Visiting Places around Mangaluru
Located along the Arabian Sea , the beautiful coastal city of Mangaluru is one of the important centers of education and healthcare in India.Being situated at the foothills of the towering Western Ghats mountain range, with its rich flora and fauna, Dakshina Kannada is famous for its abundant greenery, natural splendour and scenic beauty.Mangalore is the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district, which is a flourishing hub of trade and commerce. The region has given birth to four nationalised banks and is famous for its traditional industries like cashew processing, tile manufacturing and beedi rolling. Having the only all-weather port of Karnataka , the city is considered to the 'Gateway of Karnataka' and has many small and heavy industries. Mangalore is the only city of Karnataka state that is well connected by all four modes of transport - road, rail, air and sea.
Kadri Manjunath Temple
Consecrated in 1068 A.D., this shrine is one of the oldest temples of the region and the idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy is considered to be one of the oldest in south India .
St. Aloysius Chapel
St.Aloysius College Chapel is situated in the heart of the city on the lighthouse hill about a kilometer away from Nehru Maidan Bus stand. It is well connected by all kinds of surface transport. This architectural gem is a 'must see' for anybody visiting Mangalore.
The Church was built in the year 1899-1900. The walls of the church are covered with the paintings of the artist Anthony Moscheni of Italy. It is comparable with the Sistine chapel in Rome. The special beauty of the chapel is the wonderful series of paintings that virtually cover every inch of the interior roof and walls executed by Bro. Moscheni trained in Italy.
The central row of paintings on the ceiling depicts the life of Aloysius Gonzaga to whom this College and Chapel is dedicated. This young man who gave his life in the service of others is given as a model to the 5,000 young people studying on this campus. Aloysius had everything that a young man of his age desires. He had wealth, power and influence. But he gave them up in order to serve others, especially the most needy. Our students are asked to imbibe his spirit of service.
Sharavu Sri Mahaganapathi Temple
Perhaps Mangaluru's most famous temple, the Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara - Sri Mahaganapathy Kshetra has an illustrious history of over 800 years. Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara - Sri Mahaganapathy Kshetra is an outstanding, pious center of great illustrious history of marathon 800 years.
Since the temple is located in the heart of the city, locating and reaching the temple is very easy. It is at a walking distance from Hampankatta and also can comfortably reached by autorickhaws.
The name "Sharavu" is derived from "Shara" which means arrow. About eight centuries back, the "Sthalapurana" or local legendary depicts, a very powerful king, Maharaja Veerabahu of tuluva region, killed a cow by sheer mistake by shooting it with an arrow. He in reality meant to shoot the tiger which was standing besides the cow. But, his unculpable terrible sin had to be erased, for which he did install a "Shiva Linga" as per the suggestion of a great seer Sri Bharadhwaja.
This Shivalinga has been worshipped by the Maharaja as Sharabeshwara. This sacred place was termed thereafter as "Sharavu" and the newly formed temple tank as "Sharatheertha".
Religion is man's life long quest to seek "solace" and protection in a Supreme Being, by way of a refuge from the turmoil's and tribulations of existence. God, the Supreme Being, as he is addressed in simple terms, forms the central point of religious experience. God can be viewed as "personal", symbolised in a male or female power. But, God, seen from the philosophical gaze, is purely "impersonal" and "absolute". He is in the nature of "a sprit" or "chethana" as termed in Sanskrit. To look upon God as "a person", however is an error.
In the coastal belt of the western part of the land of Baratha is situated the harbour town of Mangalapuram, or the city of Mangaluru, which is eternally blessed by the benign Mother Goddess, Mangalamba. This region, given away as a reward to sage Parashurama by Samudraraja, is well known for its Kadali fruits. It is the land of enchantment of Sahyadri mountains, where the great sages Kanva, Vysa, Vashista, Vishwamitra and other in the Loral past spent their days of meditation. Bountiful rivers dance down the mountains here and nature is attired in all her lush-full greenery. The shrine, from which the city of Mangaluru derives its name, this temple is over 1000 years old.
Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple
Kudroli Sri Gokarnatheshwara temple Situated in the city of Mangalore, this beautiful temple is the abode of Lord Gokarnatha, another name for Lord Shiva. Compared to the other temples in and around Mangaluru this temple was built pretty recently.
This temple was built by a devotee called H. Koragappa in the year 1912. Shri Narayana Guru, the great saint and philosopher who had visited Mangaluru in the year 1912, expressed his wish that the Billavas should build a temple for Lord Shiva in the city. Accordingly Koragappa who belonged to the Billava family built the temple at a place which was believed to be the graze land for the horses during the rule of Tipu Sultan. Hence the name Kudre (horse) vali which transformed into kudroli over time The temple was later renovated in the year 1990 under the guidance of Soma Sunder, son of H. Koragappa. Sthapadi K. Dakshinamoorthy was the architect who designed and built the present temple in the Chola style of architecture. This transformed the temple into it's present grand and modern looks. The temple was reestablished in the year 1991. The new gopuram is 60 feet in height and very beautiful. A marble statue of Sri Narayana Guru was erected in the entrance of the temple and a crown studded with precious gems was given by the devotees. It's estimated the renovation cost Rs. 1 crore.
Light House Hill Park
One of the oldest parks of this region, it provides a commanding view of Mangaluru city the backdrop of the Arabian Sea .
Syed Madani Dargah, Ullal
The Ullal darga famous for Uroos fair has an interesting history behind its presence. Located about 10 kms from the heart of the city the darga is easily accessible by buses, auto-rickshaws ans taxis.
The Dargah to commemorate Saint Sayyid Mohammed Shareeful Madani, located in Ullal in South Kanara, has been drawing pilgrims from all faiths. Legend has it that about 400 years ago, Sayyid Muhammed Shareeful Madani came to Mangalore from Saudi Arabia, reaching the shores of Ullal by floating on a piece of cloth. He camped in a small mosque at Melangadi in Ullal village where he led asimple life showering his love on the poor.
People from Ullal, Pemannur and neighbouring villages of Someshwar, Munnur, Kotekar and Jeppinamogaru consider this as the central Jumma Masjid. He became famous among the villagers because of his kindness and his treatment of the sick through prayers.
Sreemanthi Bai Government Museum
This museum is a treasure house of natural, historical and scientific exhibits.
New Mangalore Port
The only all-weather port of Karnataka , this is the ninth largest seaport of the country and has come to be identified as the 'Gateway to Karnataka.
This is a new eco-education complex situated 9 kms from Mangaluru and features a wide variety of attractions including a water park, zoo, heritage village, arboretum, science centre and a lake-park with boating facilities.
National highways N.H. 48 and N.H. 17 pass through Mangaluru. There are daily bus services to Bangalore , Mysore , Goa , Madurai , Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad , Thiruvananthapuram and most other important places. The government bus stand of the city is located 5 kms from the hotel.
It is situated in Boloor 6 Km. away from Mangaluru City Bus Stand. It was built in Black Stones by Tippu Sulthan to prevent warships to enter Gurpur river. Now the remaining part of the fort is called as Tippu's Well. It is today a deserted spot but its construction is bafflingly exquisite. Although it is a watchtower, it gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all-round. This military outpost was constructed by Tippu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore in the year 1766 to prevent enemy warships from moving inland through the Gurupur river.
Being situated within motorable distance of some of the best beaches of Karnataka, a visit to Mangaluru gives you the opportunity to top up your holiday with a great outing by the sea. Here are some of the better known sea-side destinations -
- Ullal Beach
- St. Mary's Isles