Travel to Mangalore

Mangalore Tourism



Mangalore is located in the state of Karnataka in south India and is situated at the estuaries of the Netravati and Gurupur Rivers on the Arabian Sea coast. Mangalore is also the largest city on the Karnataka coast and is a popular place to break journey, relax and indulge in a bit of shopping. The city has a large, mixed university population which gives it an air of progressiveness.

The city of Mangalore derived its name from the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of the Mangaladevi Temple. Legend has it that Matsyendranath, the founder of the Nath tradition arrived in the area with a princess called Premila from Kerala. After converting her to the Nath sect, Matsyendranath renamed her Mangaladevi. After her death the Mangaladevi Temple was built in her honour at Bolar in Mangalore.

The charming city of Mangalore is nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats; lying on the backwaters at the convergence of the Netravati and Gurupura Rivers with the surrounding areas comprising of hills and valleys. It is the physical features of the city that have gifted Mangalore unprecedented charm and beauty. On of the most attractive features of Mangalore is that it is a unique blend of culture, religion and relaxation and is home to some really beautiful beaches that attract tourists from all over the world.

Best Time to Visit Mangalore

The best time to visit Mangalore is from September to February as the weather during these months is very pleasant as compared to the summer months that can be extremely hot.

When Visiting Mangalore make sure you spare four to five days as there are a lot of attractions here that you would not like to miss.

How to Reach Mangalore

Being a popular city in Karnataka, Mangalore is very well connected to other arts of the country by a strong network of rail, road and air. 'How to Reach Mangalore' guides you with various means and ways to reach this city with ease.

The city of Mangalore has one of the chief ports of the state of Karnataka.

By Air

Mangalore's Bajpe Airport is 10 km away from the heart of the city and connects Mangalore city to the rest of the country by air.

By Rail

Mangalore is an important rail junction on the Southern Railways and the city is very well connected to all major cities in India. Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction are the major railway stations of the city. Here are some important trains that connect to Mangalore.

By Road

Mangalore is connected by the NH 48 and NH 17 to other parts of the country. Mangalore's bus terminal is known as Mangalore Bus Station. KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses of Kerala and Karnataka connect all major cities in Kerala and Karnataka to Mangalore. There are Volvo bus services that are available from Mangalore to Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum. Bus fare is about Rs. 4 per person, per kilometer. Here are some important bus services to Mangalore.

Shopping in Mangalore

Shopping in Mangalore Mangalore, being a business hub, houses plenty of shopping options for all kind of travellers. Mangalore has a wide variety of options for shoppers, be it the city's glitzy shopping malls that caters to the tastes of modern travellers or vibrant local bazaars reflecting the true colors of the city.

What to Buy?

Gold and silver jewellery specially designed in the Mangalorean style are very popular in the city. Pure silk sarees available here are worth spending on. Intricately carved ivory and sandalwood decorative pieces will serve as a great souvenir to be gifted or as a showpiece for your own house. You may also purchase handicraft items and furniture among other items especially from the local markets.

Where to Shop?

Badagupet, Maruthi Veethika, Sanskrit College Road and Tenkapet are some important shopping centres in the Mangalore.

Some of Mangalore's famous shopping malls are:


Shopping Malls Address
City Centre Mall KS Rao Road, Mangalore, Karnataka- 575001
Empire Mall M G Road, Mangalore, Karnataka- 575001
Bharath Mall Bejai Kavoor Rd, Lalbagh, Mangalore, Karnataka- 575001
Mischief Mall K S Rao Road, Hampankatta, Mangalore, Karnataka- 575001


Places to See in Mangalore
  • Sultan Battery
  • Kadri Manjunath Temple
  • St. Aloysius Church
  • Light House Hill Garden
  • Ullal Dargah
  • Mangalore Beach
  • St. Mary Beach
  • Suratkal Beach
  • Ullal Beach
More on tourist attractions of Mangalore

Last Updated on : 28/09/2013