Sometimes a beautiful beach town, and sometimes a crowded and busy small town, Mangalore has many shades to it. While it’s a great city in which to unwind and relax by the beach, the journey to get to the beach may grate on your nerves
But that’s Mangalore—small, cozy, naturally charming and unapologetically chaotic.Situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the city enjoys the best of both worlds—mountains and the sea. The roads dip from time to time, causing little butterflies in your stomach—proof of a city that was carved from the hills. The food is spicy yet delicious; the people hospital and warm, yet expectant… waiting for you to learn their language.Karnataka’s most important port town, Mangalore used to be a major bone of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, namely Tipu Sultan. The British finally took over the city and added their touch to it—elements that stand tall till today. Although there isn’t too much to do in Mangalore, there are still more than enough sites to keep you busy for a couple of days. If nothing else, there is always the beach to head to, with its inviting sandy shores and clear blue waters.Named after the Goddess Mangaladevi, there are a number of temples that you can visit while in Mangalore. The city is also steeped in rich culture, so make sure you catch a dance and drama performance during your trip. Try and plan your trip around the Yakshagana, the annual night-long dance and drama production that the city hosts. The city brightens up during the festive period with Dasera and Diwali celebrated with much gusto. There is a sizeable Christian community, which also celebrates a number of festivals, some specific to the region.If you’re in Mangalore, ask the locals where you can catch one of the traditional sporting events, such as Kambala (buffalo race) or Korikatta (cockfight). Not only is this a great way to witness the city’s age-old traditions and customs, but it’s also a great way to get a peek into the colorful lives of the locals.Auto-rickshaws are undoubtedly the easiest way to get around in Mangalore. As the city isn’t too big, you are unlikely to have much difficulty getting around. Make sure you fix the fare before sitting in a rickshaw to avoid getting fleeced.Buses are also available through the city. While they may not be terribly comfortable to ride in, bus conductors would be the best people to help you get around the city.Of course, if you want to get acquainted with the small lanes and narrow nooks of the city, walking is your best bet.Mangalore is a small town and the people are not very progressive either. Dress and behave modestly.Women should avoid venturing out after dark, as the city practically shuts down
Mangalore is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Mangalore International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Mangalore from other major cities of the country..