Tourist Attractions in Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Panambur Beach, Mangalore

Panambur Beach is located at a distance of 13 km from Mangalore to the south of Mangalore port. Every year it is visited by tonnes of visitors for it hosts several carnivals comprising of boat racing, kite flying and making sand sculptures. Despite a massive footfall, it is the cleanest beach one can ever come across. The name of the beach has been derived from 'Panam' meaning money and 'ur' meaning place.

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangalore

This temple was built by Sri Narayana Guru for the Billava community, who were prohibited entry into any other temple in the area. The deity in this temple is Gokarnanatheshwara, Lord Shiva.
The surrounding temples and the main temple itself are built in Tamil Nadu style, decorated with murals showing various mythological legends.

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore

Built in 1068, this temple has a Buddhist architectural influence on the basic Vijaynagri style. It is situated at the base of the Kadri hills, the chief deity being Manjunatha.

Sultan Battery, Mangalore

Tipu Sultan constructed this watchtower to keep a lookout for the entry of warships into the Gurpur River. The battery, made from black stones had been given the look of a miniature fortress. Not having withstood the test of time and extreme weather, this tower stands in ruins today.

Kadri Hill Park, Mangalore

Housing a wide variety of wild animals, this is the largest garden in Mangalore. Rare species of birds, anteaters and various other animals are seen in the animal conservatory. Also, eight tanks of water here can cure skin diseases as per local beliefs.

Tannirbhavi Beach, Mangalore

Tannirbhavi Beach is one of the popular beaches in the city. The coastline with golden sand and cool, fresh air is rejuvenating, and people are drawn to the natural beauty of the location. Proper seats and other facilities make the beach a frequently visited attraction, and it is crowded often on weekends and public holidays. Entering the sea is not advisable, but one can try their hand at one of the water sports at the beach. There are lifeguards to keep an eye and rescue in case of an accident, however, visitors are advised to be careful while entering the water. Nevertheless, it is one is one attraction that is a soothing respite from the race that we humans are running to reach nowhere.

Things to do at Tannirbhavi Beach

Tannirbhavi Tree Park
The Tannirbhavi Tree Park occupies a large 15-hectare piece of land near the beach. It is protected and maintained by the Forest Department of Karnataka. Several species unique to the Western Ghats of India are found at Tree Park. Some of these have medicinal qualities as well and are extensively used in Ayurveda. The Park also has some sculptures that depict the traditions and the culture of the region.

Water Sports
The Tannirbhavi beach is quite famous for water sports. One can choose from Boating, Surfing, Jet Skiing, Motor Boats and Kayaks to explore the beautiful Arabian Sea and the extension of the Malabar Coastline and to satisfy the adventurer inside them.
Tannirbhavi Beach is barely 11 kilometres away from the centre of the city. One can take the Bejai - Kavoor Road to reach Tannirbhavi Beach Road via NH 66. Local buses and auto-rickshaws are the best modes of public transport in the city. City bus no. 16 and 16 A from Statebank, Mangalore are direct buses to the beach.
If taking the Bejai - Kavoor road, head towards Mullakad First Cross Road, take a sharp right at Kuntikana Junction and travel for about half a kilometre. Then turn left onto NH 66 till they see a bridge. Pass the bridge and take a left to get onto Tannirbhavi Beach Road.
Tourists travelling from Sultan Battery can take a ferry ride to cross River Gurupur to reach the beach. From here, one needs to walk through a large area of land covered with trees to reach Tannirbhavi Beach.

St Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

St Aloysius Chapel is a Catholic Church and a famous attraction set atop the Lighthouse Hill and has a regal look which is breathtaking right from the entrance. The unique wall paintings of St. Aloysius Chapel are stunning and attract visitors in quite a large number. These paintings were painted in 1899 by Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Jesuit when he visited Mangalore on a mission in 1878. What we get to see are mostly restored paintings that have suffered damage over time but the charm and authenticity of St Aloysius Chapel is still very well maintained. This is Mangalore's very own Sistine Chapel and offers a serene atmosphere to calm a troubled mind. The view of the Arabian Sea from the campus is worth the trip if one wishes to capture a part of the history and the natural landscape of this part of the city.

Rosario Cathedral, Mangalore

Rosario Cathedral is a 16th-century Roman Catholic Church, also called Church of Our Lady of Rosary of Mangalore. It is a magnificent structure with a beautiful interior and one of the few places in Mangalore where one can find peace and tranquillity away from the chaotic city life. The magnificent cross and the dome on the Cathedral are said to be prominent features which are easily visible to the ships approaching the Mangalore Harbour. The Cross is lit every evening and serves as guiding light for fishermen and seamen.

