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Mangalore, The Land of Temples and More

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 Visit:

The Mangaladevi Temple: 
The Temple of Mangaladevi 3 Km from Mangalore city is one of the ancient temples built in 1,000 A.D. in the style of Durga's sculptures of earlier ages. The name "MANGALORE" is derived from Mangaladevi. Adjacent to Mangaladevi Temple is a charitable dispensary belonging to Shri Ramakrishna Mutt is situated. It helps thousands of sick people in the town. It also provides facilities like Shrine Meditation, regarding room and library and personal discussion with Swamiji and Bhajana etc. 

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.

GOKARNANATH TEMPLE at Kudroli, VENKATARAMANA TEMPLE of Car Street is well known for the concrete architects.

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.

Holy Rosario Church: At a distance of one km from the city, is situated an ancient church of South Canara with its superb grandeur the dome, designed in the pattern of the dome of St. Peters Basilica of Rome. The holy Rosario Church was constructed in 1526.

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

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.

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 beach.

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 this port.

Jamalabad: It is a fortified Fort built on the top of a huge rock by Tipu Sultan in 1786 and named it after his mother Jamal Bee. It is situated near Belthangady 67 Km away from Mangalore. The constructions of the Fort depict the Engineering skill of that age.

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.

Kateel: At about 27 Km east of Mangalore on the riverbank of Nandini as Bramarambika temple famous as Kateel Durga Parameshwari temple is situated. The deity of the temple is Shri Durgaparameshwari. During monsoons Nandini River gushes out surrounding the temple.

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.

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.

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 basadis.

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

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.

Accommodation:
Hotel Mayura Nethravathi
Ph: 0824 411192

Welcome Group, Manjuran
Ph: 0824420795

Moti Mahal
Ph: 0824 22111

Hotel Woodlands
Ph: 0824 24411

Hotel Poonja International
Ph: 0824 440171 (10 lines)

Udupi Krishna Bhavan
Ph: 0824 23133

Summer sand Beach Hotel, Ullal
Ph: 0824 467690

 

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