The coastal town of Mangalore has long been a prominent hub of maritime trade. Flanked by the lofty hills of the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Mangalore is also known for its scenic beaches, serene landscapes, abundant natural beauty and quaint, old-world charm. It has always been a major seaport and a bustling commercial and business center. On this panoramic drive through the city you will pass some of the most significant sights of Mangalore, heading first to the nearby suburb of Ullal. Here, seafood and canned food factories comprise the unusual backdrop for scenic beaches and religious sites. Dotted with casuarina groves, Ullal Beach is a lovely destination. You’ll also see the Ullal Jamma Masjid—a renowned place of Muslim pilgrimage. As you leave the waterfront you’ll pass several temples, including St Milagrese Church (the Church of Our Lady of Miracles). Milagrese was built in 1680 by Bishop Thomas de Castro, a Theatine priest of Salsette. Attached to the church is the Chapel of St Monica. The latter contains a magnificent altar with a French painting of St Monica and her son, St Augustin—a rare piece of art. Along the way, keep an eye out for the Sultan Battery, constructed by Sultan Tippu to prevent warships from entering the harbor. Finally, pass the Fishermen’s Colony at Thannir Bhavi Road, close to Mangalore port. Here, you’ll see the quaint red-roofed houses and small fishing boats loaded with nets. Conclude with a drive along the riverside as you return to the pier.
Your guide will be a student rather than a qualified professional guide. He/she will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Mangalore is part of the city’s charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter.