Bored of sitting in office? Eagerly awaiting for the weekend ? Well the weekend is not far away and neither are the weekend plans. Let's take a road trip to Mangalore, a beautiful port city in Karnataka. Having been tied down the entire week with deadlines and pressure, this trip would certainly refresh one and also covers some of the best places one can see on the way. So get ready pack your bags and head to Mangalore this weekend.
Begin from Bangalore
Let us start our journey from Bangalore. It is a nearly 6 hours and 30 mins journey covering 364 km. In our journey we will be covering places like Kunigal, Hassan, Sakleshpur and more.
Kunigal is a small town in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. It is famous for its Stud Farms. Some of the best stallions are bred here in these farms. Take a tour in the farm and see how the stallions are bred for the races.
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Channarayapattana is famous for the gigantic stone statue of Lord Bahubali that stands at Shravanabelgola. Devotees flock here in large numbers to pay homage to the God. Offerings of petals, silver and gold are kept at the Gods feet.
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Hassan is the architectural capital of Karnataka and is surrounded by the rich culture of the Hoysala dynasty. It is covered by many Jain temples and ruins. One will also find temples dedicated to Lord Shiva here. Here are a few hotels where one can stop to refresh on the way to here.
The journey now takes us to a lesser known hill station Sakleshpur in Karnataka, which is tucked away in the Western Ghats and is a major producer of India's coffee and cardamom. Do check out the Bisle Reserve Forest and the Puspagiri Wildlife Sanctuary here. Check out the places of lodging here.
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Proclaimed as the gateway to Karnataka, Mangalore is a picturesque city which lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. One can either laze around the golden beaches or plan a trekking trip in the nearby Ghats. Mangalore is also famous for the Mangaldevi Temple which is situated here. Many a devotees come here to pay respect to the Godess. Here are a few places one can stay in.
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While travelling do take the oppurtunity to dig into the Udupi platter. There are many small shops on the way where one can get a good sevings of bhaje. One will also find other cuisines here.
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