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357 kms west of Bangalore is the district head quarter of Dakshina Kannada-Mangalore .With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre. Mangalore could be entry [point to your beach Country with its virgin and unexplored beaches. While in Mangalore try and see a Yakshagana performance –an elaborate dance from unique to Karnataka. The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting event.

A Trip to Mangalore would be incomplete without a visit to the 10 Th centuries Manjunatha Temple’s. Aloysius chapel, Mangala Devi Temple, Tipu; s Battery and the Jumma Masjid. The Ullal beach with casuarina groves is another attraction that draws tourist all through the year.

Mangalore is the anglicized version of the name MangaLooru. Premilla, a queen of Malabar, renounced her kingdom and became a disciple of Matsyendranath of Nath cult. She traveled with her Guru towards Kudla (or Mangalore) but had to settle near Bolar as she fell ill on the way. Eventually she died there and local people built a temple in reverence to her. The temple was renovated subsequently by an Alupa ruler, Kundavarma during the year 968 AD. Thus the town was known as Mangalapura.

The term Mangala also means fort.In fact, the name Mangalapura is found in the inscriptions earlier to the period of installation of Mangaladevi temple, ie., 968 AD. The Mangaladevi temple in the southern part of the city, reminds us that the city was named after goddess Mangaladevi. Thus Mangalapura later became Mangalooru during the Vijayanagar period. They called it Mangalur Rajya.

Mangalore General Information

  • Area: 8441 sq kms
  • District: Kodagu
  • Main Quarter: Madikeri or Mercara
  • Population: 425,800
  • Sea Level: 4000 ft
  • Main Crops: Coffee, Pepper, Cardamom, Orange, Paddy
  • Main River:  Cauvery, Lakshmanathirtha


Summer: Max. 35° C Min. 26.1°C

Winter: Max. 32° C Min. 26.1°C


Tulu, Kannada, English, Urdu, Konkani, Hindi, Malayalam, Byari

How to get there

Mangalore is connected by air, rail and road to Bangalore and Bombay.

By Air
The Air port at Bajpe, just 16 kms from Mangalore city could connect the district with other major cities and other countries. There is new Mangalore Port Trust that has been helping the people here for the transport of goods to and from Mangalore.

By Rail
The Konkan Railways, Kerala -Mangalore Railways and Hassan Mangalore Railways are the major railway services here. However, some of the trains stop at the Kankanadi Station situated 5 km east of the Mangalore main city.
Mysore station - 125 kms
Mangalore station - 145 kms

By Road
The district is well connected to other places by road, railways, air and even through water. (Karnataka and Goa)

  • Mysore – 254 kms
  • Madikeri/Coorg) – 137 kms
  • Bangalore – 360 kms
  • Belur/ Hassan/ Halebid – 165 kms
  • Goa - 370 kms
  • Nagarhole - 200 kms
  • Chikmagalur - 160 kms
  • Bhadra (River Tern Lodge) - 200 kms, Hampi - 467, Badami - 510, Kalasa (Silent Valley)- 120 kms

North Kerala

  • Kasargod - 50 kms
  • Bekal Fort and Beach) 75 kms
  • Nileshwar Backwaters and Houseboats- 90 kms
  • Cannanore Kannur Backwaters and Beach - 150 kms

Pilikula Nisarga Dhama

Pillikula Nisarga Dhama at Mudushedde, 11 kms north-east from Mangalore is an integrated tourist destination with a variety of attractions.


This pilgrim centre and beach resort is located 12kms from Mangalore. The Ullal Jamma Masjid here in memory of the Muslim saint Syed Muhamed Shareef Madani Melangadi is a famous pilgrim centre for the Muslims.


Situated 35 kms from Mangalore, Moodabidire is famous for its Jain temples known as Basti's. There are 18 Bastis, the oldest and the largest is the Chandranatha Basti (1429) famous for its 1000 pillared hall. 'The Jain Matha' near the entrance has an important collection of manuscripts. Other shrines worthy of mention are Shantinatha, Settara, Derama Setti Basti, Guru Basti, Kote and Vikrama Setti Basti.


52 kms north-east from Mangalore and 20 kms from North of Moodabidire, is Karkala, an important centre of Jainism. There are several important temples and a 13metres high statue of Bahubali (Gomateswara), situated on a small hill. The statue is a naked figure reached by a flight of rock-cut steps. Some of the temples are Chaturmukha Basti (1587), Neminatha Basti, Anatapadmanabha Temple (1567) dedicated to Vishnu, and Venkataramana temple.


Varanga, nearby is an important Jain pilgrim centre 16 kms from Karkala.


It is 27 kms east on the banks of the river Nandini. It has a famous temple dedicated to Durga Parameshwari.


