Mangalore

Mangalore is a unique city in the variety of physical features that it possesses. It is a port city situated on the backwaters of the Netravathi and Gurupura Rivers. Bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, it has coastal plains that change into undulating hill terrain in the eastern interiors.
Mangalore abounds in holy places such as Mangaladevi Temple, Shree Shanaishchara Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Kudroli Gokarnanatha, St. Aloysious Chapel, Milagres Church, Ullal Darga and Roasario Church to name only a few. Surfing at Mulki, Exploring jungles in the Western Ghats, boating, water park, animal park in Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, swimming in Suratkal, Someshwar and Panabur Beaches are some of the activities inviting tourists to Mangalore.

Best time to visit: September to February
Languages spoken: Kannada
Climate: Hot summers, heavy rains during monsoon and pleasant winters
Holy places: Mangaladevi Temple, Shree Shanaishchara Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Kudroli Gokarnanatha, Kadri Manjunatheswara, Urwa Marigudi, Adyapady Adinatheshwara, Shree Shanaishchara Temple, Sharavu Ganapathi Temple, Kateel Durgaparameshwari, St. Aloysious Chapel, Milagres Church, Ullal Darga and Roasario Church
Beaches: Suratkal, Someshwar, Panabur,Tannirbavi , Kapu, Malpe
Places to visit: Boating, Water Park and Animal Park in Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Surfing at Mulki

Gokarna – much more than OM beach

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Gokarna is about 453 km from Bangalore and 165 KM from Hubli. We started by train at 7:45 PM and reached Hubli early morning at 3:45 (though arrival time was 4:30 AM – Trains do reach early in India also). Anyway Taxi (booked in advance) came as per the time given to him and we started at 5:00 AM from Hubli and had a breakfast at Kamath on the way and reach Om Beach resort at 8:45 AM. Normal check –in time was 12:00 however staff made the rooms ready by 10:30 and we checked in to relax.

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Temple trails of Karnataka-Part 5-KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK

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On our way to Kudremukh, we happened to spot this beautiful little Ganapathi temple amidst lush green tea gardens at a village named Samse, 6 kms from Kalasa.
We drove further and a km later, reached Kudremukh National Park Checkpost. On giving the details of our vehicle and its passengers to the officer at the checkpost, we were issued a receipt indicating both our entry time and the time by which we had to exit the park at the western side of the reserve.

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Temple trails of Karnataka – Part 1: SUBRAMANYA & DHARMASTALA

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The famous temple route of South Western Karnataka is Mangalore- Subhramanya-Dharmastala-Hornadu-Sringeri-Kollur-Udupi-back to Mangalore.Murdeshwar beach temple can be included too if one has more time.

Kukke Subramanya temple is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations in Karnataka. Here Lord Subramanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The devotees enter the courtyard of the temple from the main entrance at the back and walk around to go before the deity.

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Mangalore re-visited (after 11 years)

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The best thing one could do is to spend time at the beach. To access beaches, one has to travel to Panambur beach (20 kms) or Ullal beach (13 km). To reach Ullal beach , take the Mangalore-Kasargod road and look out for the board for Ullal beach. This is also called Someshwara beach. The waves lashing out at the rocks in Ullal beach makes a good treat for the eyes.

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