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Places to See around Mangalore

THE 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.

MUDIPU 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.

ST 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.

ST 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.

ST 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 from Malpe.

THE 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.

BEKAL 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.

JAMALABAD 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.

KARKALA 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.

KUMARA 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'.

MADIKERI: 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.

MOODABIDRI 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.

PILIKULA 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.

VENUR 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.

MANIPAL 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.

PAJAKA 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.

MARAVANTHE BEACH 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

PANAMBUR BEACH 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.

TANNIRBAVI BEACH 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.

SOMESHWAR BEACH 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.

SURATHKAL BEACH 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.


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