The port city of Mangalore may often go unnoticed in favour of its more popular cousin, Bangalore, but the city — situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats – has a charm of its own.The city is steeped in culture and historical significance. The port city was home to several dynasties, including the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar, in addition to the Portuguese. The culture, heritage and history of the city attract tourists and locals alike.
From the Udupi cuisine to the mystical Sri Subramanya temple, let Mangalore take you on an unforgettable southern sojourn. If you’re planning a visit soon, here are some of the best places to visit in Mangalore.Holiday Hopping through the Best Tourist Places in Mangalore A visit to Mangalore will not be complete without exploring these famous places in and around the city.
1. Temple run in Dharmasthala
Perched on the banks of the River Nethravati, the quaint Dharmasthala town is renowned for the Dharmasthala temple – a fine example of architectural splendour and religious significance. The Dharmasthala temple espouses religious tolerance.
2. Food trail in Udupi
The quaint town of Udupi is famous for its Krishna temple and the popular Udupi cuisine. It serves as an important pilgrimage centre and is among the best places to visit in Mangalore. An important tourist destination in the town is the Krishna Mutt, which was founded in the 13 thcentury by the Vaishnava Saint Sri Madhavacharya.
3. Fishing Around in Malpe
If you are looking for a beach escapade, Malpe should be your next pit-stop in Mangalore. The townserves as an important fishing harbour. Blessed with spectacular natural beauty, Malpe has four rocky islands close to it — – Daria-Bahadurgarh, the Northern-most island; the Kari-Illada- Kallu,the Southern-most island; the Daria-Gadara- Kalluthe, and the St Mary’s Island. Malpe is also home to the Mogaveera tribe, a local fishing community. Therefore, you can expect to sample on delicious and fresh seafood.
4. Discover Karkala
Karkala is a small, sleepy town in the Udupi district of Karnataka.This town is of particular interest as it peppered with a number of historical and natural landmarks.It is well known for the gigantic statue of Gomateshwara – an important pilgrimage site for Jains. The town also plays host to a number of festivals. ThevMahamastakabhisheka is attended by hundreds of devotees from across the globe. Tourists and locals alike bathe and anoint the Gomateshwara statue with milk, water, turmeric and vermillion.
5. View from the top at Jamalbad Fort
The Jamalabad Fort is located in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. This hilltop fortification is around 65 km from Mangalore, and perfect for a day adventure trip.Jamalabad is also a popular trekking destination, perfect for an early morning adrenaline rush. The view from the top provides a panoramic view of the surroundings, thereby making it among the best places to visit in Mangalore.
6. Hanumanagundi Falls-Trekking Adventure
The falls is also referred to as the Suthanabbe Falls. It is perched in the surroundings of the Kudremukh National Park, another one of the great tourist places in Mangalore.The Kudremukh National Park is another great trekking and hiking destination, while the Hanumanagundi Falls boasts of great natural beauty with a mystical spray that forms a misty cover over the lush green surroundings. However, getting to the falls will require you to undertake a mini trek of your own as a 400-stair climb is in the offing.
7. History Beckons at Sultan Battery
If places of historical significance interest you, a visit to Sultan Battery is definitely worth it.Constructed by Tipu Sultan in 1784, the watchtower is located in the town on Boloor, which is around 4km from Managlore city. How on earth did the place come to be named Sultan Battery? The watchtower was the pad from where cannons were fired, hence the suffix ‘Battery’. The perch of the fort offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea. The place also offers a stunning blend of natural and manmade excellence.
8. Stroll through Light House Hill Garden
Located in the heart of the city, the Light House Hill Garden is a relic of the 18th century rule of Haider Ali. The garden, which forms part of the light house, offers a stunning view of the sea. The well-manicured garden is dotted with numerous trees, shrubs and flowering plants. If you are looking to spend a few hours in the lap of nature, this should be your go-to place.
9. Serenity in Someshwara Beach
Someshwara Beach is an iconic rocky beach that faces the Kanara Region. It is located just a few kilometres away from Managlore. The beach is famous for its ‘Rudra Shile’ — a formation of large rocks on the shoreline. The renowned Somanath Temple was built here. You might want to exercise caution while taking a dip here. The ocean current can be temperamental, and therefore, dangerous.However, you still have the option of enjoying the peace and serenity of the beach,taking in the beautiful scenery while sitting on the rocks and letting the cold ocean waves wash over your feet.
10. Beach hop at Ullal Beach
If you are in the mood to beach hop, you should make a stop at Ullal beach. It is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore. The beach has a continuous shoreline fringed with coconut palm trees and a fishermen’s lane that open up onto the beach. This historical town was formed out of years of conflict and war.
11. St Aloysius Chapel- The Architectural Marvel
Located on the summit of the Light House Hill, St. Aloysius Chapel was constructed in 1885. The stunning architecture, frescoes and oil paintings will remind you of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The chantry is dotted with stunning paintings of religious significance. This Chapel was devoted to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who dedicated his life to caring for the poor and underprivileged. The chapel should definitely be one of the places to visit in Mangalore.
Some of the best places to see in Mangalore are not necessarily located in the heart of the city. However, the journey to these places will ensure you get to take in the sights and sounds of this historical landmark. If you have visited Mangalore, tell us about the places that stood out to you in the comments below.