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Mangalore Sightseeing

AttractionArea/Distance
Sultan BatteryLocated about 6 kilometers from Mangalore Bus Station at Boloor
Mangaladevi Temple Placed about 3 kilometers southwest of the heart of Mangalore at Bolar
Kadri Manjunath TempleNestled at the top of Kadri Hills about 4 kilometers away from the Nehru Maidan Service bus stand
Kudroli Gokarnath TempleLocated about 3 kilometers from the Nehru Maidan Bus stand
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple Located right in the heart of the city
Durga Parameshwari Templeon the banks of the river Nandini in Dakshina Kannada district
St. Aloysius ChapelSituated on the Lighthouse Hill in the premises of St. Aloysius College
Milagres ChurchLocated near Hampankatta
Jami Mosque of Zinad BakshStationed on the banks of Gurpur River in Kulur
UllalSituated nearly 12 kilometers
Seemanthi Bai Government Museum (Bejai Museum) Approximately 4 kilometers from Nehru Maidan city Bus Stand
Light House Hill GardenSituated a kilometer away from the main bus station
Kadri Park Positioned about 5 kilometers from the heart of the city near AIR studios on Kadri Gudde (hill)
Pilikula Park and Golf CourseSituated in Moodushedde Village overlooking the banks of the river Gurupura near Mangalore
Mangalore BeachPositioned at the convergence of Netravati and Gurupura Rivers
New Mangalore PortStationed nearly 10 kilometers from the center of the city in Panambur


Sultan Battery

Location: About 6 kilometers from Mangalore Bus Station at Boloor
Located about 6 kilometers from Mangalore Bus Station at Boloor, Sultan Battery is a watch tower erected by the Tiger of Mysore ‘Tipu Sultan’. Resembling a scaled down fortress owing to its structure of cannon mounting arrangements, this watch tower is built in black stones. Tipu Sultan constructed this observation grandstand in the year 1784 in order to keep watch over the sea ridge and the Gurpur River and prevent the warships from entering and invading his territory. The exquisite architecture of this barbican is very strong and sturdy.
It is believed that this lookout point was built using the stones of the churches that were destroyed by Tipu Sultan during the 15 years imprisonment of Mangalorean Christians. This miniature fortress could not stand the test of time and today only a portion of the original edifice exists. The surviving structure is today named Tipu’s Well and the Archaeological Survey of India is appointed to preserve this historical heritage of our country. Though Sultan Battery is an abandoned place today, tourists do visit this place and get a glimpse of this historical memorial. Natives also say that near the Sultan Battery there lay some undiscovered caves that enter into a tunnel which finally opens at the fort of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapattana.

Mangaladevi Temple

Location: About 3 kilometers southwest of the heart of Mangalore at Bolar
Placed about 3 kilometers southwest of the heart of Mangalore at Bolar, this temple dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi is a prominent Hindu pilgrim center. The myth that is associated with this temple says that Machindranath or Matsyendranath, the founder of the Nath Pantha arrived in this region accompanied by a Kerala princess Parimala or Premaladevi. She was converted to Nath sect by Machindranath who renamed her as Mangaladevi. This temple was set up in 10th century in her honor posthumously. The city Mangalore receives its name from the name of this revered Goddess. The term ‘Mangalore’ is spilt as, Mangala-Ooru which means, Mangala's town.
Mangaladevi is worshipped as an incarnation of ‘Shakti’ at the time of Navaratri Festival. On the ninth day of Navaratri, the famous festival of Mangalore called Rathothsava or Mahanavami is performed at this temple. Devotees believe that the worship of Goddess Mangale will bring them good fortune and happiness. Ladies perform Mangala Parvati Vrata to get a good husband. It is also believed that if you conduct the marriage ceremony in this temple, you will be blessed with a happy married life.
This temple of Goddess Mangaladevi, built by Ballal Family of Attavar has three silver doorways that lead to the inner sanctorum where the idol of the Goddess is seated.

