With its rolling hills, coconut trees and freshwater streams, a relaxed coastal vibe conquers the soul of Mangaluru. 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.
Best time to visit: Starting from December till January is the best time to visit the city.
How to reach
By Air: Mangaluru International Airport is the nearest airport, located at 16km away from the city. IndiGo operates more than 50 weekly non-stop flights between Mangaluru and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.
By Train: Mangaluru Junction is well-connected to the major cities and towns through various long-distance trains like Yesvantpur-Karwar Express, KSR Bengaluru City-Kannur Express among others.
By Air: Many bus services are connecting Mangaluru to nearby towns, run by the state government and private operators as well.
Getting around: Mangaluru has an extensive network of buses operated by the government and private agencies, connecting different parts of the city. Auto-rickshaws, local taxis and other app-based services like Ola cabs and TaxiForSure are the other accessible means of transportation.
Mumbai’s much-loved seafood restaurant has an outpost in Mangaluru. A British-style circuit house-turned-restaurant, Gajalee’s old-warm charm transports you back in time. Dig into its sumptuous Crab Tandoor Masala, Prawn Ghee Roast or the signature Bombil Fry, and wash it down with a glassful of soothing solkadi.
Locals swear by this little eatery for their delicious fish preparations. Giri Manja’s no-frills, a simple setup is what makes the food take the spotlight. Pick from their ‘catch of the day’ menu where the fish, is cooked two ways—masala fry and sukha; or go for the thali menu that comes with a fish dish, a veg curry, pickle, and unlimited rice.
A favourite vegetarian breakfast joint, New Tajmahal is known for its set dosas, ghee uthappam and filter coffee. Head here for a quick, easy-on-the-pocket meal after your trip to Milagres Church.
When you’re on the lookout for the best chicken ghee roast, a dish where chicken pieces are marinated in fiery spices and roasted in ghee, all roads lead to Shetty Lunch Home in Mangaluru. Their mutton and fish preparations—sukka, chilly, pepper fry are also worth a try.
By all means eat your heart out across the city, but keep some room for dessert. At Pabbas, over 50 different verities of ice creams, milkshakes and fresh fruit juices await to hit your sweet spot. Try the Dilkhush, Tiramisu and Gadbad; three flavours favourite among the regulars.
Although Mangaluru 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 town, 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.
The Gateway Hotel This business hotel from Taj spoils you with all modern comforts: well-appointed rooms, a 24/7 fitness centre and a thoughtfully designed spa. Make sure to dine at its speciality Mangalorean restaurant, Cardamom, which serves a variety of seafood delicacies. Call it a wrap with a drink at the in-house lounge, High Tide Bar.
River Roost Resorts Around 15km from the heart of Mangaluru city lies River Roost, a resort set amidst coconut and areca plantations. There’s plenty to do to soak in the beauty of nature: relax in a hammock by the river, visit the organic garden or go fishing by the river. For stay, choose their wood cabin dorm and rooms, or the spacious Deluxe and Luxury rooms.
Summer Sands Beach Resort Located on the famous Ullal-Someshwar beach, the 15-acre Summer Sands offers two- and three-bedroom private villas with a 1,000ft beachfront, and access to a range of outdoor activities—from the jet ski to badminton.
The Ocean Pearl Located in the heart of Mangaluru city, Ocean Pearl is a convenient option for a stay if you wish to be in the heart of the action. Owned by the parent company of the favourite restaurants ‘Sagar Ratna’ and ‘Swagat’, naturally, there are numerous F&B options to choose from: Coral for multi-cuisine, The Jazz for cocktails and the Tide Coffee Shop for bakes.
Jog Falls: This view of beautiful water body known as Jog Falls, cascading down the height of 830 feet is a sight to behold. This short break from Mangaluru city is worth a visit as its beauty gets further enhanced with lush green surroundings.
Sravanabelagola: One of the most important Jain pilgrimage centres, Sravanabelagola is home to world’s most massive monolithic structure carved from a single stone. This structure belongs to the statue of Gomateshwara measuring 17.5 metre and visible even before you reach the town. The place.
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 Madurai. 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.