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Sights 357 Kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters of
Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore. With an important port, this coastal town is a
major commercial Center. Mangalore could be your entry point to 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 10th
century Kadri Manjunatha Temple, St.Aloysius chapel, Mangala devi Temple, Tippu’s
Battery and the Jumma Masjid. The Ullal beach with casuarinas groves is another
attraction that draws tourists all through the year.
The District Head Quarter, which is also called
as The Gateway of Karnataka with its Harbour where import and export of Crude
Oil, Iron Ore, Wood, Spices, Food grains takes place. Mangalore is also well
known for its Educational Institutions with many schools, colleges and
Professional Institutions. The first Prime Minister of India called Mangalore
city as the green city for its Palm and Coconut trees. Mangalore city has an
area of 111.18 KM.
Places to see in Mangalore:
Pilikula Nisarga Dhama: Nearly 10Km away
from Mangalore highway road at Moodushedde the Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is
situated. This offers a panoramic view for the nature lovers. It is a very
significant place with Botanical gardens, Horticultural gardens, Musical
fountains, deer park, swimming-lake with boating facilities, tiger safari and
children train. It extends to an area of 350 acres land along the tropical
jungle on the bank of the Gurpur river.
Temple of Kudroli:
Gokarnatheshwara Temple at Kudroli in Mangalore is the only temple in
Karnataka set up by Shri Narayana Guru, the great philosopher, saint and social
reformer from Kerala. Shree Narayana Guru had visited Mangalore in 1912 and
expressed his wish that the Billavas should build a temple for themselves. Read
Venkataramana Temple, Car Street, Mangalore
was believed that temple was founded during 17th century A.D. (1735). The
present idol erected in main sanctum of Lord Sri Venkataramana of temple is said
to be original symbolic idol of the Lord Sri Venkataramana. It is also said, Sri
Mahla Pai from a noble family of Mangalore belonging to Gowda Saraswatha Brahmin
Community of Kaushika lineage erected bronze idols of Lord Sri Veera Vittala and
Lord Sri Gopalakrishna. Inside the main sanctum of the temple, there established
idols of deities - Goddess Sri Devi and Goddess Bhoodevi along with main deity
Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha, festive idol of Lord Srinivasa, Shri Mula
Venkaaramana, Garuda Vahana Shri Gopalakrishna and Shri Veera Vittala. Read
Church of Our Lady of miracles:
Bishop Thomas de Castro, a Theatine priest of Salesette, built the Church of Our
Lady of Miracles, better known as Milagres Church of Mangalore, in 1680. It is
thus more than 320 years old. This Church is situated in Hampankatta of
Mangalore city and it is famous for its architectural construction.
The Kadri Manjunatha Temple:
The other old temple of aging 1068 A.D. is Kadri Manjunatha Temple. It is said
that the incarnation of Shri Vishnu, Shri Parashuram had installed the
Shivalinga and named it as Manjunatha at Kadali Kshetra (Kadri).
The speciality of the temple is that spring
water flows out as a stream through an outlet known as Gomukha below the seat of
idol of Lord Ganesh. This water is conveyed to the 9 Tanks by the side of the
temple. The tanks are situated at a higher level and Manjunatha Temple at a
lower level approximately 100 ft. There is a mutt belonging to Nath Cult. Next
to the Mutt is a cave called Pancha Pandava's Cave.
Over the Kadri hills a park is situated called
"Kadri Park", which is a home to a few wild animals. It is also known
as "Deer park". Also in the same area a children's park is provided
with a children's train. This place also hosts a Flower show organized by the
Horticulture Department every year.
Cathedral: The Church of the most Holy Rosary, Mangalore
Fr. Urban Stein S.J. a German (1845-1888) was the first Parish priest of the
Cathedral. He introduced the order of Ursuline Franciscan Congregation in the
Cathedral in the year 1888. Mother Nymppa Paullina Fernandez daughter of John
Francis Fernandez, deputy Collector, South Kanara was the first superior. During
this time it was decided that those who would contribute Rs.200/- to Rs.500/-
and superintend the work of the Cathedral for one year should be granted the
honour of Principals or Founders. Read
Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple, Mangalore
on the heart of the city Hampankatta, it is one of the famous ancient temples of
South Kanara District. The origin and importance of the temple is narrated in
skanda purana. Sharabeshwara and Mahaganapathy are the principal deities in the
temple. The chief God Sharabheshwara situated in front of the temple but the
popular Mahaganapaty attracts devotees is situated to the south of the temple.