Kadri Manjunath Temple

Location: At the top of Kadri Hills about 4 kilometers away from the Nehru Maidan Service bus stand
Nestled at the top of Kadri Hills about 4 kilometers away from the Nehru Maidan Service bus stand, the Kadri Manjunath Temple of Mangalore is an important religious destination of the city. Constructed in 1068 AD, this ancient shrine holds a mythological background associated with Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is the oldest Shiva Temple of Mangalore. The Shiva Lingam placed in the sanctum of this shrine holds miraculous qualities. The water that is poured onto it immediately disappears.
The architecture of this Shaivite temple reveals the Vijaynagar style of order along with the indication of Buddhist influence. The enormous arch entrance of this shrine hints the Kerala style of framework. The chief sanctum of Kadri Manjunath Temple is embellished with intricately carved silver egresses and a silver chariot embroidered with elaborate engravings. To the west of the main shrine is placed a sub shrine of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha is seated to the north. The front of the temple is adorned with a 10th century old Balipitha.
The rear of the temple is blessed with a natural spring that flows out of the Gomukha placed there which empties into 7 distinct sized ponds nearby. Devotees first wash their feet in the holy waters of this stream and then enter the auspicious sanctorum of Lord Manjunath. The special attraction of this exalted shrine is the festival of lamps named Lakshadeepotsava which is celebrated in the month of Karthika, the eighth month of Hindu calendar. The entire temple is illuminated with millions of lamps at that time and creates an eye catchy sight.
Alongside the temple of Lord Kadri Manjunath is placed a hill which holds some caves known as Pandava Caves. There caves as well as Jogi Mutt set up by King Kundavarma Bupendra comprise the nearby attractions from this temple.

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

Location: About 3 kilometers from the Nehru Maidan Bus stand
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, located about 3 kilometers from the Nehru Maidan Bus stand was constructed by Sri Narayana Guru in the year 1912 AD with the assistance of his ardent devotee H. Koragappa. Sri Narayana Guru was a social reformer and a saint based in Kerala who set up this temple for the Billava Community for whom an entry to other temples was strictly prohibited. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped in the form of Gokarnath here. This is the only temple of Karnataka that is built by any Guru. The land on which this temple is erected is called ‘Kudre Valli’ as this is the very place where the horses of Tipu Sultan used to graze.
The architecture of this temple reflects a pure Kerala fashion which was later renovated in Chola Style. The four Gopurams of the temple are constructed in Tamil Nadu order of architecture which are embellished with various murals depicting numerous mythological, epical and legendary episodes associated with Gods and Goddesses. The marble courtyard of this temple is entirely paved in silver artistry and the entrance is ornamented with a mighty statue of Nandi. The main temple of Lord Gokarnath is flanked by multiple smaller shrines dedicated to Annapoorneswari, Subramanya, Mahaganapathi, Navagraha, Shaneeshwara, and Anandabhairava. Kudroli Gokarnath Temple offers lunch to the devotees every day in its massive dining hall. The major festivals celebrated here are Shivaratri and Navaratri.

Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple

Location: Right in the heart of the city
Located right in the heart of the city, Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is a prominent Hindu pilgrim hub of Mangalore. The name ‘Sharavu’ has been coined from the Sanskrit term ‘Shara’ meaning arrow. This legendary temple bearing more than 800 years of history yields an interesting mythological background. As cited by ‘Sthalapuran’ of Mangalore, i.e. the book recording the mythical history of the place, a powerful king of Tuluva Region named Maharaja Veerabahu shot an arrow at a cow by mistake which caused her death. To wash himself off the sin of Gau Hatya (the murder of a cow), he installed a Shiva lingam under the guidance of sage Bharadhwaj Muni. He worshipped this lingam as Lord Sharabeshwara. Gradually, this place became famous as Sharavu and the water tank formed nearby was named Sharatheertha. Later, the marvelous image of Lord Sri Dhashabhuja Mahaganapathi miraculously emerged on the southern wall of the temple along with Siddilaxmi.
As per another lore associated with Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Tipu Sultan had planned to plunder this shrine during his attack on Mangalore. But he had a horrible dream of being crushed under the feet of an elephant. On making an inquiry, he was given an explanation that the dream was a bad omen and misfortune will befall him if he loots this temple. Greatly frightened by this unusual phenomenon, he dropped the plan of plundering and instead fixed an annual Tastik for this shrine.
The Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple also houses multiple shrines of other deities namely Kadri, Sharavu, Kudroli and Mangaladevi. The family of Sri Ganesha Kekunnaya, a Brahmin from Mangalore has been performing the holy ‘Pooja’ and all the rituals at this temple. They also look after the management here. Recently, this temple was thoroughly renovated by Late Sharavu Ramakrishna Shastry and his children. Thousands of devotees alight at this sacred shrine of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva and pay homage at their feet. The temple premises are specially thronged by the devotees at the times of annual feasts like Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, Rathothsava, and Deepothsava and on the days of Vinayaki and Shankasti Chaturthi. Apart from being a holy place of worship, the temple of Sharavu Mahaganapathi is also a noteworthy center of socio cultural activities. Cultural functions such as Yakshagana and other dance and drama concerts are organized here.

Durga Parameshwari Temple

Location: On the banks of the river Nandini in Dakshina Kannada district
Set up on the banks of the river Nandini in Dakshina Kannada district in the midst of towering hills and verdant fields, this temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. The deity Durga Parameshwari is also worshipped by the name Bhraamare or Bhramarambha in this temple.
This temple boasts of an intriguing mythological background. As the lore goes, the Goddess Durga was born to the river Nandini as her daughter in order to protect people from a demon named Arunasura. The very place where she had emerged as a baby girl today holds the sacred temple of Durga Parameshwari. The Yakshagana that is performed at this temple enacts the miracles accomplished by the Goddess and pays her homage. The annual festival of this temple is sanctified in the month of April and the Laksha Deepotsava is performed on Kartika Bahula Panchami of Hindu calendar. This temple of Durga Parameshwari is thronged by the devotees during these festivals as well as at the times of Navaratri, Astabhandha and Simha Sankramana.

St. Aloysius Chapel

Location: On the Lighthouse Hill in the premises of St. Aloysius College
St. Aloysius Chapel, a Christian place of worship is situated on the Lighthouse Hill in the premises of St. Aloysius College. This college is positioned about a kilometer away from Nehru Maidan Bus stand in the heart of Mangalore city. Built by a Jesuit Father Joseph Willy in the year 1884 as a part of Mangalore Mission of 1878, this chapel is named after St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who gave up all his wealth and dedicated his life to serve poor and needy. The lofty architecture of this chapel is so grand that it is compared to the Sistine Chapel of Rome.
The interiors of this chapel are embellished with ostentatious and extravagant paintings created by a well known Italian painter and a Jesuit Brother Antonio Moscheni. These oil paintings and fresco paintings depict various portraits and life episodes of Christian apostles, saints, and also Jesus Christ Himself. The paintings in the middle row present the events of St. Aloysius Gonzaga’s life. Fresco paintings cover over 600 square meters of the chapel walls and the panels portray beautiful angles wearing flower garlands. The remarkable feature of these garlands is that, every single flower is different in shape, size and color and no one is repeated. St. Aloysius Chapel is a must visit place in Mangalore. It is very well connected by local transport services and an easy to reach tourist destination.

Milagres Church

Location: Near Hampankatta
Milagres Church, set up by a Theatine Priest from Salcette of Goa named Vicar Thomas De Castro in the year 1680, is one of the oldest churches of South Canara (now known as Dakshina Kannada) district. Located near Hampankatta in Mangalore, this church is dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles and comprises the central attraction amongst the tourist destinations of Mangalore. The land where this church is constructed was gifted by a Keladi Queen named Chennama. Bathing in the architectural ingenuity of the apprentices of yesteryears, this church is considered to be one of the most beautiful Roman Catholic prayer houses of the city.
The major attraction of Milagres Church is its massive altar embedded with a French painting of St. Monica and St. Augustine which is considered to be a wonderful piece of art worth watching. The founder of the Church Vicar Thomas De Castro was buried in the cemetery of this very church after his demise. It is said that Tipu Sultan invaded this church and demolished some parts of it. The stones recovered from the plunder were used by him to build the ‘Idgah’ located on the Lighthouse Hill today. The present structure of the church existing today is a rebuilt of 1911 AD.

