Mangaluru (earlier known as Mangalore), alternates between a relaxed coastal town and a hectic modern city vibe; and has a unique off-the-beaten-path charm to it. It’s rolling hills, coconut tress flanking the roads, sprawling pristine beaches and the spicy seafood dishes can totally make your getaway worth every bit the time and effort. Located right at the edge of Karnataka, this city is in close proximity to the estuaries of the picturesque Netravathi and Gurupur River on the Arabian Sea and has been known as a major port on international trade routes since the 6th-century. Also Read - Paw-fect! Karnataka Police Gears up For Admission of 50 Dogs to Strengthen The Squad
The Catholic sites in the city are of especially great significance and beauty; the Milagres Church right in the city centre has this imposing Roman-style architecture dating back to the 17th-century, while St Aloysius College Chapel has had its roots in Mangaluru since the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 1500s. Its chapel is built on the impressive legacy of the 1880 Sistine Chapel in Rome – with its walls and ceilings painted with brilliant frescoes. Also Read - Temples to Open in Karnataka From June 1, Fairs And Fests to Remain Restricted
Then there are the beaches that can take your breath away; much like the Ullal Beach – a stretch of golden sand which is a great place to escape the city heat. It’s located 12 km south of Mangaluru, across the Netravathi estuary. A Surfing Ashram at Mulki, 30 km north of Mangaluru, takes things to a whole new plane by helping establish a spiritual bond between the surfer and the sea. At this Hare Krishna ashram which has a homely beachhouse feel, devotees follow a daily ritual of prayers, chanting, meditation and vegetarian diet in between catching barrels. You can surf here year-round, but the best waves are between May to June and September to October. Other activities here include: sea kayaks, jet ski for wake-boarding and snorkelling to offshore islands.
Another piece of architecture reeking of history is the Sultan’s Battery – a remnant of Tipu Sultan’s fort with views over scenic backwaters. It’s 4 km from the city centre on the headland of the old port. The city is also home to Hindu religious places of worship – like the Kadri Manjunatha Temple, a Kerala-style temple housing a 1000-year-old bronze statue of Lokeshwara.