A Travel Guide to Mangalore

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Mangaluru is a coastal gem that blends natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Known for its pristine beaches, such as Panambur and Tannirbhavi, Mangaluru offers a perfect getaway for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. The city's unique blend of cultures is reflected in its architectural wonders like the Kadri Manjunath Temple and St. Aloysius Chapel, adorned with intricate frescoes. Mangaluru is also renowned for its delectable seafood, bustling markets, and lively festivals like Mangaluru Dasara. With its coastal charm and cultural diversity, Mangaluru is a captivating destination that leaves visitors spellbound.

Best time to visit Mangaluru

The best time to visit Mangaluru is from December and January. During this time of the year, the weather is cool and pleasant to explore. 

Most spoken languages in Mangaluru

  • Kannada
  • Tulu
  • Beary 
  • Konkani

How to reach Mangaluru

  • By Air: You can book flights to Mangaluru at the Mangaluru International Airport. It is the nearest airport, located 16km away from the city. IndiGo operates more than 50 weekly non-stop flights between Mangaluru and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.
  • By Train: Mangaluru junction is well-connected to the major cities and towns through various long-distance trains like Yesvantpur-Karwar Express, KSR Bengaluru City-Kannur Express, among others.
  • By Bus: Many bus services are connecting Mangaluru to nearby towns, run by the state government and private operators.

Getting around in Mangaluru

Mangaluru has an extensive network of buses operated by the government and private agencies, connecting different parts of the city. Auto-rickshaws, local taxis and other app-based services are the other accessible means of transportation.

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Places to Visit in Mangaluru

  • Panambur Beach: When you are holidaying in this seaside paradise, start your journey by ticking off an essential element, the beach. Karnataka's coast is home to some of India's most beautiful, pristine beaches, so expect to be pleasantly surprised in Mangalore. Head to Panambur Beach, famous for the many attractions on offer—from a jet ski and horse riding to boating and dolphin viewing. A private enterprise currently manages the beach with a skilled lifeguard service on patrol. In January, the place hosts the International Kite Festival, where participants from France, Germany, Australia and several other countries fly speciality kites designed in line with the event's theme.
  • Tannirbhavi Beach: From here, head to Tannirbhavi Beach, a short ferry ride away from Sultan Battery watchtower, built by Tipu Sultan in 1784. Take in its quiet, laidback atmosphere, and treat yourself to an ice gola as you watch the sun melt into the horizon. Other famous beaches to bookmark include NITK Beach, which derives its name from the National Institute of Technology (Karnataka) and boasts a lighthouse nestled at its rocky shore. Someshwar Beach, although unsafe for swimming, is also worth a trip for its sun-kissed golden sand and Lord Somanatha Temple, where the beach gets its name from.
  • Mangaladevi Temple: Places of worship play a significant role in Mangalore. The city derives its name from Mangaladevi Temple at Bolara, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shakti's incarnation. The presiding deity at the centre and smaller shrines surrounding it. Watch it come alive during the Navaratri festival when devotees come in large numbers to witness the annual celebrations.
  • Milagres Church: A ten-minute drive away stands another historic landmark, Milagres Church, a Roman Catholic church built by Bishop Thomas de Castro in 1680.

Places to eat in Mangaluru

Gajalee Sea Food Restaurant
Gajalee Sea Food Restaurant

Mumbai’s much-loved seafood restaurant has an outpost in Mangaluru. A British-style circuit house-turned-restaurant, Gajalee’s old-warm charm transports you back in time. Dig into its sumptuous Crab Tandoor Masala, Prawn Ghee Roast or the signature Bombil Fry, and wash it down with a glassful of soothing solkadi.

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Giri Manja’s
Giri Manja’s

Locals swear by this little eatery for their delicious fish preparations. Giri Manja’s no-frills, a simple setup is what makes the food take the spotlight. Pick from their ‘catch of the day’ menu where the fish, is cooked two ways—masala fry and sukha; or go for the thali menu that comes with a fish dish, a veg curry, pickle, and unlimited rice.

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New Tajmahal Café
New Tajmahal Café

A favourite vegetarian breakfast joint, New Tajmahal is known for its set dosas, ghee uthappam and filter coffee. Head here for a quick, easy-on-the-pocket meal after your trip to Milagres Church.

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Shetty Lunch Home
Shetty Lunch Home

When you are on the lookout for the best chicken ghee roast, a dish where chicken pieces are marinated in fiery spices and roasted in ghee, all roads lead to Shetty Lunch Home in Mangaluru. Their mutton and fish preparations—sukka, chilly, pepper fry are also worth a try.