New Mangalore Port, Mangalore

The New Mangalore Port situated in Panambur, Mangalore in the state of Karnataka is run and governed new Mangalore trust. It is one of the most major ports located in Karnataka and is the seventh largest port in the country. It was inaugurated on 4th May 1974 by the then prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The port lies in Panambur that is, the west coast of India. It lies to the north of Phalguni River to the Arabian Sea.
New Mangalore Port is a remote area of all the coasts located in Karnataka and Kerala. Being the seventh largest port in the country, it is a place where some of the most primary commodities are imported as well as exported.
Some of the major products which are exported include pellets, iron ore fines and concentrates, coffee, cashew, manganese, granite stones and containerized cargo. Some of the commodities which are majorly imported include LPG, crude, petroleum products, wood pulp, logs of timber, fertilisers, liquid ammonia, liquid chemicals, containerized cargo and numerous other products. All the projects associated with the port were started in 1962.

Ullal Beach, Mangalore

Considered to be Karnataka's favourite beach, Ullal beach is a prime tourist attraction of the state. Located in Ullal, a small fishing village only 12 kms away from the city centre of the bustling city of Mangalore, the Ullal beach mesmerises its visitors with a panoramic view of a long coastline and the majestic Arabian Sea. The entire coast of the serene Ullal Beach is flanked with tall lush casuarinas and dense palm trees that make it look like a scene from a beautiful painting. In fact, the beach is set in no less than 14-acre casuarina groves! These trees sway in the calming breeze at the beach and instil a sense of tranquillity within you.

The waters of the beach are very clean and invite you to take a dip. For the adrenaline junkies, there are arrangements for some water sporting activities that will pump up your blood with energy and are sure to excite you. You can treat yourself to some delicious small eats that are a local favourite. Lounging languorously on the Ullal beach is the perfect way to treat yourself after a long day- soaking in the beauty of the merger of the palm-fringed beach and the azure waters in the gentle breeze will revitalise and refresh you as nothing else will. If you're out on vacation or plan to spend the weekend by the beach, you can explore the nearby attractions like the Someshwara Temple, St. Sebastian’s Church, Queen Abbakka's Fort and the Summer Sands Beach Resort. A trip to the Ullal beach is the ideal relaxation break you need from the monotony and hassles of daily life.

Things To Do at Ullal Beach
The deep blue waters of the beach are very clean and are perfect for some diving and splashing. You can go in for a dip, throw around a ball or just play around in the waves. The azure waters emanate a hypnotic charm as they blend in with hints of deep green and beckon you to take a dip. The rhythmic waves crash at the shore and create white foamy outlines that separate the blue from the gold. You will feel all the stresses and tensions from your body melt away once you set foot in these waters. You will surely be tempted to go deeper into these relaxing waters, but be sure to stick to the shoreline. Even though the waters are not very wild and unpredictable, it is always safe to make wade into the water only till when your feet can touch the ground.

The white sands of the beach glisten like beads of pearls under the soft shine of the sun and create the illusion of an illuminated coastline. You can lounge and relax in the warm sun, toss around a frisbee or play some games on the golden beach. The Ullal beach is popular for having a clean and unhampered coast where you can take long walks. Calming and rhythmic breezes brush past you, revitalising every nerve, and give you the much-needed solitude and peace. The palm-fringed coastline offers the perfect picnic spot- under the cool shades of the tall casuarinas and palm groves.

If you are seeking an action-packed trip, be sure to try out some of the water sporting activities that have been arranged at the beach. Jet skiing, sailing, speed boating and banana boat rides are just a few of the adventurous activities that will get your heart racing and your blood pumping. After all these engaging activities, you can refresh yourself with a fresh and locally grown coconut water. There are many kiosks here that sell small servings of the local cuisine. These mouth-watering delicacies are an absolutely add to the beach mood, especially the seafood. The seafood here draws people from all over the city with its delicious prawns, shrimps, fish and pomfrets. The Ullal Beach has it all- a relaxing aura that gives you the much-needed calm and an adventure excursion that will pump up your adrenaline. This is the perfect spot to spend some quality time with friends, family and even your own self.

