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 year.

· Maravanthe
110 kms north of Mangalore. Maravanthe has a scenic beach.

· 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.

· Kollur
140 kms north. The famous Mookambika Temple here attracts thousands of devotees.

· Dharmasthala
75 kms east. This town is a unique example of communal harmony, famous for its Manjunatha Temple.

· Moodbidri
30 km. east. The famous 1000 pillers Jain temple attracts many.

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