The largest commercial port in the region of Karnataka, with beautiful beaches and many ancient temples
Dishes you can't miss
A type of crepe prepared by grinding rice soaked in water, to obtain a watery batter which is seasoned with salt.
Dough made of yogurt, ginger, flour, onion, and different spices, fried in hot oil.
Colocasia leaves stuffed with rice flour, tamarind, and red chili.
Typical food of Mangalore, India
The cuisine of Mangalore is characterized by strong flavored dishes, influenced by the gastronomy of southern India.
The most traditional recipes of Mangalore are prepared with ingredients that you can found in the back yard of the houses or in any market in the city. One of the most popular dishes is "Neer dosa," a type of crepe that it is prepared by grinding rice soaked in water to obtain a watery batter which is seasoned with salt. The batter is poured into a flat griddle called 'tawa' forming circles, which are removed when the top is dry. Local people usually eat them with brown sugar mixed with grated coconut or "Sambhar" (a broth made with tamarind with spices). You can also try "Goli baje," the favorite snack of people in this destination. It is a dough made of yogurt, ginger, flour, onion, and spices, fried in hot oil to acquire a golden brown color and a crunchy consistency. Other dishes include "Kosambari," a salad made of various vegetables, seasoned with mustard grains; "Saaru," a soup whose main ingredients are tamarind and tomato juices as well as pepper and lentils; and "Patrode," colocasia leaves stuffed with rice flour, tamarind, and red chili.
There are several restaurants offering these dishes in Mangalore. Kadal is an elegant establishment with a friendly atmosphere and views of the city and the sea, where you can taste the local specialties.
The UV index in Mangalore is extremely high throughout the year, so you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Since you can do jungle tours in Mangalore, we suggest you wearing shorts or Bermuda shorts, cotton shirts, water shoes, and insect repellent.
The weather in Mangalore, India
Mangalore has a monsoon climate characterized by tropical maritime air masses coming from the Arabian Sea. There are two seasons of six months each, the wet and dry. The annual rainfall is 3,479 mm (137 in), and the temperature does not vary much throughout the year, days are hot and sultry, while nights are mild and pleasant. The annual average temperature is 27°C (81°F).
What to bring by season
Rainy season (May to October): this season in Mangalore has torrential rains accruing up to 1,059 mm (41.7 in) of rainfall in about 30 days a month. The rainiest months are June and July, while in May and October the rainfall is lower, reaching around 230 mm (9 in) in 10 days. The average temperature is 27°C (81°F), and the hottest months are May and October, with an average from 25 to 32°C (77-90°F), while from June to September temperatures range from 23 to 29°C (73-84°F). The relative humidity is very high and the sea is warm, with temperatures from 27 to 30°C (81-86°F). To travel during this season we recommend bringing a raincoat, waterproof shoes, clothing made of light materials to keep you cool and dry, a swimsuit, sunglasses, and a hat or cap.
Dry season (November to April): the dry months of Mangalore are hotter, with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F). During the day, the maximum temperatures range from 31 to 33°C (88-91°F), while at night the minimum temperatures range from 22 to 26°C (72-79°F). Although most of the season is dry, in April and May there are moderate rainfall from 40 to 71 mm (1.6-2.8 in) in three or six days a month. The humidity is not as high as in the previous season, and the sea reaches an average temperature of 29°C (84°F). We recommend bringing fresh clothes made of natural materials, including T-shirts, shorts, Bermuda shorts, and dresses, as well as flip-flops, a swimsuit, and sunglasses.
Mangalore is one of the major commercial ports in India and the largest city in the state of Karnataka, located on the western coast, on the the Sea of Oman. The destination is famous for its beaches and temples, and since the 6th century, it has been a major hub for international trading routes.
The landscape of the city is characterized for its coconut trees and clean beaches ideal for swimming, the most popular are Panambur, Suratkal, Tannirbavi, Kapu, where a lighthouse is open to the public, and Malpe, where you can take boat rides to a small nearby island.
One of the most impressive churches is Aloysius chapel, with its ceilings and walls decorated with frescoes. Milagres church is in downtown, featuring a stunning Roman style. Near the old port, you can visit the remains of the fort of Tipu Sultan, and the Kadri Manjunatha temple, which hosts a bronze statue of Lokeshvara which is over 1,000 years old.
***The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).