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Useful information for excursion in Mangalore
Below you will find information on the most beautiful sights, a map of the cruise port in New Mangalore as well as many useful tips and information for your cruise excursion in Mangalore.
The most beautiful sights in Mangalore
At the junction of the Gurupura and Nethravathi rivers, surrounded by green slopes, lies the town of Mangalore. Mangalore is a significant port city in the southern Indian territory of Karnataka, which captivates its guests with various sanctuaries and houses of worship. In the restricted roads, frequently enlivened with palm trees, there are old houses with red-tiled rooftops. Around 485,000 occupants live in the multicultural Mangalore.
The city is particularly important in terms of economic aspects. It is therefore also known as the land of spices and international traders. The port of Mangalore is one of the largest in India. Particularly coffee, cashew nuts and pepper are exported from there. New Mangalore Port is the port of the city of Mangaluru, which was called Mangalore until 2014 and is still mainly known under the old name Mangalore. The fish market located at the harbour is definitely worth a visit. Baskets full of lobster, squid, mussels and other fish are offered. It is best to stop by early in the morning.
In the city of Mangalore, you can clearly see the influences of the different era of the Portuguese and British on the still preserved buildings – beautiful temples and churches in the city. Most of the city’s important sights have unfortunately been destroyed by conquests and there is not much left of the former rich historical heritage, yet Mangalore is an excellent starting point for excursions to the beauties of the region.
St. Aloysius Chapel
A residue of the Portuguese and British is still the Christian faith and associated with it some churches such as the St. Aloysius College Chapel. This small chapel was built in 1900 and impresses with its beautiful interior decoration by the Italian artist Antonio Moscheni. Inside the church there are numerous impressive paintings and frescoes on ceilings and walls. They show sacred representations, including frescoes by Saint Thomas, who is said to have introduced Christianity to India.
Kadri Sri Manjunath Temple
Built-in the style of Kerala and estimated to be a thousand years old, the temple is located about 3 km from the centre of Mangalore. On arrival at the temple, you can see the impressive blue entrance pyramid with golden statues. The Hindu temple better known as “Kadri Temple” is especially famous for its bronze statue of the goddess Lokeshwara with three faces and six arms, which is one of the finest bronze works in India. Tourists love it above all because of its rich colours and impressive architecture. The Manjunath temple was built with nine water basins at the foot of the highest hill of Kadri. A natural spring is located at a raised place at the back of the temple. The water from this spring is directed into several adjoining ponds of different sizes. Believers who visit the temple hold cleansing rituals here.
The Mangaladevi temple with its dark red-tiled roof takes you back to the 10th century. The name of the temple was procured from the princess of Malabar, Mangala Devi, who was also the patron goddess of Mangalore. Not only is the name of this temple derived from the name of the goddess, but also the name of the city Mangalore itself.
About 60 km away from Mangalore, Udupi, which is a holy city with a famous old Hindu temple and several monasteries. The important 13th-century Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Eight monasteries, so-called “Maths”, are attached to the temple. Every year, crowds of pilgrims and tourists flock to this beautiful Krishna temple. Daily traditional rituals take place in the temple, which one can attend with a little luck.
Spice-plantation, Markets & Cashew nut factory
India is world known for its almost infinite selection of different spices. The colourful colours and smells are impressive. In the state of Karnataka there are numerous traditional spice plantations. Stroll through one of the many spice farms and let yourself be carried away into the world of aromas of various herbs and spices such as ginger, nutmeg or betel nuts. During a visit to a plantation you will be thrilled by the various uses of Indian spices. The spices are of course used to prepare food, but the healing power of individual plants is just as important. As a rule, you can then try the spices of the plantations over lunch during a typical Indian meal.
At the colourful and lively markets of Karnataka, you can enjoy the scent of jasmine, frangipani, musk, saffron, sandalwood and frankincense. At the markets you will get an authentic impression of everyday life, as well as a good introduction to the culture of the local people. Of course, you can also buy great souvenirs here and take it back home with you.
Most of the cashew nuts in the world are probably harvested in India. But hardly anyone knows how cashew nuts are grown and that a cashew fruit produces only one cashew nut. It is equally impressive to be able to look over the work of local workers in a cashew nut factory processing cashew nut.
Along the coastline, in Karnataka, there are some beautiful beaches. The Tannirbhavi Beach or Panambur Beach is worth a visit. The beaches offer a long sandy beach with numerous snacks stands and a variety of leisure activities such as water sports and horse riding.
Map of the Cruise Port in New Mangalore
The important industrial port of Mangalore consists of the old and the new port. Large cruise ships and container ships are located in the new deep-sea port “New Mangalore Port”. It is located about 10 km north of the city centre and is one of the largest and most important industrial ports in India. At the berth in New Mangalore, there is also a small cruise terminal with some shops inside.
In front of the terminal, there are usually some taxis. Most taxis and public transport are located at the exit of the port, about 600 meters walking distance from the ship.
Many shipping companies offer a shuttle service to get from the port to the city centre. The best way to find out about your shipping company’s offer is to look on board.
Worth Knowing about shore excursions in Mangalore
Shipping companies and Routes
When it comes to cruises in the Indian Ocean, the port of New Mangalore plays an increasingly important role. In addition to cruise ships, the port is also known for container ships, as exports play a major economic role. Often the cruises last more than 14 days, and often Dubai or Malaysia are also part of the route. Shipping companies like Costa, MSC Cruises, Seven Seas, Silver Sea, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix, Seabourn or AIDA Cruises have New Mangalore in their program.
Entry and Visa
British and American nationals need an electronic tourist visa (ETA) in addition to a valid passport to enter Mangalore, which you must apply in good time prior to departure. In total, the visa is valid for one year and can be used for four more seaports (Kochi, Mormugao, Mangalore and Chennai). This is especially useful if you also use one of these ports as part of your cruise. The ETA costs around £60 or $ 80 USD per person and is a so-called “visa on arrival”. This means you will receive a stamp upon entry.
It is also advisable to obtain additional information from your cruise company about the valid entry requirements of your cruise.
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR). One-pound equals to 86 INR and 1 USD equals to 69 INR. We recommend changing money in banks or official exchange office, as the import and export of Indian currency is prohibited. Alternatively, you can withdraw money from ATMs using your credit card.
More and more restaurants and businesses accept credit cards, you should still have some cash with you. It is also important that the bills may not be damaged (torn), as these can be denied as a means of payment.
Taxi and public transport
From New Mangalore harbour you can get to your destination by various public transport, e.g. taxi, bus or rickshaw. You must be patient and flexible when using public transport. At the exit of the port, you can take the bus which will take you to the city of Mangalore at a low price.
Of course, you can also take a taxi and explore the city on your own. Taxi prices vary from day to day. For a trip to the city centre, you should not pay more than £8. It is important that you always negotiate! In general, one can say that the taxis directly on the pier will always be a bit more expensive than those at the harbour exit
The three-wheeled Autorickshaws (Tuk-Tuks) are another cheap alternative. Since the city centre is only a few kilometres away from the harbour, the route is easy to cover. The Tuk- Tuk is also a good choice for a short transfer to the beach.
The best time to visit Mangalore is from December to March. During this time, you will experience high temperatures and little to moderate rainfall.
The main season for cruise ships is from November to April.
Website of tourist organisations
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