Mangalore is a vibrant, enchanting and fast progressing town and is the administrative headquarters of Dakshina Karnataka district in Karnataka. Mangalore exports include coffee and cashewnuts and has also made a mark in roof tiles, cigarettes and sea food. The name is derived out of its presiding deity Mangala Devi and is a busy commercial centre. It was popularly known as Mangalaroo which can be interpreted asplace or abode of Mangala.
The scenic landscape is extremely exuberant and is marked by coconut palms in the backdrop and majestic streams flowing towards the Arabian Sea. The picturesque location is spotted with ancient tiled roof buildings with the famous Mangalore tiles of red colour clay dug from local places. The bustling and bubbly port city of Mangalore with its uneven roads, beautiful sandy beaches, medieval temples make a suitable destination fortourists in an easy and relaxed manner.
Vegetation in Mangalore is marked by presence of coconut trees, Ashoka trees and palm trees. The city is environment friendly and has retainedits green colour. Major tourist attractions are the Seemanthini Bai Bejai Museum, the hillock of Light house, number of temples including Mangaladevi temples, chyrches and mosques. The coastline of the city is marked with umpteen number of beaches like Someshwara beach, Mukka beach, KREC beach, Panambur beach and beautiful silky Tannirbavi beach.
The famous folk dance of Mangalore is called Yakshagana. The city is a haven for shoppers owing to big shopping centres.
CONNECTIVITY TO MANGALORE:
Mangalore is a prominent rail junction in India and is well connected to other cities in the country. Mangalore Bajpe Airport is located just 10km away from the city. KSRTC buses of Kerala and Karnataka connect all major cities in Kerala and Karnataka with Mangalore.
ATTRACTIONS IN MANGALORE:
-BEJAI MUSEUM: also known as Seemanthi Bai Govt. Museum is located centrally in the city at Bejai. It is named after the mother Seemanthi Bai of an officerV. R. Mirajkar of British Raj. This museum links modern history with the 16th century. The museum is precious for researches as it comprises of metal icons, statues, lamps and inscriptions made out of copper.
-SULTAN BATTERY: This is a watch tower supposed to be built by Tipu Sultan in order to watch the entry of warships in Gurpur River. The battery, located in Boloor, was erected in black stones resembling a miniature fortress. .
-LIGHTHOUSSE HILL GARDEN: assumed to have been built by Haider Ali is located in proximity to the heart of the city. One can view sailing ships and lovely sunsetfrom this newly renovated garden. The view of the moving boats amidst the vast oceans is highly captivating. Inundated with greenery, plants and flowers the place attracts tourists in large numbers.
-MANGALORE BEACH: Mangalore is placed at the confluence of Netravathi and Gurupura rivers forming backwaters. This exotic beach is known for its clean environmentand fascinating lighthouse. The soft silvery beach and cool breeze from Arabian Sea provide a refreshing and unparalleled sight.
-KADRI HILL PARK: is a fine park consisting of a well maintained animal conservatory. Animals that can be spotted here are sambar deer, leopard, bear, jackals and monkeys. Various species of reptiles and wide variety of rare birds are also found here. There are many entertaining facilities available such as toy train for children.
-KUDROLI GOKARNATH TEMPLE: is one of the main attractions of Mangalore and was built in 1912. Sri Narayana Guru, a saint and social reformer built this temple. Gokarnanatheshwara, Lord Shiva, is the presiding deity. The main temple is surrounded by small temples for Mahaganapathi, Subramanya, Shaneeshwara, the Navagraha, Annapoorneswari and Anandabhairava. The gopuras and pillars are constructed in the Tamil Nadu style and are embellished with scenes from legendary stories. Navratri and Shivratri are celebrated with great pomp and show in this temple.
-MILAGRES CHURCH: is a church of architectural splendour and is also known as Church of Lady of Miracles. Bishop Thomas de Castro constructed it in 1680.
-SHRI SHARAVU MAHAGANAPATI TEMPLE: is a sacred temple located in the heart of the city and has a history of 800 years. It is a hub for dance and drama performances. Large number of devotees throng this temple on occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi and Sankranti.
-ST ALOYSIUS CHURCH: is well placed in the campus of St. Aloysius College in a central place in Mangalore. The chapel, built in 1885 by Rev Father Joseph Willy, closely resembles the world renowned Sistine Chapel at Rome. The chapel comprises of magnificent paintings on the ceiling, fresco painting and oil canvas painting. An Italian painter Anthony Moschemi drew stunning paintings during the early 20th century.