10 Best Things To Do In Mangalore, India

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Mangalore is the popular port city of India. Mangalore is situated in Karnataka and is an educational hub of India because students from all over the country pursue various professional courses in and around the city, adding to its cosmopolitan look and appeal. It has lots of beaches, temples and many more places to visit. Mangalore has an international airport, which is named Bajpe Airport. This airport is only 13 kilometers (8 miles) away from the city. The best time to visit Mangalore is in the months of December and January, when climate is cool and there is no humidity. During your visit, consider the below recommended attractions to make the most of your holiday.

1. Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

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This temple is also named Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra and is situated in the Kundroli area of Mangalore. It is sacred of Narayana Guru and is devoted to Gokarnanatha, which is a form of Lord Shiva. This temple has recently been renovated with modern facilities. This temple is of Hindu religion and there are many famous Hindu divinities which are kept here. The best time to visit the temple is in Navratras. The Navratras are celebrated for 9 days with full enthusiasm. In this temple, many marriage ceremonies are done.

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

Website: Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

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2. Kadri Manjunath Temple

Gokarnanatheshwara Temple in Kudroli
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This is a temple of Manjunatheshwara, which is situated on the hills of Kadri. This temple is very beautiful and very popular in Mangalore. In this temple there is natural spring water on the back side of the temple. This spring water is called Gomukha and it is believed that the water flows from Bhageerthi River. The people who come in this temple take baths in this pond before entering the temple. Kadri Manjunath Temple has the best bronze statue in all of India.

Kadri Manjunath Temple

Website: Kadri Manjunath Temple

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3. Tannir Bhavi Beach

This beach is 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) away from Mangalore and the best way to reach this beach is by private taxi. You can reach this place by crossing the Kuloor Bridge. Another way to reach the beach is to catch the Ferry via Gurupura River from sultan battery. This beach is very clean and not very crowded. You can visit this beach to enjoy the sunset, which is a very beautiful view.

Tannir Bhavi Beach

Address: Kasaba Bengre

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4. Panambur Beach

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This beach is on the shores of the Arabian Sea. This is one of the safest and most well maintained beaches in India. On this beach, you can play many water games, with the popular water game in this area being surfing. Boards can be hired for a very affordable price. On the beach you can drink sugarcane juice and enjoy other games like kite flying, motor boating and playing volley ball.

Panambur Beach

Website: Panambur Beach

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5. Mangaldevi Temple

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The best time to visit this temple is at night. Mangaldevi Temple is dedicated to the God Shakti, who is in the form of Mangaladevi. The city Mangalore comes from this temple, so one should visit this temple during their stay.

Mangaldevi Temple

Website: Mangaldevi Temple

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6. Surathkal Beach

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This beach offers a memorable experience, with a light house and a temple located on the beach. Surathkal Beach is also dotted by rock formations going into the sea. This beach is very beautiful; the sea side view is amazing. The sunset view is also very beautiful, so I recommend visiting this beach during this time.

Surathkal Beach

Website: Surathkal Beach

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7. NITK Lighthouse

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This NITK Lighthouse is situated on NITK Beach, only 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) away from Mangalore. This lighthouse was constructed in 1972. You should try to reach here before 5:30pm and climb the lighthouse to see the beautiful sunset. You can see 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) away from the lighthouse into the distance. It is a beautiful experience and I highly recommend visiting this place.

NITK Lighthouse

Address: NITK Lighthouse, NITK Beach Rd, Dodda Kopla, Surathkal, Karnataka 575014

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8. City Center Mall

After the religious temples and beaches, you will love the City Center Mall for shopping and amusement. This mall is situated in Hampankatta in Mangalore. This is very huge mall and you can do lots of shopping and eat tons of delicious food here. In this mall there is a shop called Pani Puri, that serve delicious pani puri (Indian food). In this mall there is also a Cineplex, where you can watch the latest movies for a great relaxing afternoon or evening.

City Center Mall

Address: K.S. Rao Road, Opposite Harsha, Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001

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9. Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park

Sammilan Shetty Butterfly park banner in the Butterfly park
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In this park, an excellent effort is made to keep preserving indigenous plants and varieties of butterfly species. Those who love nature will love visiting this place. I recommend visiting in the day time while the sun is out, while there are many butterfly species visible.

Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park

Address: 13 Butterfly Park Rd, Belvai, Karnataka 574213

Website: Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park

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10. Milagres Church

Milagres Church
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This historic Roman Catholic Church is situated in Hampankatta, a locality of Mangalore. This church was built in 1680 and is the oldest church in Mangalore. Inside the church is very peaceful, so I recommend visiting for some quiet time after all of the sightseeing and activities.

Milagres Church

Address: Hampankatta, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada district

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Lots to see and do in Mangalore

Those who loves to visit the beach must visit Mangalore to see the beautiful beaches and scenery. The right time to visit is in months of December and January, when the temperature is cool. This place has huge temples, where we can learn about Hindu culture and history. You will find a variety of things to do in Mangalore.

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