It is 40 kms east from Mangalore. The fort here was built by Tipu Sultan and named after his mother Jamalbee.


It is 60 kms north of the Mangalore; this town has the famous Krishna temple with the Golden Chariot. It is here that the saint Madhwacharya lived and preached 700 years ago.The famous Masala Dosa has its origin here.


Situated 50 kms NE of Mangalore, has eight Bastis and ruins of a Mahadeva temple. The largest of them is the 17C Kalli Basti, dedicated to Shantinatha. There is a Gommanteswara Monolith, 11metres high dating back to 1604 in Venur.


Maravanthe is 110 kms north of Mangalore and has a scenic Beach.


Baindur is a hamlet, 45 kms from Maravanthe. It has a beautiful beach nearby.Ottanane near Baindur is famous for its glorious sunset.


It is situated at 71 km from Mangalore. The Coastal Town of Barkur was a flourishing port in the 15th and 16th centuries until its river silted up. Today, the town's main attractions are its many temples with their typical sloping terracotta - tiled roofs. The largest is the Panchalingeshvara Temple, situated at the southern end of the town. Devotees gather at the stepped tank near the temple for a ritual bath before worshipping at the two easts - facing linga shrines. The other temples include one dedicated to both Shiva and Ganesha, and the smaller Someshvara and Somanatheshvara temples.

Krishna Temple (Udipi)

All Roads in Udipi lead to the large open square in the city centre where the krishna Temple is located. This is the focal point of all activity, spirtual and commercial, in this bustling pilgrim town.

The famous 13th - century Vaishnava teacher, Madhava, is believed to have founded the temple by installing an image of Krishna he had rescued from a shipwreck. Parked outside the temple are the festival chariots with dome - like towers made of bamboo and covered with colourful textiles.

Surrounding the square are other temples and the eight mathas associated with the Krishna Temple, built in the typical Kanara style with wooden verandahs and sloping roofs. The distance between from Mangalore to Udipi is 58 km (36 miles).


Kollur is 140 kms from Mangalore and 45 kms from kundapur. The famous temple of goddess Mookambika is located here on top of Kodachadri hill, at the foot of the Western Ghats. The goddess takes the form of a 'Jyotirlinga' incorporating the aspects of Shiva and Shakti. It is a famous pilgrimage centre attracting lot of devotees.

It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage on the west coast attracting pilgrims from all over India. Inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, there is an ancient jyotirlinga which is divided by a golden line into two unequal parts, the greater representing the three Goddesses, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali and the smaller Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The temple dome, including the kalasha, is made up of gold.


Situated 75 kms east from Mangalore, this town is a unique example of communal harmony, Dharmastala is an attractive site surrounded by forested hills, rice fields and by the river Netravati on all sides. The Manjunatha temple here is a famous pilgrim centre. Every person who comes here ,irrespective of caste or creed is welcomed and given a free meal.A Monolithic statue of Bahubali 14metres high was erected here in 1973.

Visitors are provided with free boarding and lodging by the temple authorities. There is a small museum, Manjusha Museum located opposite to the temple. There are two temple chariots covered in wooden figures and all types of religious objects including carved and painted panels, bronze sculptures and bells.


40 Km from Madikeri. This is the confluence of three rivers: Cauvery, Kanika and Sujyothi. Among many small shrines dedicated to various gods, the Bhagandeshwara temple, standing in a large courtyard surrounded by Kerala-style temples is the most impressive. Bhagamandala is known for its apiaries and Kodagu honey.


48 Km from Madikeri. Talacauvery also known as Dakshina Kashi is the famous birthplace of river Cauvery at the foot of the breathtaking Brahmagiri Hills in Coorg. The river flows down inconspicuously as ‘Guptagamini’ from here before re-emerging a small distance downward at Nagateerta. On Tulasankramana day (Oct.17th) thousands of pilgrims flock to the river's birth place to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. A Long flight of steps lead one upwards to the peak of the Brahmagiri Hills at Talacauvery from where a panoramic scene of nature unfolds.

Dubare Forest & Elephant Camp

35 Kms from Madikeri and 15Km from Kushalnagar. The reserve forest is famed for its amazing variety of avian fauna, an elephant training camp and angling possibilities on the Cauvery. Elephant interaction in the morning time is the popular activity attracts hundreds of tourist daily. Best time to be there for elephant washing and interaction is at 08.00hrs in the morning.


Shopping in Mangalore is one of the prime concerns for the visitors to the city of Karnataka. The city of Mangalore offers ample shopping opportunities for the tourists who come here to spend a vacation. The people who visit this city on a work-related tour, also drops in a shop or two to take home a shopping item that specially belongs to this region.