With its rolling hills, coconut trees and freshwater streams, a cool coastal vibe conquers the soul of Mangalore. Meanwhile, the city manages to attract IT professionals, entrepreneurs and thousands of tourists from across the world who enter the country through its famous port. The next time you’re there, this is what you should do:
When you’re holidaying in this seaside paradise, start your journey by ticking off the most important element: the beach. Karnataka’s coast is home to some of India’s finest, pristine beaches, so expect to be pleasantly surprised in Mangalore, too. Head to Panambur Beach, popular for the many attractions on offer—from jet ski and horse riding to boating and dolphin viewing. The beach is currently managed by a private enterprise with a skilled lifeguard service on patrol. In January, the place hosts the International Kite Festival where participants from France, Germany, Australia and several other countries fly specialty kites designed in line with the theme of the event.
From here, head to Tannirbhavi beach, which is a short ferry ride away from Sultan Battery watch tower, built by Tipu Sultan in 1784. Take in its quiet, laidback atmosphere, and treat yourself to an ice gola as you watch the sun melt into the horizon. Other famous beaches to bookmark include NITK Beach, which derives its name from National Institute of Technology (Karnataka) and boasts a lighthouse nestled at its rocky shore; Someshwar Beach, although unsafe for swimming, is also worth a trip for its sun-kissed golden sand and Lord Somanatha temple where the beach gets its name from.
Places of worship play a significant role in Mangalore. The city itself derives its name from Mangaladevi Temple at Bolara, dedicated to the incarnation of Hindu goddess Shakti. Like many temples in Kerala and along the Western Ghats, the temple is mostly made of wood, with the presiding deity at the centre and smaller shrines surrounding it. Watch it come alive during the festival of Navaratri, when devotees come in large numbers to witness the annual celebrations. A ten-minute drive away stands another historic landmark, Milagres Church, a Roman Catholic church built by Bishop Thomas de Castro in 1680.
A heavenly mix of South Indian and Konkan, Mangalorean cuisine is what dreams are made of. Think Neer Dosa, Chicken Ghee Roast, Anjal Fry, and plenty of vegetarian options to choose from the Udupi fare.
Although Mangalore is no street shopper’s paradise, there are a few stores that are sure to make you halt during the trip. Hit the Hampanakatta Market, one of the oldest and busiest markets in the city, for buying silk sarees, traditional fabrics and jewellery. Forum, Bharat and Empire Malls are among the largest shopping complexes in the city, with several national and international brands on offer. If you’re planning to take back a food souvenir for your family and friends, shop for the Mangalorean Halwa from New Taj Mahal Café in Kodialbail and a pack of cashews from Phalguni Cashew Centre in Hampanakatta.
On your trip to the Meenakshi Amman Temple, make sure to halt at Prithu Mandapam, an old pillared hall near the eastern entrance. It is known to be the best place for your cotton fabric loot in Maduri. For hand-woven silk and batik textiles, head to East Masi street, South Avani Moola Street and Town Hall Road. And since you’re in Madurai, don’t forget to pick a gorgeous silk saree from any of these shopping hubs. From bell-metal lamps to bronze idols, bookmark the government-run Poompuhar handicraft store, and the Cottage Arts Emporium if you’re looking for traditional handicrafts
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