INFANT JESUS SHRINE : Infant Jesus has been honored with a
magnificent shrine at Carmel Hill, Mangalore .In Mangalore, Infant
Jesus worship was started some 150 years back. The architectural
structure and design of the shrine is unique in many ways. Carefully
planned, it has a rich symbolic meaning and significance derived
principally from Biblical themes, of both the old and the new
testaments. It is located 3km from Mangalore at Bikarnakatte. Five
huge columns encircle and uphold the main structure, while rising to
a height nearly double that of the roof and converging under a globe
atop of which is planted a luminescent Cross. While at the base the
shrine is hexagonal, the roofing is pentagonal.
HILL : A trek to Mudipu hill is an exhilarating and interesting
experience for tourists and trekkers alike. With a picturesque
valley beneath the St Joseph Vaz shrine, the hill is one of the best
picnic spots in the locality. The hill is located five kilometres
from Mangalore University in Konaje and is 23 km from Mangalore City
and is situated on the road towards Vittal. After stopping at Mudipu
junction, take a diversion from Katte, popularly known as Mudipu
Katte. After about a two kilometre walk, the Mudipu hill looms
ahead. From atop the hill, the splendid beauty of Mudipu region
never tires the eyes.According to the legend of the shrine, St
Joseph Vaz Shrine, atop the hill was witness to a miracle which took
place in the 15th century. A parish priest Fr Joseph Vaz became
immensely popular much to the envy of some Catholics who kept
plotting his downfall. One a sunny morning, the group began plotting
their conspiracy against him. They requested him to treat a sick
person. The compassionate priest set out with the group without
suspecting anything. As soon as they had reached atop Mudipu Hill,
the men made an attempt on the life of Fr Joseph Vaz. The
defenseless priest immediately struck his stick on the ground, knelt
down and began to pray. As the men watched in bewildered silence, a
miracle took place. Water sprang out from three different
directions. The men who plotted to kill the priest, took to their
heels. These three springs with a protective covering stands
testimony to the miracle. It is special because a 60 feet deep well
next to the springs is barren. It is believed that the water from
these springs has miraculous healing powers.
ALOYSIUS COLLEGE CHAPEL or the chapel of St. Aloysius College,
is a Christian chapel in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka in
southwest India. The Chapel is situatedin the heart of the city on
the Lighthouse Hill. The St. Aloysius Chapel in Mangalore was built
by Jesuit Missionaries in 1880 and its interiors painted by the
Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni in 1899, during the Mangalore
Mission in 1878.It is situated in the conference venue. St. Aloysius
College Chapel is an architectural marvel that could stand
comparison with the chapels of Rome. What makes this chapel unique
compared to the other chapels in the country is the beautiful
paintings that cover virtually every inch of the walls. Bro.
Moscheni from Italy is the creator of this master piece. One portion
of the chapel paintings depicts the life of Aloysius Gonzaga to whom
Aloysius College and chapel are dedicated. Saint Aloysius gave his
life in the service of others. The paintings of this chapel is
preserved by a recognised board of the nation which maintains and
restores all historic artifacts.
LAWRENCE CHURCH, ATTUR has remarkably rich history. The shrine
of St. Lawrence at Attur - Karkala parish seems to have been in
existence even before 1759 A.D. Annual feast held every year in the
last week of January attracts lakhs of devotees.
MARY'S ISLAND are a group of small islands in the Arabian Sea,
lying a little to the north of the port of Malpe in Udupi is about
65 Km. from Mangalore. When Vasco Da Gama landed here in 1498, he
named one of these islands El Padron de Santa Maria. St. Mary's
Island is a famous picnic spot. The main attractions of these
islands are the basalt rocks which have crystallized into vertical
hexagonal blocks. The only way to reach these islands is by boat
SULTAN BATTERY situated in Boloor, 6 Kms away from Mangalore
city bus stand, this watchtower, built of rough blocks of laterite,
is the last remaining bastion of Tipu Sultan's fort. It was built to
prevent warships to enter Gurupur river. Sultan Battery is a
watchtower that was constructed by Tippu Sultan.The ruler
constructed this watchtower to watch the entry of warships into the
Gurpur River. Having a construction similar to a minuscule fortress
with its many apertures for rising cannons all around, it was
erected in black stones.
