Mangalore (Karnataka)

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Mangalore is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located about 350 kilometres (220 mi) west of the state capital, Bangalore.

Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges, and is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in south western Karnataka. Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea—remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast.

The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore's port handles 75 per cent of India's coffee exports and the bulk of the nation's cashew exports. Mangalore was ruled by several major powers, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, and the Portuguese. The city was a source of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Eventually annexed by the British in 1799, Mangalore remained part of the Madras Presidency until India's independence in 1947. The city was unified with the state of Mysore (now called Karnataka) in 1956. Mangalore is demographically diverse with several languages, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary bashe commonly spoken, and is the largest city of Tulu Nadu region. The city's landscape is characterised by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings. In an exercise carried out by the Urban Development Ministry under the national urban sanitation policy, Mangalore was placed as the eighth cleanest city in the country. In Karnataka, it is second after Mysore.

Mangalore tourism offers a wide range of opportunities to the tourists to travel across the various tourist destinations of Mangalore. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats,

Mangalore has got a large number of important tourist sites. People from various places visit Mangalore to be a part of these places.

The ideal time to visit the city of Mangalore is during the winter months. Summers being hot, it makes traveling very uncomfortable for the tourists. For a hassle free journey,the tourists may also contact the travel agents who plan an organized tour for them.

The tourists can look out for various handicrafts, silk saris and handloom items of the place at the markets located ther

Some of the important destinations of tourism in Mangalore are:

Kadri Manjunath Temple: Kadri Manjunath Temple is one of the ancient temples of Mangalore. The Lokeshwara statue of the Kadri Manjunath temple is among the bestbronze statue of India. One can come across a 'mutt' built by King Kundavarma Bupendra.

Sultan Battery: Sultan Battery is a structure built by Tipu Sultan to prevent the warships from the entering the territory. Sultan Battery is situated about 6 kilometers fromBoloor.

St. Aloysius Church: St. Aloysius Church was built in 1899-1900 and is located about 1 kilometer from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand. St. Aloysius Church is known for thebeautiful paintings that are done on its walls. In fact, the walls of St. Aloysius exhibit the paintings of Antony Moshaini of Italy.

Light House Hill-Garden: Light House Hill-Garden is situated about 1 kilometer from the Bus stand. The site offers a beautiful sunset and sea views.

Shri Sharvu Mahaganapati Temple: Shri Sharvu Mahaganapati Temple is one the famous shrines in Mangalore. The Sri Sharvu Mahaganapati Temple contains a number ofother temples such as Kadri, Sharavu, Kudroli, Mangaladevi, etc.

Mangaladevi Temple: Mangaladevi Temple, situated about 3 kilometers from the Bus Stand, was erected in the memory of Princess of Kerala by the Ballal family of Attavar.

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple: Kudroli Gokarnath Temple is located about 3 kilometers from City Bus Stand.These are some of the important destinations of tourism at Mangalore. These tourist attractions of Mangalore largely attract people from the different parts of the world. It is

owing to these destinations that the tourism industry of Mangalore is growing with leaps and bound


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