Jami Mosque of Zinad Baksh

Location: On the banks of Gurpur River in Kulur
Stationed on the banks of Gurpur River in Kulur, a small hamlet of Dakshina Kannada, this mosque is a representative of Islamic style of architecture in Mangalore. It is also to be noted that the Islamic style portrayed here is not pure in its sense but it depicts a fine blend with regional order of engineering. Swarms of Muslim devotees alight at this mosque at the time of its annual celebrations and religious festivals. This mosque is a must visit place in Mangalore where one can witness a novelty of architecture.

Ullal

Location: Nearly 12 kilometers
Ullal, situated nearly 12 kilometers from Mangalore is a much sought after beach located on the south banks of the river Netravati. Placed facing the Arabian Sea, this serene and placid beach characterized with neat and clean shore, lustrous sun and balmy ambiance is a favorite leisure point for the tourists. This sea town once served as the capital of Tulu Empire. The Somanatheshwara Temple, Queen Abbakka's Fort, St. Sebastian Church and Seyyad Madani Dargah are some of the popular tourist destinations at Ullal.
The Jamma Mosque of Ullal was set up in the holy memory of the revered Muslim Saint Syed Muhamed Shareef Madani Melangadi. The legend associated with the construction of Seyyad Madani Dargah states that Seyyad Madani alighted at the shores of Ullal about 400 years ago from Saudi Arabia. He arrived here by floating on a piece of a cloth. The Jamma Masjid is built at a place where he had camped on his arrival. The Dargah of Ullal was built in 1958 and it is very famous for the Uroos Fair that is organized here once in every 5 years.

Seemanthi Bai Government Museum (Bejai Museum)

Location: 4 kilometers from Nehru Maidan city Bus Stand
Seemanthi Bai Government Museum is situated at Bejai, approximately 4 kilometers from Nehru Maidan city Bus Stand in Mangalore. This museum of Bejai is named after Seemanthi Bai, the mother of an officer named V.R.Mirajkar who served as an army doctor during British colonization in India. Acclaimed as the only museum of Mangalore, this treasury establishes a link between modern Indian history and 16th century picture of India. The rich collection of ancient Indian and foreign (England and Pakistan) coins, stylish paintings, metallic icons, copper inscriptions, lamps, lamp stands and teapots from Lahore and Kashmir, statues, idols and many more articles from past give us a deep insight into Indian history and heritage. The copper inscriptions exhibited here contain the verses written by Keladi Venkatappa Nayaka in 1624 AD. The two storied building of the museum constructed in a ship like shape was set up by Colonel V.R.Mirajkar in the year 1955 after his retirement from army.

Light House Hill Garden

Location: A kilometer away from the main bus station
Supposed to be built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 18th century, Light House Hill Garden is situated a kilometer away from the main bus station of Mangalore. Flourishing with verdant landscape, lush green plants and blooming flowers, this garden beckons myriads of local as well as nonnative tourists every day. The calm and pleasant escape from the busy city life, this garden offers a perfect destination for those who want to relax in the tranquil cradle of Mother Nature. As situated at an ascent on the hill, this park proposes breathtaking vistas of picturesque sea shore, sailing ships and boats and enticing spectacle of the setting sun. The garden is recently renovated and it looks even more appealing these days.

