Mangalore, the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, is a major port in the Arabian sea. A historic town, known as one of most well known ports of south India as early as 6th century AD onwards, Mangalore exports many items including coffee and cashew nuts. Mangalore is also renowned for its roof tiles, cigarettes and seafood.
Mangalore, the anglicised version of Mangalooru in Kannada, is a coastal city and a busy commercial center and the name is derived out of its patron deity, Goddess Mangala Devi. Mangalooru translates to Ooru of Mangala or Place of Mangala.
The scenic land is dominated by the distinctive coconut palms in the backdrop of rolling hills and majestic streams flows towards the Arabian sea. The picturesque place is spotted with ancient tiled-roof buildings, with the renowned Mangalore tiles of red colour clay dug from local places. The bustling port city of Mangalore, with its uneven roads, sandy beautiful beaches, ancient temples and added to this prominent lighthouse, makes a perfect destination for tourists to spend their times in an excited, happy and relaxed way.
Vegetation in Mangalore is dominated by coconut trees, Ashoka trees and palm trees along with others. Even after the modernization, the city could preserve much of its green cover, to make it environment friendly.
The major tourist attractions are the Seemanthini Bai Bejai Museum, the hillock of Light house, number of temples including Mangaladevi temples, churches and mosques. The coastline of the city is blessed with number of beaches like Someshwara beach, Mukka beach, KREC beach, Panambur beach and beautiful silky Tannirbavi beach.
Yakshagana, the folk dance of Mangalore, is spectacular. Mangalore’s cultural heritage is adequately visible in the night-long dance and drama concert. Yakshagana is a chief attraction for tourists.
The city is charming with trade and is a paradise for shoppers. Big shopping complexes, industrial estates and seafood processing units are the basis of Mangalore’s industrial development.
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Jan 25, 2012 03:10 PM
Team Mangalore, a group of kite flying and making hobbyists had organized an enormous Kite Festival, which saw participants from many countries taking part in it. Read on to know more on what happened during the festival…
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Mangalore, one of the most flourishing cities in South India, boasts of rich and varied historical influences. While the mythological tales describe the city to have been associated with Ramayan and Mahabharata, medieval history highlights the influence of various dynasties and the British culture.
Various historians like Cosmas Indicopleustes of Greek and Pliny from Roman have accounted information on Mangalore in their documents. During that time, Mangalore was known as ‘Mangalapura’. The Kadambas are known to have been the earliest ruler of the city. They ruled from 200 to 600 A.D. The famous Moroccan traveller Ibn Batuta, came to Mangalore during this time and rated it as important trading centre.
The inscription at Moodabadri states that during the year 1429, the city was under the rule of Mangaluru Raajya of Vijaynagar dynasty. The city saw its first European influence in the year 1498, with the advent of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama. In the year 1520, the Portuguese finally took control over the city.
Hyder Ali came on the scene of Mangalore in 1763 and conquest the city from the Portuguese. He ruled over Mangalore till 1768, after which the British annexed it and ruled till 1794. The reigns of Mangalore once again went into the hands of Hyder Ali’s son, Tipu Sultan.
After the death of Tipu Sultan, British re-annexed the city and ruled till India’s independence in 1947. It was merged with Mysore in 1956.
Travel within city
Tourists can easily get around Mangalore as frequent buses and auto rickshaws are available for public transport. Cabs are also available, and tourists can opt for cabs when they are looking for fast travel options.
Buses in Mangalore ply to all parts and locations in the city and buses are frequently available everywhere. Buses are the preferred mode of transport for the general public and for this reason; they tend to be slightly crowded. Buses run from the main bus stand (Central Bus Stand) to all major sections of the city. While travelling through buses, you should always confirm that the particular bus that you are in is headed someplace where you want to go. This is because buses mainly have lettering and numbers in Kannada, and you might find it hard to catch the perfect bus. Bus fares may range from a minimum of Rs 4 to 35, depending on the distance covered. Buses operated by private companies are available too, and these can also be opted for.
Auto rickshaws in Mangalore are a safe mode of travel that can help you reach your destination in a faster manner. Auto rickshaws run on meter, the initial charge is Rs 13 for the first two kilometer and Rs 8 for every additional kilometer. Auto rickshaws charge one a half times the meter rate during night time.
Cabs in Mangalore do not run on meter, and charges may range from Rs 350-500.
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