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Interesting Facts About Mangalore

Mangalore, which has been renamed Mangaluru for official purposes, is located to the west of Bengaluru (capital of Karnataka state) and nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountain range. It served as a port during the olden days and over time has developed into one of the major ports of India and the chief port city of the state of Karnataka which handles more than 75% of India’s coffee and cashew exports.

Situated at an average height of about 72 feet above sea level, this city enjoys moderate to gusty winds during the day and gentle winds at night. Owing to its proximity to the Arabian Sea, Mangalore has a tropical monsoon climate and is the direct recipient of the southwest monsoons, receiving 95 % of its annual rainfall right through the months of May to October. The climate is most dry and least humid during the months of December to February, when day time temperatures oscillate below 34 degree celcius and goes down by night to almost 19 degree celcius. Humidity peaks during May, June and July. Thus, the best time to visit Mangalore would be from October to February when the weather is very pleasant.

Mangalore is one of the most multicultural non-metro cities of India and has grown to become a prominent industrial, commercial, educational and healthcare hub on the west coast of India. Despite this urbanization, Managalore has managed to retain its essence and peaceful, scenic landscape of green hills, coconut groves, freshwater streams and houses/ buildings with the typical red clay-tiled roofs. The city was named Mangalore after the deity Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of the Mangaladevi Temple and yet the various communities have different names for the city in their language. In Tullu, which is the chief language spoken here, the city is called Kudla, in Konkani it is called Kodiyal, while in Malayalam it is called Mangalapuram and so on. Having come under the rule of several dynasties, it was finally the European missionaries in the early 19th century who brought about development of educational institutions and set up several industries on the lines of the European industries.

Travelling within Mangalore city is made convenient for both locals and tourists, with a provision of good local network of semi-sleeper and Volvo type buses, which are both private and state-run. Cab providers like Ola and Uber also offer services within the city.

How to reach Mangalore :

By air – The Bajpe airport has regular flights coming in from several major cities across the city.

By train – Mangalore is connected with other cities through a good network of trains.

By bus – Both private as well as state-run buses are easily available to Mangalore from various cities.

The main bus stations in this city are The State Bank Bus Station, Mangaladevi Bus Station, Kankanady Bus Station, Bengre Bus Station, Nehru Circle Bus Station, Someshwara Bus Station and Bajpe Bus Station.

Some must-visit attractions :

Panambar Beach – One of the cleanest beaches at a distance of approximately 13 kms from Mangalore, Panambar Beach is incredibly beautiful and well-maintained. Host to various carnivals of boat racing, kite flying, sand sculputure making, this beach is thronged with tones of tourists every year and yet maintains its pristine clean environment which gives both locals and tourists a divine place to unwind and refresh.

Mangaladevi Temple – This temple has a special historical significance in Mangalore, specially since the city has derived it’s name from the main deity Mangaladevi, which resides here. It is also significant for the fact that unmarried girls revere this temple in the belief that their wish of getting a suitable groom will be fulfilled if they worship here and perform a special puja. The Mangaladevi temple is most visited during the Navratri festival.

Timings: 6 am to 1pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

Pilikula Nisargadhama – This is one of the most popular picnic spots near Mangalore where one can enjoy boating facilities in it’s picturesque lake, a lovely botanical garden, some very interesting wildlife like wild boars, lions, tigers, bears, reptiles etc in a cageless zoo set-up, a Science Centre, an amusement park, a heritage village and an amazing golf-course. Spread over 350 acres of land, this facility is ideal for family outings and is located at a distance of 12 kms from the Mangalore Railway Station.

Timings: Summer – 10 am to 6pm ; Winter – 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

St. Aloysious Chapel – This chapel is situated in the St. Aloysious College Ground which is located in the heart of the city. This church was built in the year 1899-1900 by Father Joseph Willy and is one of the prominent attractions of Mangalore. The beauty of the chapel is the paintings on the walls by Italian artist Antony Moshaini. Paintings are also done as fresco on plaster and oil on canvas. This chapel is dedicated to St. Aloysious Gonzaga.

Timings: 8.30 to 10 am and 3.30 pm to 6 pm.

Ullal Beach – This is another well developed beach and favourite tourist place in Mangalore. Located to the south of the Nethravati river on the shores of the Arabian Sea, this is one of the most tranquil beaches in Karnataka. An ideal spot for sunbathing and swimming, one can also indulge in the water sports available here. Watching the sun set through the casuarina trees from this beach is yet another much loved pastime.

Gokarnanatheshwara Temple – This Dravidian style architectured temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is well crafted with beautiful rock carvings and sculptures. Built for the Billava community who were not permitted to enter any other temple, the Gokarnanatheshwara temple is adorned with a 60 feet high golden gopuram, decorated with stucco figures and is another most visited temple in Mangalore.

Timings: 6 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

Sultan Battery – This is a watch tower built by Emperor Tipu Sultan way back in 1784 in Boloor, which is about 4 km away from the city centre. Unlike a watch tower, this construction resembles a fort with mounting places for cannons and is admired by tourists for its natural, as well as man-made beauty. A climb to the top of the watch tower bestows you with the opportunity of enjoying a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

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Interesting Facts About Mangalore

Mangalore, which has been renamed Mangaluru for official purposes, is located to the west of Bengaluru (capital of Karnataka state) and nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountain range. It served as a port during the olden days and over time has developed into one of the major ports of India and the chief port city of the state of Karnataka which handles more than 75% of India’s coffee and cashew exports.

Situated at an average height of about 72 feet above sea level, this city enjoys moderate to gusty winds during the day and gentle winds at night. Owing to its proximity to the Arabian Sea, Mangalore has a tropical monsoon climate and is the direct recipient of the southwest monsoons, receiving 95 % of its annual rainfall right through the months of May to October. The climate is most dry and least humid during the months of December to February, when day time temperatures oscillate belo......Read More


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