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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 33 flights that operate at Mangalore International Airport.Air India, SpiceJet and Air India Express are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Mangalore through train.Mangalore Jn, Mangalore Cntl, Surathkalare some of the most popular train stations in Mangalore.On an average about 100+ trains pass through Mangalore on a daily basis.Kannur to Mangalore, Kasaragod to Mangalore, Shoranur to Mangaloreare some of the most popular routes to Mangalore with 132, 127, 125 trains weekly respectively.
By road Mangalore is surrounded by Bantval, Kasaragod, Udupi which are 13.37 km, 27.76 km, 31.35 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Mangalore has a total of 33 hotels.There are 33 hotels in Mangalore with the popular ones being The Taj Gateway Hotel Old Port Road, GoldFinch The Finest Boutique Hotel, The Ocean Pearl, Hotel Prestige, Ginger Mangalore, The Saffron Boutique Hotel etc.
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