Vinayaka Chathurthy August-September Simha Maasa is most important festival for
Mahaganapathy. But the utsavas starting from Chandramana Ugadi continues for 9
days in the main annual festival for Sharabheshwara. Read
Gokarnanatha Kshethra, Kudroli, Mangalore
Narayana Guru (A social reformer and a saint) constructed this temple in 1912.
This temple is situated at Kudroli, which is about 3 Km away from the main city
area of Hampankatta. The original temple structure was in Kerala style, which
was replaced, by Chola style during recent renovation in 1991. The main deity of
the temple is Lord Sri Gokarnanatha (another form of Lord Shiva). Navarathri
Utsava (Dasara festival) is very famous and is one of the main tourist events in
this temple. A grand procession of Goddess Durga takes place during this
festival, which attracts many tourists and devotees from distance corners of the
state and is very popular like Mysore Dasara. Read
Shree MangalaDevi Temple, Mangalore
3 Km Southwest of Mangalore City, this temple has influence on the name and
importance of Mangalore. The word Mangalore is derived from Goddess Mangaladevi,
the main deity of the temple. The temple built in memory of the princess of
Malabar Mangale in the 10th century. The Goddess Mangala is worshiped as Shakti.
The festival is celebrated during 9 days of Navaratri (October). Read
Sultans Battery: For preventing the
entrance of warships into the Gurpur river 6 Kms away from the city at Boloor on
the banks of the river Gurpur, Tipu Sultan had built a miniature fortress making
provision for mounting cannons all round. From the top of the Battery one can
enjoy the sunset also.
St. Aloysius College and St. Aloysius
Chapel: On the top of the lighthouse hill 2 km from Mangalore is the Light
House an 18-century-old monument inside the Tagore Park standing, adjacent to
the Idgha- a place where the Muslims offer pooja during their festivals. An
ancient chapel called St. Aloysius College Chapel is situated by the side of the
Lighthouse. The walls and roof of the chapel are decorated with paintings
depicting Bibilical stories. An Italian Jesuist Fr. Mocheni did the paintings.
Next to the chapel stands an 18-century-old St. Aloysius College, which is a
reputed educational institution
Ullal: On the bank of the river
Nethravathi 12 Km from Mangalore Ullal is situated, Many Seafood and canned food
factories are situated in this area. It has a beach resort at chota Mangalore of
Ullal on the bank of the Arabian Sea called Summer Sands beach resort. Well
famed saint Syed Mohammed Madani Darga and college imparting Arabic education,
is also located here. About three Km from Ullal a place Called Kotekar, on the
top of a Huge rock a temple named Somanatheshwar stands with its grandeur of
sculpture of ancient times. The ruins of the Fort of queen Abbakka Devi of Ullal
can be seen around the temple. The alluring beach is also named as Someshwar
Panambur Beach: 13Km from Mangalore on
the north of the National Highway is the Panambur beach. On the 11th of Jan
1975, as the 9th Major port of the country the new Mangalore port was opened
near Panambur. For visitors a pass is to be obtained from the Secretary
Mangalore Harbour Port Administrative Office. In the vicinity of the Port lies
the Mangalore chemical and Fertilizers Factory and the Kudremukh Iron Ore
Factory. The iron ore from Kudremukh and other accessories are transported from
LOCAL FESTIVALS / EVENTS: The "KARAVALI
FESTIVAL" is held in February every year. Organized by the Government of
Karnataka, this festival celebrates the rich culture of the coast. It also
observes quaint rituals like the "BHUTA" (DEMON WORSHIP), NAGAMANDALA
and DEMON DANCE. Sports like the KAMBALA-the BUFFALO RACE and KORI KATTA or the
COCK FIGHT are played with much enthusiasm
- The land of temples
The District Head
Quarter, which is also called as The Gateway of Karnataka with its Harbour where
import and export of Crude Oil, Iron Ore, Wood, Spices, Food grains takes place.
Mangalore is also well known for its Educational Institutions with many schools,
colleges and Professional Institutions. Read
INDUSTRIES AT MANGALORE:
1. The Mangalore Refineries and Chemicals Ltd.
2. The Mangalore Chemical Fertilizers Ltd.
3. Kudremukh Iron Ore Industries
4. The Mangalore Power Company
5. The Canara Springs Ltd.
6. Lamina Suspensions Ltd. Other various industries are situated near Bykampady
and the Yeyyadi Industrial area.
Air Port: Mangalore airport is situated
at a distance of 19 km from Mangalore at Bajpe. There are different flight
services available from here to Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.
Karkala - the towns of Jain basadis!
Moodabidri: It is a Jain Shrine pilgrimage called "Jain Kashi".
Pilgrims from different places and countries come here to worship the
Thirthankara in different basadis. It is 35 km from Mangalore. 5 centuries ago a
Basadi called "Saavira Sthamba Basadi" was built here. It still
appears very magnificent.
