Situated on NH 17, this is a less known yet one of the most beautiful beaches in Mangalore. The view of the light house nearby is an added attraction.
Situated 8 Kms north of Mangalore, this beach is famous for viewing cargo ships docking in the nearby port. The barge mounted power project is situated nearby. Busses ply from the city to this place
Pilikula’ in Tulu literally means ‘Tiger Pond’ is located in Mudushedde village 3 kms from Vamanjoor and 8 kms from Mangalore City
St. Aloysius Chapel
St. Aloysius College is located on Lighthouse Hill, in the heart of Mangalore City. The college is more than 100 years old (1899-1900) and is dedicated to Aloysius Gonzaga, hence the name St. Aloysius College.The Chapel has most beautiful paintings and one often compares it to Sistine Chapel of Rome. These beautiful paintings cover the entire Chapel walls and ceiling. Anthony Moscheini, the artist who painted these was born in Italy and was sent by the Vatican to Mangalore. It took him little over two years to complete the paintings.
Mangala Devi Temple
The name Mangalore is said to be delivered from Mangala Devi, the main deity of the temple. Built in 10th century by kundavarma on the advice of two Nepali sages
Ullal Juma Masjid And Darga
Distance: 13Kms from city center.One of the famous Muslim pilgrimage centers. About 500 years ago, a Muslim saint Sayyed Mohammed Shareefulla Madani, came from Madeena and stayed in this mosque. Later the darga was reconstructed. It is known for the Uroos fair celebrated once every 5 years
Thousand Pillar Temple
Thilaka basadi which was built in 1430 is a good example of Vijayanagara architecture. Thribhuvana Tilaka Choodamani Basadi is said to contain 1000 pillars. It is the largest basadi in Moodabidri and an architectural marvel. It has a 6.5 feet statue of Chandranatha and hence it is also called as Chandranatha Basadi. Other basadies in Moodabidri are Badaga Basadi, Shettara Basadi, Hiri Basadi, Kotibasadi. A small Bahubali statue is on the hillock
Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
A famous social reformer Bramashree Narayana Guru built this temple in 1912. Now this temple is renovated. Here the celebration of Mangalore Dasara during the Navarathri festival in October attracts a large number of devotees. Daily poojas are performed and midday meal is served to visitors as Prasadam
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
A famous temple in Udupi District situated 60Kms from Mangalore.
Kadri Kambla Season
Here a pair of bullocks are made to run in the marshy fields filled with water called “Kesaru Gadde”. A white cloth will be tied at certain height on this field, a winner is the one who spears mud/clay on the white cloth while running. Kadri Kambla Season was very famous in earlier days, now due to lack of space and the growth of the city, people have built houses and complexes in the fields. The winner, the owner of the bullocks will be a getting a trophy and some cash price.
A trip to Mangalore is incomplete without watching the classic Yakshagana, an elaborate dance drama performance unique to Karnataka. A night-long event,with people adorned vibrantly, and dancing to the beat of drums. Yakshagana performance attracts thousands of people.Yakshagana is a typical folk form of drama in this region, the stylised costumes and masks are similar to that of Kathakali in Kerala. Yakshagana is a true people’s theatre, commonly staged in the paddy fields at night and the themes are the same as all over India, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and mythological tales from the Puranas. In predominantly rural areas with little or no transportation, Yakshagana enjoys immense popularity and its exponents are honoured just as great stage artistes. Despite of strong influence of movies in the city, given an oppurtunity people today also love to watch Yakshagana.
PILI VESHA (Tiger Dance)
In local Tulu language Pili means a Tiger. Pili vesha (Tiger Dance) is a unique form of folk dance in Dakshina kannada that fascinates the young and the old alike. Here young boys and men paint their body with yellow and brown stripes, wear a tiger mask on their face and dance to the beats of the drums. Pili vesha is performed only during Dasara and Krishna Janmastami. In earlier days these artists would perform the dance for 10 days, at nights they would sleep on the plantain leaf so that the paint does not peel off and also to keep their body cool. These people along with drums and pipes go dancing from house to house on every streets in Mangalore. You can also get to see some of the artist wearing garland of currency notes. These days most of the houses pays Rs 25-100/- for the entire group performing the Pili Dance.
Bhoothada kola is yet another custom, a complex ritual performed in interior Mangalore. A common form of worship and the popular belief is that the almighty power enters the human body and blesses the people. Bhoothas are divine spirits, it is said that these divine spirits are around us, our family, our house and are protecting us from all evil things in life. So once in a year Bhoothada kola is arranged in the house (guttu house) for peace and harmony in the family. On this day the house owner (either the father or the eldest son) offers Tender coconut, Toddy and Chicken to the Bhootha. It is also a practice that in case of any auspicious event at home like marriage, property dealings, recovered from ill health or child birth the elders give Kola that year to bless the new wedded couple and the child. It is a night long ceremony, sometimes continues for 2-3 days. Large number of spectators come from near by place to watch this, cultures,
Mosaru Kudike (Butter milk pot) is performed only during Krishna Janamastami. Kottara and Attavara Mosaru Kudike is very famous in Mangalore, people gather here in these places in the evening to witness the magnificient event. Here earthen pots filled with butter milk, colour water and money is tied to the highest pole inbetween the road. Young boys and men form a human pyramid and try to reach the pots and break them, while they are forming a human pyramid people around them throw colour water on them. In udupi it is still celebrated with great pomp and show.
ORIDA KATTA (Cock Fight)
This is a very important event and sport in Mangalore. Here there are 2 parties who play the game. They let their cock fight against each other, these cocks are armed with steel blades tied to their feet. In many cases one of the cocks dies due to heavy injuries.These cocks are breed with special care only for this purpose and event. Hundreds of people flock around the scene and participate in the event. Lots of betting takes place and is full of fun. The defeated cock(died cock) becomes the property of the winner. The winner gives the dead cock to the women folks at home to cook a delicious meal. Usually Kori sukka and Kori Rotti is made for the dinner as if celebrating.