Mangalore is a coastal town in the west coast of Karnataka. Tulu, Kannada and Konkani are the languages spoken locally. Most of them speak English and Hindi too, communication won’t be an issue. Taxi apps such as Uber and Ola are available to explore the city. You can also avail the local bus services for a cheaper price. Here is a list that we’ve compiled for you!
Let’s begin with F-O-O-D!
If you’re in the mood for some Mangalore buns, Pundi (Steamed Dumplings) and an array of good south Indian breakfast, we’d suggest you to head to Sagar Ratna located in Ocean Pearl. If you’re not interested in trying out the Indian cuisine, you can go over to Diesel Cafe. They serve the best English breakfast in town. Their Belgian Waffles do deserve a special mention.
If you’re looking out to try the local seafood, worry not as we’ve got you covered. Giri Manja’s, Machali and Gajalee is the place to be to taste authentic Mangalore seafood cuisine. Don’t forget to try the squid and prawn ghee roast while you’re there.
Now coming to desserts, did you know that Mangalore’s very own Ideal ice cream has won accolades on national and international platforms for it flavours? Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself. Visit Pabbas Ice Cream parlor which is the best ice cream joint in the city. We recommend the Tiramisu, Gadbad & Parfait sundaes.
Feel like having a good time in a pub? Head over to Spindrift Brewery and taste their locally brewed beers. If you’re lucky, you may get to taste the watermelon beer that they brew during the summers. They also offer a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with mouth watering food.
Now that we’ve got food covered, let’s talk about few places for sightseeing.
St. Aloysius Chapel:
Located on the summit of the Light House Hill in the heart of Mangalore City, the St. Aloysius Chapel was built in 1885. The church is staggering with some glorious artworks on the roof, fresco painting and oil canvas compositions.
Situated at a distance of about 4 km from the city of Mangalore, this watchtower was built by the legendary Emperor Tipu Sultan in 1784. One can take the ferry to visit Thannirbhavi beach on the other side.
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple:
The temple is dedicated to Gokarnath, a form of Lord Shiva. One can visit the temple at dusk to view it in all it’s grandeur.
This place consists of a zoo, water park and a science center. Apart from its attractions, it is the only place in India that breeds King Cobras.
Apart from these places you can also visit the beaches at Panambur, Ullal and Someshwar in Mangalore.
Krishna Temple, Udupi:
60kms to the north is where the temple town of Udupi is situated. Apart from being known for its famous Krishna temple, it also offers travellers a great gastronomic experience.
Malpe Beach/ St. Mary’s Island:
This beach is a popular tourist attraction. One will have to board the ferry to reach St. Mary’s Island. This island is listed as one of the Geological Monuments of Karnataka and India due to its unique rock formation.