FORT: Loacted 63 Kms south of Mangalore is in the state of
Kerala. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but
heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the
unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era.
This foremost souvenir of the 'Gods own Country' remains undeterred
over the ages as a silent witness to centuries of eventful yester
years. The Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for
historians, tourists and nature lovers for centuries since it
embodies memories of a glorious past.
FORT located 65 km from Mangalore and 8 km north of Beltangadi
town, is 1700 ft above sea level and was formerly called Narasimha
Ghada, which refers to the granite hill on which the fort is built.
It is also referred locally as 'Jamalagadda' and 'Gadaikallu'. The
fort is said to have been built over the ruins of an older
structure.The fort is inaccessible other than via a narrow path,
with around 1876 steps to the fort that are cut out of the granite
hill and lead all the way to the top. Jamalabad is a trekking
destination, with the climb up to the fort being classified as
'medium difficulty level' and the the structure offering good views
of the surrounding landscape and the Kudremukh range.
is about 52 Km. from Mangalore and 35 km from udupi. The name
Karkala has been derived from the Kannada word "kari kallu", meaning
black stones. Karkala is important pilgrim centre for Jains. 42 ft
high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateswara is main attraction of
Karkala. It was installed in the year 1432. The Maha Mastakabhisheka
is held here once in 12 years. There are about 18 Jain Basadis here.
The Chaturmukha Basai is the important one.
PARVATHA or Kumara Hills is a mountain located in Subramanya of
Sullia taluk. Kumara Hills is on the border between Dakshina Kannada
and Kodagu districts. The peak is at a height of about 1350 m, and
is about 13 km from the famous Subrahmanya temple. Kumara hills are
a trekker's delight, attracting a large number of adventure lovers.
Kumara hills has three peaks called 'Shesha Parvatha', 'Siddha
Parvatha' and 'Kumara Parvatha'.
The administrative capital of Kodagu or Coorg is 138 KM away from
Mangalore. Coorg rated as one of the top hill station destinations
in India is known for its hospitability of people and beautiful
scenery. This is one of the best destinations for nature lover in
India. Tourists get fascinated by colourful scenery, wooded slopes,
undulating landscape and quaint villages of Coorg. There are endless
mountain ranges which attract thousands of tourists every year.
Madalapatti in Medikeri, Talakavery, Raja Seat, Dubare Elephant
Camp, Abbey falls, Harangi Dam, Nisargdaham Forest, Bylakuppe ,
Namdroling Monastery etc. are some of the places to visit.
an important Jain pilgrim center is about 35 km north east of
Mangalore. Moodabidri is also known as Jainakashi (the Kashi of
Jains) of the south. 18 Jain temples, known as Basadis, were
constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries. Guru basadi the
earliest of the Jain monuments. The largest basadi in Moodabidiri is
Chandranatha Basadi, which is also known as the THOUSAND PILLAR
JAINA BASADI (Savira kambada basadi). Thousand pillar basadi is
around 560 years old and was build over century. No two pillars in
the basadi are alike. The 2.5 metres tall bronze image of Lord
Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum of this basadi is said to be very
sacred. The Basadi is treasure house of art and architecture. The
other basadis of Moodabidiri are Badaga basadi, Betkeri basadi,
Shettara basadi, Hire basadi, Deramma Shetti basadi, Kallu basadi,
Koti basadi, Vikrama Shetti basadi, Leppada basadi, Baikanatikari
basadi, Chola Shetti basadi, Kere basadi, Maday Shetti basadi, Shri
Mathada basadi, Padu basadi, Jaina Pathashaleya basadi.
NISARGA DHAMA a 350 acre wide park is about 12 km away from
Mangalore highway road at Moodushedde. Pilikula means Tiger's lake.
