The city of Mangalore gets its name from the goddess Mangaladevi and is one of the major port cities of the country which is located on the Arabian Sea. The Mangalore Port handles a large number coffee exports along with cashew nuts. Apart from being a port city, the place is also home to rich cultural and historical events and was the home of several dynasties, such as the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Chalukyas and the Portuguese.
The city witness a large crowd from all parts of the globe to not only enjoy its beautiful environment, but also the architectural marvels which have been left behind by the rulers of the past. Have a look at some of the best places to visit in this coastal town.
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Pilikula Nisarga Dhama
The Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is an ecotourism development project which is implemented in the city. The place is spread across 350 odd acres of land and is an ideal place for nature lovers. One would come across a botanical garden, a golf course, a mini aquarium, a heritage village along with a lake which offers boating and many more attractions here.
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Kateel is a small temple town which is located about 30 km away from Mangalore. The place is well known for its temple dedicated to Goddess Durga Parmeshwari, which is situated at the middle of the river Nandini along with beautiful surroundings and lush greenery.
The temple is visited by a large number of devotees especially during Navratri, Diwali and other major festivals. The place is must visit for those who would love to get a spiritual rejuvenation amidst natural surroundings.
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Light House Hill Garden
Situated in the heart of the city, the lighthouse is also known as Tagore Park. The structure was built in the 18th century by Haider Ali and was used by the British Army to monitor the incoming ships.
At present the place has been converted into a beautiful garden which attracts a large number visitors who use it as a jogging track across the seashore, a library along with a reading room has been established at the base of the lighthouse which also attracts a large number of visitors.
Located within a close proximity to the city centre is the shrine of Mangaladevi. The town gets its name from this goddess whose shrine is said to have been built in the 9th century.
Dedicated to Goddess Parvathi, unmarried women come here in large numbers and offer their prayers to the goddess for a good husband, who get one with the blessings of the goddess.
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The Sultan's Battery is a watchtower which was constructed in the year 1784 by Tipu Sultan. The tower is built using black stones which stop warships from entering the town.
The tower resembles of a small fortress which had the ability to mount cannons all around the place and had an underground storage facility to store gunpowder. At present the place remains deserted, yet offers a marvellous view of the Arabian Sea along with the lush green surroundings.