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Beach Hopping in Mangalore

Beach Hopping in Mangalore

I am a Thalassophile-Lover of the sea. The infinite sea never ceases to amaze me. Having spent my entire life near the coast, the sea is something that always soothes my soul. This article is about the beaches in Mangalore.

Mangalore is a coastal city in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. It is approximately 350 KM from the state capital, Bangalore. One can visit Mangalore on weekends for a dose of Vitamin Sea. Beaches are one of the major attractions of the city along with numerous temples, churches, and parks.

To reach Mangalore from Bangalore, There are plenty of government and private buses from Bangalore (VRL, Sugama, SRS etc) that start from various locations in Bangalore. One can also take a train (new Kudla express) or a flight to Mangalore.

There are private buses available to travel within the city( Bus numbers 45,56 15 from Mangalore). There are plenty of Ola cabs and autos available too.

Visiting the beach is preferable during the evening because Mangalore is really hot!!! To start off, visit the famous Pabbas ice cream parlor in Lalbagh (near KSRTC bus stand) and savor the yummy and delicious ice creams(Gadbad, Tiramisu, Chocolate dad and what not !!)

Pabba’s icecreams
Tiramisu and Chocolate dad

The first beach is the thannirbhavi beach. This beach can be reached directly by road or by a ferry from sultan Battery. The ferry charge is Rs 40 per person (to and fro). It takes around 10-15 minutes by the ferry. You are greeted by the canopy of shore pines and food shacks on the way to the beach. This beach is one of the silent and less crowded beaches of the city. One can either take some fun rides (banana ride, quad bikes) or enjoy the pristine beach and spend some time taking pictures :). You can also try seafood and charmuri from the shacks.

ticket counter for the ferry
Gurupura river
Sultan Battery
Shore pine trees-source: wiki

Return to Sultan battery by the ferry to visit the next beach -Panambur Beach. It is the most popular beach in Mangalore and always crowded. The famous kite festival and the airshows happen here. One can go for parasailing or a horse or camel ride at the beach. If you are a crowd friendly person, this beach is the perfect place to be. The sea is calmer here and it is easier to play in the water.

Panambur beach on a weekend. Source:
Kite festival 2016: source:

The next beach in the beach hopping series is the Sasihithlu Beach. This beach is a bit secluded and a hidden gem. Not many visitors come here. This is the best beach to unwind and let the child in you out. 🙂 . Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of Sasihithlu beach. Although travelling from Mangalore to Sasihithlu, NITK beach comes first, I would suggest visiting the Sasihithlu beach first and then visit the NITK beach for the sunset.

Last but not the least is a visit to the famous NITK beach and the lighthouse. It is situated on the highway NH 66, towards Udupi. It is famous for the Sadashiva temple, the lighthouse, and the beach. The Sadashiva temple has been featured in some movies too. Also one must visit the lighthouse to view the 360-degree panoramic view of the city. The view from the top is breathtaking. The lighthouse closes at 6 PM. So make sure you get your tickets (INR 10) and visit it.

Virgin beach NITK

Ariel view Source: the internet

Watch the mesmerizing sunset on the shore. On the way back, visit the Sadashiva temple and get the blessings of Lord shiva.

Mangalore-My City

Mangalore-My City

Mangalore is my birth place. The city where I completed my schooling, college, and my Engineering. In short, it is more of an emotion. Each and every aspect of my life is linked to this wonderful place.

So I dedicate my first blog to this wonderful city 🙂

Mangalore some facts:

Geographically Mangalore is situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. It is about 350 KMs from the state capital, Bangalore. It is district headquarters for the Dakshina Kannada district. The total area of the city is 132.4 SQ. KM

Mangalore got its name from the deity Mangaladevi.This city is also known as Mangaluru in Kannada, Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikala in Beary and Mangalapuram in Malayalam. It is probably only one city with so many different names.

The city has all 4 ways of transport. It has an International airport, a major sea port and well-connected roadways and railway.

Mangalore is also the Education Hub of Karnataka, with over 15 Engineering (NITK, Surathkal being the rank 1 engineering college and MIT (Manipal) being second), 8 Medical, 3 Dental, 12 MBA, and 58 Graduation colleges in and around the city.

It is one of the fastest developing cities in recent times and has been included in the Smart city mission of the Government of India.

Specialties of Mangalore

Mangaloreans are famous for the friendly nature. We are very helpful and hospitable when it comes to our guests. Mangaloreans are foodie people. We love our cuisines and would choose them over any other food in the world. Cuisines like Fish Rava fry, Kori Rotti and Chicken Sukka, Chicken Gassi, Pathrode, Pundi are all worth dying for. 🙂 (Aah! My mouth is watering already).

The traditional art form of Yakshagana has originated from our city. A typical Yakshagana performance consists of background music played by a group of musicians (known as the himmela); and a dance and dialog group (known as the mummela), who together enact poetic epics on stage. Also, the Buffalo race in dirt track known as Kambala is our traditional sport.

Temples, Beaches, Cathedrals and Chapels, Lighthouses are key points of interest in Mangalore.One can easily travel to the main tourist attractions in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Kodagu and Chikmagalur districts from Mangaluru. I will be covering these places in my upcoming blogs.

Hope you enjoyed your read!! Cheers!