Milagres Church, Mangalore

Milagres Church is a late 1600 Roman Catholic Church and one of the oldest in Dakshina Karnataka dedicated to Church of Our Lady of Miracles. The original Milagres Church doesn't exist anymore as it was demolished by Tipu Sultan, but a cemetery and a chapel which was built years later are still present. Followers visit to offer prayers and absorb the tranquil vibe. The major aspects that draw tourists are the century-old architecture, its religious significance and historical importance. The magnificent structure is an outcome of the efforts of Mangalorean Catholics for the wellbeing of the community settled in the city. Many choose to sit in silence for hours to calm their minds and observe the beautiful interiors. Over the years, Milagres Church has seen some difficult phases in history and even struggled to survive the tests of time and weather but there, somehow, is still a soothing vibe that visitors cannot deny.

Milagres Church is accessible via Bajpe Road/ Bejai - Kavoor Road and NH66. Local buses and auto-rickshaws are the best modes of public transport to reach Hampankatta, where the church is located. One needs to take the route - Bejai Kavoor road - Attavar Cross Road or New Balmatta Road - Avery Junction/ Mother Theresa road. The Church is a little ahead from the Milagres Church Centenary Hall.

Mangaladevi Temple, Mangalore

Mangaladevi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi, a form of Goddess Shakti or Goddess Durga. The grand temple is visited by devotees of Durga and also draws tourists visiting the city in large numbers for its ancient architecture. Goddess Mangaladevi is believed to be highly powerful and fulfils all the wishes asked with a clean soul. The spacious temple complex allows devotees to sit and meditate or chant after offering their prayers to feel rejuvenated and at peace. Those searching for a religious escape must visit the temple and experience its divine vibe.

It is believed that the magnificent temple was built by Lord Parshuram. Goddess Mangaladevi is highly revered in the city within the Hindu Community. In fact, the name, Mangalore, is derived from the name of the deity. It is said that a princess from Malabar had given up her luxurious life to become a disciple of Matsyendranath. She converted to the Nath sect and was renamed as Mangaladevi. When the teacher and the disciple travelled to Mangalore, she fell ill and settled near Bolar. After her death, the locals of Bolar built this temple in the honour of the princess and named it Mangaladevi Temple.

Mangaladevi Temple is built according to the traditional South-Indian Temple architecture with most of the temple built of wood. The sanctum sanctorum has the idol of the presiding deity who is seen in a seated or lotus position. Made of wood, granite and laterite, the sanctum sanctorum also has a small Shivalinga to the left of the idol. The temple complex houses smaller shrines dedicated to other deities. The upper level of the temple covers the hall where traditional drums are played during festivals while the entire complex is enclosed within a compound wall.

Mangaladevi Temple is easily accessible via NH66 or Bejai - Kavoor road or Bajpe Road from any part of the city. Auto-rickshaws and local buses are the most convenient modes of public transport in Mangalore.

Take the Bajpe Road/Bejai - Kavoor road and head towards Mullakad First Cross Road. Take a left at Kuntikana Junction and head towards NH66. From KPT junction, get onto Bejai Main Road by the taking the third exit from the junction and travel towards Kadri Kambla Road. Then follow the route Kadri Kambla Road - Vyas Rao road - KRR Road - Bunts Hostel Road - Balmatta Road - Maidan Road - Mangaladevi Road. The temple is located to the right at a distance of 2 kilometres.

Surathkal Beach, Mangalore

The Surathkal beach lies further down the Konkan Coast, south of the tourist trap of Goa, about 13 km from the port city of Mangalore, home to one of the major ports of India. Unlike Goa, the beaches in Mangalore have not been overly exposed to tourism, retaining their natural charm of endless stretches of spotless shores which are met by the alluring Arabian Sea. The Surathkal beach is a prime example of the pristine nature of these coastal delights.
With beautiful rocks that delightfully punctuate the smooth coastline, the Surathkal beach is a great location for those looking to enjoy the pleasure of the Konkan coast without a herd of people marring the lovely view of the ocean. The sunsets here are breathtaking and definitely worth the drive from Mangalore. As this beach isn't frequented by tourists often, there are few options for those wanting to engage in water sports. The enchanting Sadashiv temple found here encases the piece of the Shiv Lingam that gives this beach its name. A charming lighthouse completes the scene of coastal beauty one is presented with at this site.

Someshwara Beach, Mangalore

Located in Ullal in the city of Mangalore, Someshwara Beach is a hidden gem of the city. Encircled by lush green hills and majestic mountains in the backdrop, the beach is synonymous with tranquility, serenity and ataraxy; and, is still unexplored. Boasting of shimmering golden sands, a long and beautiful coastline, the beach is also peppered with rock boulders called Rudra Shile, making it unique from its other counterparts in the city. Someshwara Beach also houses the Someshwara Temple, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and it is believed that the rocks dotting the beach are present because of the God’s presence. However, due to the presence of these rocks and also because of the strong currents, the waters are not ideal and really risky for swimming. Another prominent attraction in the vicinity of the beach is the “Ottinene Hill” which is a beautiful vantage point and gives you mesmerising glimpses of the city below, the river Netravati and the big beautiful Arabian Sea.

