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History of: 600 years
Population: 4.25 Lac

The coastal town of Mangalore has been a prominent hub of maritime trade for ages. Flanked by the lofty hills of Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian sea on the west, Mangalore is also known for its scenic beaches and serene landscape. The abundant natural beauty coupled with the quaint old-world charm of the city has aptly served the cause of Mangalore tourism.

Major Attractions

 

Kadri Manjunath Temple
Located at the foot of the Kadri Hill, the Kadri Manjunath temple enshrines the deity of Lokeshwara. The idol of Lokeshwara, a three-faced figure with six arms, is reputed to be one of the best bronze statues in India. The origin of the Kadri temple can be traced to 1068 AD. A 'Jogimutt' and some stone caves located atop the Kadri hill are believed to be the caves of the Pandavas, mythological figures from the epic Magabharata. Pilgrims throng these caves in large numbers.

Mangaladevi Temple
Mangaladevi temple is dedicated to Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of Mangalore. Mangaladevi was a princess of Kerala, who came here accompanying Matsyendranatha, one of the propounders of the Nath cult and breathed her last on this land. The 10th century temple is situated 3 Km. away from main City Bus stand. This temple built by the Ballal family of Attavar.

St. Aloysius College Chapel
Built in the year 1899-1900, St. Aloysius College Chapel is located on the light house hill. For its sheer architectural beauty, the Chapel is regarded on par with the famous Sistine Chapel in Rome. Exquisite frescoes adorn the walls and the ceilings of this structure, which are regarded to be the creation of trained Jesuit priest Antony Moscheni.

Sultan Battery
This watchtower was built by Tipu Sultan to prevent enemy warships from entering the Gurpur River. Cannons mounted on vantage points of the tower used to mow down the enemy with enormous firepower. Remnants of the original fort-like structure today constitutes what is called the Tipu's well. It is today a deserted spot but its construction is bafflingly exquisite.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Dharmasthala (65 km)
An epitome religious harmony, Dharmasthala is home to sacred shrines of Hindu and Jain religions. The Jain tirthankara and Lord Shri Manjunatha Swamy (another form of Lord Shiva) are worshipped on the same sanctified site in Dharmasthala. The colossal monolithic statue of Bahubali is a major tourist attraction of Dharmasthala.

Karkala (50 km)
Another Jain pilgrimage, Karkala is well known for the giant statue of Bahubali (Gomateshwara). A flight of rock-cut steps leads to this nude statue of Bhagaban Bahubali. Chaturmukha Basti, Neminatha Basti, Anatapadmanabha Temple dedicated to Vishnu, and Venkataramana temple are the other prominent temples.

Mudabidri (35 km)
A pilgrimage for Jains, Mudabidri is home to 18 basadis or Jain monasteries. The Tribhuvana Tilaka Choodamani Basadi, also known as the thousand pillars basadi, is the grandest of the Jain basadis. Each of the thousand pillars is ornamented with different carvings.

Ullal (12 km)
Ullal is known as much for its scenic beaches as for its religious sites. Dotted with casuarina groves, the Ullal beach is a lovely destination for those looking for a tranquil holiday. The Ullal Jamma Masjid, dedicated to the memory of the Muslim saint Syed Muhamed Shareef Madani Melangadi, is a renowned Muslim pilgrimage.
 

Fun Festives

 

Aati Festival
Aati festival is one of the major festivals in Mangalore. The Aati festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of Mangalore. Moreover, during this festival in Mangalore, the people of Mangalore perform the Aatikalanja, which is a form of a ritualistic folk dance in Mangalore. Kalanja is minor spirit that is supposed to be the protector of village.

Tiger Dance in Mangalore
Tiger Dance in Mangalore is a unique form of dance that is performed by the people of Mangalore during Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Tiger Dance at Mangalore is one of the most popular dances in South India.

Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple
Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple is also known as Mangalore Rathotsava. Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple is one of the famous festivals of Mangalore that attracts a lot of tourists to come to Mangalore.

 

Distance from major cities
Bangalore 352 Kms
Mysore 291 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air The Air port at Bajpe, just 16 kms from Mangalore city could connect the district with other major cities and other countries.
by Rail Rail connectivity to Mangalore is available courtesy the Konkan Railways, Kerala -Mangalore Railways and Hassan Mangalore Railways.
by Road Mangalore is connected with good network of roads with all major cities of Karnataka.

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