The City of Mangalore lies in some of the most beautiful country in India. Lush and green, it radiates peace and enchantment. Also known as Mangalapuram, it was home to India’s ancient sages: Kanva, Vashista, Vysa, and Vishwamitra. With rich winding rivers falling down the mountains, Mangalore lies where the mountains meet the sea.
The city’s winding narrow streets are lined with coconut trees, red-tiled gabled roofs, churches and temples, and beautiful beaches. One of the fastest-growing cities in India, the Port of Mangalore is both old and new, a melting pot of cultures from across India and the world. There are a few sights that visitors to the Port of Mangalore will not want to miss.
The Mangaladevi Temple, which gave the city its name, was built by the Ballal family in memory of a Kerala princess.
The Kadri Manjunath Temple, dating to the 11th Century, is nestled at the foot of the highest hill in Mangalore. Its nine tanks and square temple attract hundreds of visitors each year. The temple houses the reputedly best bronze statue in India, and stone caves at the top of the hill are called the Caves of the Pandavas (honoring the beloved Mahabharata).
The Port of Mangalore also has two wonderful beaches. Located about 11 kilometers south of the city, Someshwar Beach in Ullal treats beach-goers to breathtaking sunsets and the peace of waves hitting the rocky shore (where swimming is not recommended). Ten kilometers to the north of Mangalore is Tannirbhavi Beach in Panambur near the new Port of Mangalore. Safe for swimming, the beach is quiet and secluded.
For those visitors seeking adventure, the ghats near Mangalore offer a perfect place to get lost in thick jungle. About 12 kilometers from the Port of Mangalore, Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is a tourist-oriented water theme park and animal park where you can find a science center, a golf course, and an arboretum.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Mangalore by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.