Mangalore: A perfect weekend gateway of Daskshin Karnataka


Mangalore: A perfect weekend gateway of Daskshin Karnataka

Karnataka, a prominent state of south India with a variety of cultures and traditions introduce the explorers to Mangalore; second largest city and one of the cleanest cities in India. It is known for its amazing beaches, temples, churches and diverse culture. Today, Mangalore has one of the major ports in India that coffee and cashew exports.

Hoode Beach:

A drive of 1.30hrs from Mangalore to Udupi leads you to a beautiful heaven which is far from any pollution, crowd and nuisance. Hoode beach is peaceful and less crowded and explored due the popularity of the Malpe beach which is 6 km away. The seashore runs along with coconut trees that allures you to a beautiful and serene view. The beach has multiple eateries and is famous for sea food such as crabs, prawns and fish fry. The authentic vibe of the restaurants and the local delicacies make the trip worth visiting again. (Do try Canara Beach Restaurant)

One of the best experiences of Hoode beach is sunset and if you reach early before the sunset then make sure to take a ride through the road which runs parallel to the sea and river. This point picturises a beautiful scene where you find a river to your right and sea to your left. The locals are considerate and friendly, might even give a chance to explore their land and river side for boating and fishing. Overall if you need to explore your soul, Hoode is the best option.

Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple:

Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple was built back around 1068 A.D. It is one of the ancient temples located just 4 kms away from Mangalore which is situated in South Karnataka. The temple has Vijayanagara style and is made of a solid architectural structure. The prehistoric caves cut into the laterite mounds and the historical and religious importance of the Kadri temple leads to enchantment for the devotees.  Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple is a symbol for Tulunadu Buddhism. During Maha Shivrathri, there is a long queue of the devotees from 5 am to offer the Abhisheka (bathing the deity whom you worship) to Chandra Mouleshwara.

Monte Mariano Church

An ancient Catholic denomination, which includes church, friary, monastery and institution is situated on top of the North bank of Netravathi River. The beautiful flow of Netravathi river always flows in full swing. The might river gives a breath-taking view of Monte Mariano Church.

‘Monte Mariano Church or a Monastery-Farangipete is an ancient historic place that dates back to 1763. It is nearly 15-16 kms away from Mangalore on national highway 48.

The famous ‘monthi festh’ originated from here and is celebrated throughout India and other parts of the countries. During the feast, the church is crowded but it provides you divine experience that gives you all the reason to visit.

Where to stay?

There are villas, cottages and beach resorts to stay with your family or group of friends. Hotels and guest houses are easily spotted.

Places to eat:

We all know there are a variety of cuisines in different states, so when we talk about Dakshin Karnataka it knows for its best of Idli, dosa and sambar for breakfast. But here’s the catch, try having buns with a cup of tea which is available in any restaurants in Mangalore. Being a coastal area, the seafood is a must try especially prawns and fish fry. The beaches have stalls where they display the prawns and fishes of different varieties. Almost every cuisine has coconut and for vegetarians ‘Sagar Ratna’ is the best option.

When to Go – Best time to visit – October to May.

How to Reach

By Air – The main airport is Mangalore International Airport which links to plenty of other airports. The KSRTC buses of KSRTC run from the airport to the main city. Taxis and private cabs are easily available.

By Bus – Commuting by bus is one of the cheapest ways. Private as well as public buses run into Mangalore.

By Train – The city is served by Mangalore Junction Railway Station. There are many mails and super-fast trains connecting the city with popular places like; Chennai, Mumbai, Karwar, Pune, Delhi etc.

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