Mangala Devi Temple: The Mangalore city gets its name from this temple. The temple is situated 3 kms from the center of the city. The Temple was built by the sage Kundavarma as per the advice of two Nepalese sages during the 10th century. The temple is all decked up during the nine days of navarathri, popularly called as Dassara.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple: Kadri Manjunatha temple is 5 Kms away from Mangalore city. This temple dates back to 1068 AD and is the oldest Shiva temple in the peninsular India. The “Caves of Pandavas”, ever-flowing water from the “Gomukha” and the bronze statue of Padmanatha Lokeshwara are the main attractions of this temple.
Jogi Mutt at Kadri: Near the Kadri temple on the top of the hill the tourist can see the 3 small Gudies of Mathsyendranath, Chouranginath & Ghorakshakanath. There are caves popularly known as “Pandava Caves” near the mutts.
Mahaganapathi Temple Sharavu: This temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is situated in the heart of the city i.e. at Sharavu. This temple is also one of the anciant temples of D.K. The temple is built in 14th century by Tuluva King Veerabahu.
Gokarnath Temple: The temple was constructed by Sri Narayan Guru in 1912 and was renovated in the Chola style. It is situated 3 Kms from the city. The annual festival of the temple is during the Dasara. The nine holy nights are celebrated with grandeur and on the 9th day there will be a grand procession.
Maariyamma Temple at Urva: This temple is situated 5 Kms away from the center. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Sri Maariyamma the eradicator of evils.
St. Aloysius Chapel and Museum: The College is situated in the heart of the city. The Chapel of this college has series of paintings of the artist Antony Moshaini of Italy. The paintings are primarily frescoes painted upon lime washed walls which depict parables from the Holy Bible and lives of saints.
St. Rosario Cathedral: The cathedral was built in 1568 by the Portuguese. It has a beautiful stained glass windows with main altar created with mosaic tiles. There is an ornate wooden pulpit with images of the evangelists, Mary and Jesus, an antique baptismal font. The Cathedral resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Milagres Church: The Milagres Church was built by Bishop Thomas de Castro, a theatine priest of Salcette, Goa in the year 1680 AD. The church has the miraculous shrine of St. Antony of Pudua, the great wonder worker.
Sulthan Battery: This History famous tower is 6 Kms away from the city was said to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan to prevent the entrance of warship into Gurupura river. It also gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all-round.
Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Museum: V. R. Mirajkar’s bungalow and rare collections are established into Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Govt. museum.
Pilikula Nisargadhama : This is situated about 12 Kms away from Mangalore i.e. at Vamanjoor, on Mangalore-Moodbidri-Karkala road. This Nisargadhama stretches about 300 acres of land. Boat ride, wild life saforri, science center, Manasa Amusement & water park etc., will provide more entertainment to tourists. The Ayurvedic Health resort, Tourist cottage, Heritage Village also awaiting for the tourists. The work of the project is under progress.
Ullal is situated at a distance of 8Kms from Mangalore. Ullal was ruled by the Chauta royal family of Puttige. Rani Abbakkadevi was a brave queen in the 17th century is said to have defeated the Portuguese. The Somanatha Temple has beautiful sculptures which have a distinct Italian influence of the Florentine artists who were present on the coast in the 15th - 16th centuries. The Dargah of Syed Mohammed Shereeful Madani is one of the famous place of worship. A urus is held once in five years.
Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, It is located 12 Kms from Mangalore. The park has a lake with boating facilities, a wild life safari, mini aquarium and Science center.
Kateel Temple : This temple is 27 Kms. east of Mangalore. The place is situated on the bank of river Nandini. The famous temple dedicated to Goddess Durgaparameshwari. The chief diety is in the form of Udbhavalinga. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place everyday.
Mulki: The ruined fort and place of Venkatappa Nayaka Savanth of Bidanur, built n 1608 is situated twenty nine Kms south of Mangalore. The Durga Parameshwari temple, Venkataramana Temple
Beaches in Mangalore:
Someshwara: It is situated 13 Kms to the south of Mangalore. The beach covers the huge rock on which stands Someshwara temple. This beach is said to be dangerous for swimming.
Ullal: It lays 12 Kms south of the city. The beach has a stretch of coconut trees and fishermen’s lane which creates a lovely coastal experience.
Panambur: It is one of the most beautiful beaches, which attracts a large number of tourists especially during summer. This beach is 13 kms from Mangalore City.
Surathkal: Surathkal beach is situated 20 Kms away from Mangalore. There is a temple of Lord Sadashiva and a huge light house on the rock overlooking the Arabian sea.
Sasihithlu: This beach is situated at 26 Kms from Mangalore. There is a beautiful island ‘Munda’ surrounded by Shambavi River and Nandini River on one side and Arabian Sea on the other side.