to this there are 'Pandava Caves' located at the top most part of the hill.
The Kudroli Gokarnath temple is an important tourist spot, while the Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is an important pilgrim center. Here tourists should see the many sacred temples like Sharavu, Kadri, Mangaladevi, Kudroli.


Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Holy Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

Other Tourist Attractions – Adding on to the Splendor

St. Aloysius College chapel houses paintings by the Italian artist, Antony Moshaini. Notice the gorgeous frescos that cover its interiors. An interesting highlight of Mangalore is the Sultan Battery. Confused? Well it is a fort that has a watchtower built in black stone. Just 4 kms from Mangalore, this for was constructed by Tipu Sultan and is an important tourist attraction in Karnataka.


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Getting There to Mangalore – The Way to the Port Land

Mangalore is an important junction in Karnataka that is well connected with all the major areas of the city. Just 18 kms from the main city at Bajpe is the airport that has regular flights from all over the country. Presently Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai to Mangalore. International flights are also available.
Mangalore is connected to the Indian Railways network via Kerala and Bangalore. Having its own railhead, regular trains run to Mangalore from Thiruvananthapuram, Palghat, Chennai and other important South Indian cities. The Konkan Railways links Mangalore to Mumbai via Goa. As far as roadways are concerned, Mangalore is connected by Goa and Bangalore highways. Regular Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses connect Mangalore from Mysore, Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai. Private buses also ply between the major cities of Karnataka.

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Mangalore Beach

Mangalore also known as the port city of Karnataka, a commercial centre that exports coffee, cashew nuts and fishes. This in turns plays a grand role in enhancing the country's economy.

The beaches of Mangalore are famous for beach sports like snorkelling on the Karwar beach, sailing on Malpe beach is an extraordinary experience. Travel 1 kms to the Light house hill garden to enjoy the panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and sand. The sunset views from this light house is worth a glance.

There are many ancient temples in Mangalore. Do not miss visiting the 1068 AD old Kadri Manjunath temple that boasts of having the best bronze statue in India.

The frescos of St. Aloysius College chapel is eye candy. Here tourists should also see the paintings of the artist Antony Moshaini of Italy.

Though modern shopping complexes have evolved in Mangalore but tourists are advised to buy the traditional and unique silk of Karnataka. Decorative items made of ivory and sandalwood can also be purchased. Mangalore cusine is also quite unique and famous.

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