Mangalore or Mangaluru – the beach town and the chief port city tucked between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka, has more to offer other than its serene beaches.
Beneath its calm exterior, Mangalore hides many gems that are yet to be explored properly. Blessed with beaches, religious shrines and flora and fauna, Mangalore is easily becoming one of the most loved tourist spots in India. Along with beaches come water sports activities, off-roading and more.
Off-roading… on the beach!
Tannirbhavi Beach is where you should head if you are an adventurer at heart. This beach has some of the best surfing clubs in the country – Stoked Surfers Club being one. You can learn to surf from the crème de la crème and lifeguards at bay. This Club not only has the best rating among other clubs but also provides good facilities including skilled instructors, high-quality equipment and well-trained lifeguards. While you are at it, check out Mantra Surf Club as well. Kayaking, jet skiing, snorkelling and bodyboarding are some of the activities they offer.
Visitors can off-road on the beach with the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) rides available. That’s not all, go straight to Panambur Beach which has a plethora of activities for tourists such as jet ski rides, camel rides for kids, boating and Dolphin viewing.
Trekking in Mangalore
If you are an ardent trekker there are places in and around Mangalore that you should not miss. Just 95 km away from Mangalore, Kudremukh is in Malnad region around 6,214 feet above Sea level. Trekking in here lets you explore a wide variety of flora and fauna along with caves, historical remains and much more. Kumara Hills, Kumara Parvatha and Yedakumeri are some of the other hills near Mangalore trekkers can trot.
Just around 100 km away from Mangalore, Coorg is a trekker’s paradise. Spare a day for Coorg while in Mangalore.
Golfing, sightseeing and more
Situated about 9 km from Mangalore, Pilikula Golf Club is spread across 60 acres. You can tee off at this beautiful club without worrying about memberships. If you have had enough of golfing take a break and explore the wildlife park located right next to it.
Another place you shouldn’t miss while you are in Mangalore is Sammilan Shetty’s, Butterfly Park. Located about 41.9 km away from Mangalore centre, this butterfly park is a great place to spend some relaxing time with your friends and family after a day filled with adventure. In the meantime, you can also check out Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, a theme park filled with educational, scientific and cultural attractions.