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Places of Interest in Mangaluru

Updated on May 15, 2017

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.

Mangaluru International Airport

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Mangaluru International Airport, Kenjar, Bajpe, Mangaluru, Karnataka 574142, India
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Mangalore Central Railway Station

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Mangalore Central, Attavar, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001, India
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Mangaluru KSRTC Bus Station

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Mangalore KSRTC Bus Stand, Bejai, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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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. The temple, which has a two-storied gateway tower, is in Kerala style architecture.

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Mangaladevi Rd,Bolar, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001, India
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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.

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P B No 720, Kodailbail, Dakshin Kannada, Kodialbail, Kodialbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003, India
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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.

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Panambur Beach, Mangaluru, Karnataka
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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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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


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