In olden days, tigers used to come to this lake to drink water. An
integrated park for tourists. It is a very important place with
Botanical gardens, Horticultural gardens, Musical fountains, deer
park, boating facilities, wildlife safari and mini aquarium.
is a small town situated 55 km away from Mangalore on the banks of
Gurupur River. Once Venur was a great seat of Jainism. The main
attraction of Venur is 38 ft high monolithic statue of Bahubali, was
erected by the Jain ruler Timmanna IV Ajila in the year 1604. This
statue was sculpted by Amarashilpi Janakacharya. Venur also has
eight basadis and the ruins of the Mahadeva Temple.
is about 65 Km. from Mangalore and 3 km from Udupi and it is a
famous educational and medical centre. Manipal is a center of
academic learning, healthcare, industry and finance. Anatomy Museum,
End Point, Hasta Shilpa, Brindavan Garden and Venugopala temples are
few attractions of Manipal.
is just 9 km from Udupi. Pajaka is birthplace of Dwaita philosopher
Madhwacharya. The most important place to see in Pajaka is ancestral
home and birthplace of Sri Madhwacharya. The Kunjarugiri Durga
temple is also a charming place to visit. The temple is located on
top of a hill. This hill is also known as `Durga betta' and the hill
offers some wonderful sceneries of Udupi. The 4 theerthas on 4 sides
of the hill are Parasu Teertha, Dhanus Teertha, Gada Teertha and
Bana Teertha. It is believed that these theerthas are created by
Lord Parashurama and all the sins will be washed out after taking
bath in these teerthas.
KAUP BEACH is
about 45 km to the north of Mangalore and 12 km South from Udupi on
National Highway, ancient temples and an old 100ft high lighthouse
which is open to visitors. The two temples of Goddess Mariamma in
Kaup are famous.
MALPE BEACH is
about 60 km to the north. It can be reached by a the local express
buses. This beach has a resort. Also there is a small island of the
beach about 15 minutes boat ride. Local ferry runs every 30 minutes
or so. The last ferry back from the island is at 5PM.
This scenic beauty is situated 105 Km. away from Mangalore, this is
a unique place where the arabian sea and the river is separated by a
narrow road. A stretch of a kilometer of this highway is flanked by
the seashore of Arabian sea on one side and the Sauparnika River on
the other. Turtle Bay Beach Resort is just 12 km away from Kundapur
and half a kilometre away from Trasi junction. Maravanthe is a beach
located about 50 km from Udupi on National Highway
which is known for its cleanliness and safety. It is the site of New
Mangalore Port. It is located in north of the Gurupura river. The
city's most visited beach, Panambur is a place where one can enjoy a
long camel rides and the breath taking view of the sunset. The beach
aura warms up during the carnivals, organized by the district
authorities. The festivity includes boat races, air shows and sand
sculpture contests. Food and the ‘bonhomie’ atmosphere which
accounts for the large number of return guests
SUMMER SANDS BEACH
RESORT located on the famous Ullal-Someshwar beach, is a resort
that is truly a retreat. A spreading campus of 15 acres, it has
spacious two and three bedroomed villas, a Multicusine Restaurant
with an alfresco ambience , a 1000 foot beach front with the waves
flirting with the fence as it were. The Swimming Pool, extensive
lawns and hammocks add to the serenity.
is about 12 Km away from Mangalore. This is one of the best beaches
of Dakshina Kannada. One can enjoy the sunset view here.
ULLAL BEACH is
about 12 km from Mangalore. Ullal beach is one of the most famous
beaches of Mangalore. Summer Sands Beach Resort is situated at Ullal
Beach, with well furnished cottages and makes a pleasant getaway
from the city.
is in ullal, 11 km to the south of the city, near the confluence of
the netravati river and the arabian sea. the beachface is extremely
rocky and considered dangerous for swimming. however, it is a great
place to relax and watch the spectacular sunsets. someshwar beach is
houses large rocks called "Rudra Shile". The historical Somanath
Temple constructed during the regime of the famous queen Abbakka
Devi is situated in the north side.
A picturesque beach is known for its clean surrounding and has a
curving shoreline and has a lighthouse at the end of the beach.
Surathkal beach is located 12 km from Mangalore city. The beach is
close to the NITK The lighthouse is situated on a rocky hillock and
offers an uninterrupted view of the countryside and sea around. The
lighthouse is open to visitors between 4.00 pm and 5 pm. Buses ply
at regular intervals from Mangalore to Surathkal.