357 kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters
of Dakshina Kannada - Mangalore. With an important
port, this coastal town is a major commercial
centre. Mangalore could be your entry point
to Beach Country - with its virgin and unexplored
beaches. It has several famous pilgrim centres.
It is a cosmopolitan city, leader in more than
one way in banking, private entrepreneurship
and in general awareness amongst people. While
in Mangalore try and see a Yakshagana performance
- an elaborate dance form unique to Karnataka.
The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting
event. A trip to Mangalore would be incomplete
without a visit to the 10th century Manjunatha
Temple, St.Aloysius Chapel, Mangala Devi Temple,
Tipu’s Battery and the Jumma Masjid. The
Ullal Beach with Casuarina groves is another
attraction that draws tourists all through the
110 kms north of Mangalore. Maravanthe has a
· Malpe Beach
66 kms north of Mangalore. The pristine beauty
complemented by peaceful surroundings, makes
this beach a favourite holiday spot. The St.
Mary’s Island, another delightful holiday
hangout, is just a boat ride away.
140 kms north. The famous Mookambika Temple
here attracts thousands of devotees.
75 kms east. This town is a unique example of
communal harmony, famous for its Manjunatha
30 km. east. The famous 1000 pillers Jain temple