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Location : Karnataka
Attractions : Kadri Manjunath Temple, St Aloysius Church, Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Light House Hill Garden, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Mangaladevi Temple, Seemanthi Bai Government Museum, Kadri Park, Sultan Battery etc.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing Mangalore
Mangaladevi TempleMangalore, the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (South Kanara) districts is the main port city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the southwestern corner of Karnataka on the Arabian Sea, Mangalore is one of the major ports of India. Mangalore is a historic town and it is known as one of most famous ports of south India right from the 6th century AD. During the sixth century, Mangalore became famous as a major source of pepper, and the 14th century Muslim writer Ibn Batuta noted its trade in trade in pepper and ginger and presence of merchants from Persia and Yemen. In Haider Ali's time, during the 18th century, Mangalore became a shipbuilding centre.

Nowadays the city of Mangalore is known for the procession and export of coffee and cocoa, and cashew nuts. Mangalore is very close to Madikeri and Kodagu (Coorg) hill region and it's also a stopping off point between Goa and Kerala. The charming city of Mangalore is blessed with natural gifts such as coconut palms, rolling hills, meandering streams flowing into the sea and beautiful serene beaches. Besides its picturesque landscape, Mangalore is known for its ancient temples and a number of big industries. So, don't forget to mention Mangalore in your itinerary of South India Holiday. You will really enjoy the your vacation amidst the natural surroundings and return to your home with some pleasant memories.
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How to Reach Mangalore
By Air : Mangalore International Airport is located 20 km north-east of the city near Bajpe. Flights are available from Mangalore to cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai. International flights are available from Mangalore to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain and Doha.

By Train : Mangalore Railway Station is well-connected to rest of the country by a number of express and mail trains. Mangalore is served by a number of trains from Delhi, Agra, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.

By Bus : National Highway 17 and other good network of roads connect Mangalore with important destinations of Karnataka and neighbouring states. Mangalore's KSRTC bus stand is 2 km north of the city centre and is served by several private and government buses from all over the city and other cities of Karnatka.

By Sea : The Mangalore Harbour provides a good connection by sea to the rest of the world and is also the station for the Coast Guard. The New Mangalore Port handles dry, bulk and fluid cargos, providing an important gateway to the state of Karnataka.

Local Tranport : City buses and auto-rickshaws are available as modes of local transport in Mangalore city.

Places Where You Can Stay
Mangalore is dotted with a wide-variety of hotels ranging from five-star hotels to budget hotels. Most of the Mangalore hotels are located around the KS Rao Road, south from bus stand and and suit most pockets. Some of the famous hotels are Poonja International, RSTDC Mayura Netrawathi, Mangalore International, Hotel Manorama, Hotel Manorama, Hotel Moti Mahal, Hotel Navratna, Summer Sands Beach Resort, Navaratna Palace, Hotel Vishwa Bhavan, Hotel Woodside, and Hotel Vishwa.

Tourist Attractions in Mangalore
Kadri Manjunath Temple : Kadri is a historic place in Mangalore situated at a distance of 4 km from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand. Kadri is home to Kadri Manjunath temple dating back to around 1068 AD. Set at the foot of a high hill, the temple has nine tanks and houses the Lokeshwara bronze statue considered the best bronze statue in India. Atop the hill King Kundavarma Bupendra built a mutt which is called 'Jogimutt.' You will also see some stone caves on the top of the hill, known as the caves of the Pandavas.

St Aloysius Church : St Aloysius Church is located at a distance of 1 km from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand. Built in the year 1899-1900, St. Aloysius College Chapel is an architectural jewell and its inner walls are covered with the paintings of the artist Moshaini of Italy.

Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple : Mangalore is renowned as a pilgrim centre and home to a number of sacred temples like Sharavu, Mangaladevi, Kadri, Kudori and many more. Among the sacred temples, Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is an outstanding pious centre known for its 800 yrs old history. The temple stands in the heart of the city and you can easily reach the temple on foot or by auto-rickshaws. Shri Sharavu Magaganapathi temple is a centre of a variety of cultural activities such as Yakshangana, Dance Drama events and also of numerous social activities. On the special occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi, Annual Car Festival or "Rathothsava", Deepothsava or 'Festival of Lights' and on Shankasti Chaturthi days, large number of devotees visit the temple to have the sacred "Darshana" of Lord Sharabeshwara Lord Mahaganapathy.
St Aloysius Church
Light House Hill Garden : Light House Hill Garden is just one km away from the city bus stand. From the light house garden you can have the sunset view, the splendid sea view and also the sailing ships and boats on the sea.

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple : Situated 3 km away from the main Nehra maidan bus stand, this temple is one of the main attractions of Mangalore. Kudroli Gokarnath Temple has been renovated recently and now it looks more beautiful.

Mangaladevi Temple : Mangaladevi temple lies 3 kms away from the main city bus stand. In fact, the city of Mangalore derived its name from this temple. Mangaladevi temple was built by the Ballal family of Attavar in memory of a Princess of Kerala.

Seemanthi Bai Government Museum : Seemanthi Bai Government museum is situated at Bejai, just 4 km away from main city bus stand. The museum has a rich collection of idols and several other materials of historic importance.

Kadri Park : Kadri Park is located at a distance of 5 kms from main city bus stand. Some of the attractions of the park are snakes and animal zoo and toy train.

Sultan Battery : Sultan Battery lies 6 kms away from Mangalore in Boloor. Tipu Sultan built this battery to prevent warship to enter Gurpur river. Now the battery is mostly in ruins and the remaining part is called as Tipu's Well. Though Sultan Battery is a deserted spot but it deserves a visit due to is exquisite construction. Actually Sutlan Battery is a watchtower, but its gives the impression of a miniature fortress with the arrangements for mounting cannons at all-side.
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Tourist Attractions Around Mangalore
Kateel : Situated at a distance of 30 kms from Mangalore, Kateel is the home of Goddess Durga Parmeswari. Legend has it that the Goddess Ugra Bramari killed the demon (rakshasa), she was possessed with anger, later the Devas led by Jabali performed abhishekam and requested the Ugra Bramari to bless the world with her 'Sowmya Roopa.' Eventually Goddess Durga appeared in her 'Sowmya Roopa' in the middle of the river, where he present temple stands.

Udupi : Udupi is a big town located at a distance of 60 kms from Mangalore. The town was sanctum of Madvacharya, the great Sanskrit Philosopher. Udupi temple houses an massive idol of Lord Krishna which is adorned with jewells. Main attraction of this temple is a small window (Kanakana Kindi) through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given 'Darshan' (a glimpse) to his devotee, Kanakadasa.

Subramanya : Subramanya is situated at a distance of about 100 kms from Mangalore in the Sullia Talik of Dakshina Kannada district. Set at the feet of western ghats, the Lord Subramanya Swamy temple is one of the famous temples of South India. It is said that the Lord Subramanya Swamy had made his spiritual presence in this shrine alongwith his wide Vasuki and Devasena. Every year a car festival is held here on 'Margashira Shuddha Shashti' with special poojas offered to the Lord Subramanya Swamy.

Dharmasthala : Dharmasthala is 75 kms away from Mangalore in Beltangady Taluk of South Canara district. A well known sacred place in South India, Sri Dharmasthala is home to the famous temple of Lord Manjunatha. The temple is an excellent example of religious and cultural tolerance where charity is an essential way of life, extended to all without any kind of discrimination.

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