Mangalore, Karnataka

Mangalore Travel & Tourism Guide, Karnataka


With the great Arabian Sea on one side and towering hills of the Western Ghats on the other, the Managlore city of Karnataka becomes a perfect holiday destination, which almost every tourists love visiting. This vibrant city has everything from exotic beaches to old style seaports to majestic mountains and ancient buildings & temples. Few days won't be enough to explore the rich culture and natural beauty of Mangalore, which is blessed with so many attractions. One must take a week long break to plan a tour to Mangalore and seek solitude in the comfort of this city.

The picturesque city Mangalore is named after the deity Mangaladevi and is often proclaimed as the gateway to Karnataka. It is one of the most popular port city in India, which dates back to the 14th century. It is believed that the city got its first port, when the local rulers started trading with the kingdoms of Persia.

Tourism in Mangalore is blooming because of all the fantastic places it has; that gives tourists a wide opportunity to explore the real beauty i.e. Mangalore. Travelers come to this city to explore places like Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Someshwara beach, and Tannirbavi beach. All these places have a unique charm that helps folks get completely rejuvenated.

The diverse culture of Mangalore grabs attention of several tourists who visit Mangalore and discover that it has been ruled by various empires from the ancient time, including Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Vijaynagar Empire, Portuguese, and the British. The mesmerizing past of Mangalore and its indescribable beauty, together makes it a destination worth visiting.

There are plenty of attractions in Mangalore that are extremely popular and deserves to be seen. Some of them are listed here…go find your favorite place to get completely lost in the beauty of Mangalore.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Mangalore

Mangaladevi Temple, Karnataka

Mangaladevi Temple: Mangala Devi is the deity of the royal family of Mangalore, whose temple is formally named Mangaladevi , established in the 19th century by the King of the Ahepa dynasty. A lot of tourists and locals visit this temple during Navratri before Dussehra to take part in the festivities.

Panambur Beach: This exquisite beach is just 13 kms away from Mangalore and is best known for its serenity and wonderful location. Tourists can sit, relax, swim, and refresh their senses at this beach, which is safe for swimming and other water sports activities.

St. Aloysius Church: This beautiful church is famous for its amazing architecture and interiors, built by the Jesuit Missionary in the year 1880. It has many wonderful paintings by the Italian artist Antonio Moscheni that are now preserved by a special committee, responsible for the maintenance and welfare of the church.

Surathkal Beach, Karnataka

Surathkal Beach: This stunning beach destination is again located around 12 kms away from the main city and is known for its exotic beauty and serene atmosphere. A barefoot walk on the soft golden sand of this beach is enough to have a stress-free holiday in the arms of nature.

Things-to-do in Mangalore

  • Mangalore is a melting point of amazing cultures and traditions. Tourists can explore the religious side of the city by visiting various temples and churches & other royal buildings.
  • Visit Someshwara or Tannirbavi beach to indulge in activities like swimming, beach walking, sun bathing, etc. and experience tranquility for a complete rejuvenation.
  • Mangalore is one of the leading port city in India to handle a major portion of coffee and cashew exports. Tourists can easily get good quality coffee beans and cashews from the local markets of this city.

Where To Stay Though a little far from Bengaluru, the city is able to attract tourists with its indescribable beauty consisting beaches, mountains, lakes, and gardens. Mangalore offers a wide array of accommodation options including lodges, standard & budget hotels, guesthouses, and luxury resorts. For people who want to be away from their homes for a little while, Managlore has plenty of options to stay in a luxurious atmosphere with services including day-and-night room service, spa, swimming pool, restaurants & bar, etc. Homestay options are also available in the city at a reasonable price. Here are some popular hotels in Mangalore, one can definitely book to stay in style...

  • Goldfinch Hotel
  • The Gateway Hotel Mangalore
  • Ginger Mangalore
  • Hotel Ayush International
  • Hotel Prestige
  • Hotel Poonja International
  • Hotel  Navratna Palace
  • The Ocean Pearl
  • Lalit International
  • Saffron
  • Hotel Poonja International
  • Moti Mahal
  • Hotel Srinivas

Travel Information

By Air: Mangalore Bajpe Airport is the nearest airport, which connects to all major cities & towns of India, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. It is located approximately 10 km away from the main city.

By Rail: There is one rail-head in Mangalore, which connects to all the major cities in India. Mangalore Junction and Mangalore Central are the two stations, located in the city.

By Road: NITK Mangalore and Mangalore Bye Pass are two major bus stops, from where buses for nearby cities like Mysore, Bengaluru, Oaty, etc. are available. A number of local buses and taxis are also available to travel within the city.

Best Time To Visit: Winter season (December and Janaury)