What to see in Mangalore – Top 5 Tourist Attractions
A trip to Karnataka is not complete without visiting Mangalore, which is one of the cleanest cities in the country and is known for its beautiful beaches, temples and diverse culture.
Mangalore is also an attractive tourist destination for the diversity in culture it has inherited from the various dynasties that have ruled the region at different times – Kadambas, Chalukyas, Portuguese and the British, to name a few.
Here’s the list of 5 best places you must visit in Mangalore:
1. Mangaladevi Temple
The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Shakti in the form of Mangala Devi which was originally established in the 19th century when the region was ruled by a King of Ahepa dynasty. It is this very temple that gave the city its first name ‘Mangalapur’, that was later anglicized by British during their rule over the Indian sub-continent. The beautiful temple is built in the traditional Kerala style architecture, which you can see in most of the historical temples built in the South India, perfectly reflecting the heritage of India. And if you are visiting Mangalore around Navratra festival, you can have an ultimate spiritual experience in a traditional way.
2. Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
Gorakhnatha is a name of Hindu deity Lord Shiva which means the temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Its architecture is similar to the Dravidian style, featuring a60 feet high golden colored gopuram decorated with stucco figures. And various scenes from Hindu epics are portrayed through various paintings, rock carving and sculptures all around the temple premises.
3. Panambur Beach
Located 13 Km from the main city of Mangalore, Panambur beach is one of the most visited places by tourists as well as the locals. It is the best place to relax with safe and secluded swimming. Other attractions of this place include the fun activities like jetski, boating, horse and camel riding and a lot more activities to have something for everyone.
4. Surathkal Beach
Situated about 20 Km from Mangalore towards Udupi, this naturally beautiful beach is among the cleanest Coastline on the Karavali with unique powdery sand that is very comforting while walking barefoot. And just around the beach, a famous temple of Lord Sadashiva and a huge lighthouse providing great views of the ocean and the countryside, also attract many tourists.
5. Pilikula Nisargadhama
Pilikula NisargaDhama is a beautiful picnic spot with natural scenic beauty, a huge lake &well maintained gardens encircling the entire lake. The swans & ducks moving around in the lake &the surrounding gardens make the place more exciting. Tourists also enjoy the beauty of this place by boating across the lake. This place is located at a distance of 15 Km from the main city.
Apart from these tourist attractions of the city, the popular hotels in the city offer great services to the tourists making their experience the most memorable one. Summer Sands Beach Resort, Metro Plaza Hotel, The Gateway Hotel Old Port Rd Mangalore and The Prestige Hotel are among some of the most famous hotels in the city providing unmatched hospitality and great fun activities. 24/7 cinema, swimming and free wifi for Kids to watch movies or play sports video games at much games or other popular websites for free. Sometimes it is more fun to just stay at hotel terrace enjoying the comforting facilities and natural beauty of the city at the same time.