The best time to visit the Someshwara Beach is the winter season between the months of October and March when the climate is cool and pleasant. Summers are extremely hot and humid and monsoons are exceedingly wet and muggy to roam around freely.

Bejai Museum, Mangalore

The Seemanthi Bai Government Museum is located in the heart of the city and is the city's only museum. It has a collection of ancient coins, paintings, statues and inscriptions which display the rich heritage of India.

Shopping in Mangalore

Forum Fiza Mall, Mangalore

Forum Fiza Mall is situated in Pandeshwar in Mangalore and is the fourth largest mall in Karnataka. Also known as Forum Mall, it was inaugurated in 2014 and continues to be the favourite hangout place of the localites as well as the tourists.

City Centre Mall, Mangalore

Situated on the K S Rao Road in Mangalore, City Centre boasts of being the second largest mall in the city and the fifth largest mall in all of Karnataka. Replete with a lot of shopping options ranging from clothes to footwear, home decor, appliances and cosmetics, the mall has everything. It has hundreds of big brand outlets, both domestic and international, selling everything of necessity and requirement, all under one roof. In addition to that, the humongous food court caters to all your hunger pangs. You can even enjoy fine dinings options here like a romantic date or watch a movie in the magnanimous multiplex.

Pilikula Regional Science Center

Inaugurated in 2014, The Pilikula Regional Science Center in Mangaluru is spread over 10 acres and houses 3 exhibition galleries, an inflatable dome planetarium and also a 3D theatre facility, among other things. Inaugurated in 2014, The Pilikula Regional Science Center in Mangaluru is spread over 10 acres and houses 3 exhibition galleries, an inflatable dome planetarium and also a 3D theatre facility, among other things.

This one of a kind Science Center also has a lush Science Park, located outside the building, which also includes a Dinosaur Park. It hosts school children and teachers on a regular basis. You can take your children and family and check out the planetarium shows they host, themed around space and “Mysteries of the unseen World”.

Show timings and fees: These shows air from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. everyday, except on Mondays. Charges vary from INR 50 to INR 70.

Pilikula Nisargadhama, Mangalore

Pilikula Nisargadhama is a famous Infotainment Park in Mangalore created amidst nature to provide a rejuvenating experience. In Tulu, the name Pilikula means 'a pool of Tigers'. The region was the natural habitat of Tigers back in time who would often visit the lake to drink water. Pilikula attracts not just nature lovers but also botanists, zoologists and students who wish to study the vast variety of plants and animals found here. Tourists can explore the landscape, the dense rainforest and the ponds in the region. Other than the serene natural landscape, Pilikula Nisargadhama is also famous for a number of recreational and infotainment activities. They also have a zoo, botanical garden, a science centre and an artisan village.

The guides explain all the aspects of Pilikula Nisargadhama in detail for an enriching experience. If one is visiting between October and February, they can even spot a few migratory birds. This is one attraction that will take one into the past and to the future through the ambience created inside. This is also where one can find the perfect harmony between humans and nature.

Biological Park

The Biological Park at Pilikula Nisargadhama majorly focuses on the wildlife found in the Western Ghats of India. The park is designed and maintained to resemble the natural habitat of the animals and is spread across an area of 80 hectares. It also has a fully equipped Veterinary Hospital with labs and observation cages. The area is well maintained and has proper facilities for the wildlife.

Entry Fees: Children (3 to 10 years): INR 20 Adults: INR 60 Additional charges are applicable for still and video cameras.

Science Centre
The Regional Science Centre is a perfect place to enrich one's knowledge of science with the help of interactive exhibits and fascinating games and learning activities. The centre has a 3D theatre and Taramandal which is an artificially created starlit sky.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Monday.

Entry Fees: Children (between 3 and 12 years old): INR 5 Adults: INR 20 Additional charges are applicable for taking a still or video camera 3D Theatre: INR 10 per person for adults and INR 5 per head for children and students. Taramandal: INR 5.

