Places to see in Mangalore


Mangalore is one of the important cities in Karnataka – where the city plays a significant role in being a Business center and tourist hotspot. Having been an important International trade centres for centuries, Mangalore has been ruled by various dynasties and empires such as Kadambas, Chalukyas, Vijayanagar empire, Dutch, Portuguese, and British; thus you will come across a spectacular blend of various cultures, creating a beautiful cultural influence within the region. You will see the influence, especially in the architecture and cuisine.

Apart from being known as a port city, Mangalore is also known to be one of the cleanest cities in the country. It is a perfect place to enjoy clean beaches, beautiful churches, and lip-smacking sea-food. Let us look at some of the best places to visit in Mangalore.

List of places to see in Mangalore

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple

Kudroli Gokarnath temple, also known as Gokarnatheshwara Temple is one of the top tourist attractions in Mangalore. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the recent constructions in the Dravidian style of architecture, built in the year 1912. It is said that the temple was exclusively built for the Billava community, as they were prohibited to enter other temples in the region.

St Aloysius Chapel

This catholic church is one of the most beautiful attractions that is simply breath-taking from the moment you enter the church. St. Aloysius Chapel is known for unique and extraordinary paintings dated back 19th century. It is believed that St. Aloysius Chapel is the Sistine Chapel of Mangalore, referring to the timeless painting on the walls of the church

Kadri Manjunath Temple

Kadri Manjunath Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region, situated in Kadri Hills of Mangalore. It is said that the temple was built in the 10th or the 11th century, which has Buddhist architectural influence on Vijayanagara style.

Sultan Battery

Sultan Battery is supposedly a watchtower constructed during the time of Tipu Sultan. Located in the midst of nature, this watchtower overlooks a fantastic viewpoint. Situated in Boloor, which is at a distance of 5 km from Mangalore city. This watchtower resembles a fortress that is now in ruins. Upon climbing the top of the tower, one can get a panoramic view of the Arabian sea that is almost perfect for a romantic place for a couple.

Panambur Beach

Located in the south of Mangalore about 14 km from the city, Panambur beach is one of the most popular beaches – often visited by a huge number of tourists and locals indulging in various activities such as boating, kite festivals, sand sculpture competitions, etc. When there is no much activity happening on the beach, it is natural to assume the beach to be unclean; however, it is not the case when it comes to Panambur beach. As it is a well-known fact that beaches are absolutely fantastic and clean in Mangalore, come to Panambur beach to experience the exact meaning of clean beaches. This beach has been awarded the cleanest and best well-maintained beach in India.

Pilikula Park & Golf Course

It is a fantastic park for all the age groups. Located at a distance of 7 km from Mangalore city, Pilikula park has a beautiful lake where one can indulge in boating activity, A zoo and an amusement park for children, a heritage the village, and science Centre to keeping the elders involved and a beautiful golf course for golfers. Enjoy a peaceful evening in this park with the family.

Nearby places to see in Mangalore

Udupi – Located at a distance of 55 km from Mangalore, Udupi is a fantastic place one must not miss in Karnataka. This beautiful town popular for its cuisine and its temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Udupi is truly a temple town with a beautiful beach and emerging educational institutes. You will come across hundreds of tourists and pilgrims flocking to the city for its beaches and temples. One of the noteworthy temples here is Sri Krishna temple for its architecture.

Dharmasthala – Located at a distance of 75 km from Mangalore, Dharmasthala is a holy town known for a century-old Sri Manjunath Temple, dedicated lord Shiva. It is often flocked with pilgrims coming from across the country to seek the blessings from the lord.

Chikmagalur – Located at a distance of 150 km from Mangalore, Chikmagalur is a beautiful hill station known for some of the breath-taking hills and highest peaks of Karnataka. Chikmagalur is the place for coffee lovers, nature, and adventure seekers. As you enter the town of Chikmagalur, you will be welcomed with the magical aroma of coffee and a refreshing breeze from the mountains. This beautiful hill station is a must-visit destination near Mangalore.

Best time to visit

Mangalore is one of the few coastal cities India to have pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature doesn’t exceed more than 35 degrees. However, the best time to visit Mangalore is between September to March. During these months, the weather is almost perfect to explore the region and indulge in fun tourist activities without worrying about heat. Summers are slightly hot and humid, which can cause discomfort for the tourists. Monsoon in Mangalore can become inconvenient, as the city receives heavy rainfall especially in the months of July and August. Thus post-monsoon and Winters are the best time to visit Mangalore.

How to reach

Mangalore is one of the well-connected cities in Karnataka after Bangalore. It is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. Having been a popular destination for both business and tourism purposes, one can choose from various modes of transportation to reach Mangalore.

Air: Mangalore has an international airport that has flights connecting middle eastern states. Apart from that, domestic flights are very well connected to major cities in India such as Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Trivandrum, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

Rail: Mangalore railway station is one of the major junctions in the region that connects all the major cities in India. There are multiple trains start from this station, with both Express and super-fast trains connecting major cities from neighboring states.

Road: Mangalore is one of the well-connected cities with fantastic road services. There are a number of state-owned and private buses plying from major cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi to Mangalore.