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12 Places of Interest in Mangaluru

Updated on February 4, 2018
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Srikanth likes Karnataka. He is passionate about helping people make the most of their trip to this wonderful South Indian state.

Town Hall in Mangaluru

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Mangaluru Is One Of the Fastest Developing Cities in the Region

Mangaluru, which is named after goddess Mangaladevi, is famous for its charming beaches, sacred temples, Catholic sites and frothy delicious coffee. The city is around 350 km from Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. It is one of the fastest developing cities in South India.

Mangaluru is the Administrative Headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada District.

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Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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How to Reach Mangaluru

Mangaluru is easily accessible by air, rail, road and sea. It has an international airport, two railway stations, two bus stations and an all-weather port. Air connectivity is limited to few major cities in south and west regions of India. Buses and trains are available to many cities, towns and villages in the region. You can enter the city through the New Mangalore Port with the help of Electronic visa.

Tourist Attractions in Mangaluru

These locations will make you come back to Mangaluru.

Mangaladevi Temple

Built in 9th century CE, This Hindu temple is dedicated to goddess Shakti in the form of Mangaladevi. Mangaluru is named after the diety.

Legend has it that the temple was built by Parashurama, an avatar of Vishnu, and later expanded by Kundavarman, king of the Alupa dynasty.

The temple, which has a two-storied gateway tower, is in Kerala style architecture.

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St. Aloysius Chapel

This chapel is located on the Lighthouse Hill, at the heart of the city. Built by Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni in 1884, this architectural marvel enthralls you. It is well-known for its beautiful paintings.

Outside View of St. Aloysius Chapel

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Panambur Beach

Panambur Beach is one of the safe and well-maintained beaches in the Arabian Sea coast of India. Jetski, boating, horse rides, parasailing, camel rides, ATVs, swimming and surfing are among many activities in the beach.

Early Morning in Panambur Beach

Once I visited this beach at 4.30 am and stayed there till sunrise. I spent time walking, letting the waves caress my feet, ankles, calf and knees. It was a wonderful experience.

Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park

Set up in 2011 by butterfly enthusiast Sammilan Shetty, this park is a natural habitat for beautiful butterflies. It is located at Belvai, a village at the foothills of the Western Ghats. This treasure house of butterflies is around 40 km from Mangaluru.

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13, Butterfly Park Rd, Belvai, Karnataka 574213, India
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A Commander Butterfly in Sammilan Shettys Butterfly Park

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Gokarnanatheshwara Temple

Also known as Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 1912. Murals in the temple tower depict scenes from great epics.

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Kudroli, Kodailbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003, India
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Aloyseum, the museum of St Aloysius College, gives you a glimpse of old Mangalorean culture, customs and practices. The first car of Mangalore, animal and fish bones, skulls, horns and skins, copies of paintings by old European masters, mineral specimen, old radios, telegraphic equipment, antique telephone sets, manuscripts on palm leaves, Portuguese statues, an old pulpit from Cordel Church, swords, daggers and other weapons, postal stamps, coins and medals, priestly vestments dating back to 1878, the Old Missal which has the size of a broad sheet newspaper and Mangalore’s first electric generator dating back to 1930 are some attractions of the museum.

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Aloysius College Rd, Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003, India
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Kadri Manjunath Temple

Located on the hills of Kadri, this beautiful, clean and serene Shiva temple is surrounded by greenery. It was built in the 10th century. You will find many ponds in front of the temple.

Tannirbhavi Beach

This serene beach captivates you with its azure blue sea, golden sand and coconut trees. Swimming and surfing are main activities in this secluded beach, which is far removed from the crowded and polluted city.

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Tannirbhavi Beach, Kasba Bengre, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575010
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Sultan Battery

Located around 4 km from the center of Mangaluru city, this location of historical significance is a watch tower was built byTipu Sultan in the 18th century. Sunset viewing is a popular activity here.

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Sultan Battery Road, Urva, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003, India
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Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple

Located around 26 km north of Mangaluru, this sacred temple is on an island in the middle of the sacred River Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery.

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SH 67, Kateel, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka 574148, India
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Milagres Church

Located in Hampankatta, this historic Roman Catholic Church was built by Bishop Thomas de Castro in 1680. The Parish claims some of the leading Catholic Institutions in the District.

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Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001, India
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Someshwara Temple

Located around 13 kilometers from Mangaluru, this temple is in the sea shore. It is also known as Rudrapada Kshetra. It is one of the 12 sacred Shiva Kshetras in India. The beach is clean and pristine.

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Dwarakanagar, Ullal, Karnataka 575020, India
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Classified as Am by Köppen and Geiger, Mangaluru has tropical climate. Average annual temperature is 27.0 °C and rainfall 3783 mm. January is the driest month and July the wettest.

Hotels in Mangaluru

4 Star Hotel
3 Star Hotel
2 Star Hotel
The Gateway Hotel
The Ocean Pearl
Hotel Prestige
Goldfinch Hotel
Ginger Hotel
Hotel Deepa Comforts

Safety Tips

Mangaluru is in tropical region, so you need to be prepared to deal with mosquitoes. Malaria is an endemic in the city; it is advisable to check with your physician for advice on malaria prophylaxis before you leave for Mangaluru.

Ensure that you are vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Drink only filtered water. Go for foods that are steaming hot. It is a good idea to use a hand sanitizer. Avoid uninhabited locations during night hours. Mangaloreans are very proud of their language, so avoid making fun of their culture and language.

Mangalore, the coastal Indian town where I lived until I was almost 16, is now a booming city of malls and call-centres. But, in the 1980s, it was a provincial town in a socialist country.

— Aravind Adiga

Famous People from Mangaluru

George Fernandes, former Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar, is a native of Mangaluru.

Dr Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and Founder, Chairman and Executive Director of Narayana Health, was born in Mangaluru. He completed his graduation in Medicine and post-graduation in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College in Mangaluru.

Aishwarya Rai, Suniel Shetty and Shilpa Shetty are some famous people from Mangaluru.


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Many people in Mangaluru can speak and understand English and Hindi.

© 2017 Srikanth R


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