Mangalore travel guide explores tourism and travel in Mangalore city of Karnataka, India.

Mangalore Travel Guide

Mangalore Travel Guide

Fast Facts               

Location                                             Mangalore, Karnataka

Weather                                           Hot Summers and Cool Winters

Nearest Airport                             Bajpe International Airport (Mangalore airport)

Nearest Railway Station             Mangalore Central Railway station

Mangalore Junction Railway station

Tourist Attractions                       Tipu Sultan’s watchtower, Kadri Manjunth Temple,       Kadri Park

Best Time to Visit                          September – February

Things to do/Activities               Shopping for Handicrafts, sightseeing, Buffalo races, adventure sports

Nearby places                                 Jog falls and Gokarna falls.

Tucked away in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Mangalore is the official, administrative headquarters of Dakshina Kannada. A historic town, Mangalore is also a major port to the Arabian Sea and is one of the most prominent ports in the south of India. From pristine beaches to the popular Murudeshwara Temple, Mangalore is the jewel in the crown of Karnataka. With a history that dates back to 6 AD, the town is a busy commercial center with a bustling port and a beautiful coastline. The name “Mangalore” was derived from the name of a popular deity, Goddess Mangala Devi. If you are going to Mangalore for the first time, make sure you cover the Panambur Beach, the Mangala Devi Temple and the lighthouse on the hillock. The primary languages spoken in Mangalore are Tulu, English and Kannada, and the best time to visit this town is between the months of September to February. Mangalore is a scenic land amidst a historic backdrop and is one of the must-visit places in India.

Travel To Mangalore

Things To Do

  • In Mangalore, there are plenty of things to do and a number of places to see. Apart from visiting the bustling port and the usual shopping mall or two, the beaches are great places to visit. Panambur Beach, Suthkal Beach, Mangaladevi beach, St. Mary’s island and Pilikula beach are some of the popular tourist, beach destinations and are absolute must-sees.
  • The Mangaladevi temple is about 3km from the Mangalore central railway station and is a serene place to visit, if you are looking for peace and tranquility.
  • Adventure activities and watersports are popular tourist activities and require a full day. From snorkeling to scuba diving and dolphin watching to kayaking, Mangalore is the hub for all those fun, adrenaline kicking water sports and activities.
  • Mangalore is famous for its cultural heritage and scrumptious food and is a great place for shopping, though tourists might not always be able to bargain with most vendors. Try the spicy Mangalorean fish curry or the lemon fish to savor the local gastronomical delights of the town.
  • For those seeking the spiritual route, the St. Aloysius Church and various Roman Catholic churches are also soothing tourist spots.


There are innumerable options for the avid shopper in Mangalore. From local handicrafts to classic souvenirs, Mangalore has it all. There is no dearth of malls also, however, opt for traditional coconut based souvenirs that you can find on the beaches of Malpe and Ullal. The City Center Mall here is Karnataka’s second largest mall. The Bharath Mall is also another famous mall in Mangalore. All International brands, such as Adidas, Pizza Hut, Swarovski and Levi’s, can be found in most malls. Excel Mall, Times Square, Pio Mall and Mangalore Central Mall are a few other that have gained popularity in recent years.

Places To Stay

There are many resorts and hotels you can stay at. From budget hotels to five star resorts, here are a few places you can stay at when you visit Mangalore.

Economy Hotels

  • Hotel Hindusthan – near old bus stand, K.S. Rao road.
  • Hotel Surya – Greens compound, Balmatta road.
  • Hotel Blue Star – Falnir Road
  • Yash Arcade – opposite Mangalore Bus Stand, near the Adlabs theatre
  • Hotel Vasanth Mahal – K S Rao Road

Star Hotels

  • Summer Sands Beach Resort – Chotamangalore Ullal
  • Hotel Poonja International – K.S. Rao Road, Mangalore
  • The Ocean Pearl – Navbharath Circle, Kodial Bail
  • The Gateway Hotel – Old Port Road (Near State Bank of India, Pandeshwar);label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-in-bms-unspec-in-com-L%3Aen-O%3AwindowsS10-B%3Achrome-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3AXX-H%3As;sid=e787eebca8dd6793063dd187341e84c2;dist=0&sb_price_type=total&type=total&;label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-in-bms-unspec-in-com-L%3Aen-O%3AwindowsS10-B%3Achrome-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3AXX-H%3As;sid=e787eebca8dd6793063dd187341e84c2;dist=0&sb_price_type=total&type=total&

Nearby Places

There are a couple of places in and around Mangalore that are worth every penny! Here are a few options

  • Mangaladevi Temple -10km from the Mangalore Port
  • Mangalore Port – 10km from the city bus stand
  • Tannirbavi Beach – 12km from Bus Stand, located in Dakshin Karnataka.
  • Someshwar Beach – 11km from the City bus stand.
  • Kotepur – Situated in Ullal and 12km from the city bus stand

Karnataka Tourism Contact information

Department of Tourism,

Government of Karnataka

#49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road,

Bangalore 560 001

Email: [email protected]