Mangalore, known as port city,is headquarters of the Dakshina district in the coastal location of the state of Karnataka in India. From capital of Bangalore it is just 295 Kms. It is the gateway to Karnataka and the district headquarters for Puttur, Bantwal, Sullia and Belthangady taluks of the Dakshina Kannada District. It is named after the goddesses Mangaladevi and some other names are as under- Kudla, Mangalapuram, Mangalooru, Kodeyaala, Maikala, Kodial and Manjarun. Traditionally it was an essential trading port with ties with the Persian Gulf states which was dating back in the 14th century. It is one of the fastest moving cities due to which lots of multi-national companies are exploring and opening their offices over there.
How to reach Mangalore?
It is also known as the cradle of Education because it is having around 16 Engineering , 6 medical, 3 Dental, 12 MBA, 8 Hotel management, 58 graduation and 11 physiotherapy colleges in and around the cities. It is blend for both new and old along with the increasing influx of students from different cities of India and different parts of the world. It has become the melting pot for different cultures.
- Via Air
The International Airport at Mangalore is just 20 Km from the city centre. In recent times you could find the daily flights from Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Surat, Calicut and Delhi in the segment of Domestic and bi-weekly or weekly flights to Abu Dubai, Dubai, Doha, Muscat, Bahrain etc.
- Via Train
They are having two major railway stations- Mangalore central (it is in the heart of city and the terminus is used only for the train which are terminating at Mangalore) and Mangalore Junction (it is 5 Kms from the city centre, and trains which are running for the long distances are not terminating over here itself.)
- Via Taxi/Car
It is well connected to Mumbai, Goa and Kerala through NH-17 to the state capital Bangalore through NH-48, and to Hyderabad through NH-13. Highways are only two laned and quite narrow but really it’s the wonderful drive for the scenic beauty. There are lots of heavy traffic on the Highways owing to the increase in numbers of buses which are moving on the routes. So it is recommended that be cautious while driving.
Top 10 places to visit in Mangalore
- Mangaladevi Temple
- Ullal Darga
- Milagres Church
- Urwa Marigudi
- St. Aloysious Chapel
- Jamia Masjid Kudroil
- Kadri Manjunatheswara
- Carstreet Venkataramana Temple
- Sharavu Ganapathi Temple
- Kudtheri Mahamaya Temple
Where to Eat and Stay?
There are wide range of small restaurants where one could gorge on the cheap food as long as you are willing to go ahead with the South Indian Food. The most typical ones are the Udupi-style restaurants which are serving the staple fare of the idli, dosas and vada. You could wash them down with some home grown filter tea or coffee. The lunch menu in the restaurant of woodland is quite tasty and typically South Indian. Lunch does includes two varieties of normal rice,rice, boiled rice and the tiffin menu also include delicious food with numerous choices. They keep their dinner plain and simple. Some of the renowned locations for having your food are- Taj Mahal, Hotel Ayodhya, Janata Delux, The Saffron spice, Mughul treat, Royal Durbar etc.
There are no restrictions with respects to budgeted resorts and hotels for staying as they do take care for every individual. Some of the renowned locations are- Pandit health resort and spa,Ayodhya, Hotel Hindusthan, Prestige, Hotel Surya, The Gateway Hotel, Srinivas, Summer Sands Beach Resort, Moti Mahal, Hotel Goldfinch etc.