Kadri Park

Location: About 5 kilometers from the heart of the city near AIR studios on Kadri Gudde (hill)
Kadri Park, positioned about 5 kilometers from the heart of the city near AIR studios on Kadri Gudde (hill) is the largest and highest park of Mangalore. This is a beautiful and well maintained park that houses an animal conservatory. Administered by the Government Horticulture Department, this garden is noteworthy for its wide population of wild animals like Sambar, Spotted Deer, Monkeys, Jackals, Anteaters, Crocodiles, Leopards, several species of Reptiles and rare Birds. The garden harbors eight water tanks which bear the medicinal values of curing various skin diseases according to local belief. The snake park, zoo and the toy train in this garden amuse children to no extent. Adorned with beautifully laid lush green landscape, Kadri Park is a popular hangout locale in Mangalore. The place offers entertainment to people of all ages and tastes. Reaching the Kadri Park is easy. One can board the city bus numbered 14 or 19 to reach this favorite recreational hub in Mangalore.

Pilikula Park and Golf Course

Location: Premises of Manikyavelu Mansion, National Gallery of modern art
Situated in Moodushedde Village overlooking the banks of the river Gurupura near Mangalore, Pilikula Park and Golf Course is an integrated nature park. The word Pilikula Park literally means ‘the pond of tigers’. This is a widely known mystic spot where tigers are believed to be moving freely. Spread over the total area of about 350 acres, this park is often referred to as ‘Pilikula Nisargadhama’.
Nestled atop a hill, the park is enclosed by a dense tropical forest, acacia plantations and coconut groves. Promoted by the District Administration, this is an eco tourism park that specially attracts ecologists and nature lovers. Pilikula Park houses a well maintained biological park exhibiting a wide range of marine species, a fully functional 9-hole golf course, an amusement park, a science centre, a lake offering boating facilities, an arboretum, an artisan village and a heritage village. Combined with well maintained beautiful garden and recreational and amusement activities, this park happens to be a perfect outing locale near Mangalore.

Mangalore Beach

Location: At the convergence of Netravati and Gurupura Rivers
Mangalore Beaches, facing the endless Arabian Sea are positioned at the convergence of Netravati and Gurupura Rivers creating the backwaters here. A number of beach resorts as well as budget hotels set up here beckon the tourists to come and enjoy the proximity with sapphire blue ocean skirted with sun kissed sand and coconut and palm fringed edges. Yakshagana performances organized here add to the allure and appeal of Mangalore Beaches.
Tannirbavi Beach located about 12 km from the city bus stand is popular for the magnanimous spectacle of the sun set that it offers. Surathkal Beach is noteworthy for the light house erected here. Situated close to the Karnataka Regional Engineering College, this beach is also famous for its clean surroundings and quiet ambiance ideal for solitude lovers.
Someshwar Beach is located 11 km from the heart of the city which is renowned for its great rock named 'Rudra Shile', the temple dedicated to Lord Somnath (Shiva) constructed during the reign of Queen Abbakka Devi and some ruins of a palace and a fort. Panambur Beach placed adjacent the New Mangalore Port, Kudremukh Iron Ore Factory and Mangalore Chemical and Fertilizers Factory is famous for the kite festival celebrated here in the last week of April.

New Mangalore Port

Location: nearly 10 kilometers from the center of the city in Panambur
The New Mangalore Port Project was initiated in the year 1962 which attained completion in 1974. The port was officially inaugurated on January 11, 1975 and the Port Trust Board called ‘New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT)’, responsible for managing the administration was established on 1st April, 1980. This is the only major port of the state of Karnataka and the 9th biggest port of the country.
Stationed nearly 10 kilometers from the center of the city in Panambur, the New Mangalore Port is perched to the north of the Confluence Point of Gurupura River with the Arabian Sea. Products like manganese, iron ore concentrates, pellets, iron ore fines, granite stones, containerized cargo, cashew and coffee are exported from here. The port mainly imports LPG, crude and petroleum products, liquid ammonia, phosphoric acid, other liquid chemicals, finished fertilizers, wood pulp, timber logs, and many more. Tourists can visit the New Mangalore Port by obtaining prior permission.

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