Famous for/as: Heritage, Beaches, Temples, Palaces
Coordinates: 12.917200 74.856003
A major port on the Arabian Sea, Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. With a rich history spanning to the 6th century AD, it is one of the most well known ports of south India. Mangalore is the export hub of coffee and cashew nuts and is also known for its roof tiles, cigarettes and seafood.
Also known as Mangaluru, Mangalore derives its name from its patron deity -Goddess Mangala Devi. It is a busy, commercial coastal city in today’s times.
Feathery coconut palms line the undulating roads of Mangalore, glimpses of the Arabian Sea can be caught from turns on its hilly roads and rolling hills sparkle with streams flowing into the sea. The dreamlike place is spotted with ancient tiled-roof buildings, decked with red-colored tiles and clay dug from local lands. The bustling port city of Mangalore, with its hilly roads, beautiful sandy beaches, centuries old temples and a prominent lighthouse offers an unforgettable vacation experience.
The vegetation mostly supports coconut trees, and other trees like the Asoka and palms. In spite of being a busy, modern port, Mangalore retains its greenery and a revitalizing, fresh atmosphere.
The Seemanthini Bai Bejai Museum, Lighthouse hillock, religious places, like the Mangaladevi temples, churches and mosques are some of Mangalore’s main tourist attractions. The coastline of the city holds a number of beaches, like the Someshwara, Mukka, KREC, Panambur and the Tannirbavi beach, each more picturesque than the other.
Mangalore’s rich cultural heritage is evident in the nightlong dance and drama concerts regularly held there. Yakshagana, the folk dance of Mangalore, is a chief tourist attraction.
The basis of Mangalore’s industrial development is the biggest shopping complexes, industrial estates and seafood processing units. Mangalore is an ideal holiday spot for those looking for a place with the climate of a hill station and the sun cover of a beach destination.