Mangalore is the famous tourism destination of India which is popular for its beaches and rich cultural festivals. Mangalore, also called as ‘Mangaluru’, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is pronounced as ‘Mangaluru’ in Kannada. It is located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore got 13th rank in India and second most favorable destination for business in Karnataka.
Mangalore tourism destinations include beaches, holy festivals, museum, traditional sports, and cultural dance etc.
Mangalore is most famous for Beaches here. Some of the popular beaches here are Tannirbavi, Panambur, NITK beach, Ullal beach, Someshwara, Summer Sands, Sasihithlu beach, and Kotekar beach.
Many classical dance forms and folk art are still alive in the city. Some of them are the Yakshagana – A night-long dance and drama performance, Pilivesha ( Tiger Dance ), a folk dance unique to the city is performed during Dasara and Krishna Janmashtami, KaradiVesha ( Bear Dance ) is another dance performed during Dasara. Paddanas is sung by a community of impersonators in Tulu on the rhythmic drum beats.
The Evkaristik Purshanv is an annual Catholic religious procession, which led on the first Sunday of each New Year. The only museum of Mangaloreis, The Shreemanti Bai Memorial- Government Museum in Bejai.
Popular Indian festivals are celebrated in the city-
‘Mangalore Dasara’ is a celebration of ten days. This festival celebrated at Sri Gokarnatheswara temple, which attracts devotees from various states of India.
Other than Dasara, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Eid, and Ganesh Chaturthi are also celebrated here.
Kodial Theru is another famous festival, also known as Mangaluru Rathotsava (Mangalore Car Festival) is a festival unique to the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community and is celebrated at the Sri Venkatramana Temple.
So many Traditional sports are also attracting tourist here like Kambala (Buffalo race) and Korikatta (Cockfight).
International Kite festivals are organized in Panambur Beach which attracts kite lovers from countries all over the world. City’s own group also participates with kites such as – Kathakali, Gajaraja, Yaksha, Pushpaka Vimana, Bhoota Kola, Garuda, and Vibhishana.
Best season to visit Mangalore is from September to February.
Here is the information about the best tourist destinations in Mangalore.
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
This temple was built by Shri Narayana guru for the scheduled caste which was prohibited to enter in other temples of the area. Gokarnath is also the name of Lord Shiva. Some temples were also built by this as the surrounding. All are built in Tamilnadu style.
Mangalore beach is a fantastic destination for the beach lovers, situated at the estuaries of two rivers namely Gurupara and Nehtravathi. You can also enjoy the exquisite view of the sunset here. The beach is bordered by the beauty of the Arabian Sea. It offers a peaceful environment which is an ideal destination to visit in Mangalore. Here you will feel free as the beach offers rooms and also locker facility. Also, you will find tasty exotic food stalls at a reasonable prize. The beach has a special feature which will attract you that here you will find sliver sand.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple
This temple has a Buddhist architectural influence on the basic Vijaynagri style ‘Manjunatha’. It was built in the year of 1068. The temple is situated at the base of the Kadri hills.
This watchtower was constructed by Tipu Sultan to keep a lookout for the entry of warships into the Gurpur River. The battery is made from black stones had been given the look of a miniature fortress.
New Mangalore Port
The new Manglore port is situated in Panambur to the north of Phalguni River to the Arabian Sea which is run by the new Mangalore trust. It is the important port of Karnataka also seventh largest port of India. It was inaugurated by the former prime minister Indra Gandhi on 4 May 1947. The port was stared running in 1962. Major exported material from here is pellets, iron, ore fines, and concentrates, coffee, cashew, manganese, granite stones, and containerized cargo. Also, major imports are LPG, crude, petroleum products, wood pulp, logs of timber, fertilizers, liquid ammonia, liquid chemicals, containerized cargo, and numerous other products.
Pilikula Park and Golf Course
This park has many facilities like a lake with boating facilities, a zoo, an amusement park, a sprawling golf course, a biological park, a science center, a heritage village, and many more. You will also enjoy amusement here.
This is the best place as well as the best hill station as per my opinion. It is known to be a secret of Karnataka. This misty and foggy hill station is peacefully lies nestled in the Western Ghats, elevated at 950 meters. Here the agriculture lands of coffee, tea, cardamom, and cinnamon take place. This area has a big area of greenery and beautiful scenery make by god himself. The place has versatile biodiversity with endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. Here you can easily see Elephants, Deer, King Cobras, Tigers, and Kadave are some of the animals. The Bisle Reserve Forest is biodiversity hotspot far from 65 km from Sakleshpur. You will enjoy the splendid view of God’s planet. Manjarabad Fort is also situated here, was built by Tipu Sultan for protection purpose. The grandeur of Islamic-style architecture makes it more fascinating.
This 20 feet long Waterfall is at a distance of 8 km from Sakleshpur and nestled between the lush green hills. This splendid waterfall has a mesmerizing view with mist and greenery. During the monsoon season water level of the fall increases which gives a look like heaven.
The views described above are just blueprint of some of the hundreds of places where you can feel full time and paisa vasool experience. There are a lot more things to do here. Here, you will definitely meet your youth one at high enjoyment level and also you will have a chance to figure out southern India as much as you want.