- Headquarters of Dakshin Kannada district is an important seaport town and a major export centre of coffee and cashew nuts.
- City flanked by Western Ghats and Arabian Sea has been a trading centre for many centuries.
- Today, it is famous for beaches, backwaters, seaside fortress, architecture and pleasant climate.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Bajpe Airport, Mangalore (IXE), 20 kms away from Mangalore city centre.
- Rail: Mangalore Railway Station, Mangalore, 7 kms away from Mangalore city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
The Sultan’s Battery St. Aloysius College Chapel Kallianpur
Kadri Temple Mudabidri Karkal Dharmasthala Sringeri Udupi Kallianpur Venur
Ullal Beach Malpe
ATTRACTIONS OF MANGALORE
- The Sultan’s Battery:
- Ruins of Tipu’s fort which once guarded the naval station.
- Kadri Temple:
- Spacious square shaped temple complex is modern in layout.
- It has unique seven tanks surrounded by swaying palm trees.
- Bronze statue of Lokeshwara is said to have been cast in 968 and is one of the finest bronze in India.
- St. Aloysius College Chapel:
- Relic of colonial past is known for fine murals, painted by Rev. Antonio Moscheni in early 20th century.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND MANGALORE
- Ullal Beach:
- 11 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Sea-side village set on the mouths of two rivers is famous for the Summer Sands Beach Resort.
- 34 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Referred as ‘Jain Varanasi’ and has 18 Jan bastis or monasteries.
- Most famous being the 1000 pillared Chandranatha Basti built in 1429.
- Located about 20 kms from Mudabidri has a number of important temples.
- A 13 metres high statue of Lord Bahubali, which was completed in 1432.
- 69 kms away from Mangalore city.
- The ‘place of religion or faith’ is an important pilgrim centre.
- A shining example of communal harmony and cultural tolerance.
- Main attractions here are Manjunatha Temple and a 14 metres high Gomateshwara statue.
- Beautiful town on the banks of river Tungabhadra, 100 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Amidst the lush hills of Chikmagalur is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Karnataka.
- Sringeri Mutt here was founded in 9th century by Saint Sri Adi Shankara, the propagator of Advaitha philosophy.
- 12th century Vidyashankara temple was built here with the help of Vijayanagar rulers.
- It is a fine blend of Hoysala and Dravidian style of architecture.
- The sanctum sanctorum enshrines a linga, called as Vidyashankara, in the memory of Guru Vidyatheertha.
- A 14th century shrine of Lord Janardhana is located nearby.
- Sringeri also has an old Jain Basadi (monastery).
- 58 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Important Vaishnavite pilgrim and cultural centre is also famous for delicious South Indian cuisine.
- Udupi Krishna Temple here is famous for ‘Paryaya’ festival held once in two years.
- 4 kms away from Mangalore city centre.
- Relics of a fort built during the Vijayanagara period.
- There are shrines of Kenchamma, Veerbhadra, Mahalingeshwara and Ganapathi.
- Tranquil beach resort, 6 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Beautiful St. Mary’s Island can be reached by boat from here.
- Located on the southern banks of Gurupur River, 50 kms away from Mangalore city.
- Sacred site is well known for 11 metres high statue of Lord Bahubali, which was erected in 1604.