Mangalore

Traversing the Western Ghats and skirting the beautiful Kodagu area, along National Highway 48, 357 kms west of Bangalore, one reaches the Arabian Sea coast at Mangalore. An important ship building center under Hyder Ali and a strategic port that remained a bone of contention in every conflict over its long history, the city is a blend of the old and the new.

The early morning hours respond to the melody of the church and temple bells and the call of the muezzin, bringing forth yet another aspect of the varied character of the city. Mangalore, at the southern edge of the region known as Karavali, a tropical coastal paradise which also forms an excellent base from where to set out on excursions. Mangalore could be your entry point to Beach Country, with its pristine, virgin and unexplored beaches.

In Mangalore, you cannot afford to miss St. Aloysius Chapel with its 100-year old paintings of the Italian Jesuit, Maschemi, the 10th century Mangla Devi temple and the nearby Ullal beach with its casuarina groves.

Also visit the tile, boat making, coffee curing and cashewnut factories, Shrimati Bai Memorial Museum, Beedi Factory, Jain Temples, Fort, Saib Mosque and Music Gallery.

Around Mangalore (Distances and directions from Mangalore):

30 kms east is Katil with its Durga Parameshwari Temple.

35 kms north-east is Moodabidri. The famous Jain shrine here has 1000 pillars.

52 kms north-east is Karkala, a 15th century Jain center with a 12.8 m high monolith of Gomateswara.

58 kms north is Udupi, sacred to the devotees of Lord Krishna and where the Saint Madhwacharya lived and preached 700 years ago. The famous masalai dosai has its origins here.

66 kms north is situated Malpe beach, quiet and safe. Is only a boat ride away from St. Mary's Island.

110 kms north is the scenic beach of Maravanthe. Great for swimming too.

140 kms north is Kollur with its famous Mookambika temple attracting thousands of devotees.

Access

Mangalore is connected by air, road and rail to Bangalore and Bombay. It is close to Mercara too.

Accomodation

Hotel Mayura Nethravathi, Kadri Hills. Tel: (0824) 24192.

Karnataka