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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…
Dec 26, 2011 05:11 PM
The Mangalore Travel Mart is scheduled to be organized again in the month of January 2012 to promote Mangalore as a major tourist destination. Read on to know more…
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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