Service / express busses
takes approximately one hour from the service bus stand at Nehru maidan in
Mangalore. Costs about Rs. 15-20 depending on the route taken by the bus. Around
35 kilometers from Mangalore to Moodabidri, taxis too will take you there. By
taxi it cost about 300 - 350 Rs. for a round trip. Karkala on the other hand is
about 50 kilometers from Mangalore and the charges by taxi are about 500-750. Read
It is 52 kms northeast. The 452 ft tall monolithic statue of Bahubali and the
St. Lawrence Church are the main attractions here.
Nearby, is an important Jain pilgrim Center 16 kms from Karkala.
Durga Parameshwari Temple
is located about 5 kilometers from the Bajpe Bus stand. As such going to Bajpe,
using the Kavoor- Marakada Route is the most convenient as the road is well
maintained since it is also the access route to the Mangalore Airport. Further
the winding roads amidst green hills and valleys make it a very pleasant and
memorable experience. Once in Bajpe town, take the straight road leading north
to go to kateel. Read
It is 40 kms east. The fort here was built by Tippu Sultan and named after his
60 kms north, 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. Now, it is the district head quarters of
the newly formed Udupi District.
Polali: About 34 Km from Mangalore an
ancient Temple dedicated to the Goddess Rajarajeshwari is situated, with an
image of 12ft height, worshiped with the idols of Badra Kali, Shanmuga with
Ganapathi, on either side. Every year a car festival lasting for a month is held
and it is called as polali chendu. During the period of polali chendu, a
football tournament is held as an important event of the festival.
Mulki Temples: In the north direction of
Mangalore on the N.H 17 highway road at a distance of 28 Km, on the riverbank of
Shambavi is situated a famous temple of Shri Venkatramana. The temple belongs to
1277 A.D. In the temple the images of Venkatramana, Bindu Madhava, Vittala and
Ugra Narasimha are worshiped. The history of the place indicates that Shri
Vijayendra Yathi of Kashimutt installed the image of Ugra Narasimha belonging to
Vijayanagar here in 1565. Mulki was earlier known as Mulikapur. In course of
time Mulikapur changed to Mulki. Samantha kings who had donated "Inams"
to this temple ruled this place. Now one can see the palace and the old ruins of
the fort of Samantha Kings. The Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple and twin
temple of Somanath and Narayana are the other shrines of the Mulki. A buffalo
race called "Arasu Kambala" also annually held here.
Dharmasthala: On the bank of the River
Nethravathi at about 74 km from Mangalore and at a distance of 3 km from the
bank, the Holy Place Dharmasthala is situated. With green vegetation and the
hills environment with the river flow creates a calm serenity to the visitors.
It is a pilgrimage to Hindus where the charity is the most predominant. The
speciality of the temple is that the Lord Shiva is worshipped by Shivites called
deity called "Manjunatha" and the priests are Madhwa Vaishnavas. A
Jain family called the Heggade according manages the place. Food is served free
here to the visitors. The management also extends the lodging facility to the
visitors as service.
Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade is the present
Dharmadhikari, who is responsible for the installation of a Monolithic statue of
Gommata sculptured at Karkala by Renjal Shenoy, a great sculpture, on a near by
hill near to the temple. The name Dharmasthala was given by a Yathi Shri
Vadiraja Swami of Udupi Sodemutt. A museum, Car Museum, Lalithodyana, an
Aquarium park, yakshagana training center are the main attractions here.
Subramanya: A well-famed temple, inside
the dense forest bordering the Western Ghats, is situated and is called
Subramanya. The original name was Kukke as "Kukke" or basket by the
priest of the temple had covered the Kukkelinga. Now this linga is inside the
inner courtyard of the Subramanya Temple. The temple cart is nearly 150 years
old. On the bank of river Kumaradhara a small shrine of Subramanya called "Mooladevaru"
is also situated. It is a sacred pilgrimage to Hindus.
Venur: 45 km from Mangalore a monolithic
statue of Gommata 38 ft. height is situated. The place is called Venur. Veera
Thimmappa Ajila 4 installed this Gommata in 1064 A.D. There are also a few Jain
It is 66 kms north of Mangalore. The pristine beauty complemented by peaceful
surroundings, make this beach a favorite holiday spot. The St. Mary’s
Island, another delightful holiday hangout, is just a boat ride away.
It is 110 kms north of Mangalore and has a scenic beach.
Is a hamlet, 45 kms from Maravanthe. It has a beautiful beach nearby. Ottanane
near Baindur is famous for its glorious sunset.
Is 140 kms north. The famous Mookambika Temple here attracts thousands of
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