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Pabbas
Pabbas

By all means eat your heart out across the city, but keep some room for dessert. At Pabbas, over 50 different verities of ice creams, milkshakes and fresh fruit juices await to hit your sweet spot. Try the Dilkhush, Tiramisu and Gadbad; three flavours favourite among the regulars.

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Shopping places in Mangaluru

  • Nexus Mall
  • Bharath Mall
  • Empire Mall

Markets in Mangaluru

Although Mangaluru is no street shopper's paradise, there are a few stores that are sure to make you halt during the trip. Hit the Hampanakatta Market, one of the oldest and busiest markets in the city, for buying silk sarees, traditional fabrics and jewellery.

If you're planning to take back a food souvenir for your family and friends, shop for the Mangalorean Halwa from New Taj Mahal Café in Kodialbail and a pack of cashews from Phalguni Cashew Centre in Hampanakatta.

Where to stay in Mangaluru

TheGateway

The Gateway Hotel This business hotel from Taj spoils you with all modern comforts: well-appointed rooms, a 24/7 fitness centre and a thoughtfully designed spa. Make sure to dine at its speciality Mangalorean restaurant, Cardamom, which serves a variety of seafood delicacies. Call it a wrap with a drink at the in-house lounge, High Tide Bar.

RiverRoost

RiverRoost Resorts Around 15km from the heart of Mangaluru city lies River Roost, a resort set amidst coconut and areca plantations. There’s plenty to do to soak in the beauty of nature: relax in a hammock by the river, visit the organic garden or go fishing by the river. For stay, choose their wood cabin dorm and rooms, or the spacious Deluxe and Luxury rooms.

SummerSands

Summer Sands Beach Resort Located on the famous Ullal-Someshwar beach, the 15-acre Summer Sands offers two- and three-bedroom private villas with a 1,000ft beachfront, and access to a range of outdoor activities—from the jet ski to badminton.

OceanPearl

The Ocean Pearl Located in the heart of Mangaluru city, Ocean Pearl is a convenient option for a stay if you wish to be in the heart of the action. Owned by the parent company of the favourite restaurants ‘Sagar Ratna’ and ‘Swagat’, naturally, there are numerous F&B options to choose from: Coral for multi-cuisine, The Jazz for cocktails and the Tide Coffee Shop for bakes.

Nightlife in Mangaluru

  • The Liquid Lounge
  • The London Street Pub
  • Froth on Top
  • Mangala Bar
  • High Tide Bar
  • Baza Bowl
  • ONYX Air Lounge & Kitchen
  • Infiniti - Lounge - Bar

Places to visit near Mangaluru

  • Jog Falls: This view of the beautiful water body known as Jog Falls, cascading down the height of 830 feet, is a sight to behold. This short break from Mangaluru city is worth visiting as its beauty gets further enhanced with lush green surroundings.
  • Sravanabelagola: One of the most important Jain pilgrimage centres, Sravanabelagola is home to the world's most massive monolithic structure carved from a single stone. This structure belongs to the statue of Gomateshwara, measuring 17.5 metre and visible even before you reach the town. 
  • Prithu Mandapam: On your trip to the Meenakshi Amman Temple, make sure to halt at Prithu Mandapam, an old pillared hall near the eastern entrance. It is known to be the best place for your cotton fabric loot in Madurai. For hand-woven silk and batik textiles, head to East Masi Street, South Avani Moola Street and Town Hall Road. And since you're in Madurai, don't forget to pick a gorgeous silk saree from any of these shopping hubs. From bell-metal lamps to bronze idols, bookmark the government-run Poompuhar handicraft store and the Cottage Arts Emporium if you're looking for traditional handicrafts.

Festivals in Mangaluru

  • Sri Krishna Janmashtami: Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami are two of the prime festivals that are celebrated with great fervour. Sri Krishna Janmashtami witnesses the exuberant enactment of God's childhood endeavours to steal butter and curd from earthen pots beyond his reach. A matka or pot is suspended high above the ground, and a bunch of young men and children form human pyramids to try and reach the pot and eventually break it.
  • Dussehra: Tiger Dance is a wonderful form of folk dance in Dakshina Kannada that attracts the young and the old alike. Since the tiger is considered as the favoured carrier of Goddess Sharada (the deity in whose honour Dussehra is celebrated), this dance is performed during the Dussehra celebration. It is also performed during other festivals such as Krishna Janmashtami.
  • Aati festival: Aati festival is also one of the key festivals especially celebrated in Mangaluru. Aatikalañja is a ritualistic folk dance performed by the Nalke community between July and August.

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