Manasa Amusement and Water Park
Manasa Amusement and Water Park at Pilikula Nisargadhama is a fabulous park to beat the scorching summer heat with fun and frolic. It is an apt attraction for family and corporate outings. There are slides and pools for every age group. The park functions in a way that it promotes eco-friendly entertainment and rejuvenation. The water is filtered at regular intervals to keep the condition healthy for the visitors.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Botanical Museum
The Botanical Museum was created to save the endangered species of plants found only in the Western Ghats of India along with maintaining and protecting the ecology of the region. The museum has 235 different species of endangered plants while several other species of plants are also grown and maintained at the museum. They also have a plant nursery, a greenhouse, orchidariums and vanilla plantations. They are actively involved in encouraging children and locals to protect the ecology and to help increase earning opportunities for small-scale local farmers by providing them with enough guidance that helps them maintain flowering plants, medicinal and decorative plants. They also provide demonstrations on vermin and organic waster compost.

Entry Fees: Free for all the visitors

Heritage Village
The heritage village at Pilikula Nisargadhama is a complex recreated over 35 areas of land to give the guests a feel of the authentic rural lifestyle of the Agrarian Community. The village has exhibits of Nagabana, Guthu House, Buffalo Racetrack, Coconut Gardens, tools, and traditional artefacts that represent the community.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00

Entry Fees: Children (under 3 years): Children (above 3 years): INR 20 Adults: INR 50 Foreigners: INR 100 Additional costs are applicable for Still and Video Cameras.

Boating at Pilikula Nisargadhama
The Pilikula Lake is a perfect attraction for boating with well-maintained facilities and the presence of 9 ponds and one extensive lake. One can choose between a Pedal and a Family Boat and explore the vast expanse of the lake amidst lush green surrounding under the clear blue skies, listen to the enchanting sounds of the birds and sail calmly along with the ducks and geese in the lake.

Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple, Mangalore

Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple is one of the holiest temples in the region. The dominant feature of the temple that attracts people in large numbers is that it is situated on an islet in the middle of River Nandini amidst serene natural landscape. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Parameshwari and is located at a distance of 27 kilometres from Mangalore. When visiting the temple, one must take a moment out to appreciate the panoramic view of the location, especially during the monsoon season. The temple has spacious areas and is exceptionally well maintained by the management. Devotees can pray, chant mantras or just sit and soak the divine ambience of the deity as the mesmerising river flows all around the Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple. This is the attraction to visit for those who are seeking spiritual escape in the city.

Legend of Kateel Devi
Legend says when Goddess Shakti defeated the demons, Shumbha and Nishumbha, their minister, Arunasura, fled and gathered more demons. He became the king of these demons and started creating havoc on earth. The Gods stopped the rains to make the demons stop. However, it caused more destruction because people on the planet were starving. This initiated cannibalism and looting on a large scale. Maharishi Jabali requested Lord Brahma to help them by sending the holy cow, Kamdhenu, to complete a ritual to please the Gods that had stopped the rains. Kamdhenu was not available and decided to send her daughter, Nandini. She, however, refused and this angered the Maharishi who cursed her to flow as River Nandini on the planet.

Nandini, scared, pleaded Goddess Shakti to help her. The Goddess promised Nandini that she will take birth from her and will eventually help her relieve herself off of the curse. While all this happened, Arunasura had started performing penance to seek immortality from Lord Brahma. Upon getting this wish, Arunasura defeated Lord Indra who requested Adishakti to help him. Goddess Shakti agreed, but Arunasura had to become an atheist to be able to defeat him. Brihaspati helped Adishakti to make Arunasura convert into an atheist. Later on, Adishakti took the avatar of Mohini to enchant Arunasura. Arunasura fell for her and persuaded her, but she refused and entered a rock which he broke. The Goddess took the form of Bhramara, a bee, and stung him till he died.

Saavira Kambada Basadi, Mangalore

The Saavira Kambada Basadi is a Jain temple, 1430, located in Moodabidri in Karnataka. It is also called the “Thousand Pillar Temple”, and depicts the mighty past of the Jain rulers of Moodabidri. The Temple is dedicated to the 8th Tirthankar Chandraprabha, whose massive 8-foot idol is worshipped in the temple. Obviously, the temple’s talking point is its beautifully carved pillars, standing on mandapas, each narrating a different story of the past. The temple in itself is a 3-storeyed granite structure. It is a must-visit when in Karnataka.

Moodabidri, which gets its name from the abundance of bamboo trees (bidri), is about 3 kms from Mangalore, where one can find air, rail and road connectivity. The temple is open from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. The best time to visit is in the winter, from December to early February, when the air is cool and the humidity is decreased. There is no entry fee.

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